Chris Presland


Mr Chris Presland (BA Dip Ed) Sydney FACEL is in his third Principalship at the multi award winning St Clair High School in the Western suburbs of Sydney. He has previously been a senior Principal at the NSW DET State Office and prior to that he was the Principal of Airds High School, located at Campbelltown in Sydney’s Southwest. He has a strong history of developing a shared understanding of learning across the school, leading to improved teaching and learning, greater levels of professional dialogue between teachers and improved learning outcomes for students.

He has presented keynote speeches and workshops relating to successful organisational change and the foundations for effective leadership, for audiences in the USA, New Zealand, South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory and in many locations across NSW. Whether in writing or as a lively facilitator, his areas of expertise focus upon the processes rather than just the theory of how to create highly focused and dynamic organisations.

Chris is currently a Deputy President of the NSW Secondary Principals' Council (NSW SPC), Convener of the NSW Branch of Principals Australia Institute, a National Board Member of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) and also President of the NSW Branch, and is a NSW Delegate to the Australian Secondary Principals Association (ASPA).

Chris was a recipient in 2003 of a Director General’s award for Excellent Service to Public Education, was listed in the 2004 Australia’s Smart 100 awards conducted by The Bulletin magazine and Microsoft Australia, received a 2005 Macarthur Outstanding Educator Award from the Australian College of Educators, in 2006 received a National Outstanding Achievement by a Principal award from the Federal Government, and in 2008 was conferred as a National Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders. In 2010 Chris was recognised for his contribution to a range of professional associations with a John Laing Professional Development Award from Principals Australia. Most recently Chris was awarded the prestigious Patrick Duignan Award for Leadership in any NSW educational institution.