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Leading educator appointed EdComm Executive Director

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Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney
Anglican EdComm
Joint Media Release


Anglican EdComm, the Education Commission of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney has announced the appointment of Stephen Kinsella as its next Executive Director. Mr Kinsella, who is currently Headmaster of The Illawarra Grammar School will take up his new appointment in early 2018.

‘The Commission warmly welcomes Stephen Kinsella to this vital leadership role” said the Chair of EdComm, Professor Chris Bellenger. “Stephen has the professional background and reputation and the Christian character and personal attributes needed in this role of assisting Anglican schools in the Diocese and their teaching staff to be leaders in biblically-shaped student learning, character and faith formation based around their Christian ethos and foundations. Stephen is well connected within the professional world of educationists and will bring wise counsel on a broad range of educational matters, in all school types and beyond, to assist the leadership of the Diocese in a complex Australian society’.

Stephen Kinsella BCom, DipEd, MEdStud, MACE, FAICD has been Headmaster of The Illawarra Grammar School (TIGS) since 2006 and before that was Principal of Kormilda College in Darwin. He has served as a teacher in both government and independent schools over four decades. He introduced the International Baccalaureate to TIGS and chaired the Association of Australasian International Baccalaureate Schools (AAIBS) from 2000-2002. He is well connected within several independent schools associations including the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), Heads of Independent Co-educational Schools (HICES) and the Association of Independent Schools (AIS). Mr Kinsella is married and he and his wife Gay have two adult children. He is a parishioner of St Mark’s Anglican Church, West Wollongong.

“The Anglican Diocese of Sydney has a long and proud history of involvement in school education.” Mr Kinsella said. “It is exciting to have the opportunity to support our many Anglican schools in delivering a quality education within the framework of a Biblical worldview for our students.”

Professor Bellenger noted with thanks that Dr Julie Mathews, a member of the Commission who stepped in to temporarily lead EdComm following the illness and retirement of its previous Executive Director, Dr Bryan Cowling, will continue as Executive Director of EdComm until the end of 2017.

“I am delighted with the appointment of Mr Stephen Kinsella to become the second Executive Director of EdComm.” said the Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies.

“Mr Kinsella has made an outstanding educational contribution to The Illawarra Grammar School and I look forward to working with him in his new position, which is a vital role in both facilitating the direction of Christian education in our diocese and in providing advocacy with state and federal governments.” the Archbishop said.

7 August 2017


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