The Country Education Partnership (CEP) has warmly welcomed Peter Greenwell as its new Chair in 2022.
Mr Greenwell steps into the role following the retirement of Helen Clarke, who has been Chair since 2019. In accepting the Committees nomination at the recent CEP Annual General Meeting, Mr Greenwell paid tribute to the work undertaken by Helen and by Phil Brown, the retiring CEO of CEP over the past 3 years.
“The establishment of the Expert Panel into Rural and Regional Students which was chaired by Dr David Howes in 2019 was the culmination of many years of advocacy by CEP and its recommendations were influenced strongly by the input from CEP.”
“It’s that sort of constructive advocacy which has resulted in CEP having such a strong reputation with its members, with the government and the Department, and with other education stakeholders.”
“The Expert Panel report is a far-sighted blueprint for the development of rural and regional education in Victoria. Most of its recommendations were accepted by the government and some have already been implemented.”
Mr Greenwell is no stranger to rural Victoria. He began his teaching career at Orbost in Far East Gippsland before moving to teaching positions in Warragul and the Latrobe Valley.
As a teacher he represented Gippsland for many years on the State Council of the Victorian Secondary Teachers Association and was an inaugural member of the Regional Board of Education.
He joined the Gippsland Regional Office staff in 1988 and held many management roles in the Moe office before being appointed as Regional Director in 2001.
He moved to Melbourne in 2006 as Regional Director of the Southern Metropolitan Region and was appointed the inaugural Regional Director of the North-East Victoria Region in 2012.
He has a keen interest in advancing the interests of rural schools and in making progress on the many issues identified by the Expert Panel as holding back students from rural Victoria compared to their metropolitan counterparts.