2019 Walter Neal Oration & Awards Evening

Tuesday 16th July 2019

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ACE WA invites members and non-members to the annual Oration in honour of founding member Dr Walter Neal, who was an outstanding educator in Western Australia and Canada.

This year’s Oration will be delivered by Dr Phil Lambert. The WA College Medal will be presented to Sharyn O’Neill for her outstanding services to education.

Ticket cost for the event includes wine and canapés.

Image: Walter Neal (centre)

2019 Walter Neal Orator

Dr Phil Lambert, FACE PSM

Dr Lambert assumed the role of National President of the  Australian College of Educators in July 2018 having  previously held the role of ACE NSW President from 2016.

Phil is the former General Manager, Australian Curriculum at the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and Regional Director of Schools, Sydney.

Dr Lambert has recently supported the development of national curriculum reforms in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, assisted the Brazilian government in the development of its national learning standards and undertaken a review of senior secondary curriculum for the United Arab Emirates. He is also Lead Curriculum Expert to the OECD Education 2030 Framework project.

Dr Lambert completed both his Masters and Doctorate at the University of Sydney where he continues to support the education faculty as Adjunct Professor and Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of Notre Dame University and Adjunct Professor at Nanjing Normal University.

He is currently featured in an exhibition of 50 ‘Positively Remarkable People from Sydney’.

2019 WA Medallist

Sharyn O’Neill

Sharyn was appointed as Public Sector Commissioner in July 2018 following 12 years as Director General of the Department of Education. She is the first woman to undertake the role. Her priority as Commissioner is to strengthen and unify the public sector to better serve the needs of the Western Australian community. She is leading a major reform agenda with a focus on sector leadership, talent, diversity, workforce, integrity and capability.

As the youngest Director General appointed to the Department of Education, she led unparalleled reform of public schooling in the areas of autonomy, staffing, funding, leadership and culture that saw improvements to student academic standards. Sharyn began her career as a teacher and deputy principal in country schools, before moving to policy, governance and system leadership positions. She has a Master of Education (Education Administration and Policy).

In 2016, she was awarded the Institute of Public Administration Australia (WA) Patron’s Award and was also made a Fellow of the Institute in recognition of her contribution to public administration in Western Australia.

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