Walter Neal Oration & Awards

Wednesday 19th May 2021


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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 David Carney, Executive Director, Career Industry Council of Australia. The WA College Medal will be presented to Colin Pettit for his outstanding services to education and dedication to children and young people.

Ticket cost for the event includes wine and canapés.

2020 Walter Neal Orator

Mr David Carney

David is the Executive Director of the Career Industry Council of Australia. He has more than 20 years’ experience working in the career development industry and is recognised nationally and internationally for the knowledge and expertise he brings to the field.

David is a passionate advocate and contributor to improving quality and access to career development services in Australia including development of professional standards, quality frameworks, online services, practitioner registration, workforce career development and a range of national career development initiatives.

He has and continues to be a member and active contributor to a broad range of government and corporate consultative and advisory bodies in the area of career development, employment and workforce development.

David is a member of the Australian Government National Careers Institute Advisory Board.


2020 WA Medallist

Mr Colin Pettit – Commissioner for Children and Young People Western Australia

Colin has spent his career working to improve the wellbeing of children and young people, particularly in delivering education services and programs to children and young people living in regional and remote areas of the State.  

He has worked with children, young people, families and communities all over the State as a teacher and then principal in a number of regional schools, before holding the role of Executive Director Regional and Remote Education at the Western Australian Department of Education for three years.  

Between 2010 and 2015, Colin was the Secretary of Education for the Tasmanian Department of Education. He is a former President of the Primary Principal’s Association of WA and Deputy President of the Australian Primary Principal’s Association.  

Colin is a father of three and a grandfather of three. In February 2019 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Education from Edith Cowan University. 

As an advocate and champion of children and young people across the course of his exceptional career, Colin is a worthy recipient of the 2020 ACE Western Australia College Medal.

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