Dr Paul Browning

StPauls School


Dr Paul Browning (PhD, MEdAdmin (Hons), BEd, DipTeach) has been a Headmaster for 17 years. His first appointment was as the founding principal at Burgmann Anglican School in the ACT where he also served as the Chair of the Association of Independent Schools ACT and on the Board of the Independent Schools Council of Australia. During his time at Burgmann, the school’s student population grew from 24 to 1500, across two campuses.

In 2008 Dr Browning was appointed as Headmaster of St Paul’s School. Upon his arrival, Paul led St Paul’s School through a major restructure to create a unique middle management model designed to coach and develop teachers in key 21st century pedagogies.

Paul is passionate about creativity and innovation in learning; a passion that led to the opening of the School’s Centre for Research, Innovation and Future Development www.thecentreonline.com.au Since 2013, leaders from more than 70 schools in Australia and New Zealand have visited St Paul’s to learn from the work it is doing.

Paul’s other passion is leadership and school culture. He believes that trust is the fundamental resource for successful leadership and a healthy school culture. His PhD research into the practices that engender trust was nominated for an outstanding thesis award and won an Executive Dean’s commendation from Queensland University of Technology.

Paul has published numerous journal articles and is a peer reviewer for research articles on leadership for the International Journal of Leadership in Education. He has spoken at numerous conferences, both nationally and internationally, and has led workshops on leadership, teacher improvement, school culture and improvement. He is the author of “Compelling Leadership: The importance of trust and how to get it” (Apple iBooks). 

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