AEL Volume 39 Issue 3 August 2017
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Table 1: Outgoing State and Territory Presidents

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From the President

Stephen Gniel, MBA, BEd FACEL


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Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending the ACEL Victoria 2017 Patron’s Oration. This is a key event in the ACEL Victoria calendar and this year our ACEL Victoria Patron, Professor Brian Caldwell, invited Tom Bentley, Principal Adviser to the Vice Chancellor at RMIT, and an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education, to deliver the oration. Tom delivered a spirited oration entitled The Responsibility to Lead: Education at a Global Crossroads. His oration was as confronting as it was passionate and recognised that educators world-wide are grappling with the challenge of preparing our children and young people to succeed  not only now, but also in a future that is difficult to predict. The oration was a fantastic precursor to our upcoming national conference with the theme Respect the Past, Lead the Present and Secure the Future.

At this year’s ACEL National Conference we will be recognising and celebrating the contribution of our outgoing State and Territory Presidents. I would like to personally thank each of them who have worked tirelessly for ACEL in their own areas and who have also volunteered their time to serve on the ACEL Board, all of them for a full two terms totalling six years.

Our organisation has gone through significant change during the period of their tenure on the ACEL Board and working alongside our immediate past president Dr Jim Watterston and Aasha Murthy, CEO have been instrumental in the strengthening and growth of ACEL. Through their leadership each State and Territory has grown its membership base, increased our influence through offering more opportunities for educational leaders to gather and learn together, whilst continuing in their own demanding roles in schools and system leadership positions. Each of these individuals leaves a legacy of professionalism, quality and commitment to leadership in the education profession.

I would also like to welcome our new ACEL State and Territory Branch Executives and congratulate our State and Territory Presidents who as part of their role will join with me and our Independent Directors on the ACEL Board. This year, the Board endorsed a nationally consistent approach to elections of Branch Executives as well as Branch Presidents. Through this process, we have a new group of educational leaders ready to serve our organisation and contribute their individual knowledge and skills to assisting ACEL deliver its vision and purpose. Importantly, we have leaders who work across the nation in our schools and systems and alongside their Branch Executive, and will provide a wealth of knowledge on the needs of educational leaders and how ACEL can best support these needs both now and into the future.

I look forward to seeing you at the ACEL National Conference, the annual flagship event for our organisation and the gathering of educational leaders from around Australia and across the world.




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Table 2: New State and Territory Presidents