Brendan Spillane is currently the Project Leader of two substantial systemic change projects for the Catholic education system in WA. These projects involve the design and implementation of review and improvement frameworks for all Catholic schools in WA and for head office personnel. This has included overseeing the construction of digital and other support resources. In 2010, he was a member of the steering group that organised the inaugural school improvement network for Australian Catholic school systems held in Sydney.
He has also had a significant role in both the development and delivery of a suite of leadership programs for leaders at all levels in the Catholic education system of WA. Before moving to a policy role, Brendan had a background in schools as a teacher and principal. He has a B Ed from the National university of Ireland and an M Ed in Educational Leadership from Notre Dame Australia. He is a GCi accredited Executive Coach.
Brendan has had senior roles at executive level on professional associations at both state and national level. At present, Brendan is designing programs for 2012 based on the AITSL National Standard for Principals, programs that will be delivered to a cross-sectoral audience of school leaders in WA. During 2012, he will be taking extended leave from his current role to pursue private consultancy interests, working in the areas of organisational intelligence, leadership and learning culture.
In the past few years, Brendan has had significant experience at facilitating across a diverse range of settings. Some of these have involved:
- A series of workshops for senior leaders on understanding organisational change and the leadership requirements of today's organisations (2009-11).
- A significant role in the delivery of core modules in the CEOWA Aspiring Principals' and Emerging Leaders' programs as well as the Induction Program for Transferring Principals.
- Australasian Mercy Sisters Schools Association (Perth 2011).
- Centre for Strategic Education/Growth Coaching International Conference (Melbourne 2011).
- ACEL Conference Learning Landscapes (Adelaide 2011).
- Association of Heads of Independent Schools Australia - Senior Staff Conference (Perth 2011).
Masterclass Series (co-designed and facilitated with Dr John Edwards)
- Productive Feedback Relationships (Perth 2010).
- The Conversations that Matter (Brisbane 2011).
Brendan is a strong believer in the power of dialogue to generate organisational learning and an advocate for flatness in organisational structure. He thinks kindness is a core disposition of good leaders.
If good professional dialogue was easy, it would be happening everywhere. Too often, however, important things are left unsaid or the conversation driven underground. Why does this happen?