Barbara K. Watterston, EdD, has extensive experience in education and has held a number of school and executive leadership positions across Australia. Barbara’s national and international research, coaching and speaking engagements emphasise the impact of high-quality leadership on student learning.
In Australia, her research report, Insights: Environmental Scan Principal Preparation Programs, contributed to five major national recommendations for preparing future school leaders. Dr Watterston is also an advocate for women in leadership. She sees the lack of representation of women in leadership roles as missing out on the incredible potential of women to influence and positively impact reforms and outcomes.
Barbara has been recognised for her contribution to leadership and professional learning. She was the inaugural recipient of the Women of Achievement Award (Western Australia, 2005), is an honorary fellow of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and is a national fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders. Her expertise is regularly sought out to contribute in an advisory capacity as a member of numerous university, departmental, school and professional boards.