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New IPEN Global Chair Announced

Dear IPEN community,

IPEN Global Chair

On behalf of the International Positive Education Network (IPEN) Board, we are writing to share with you news in relation to our IPEN Global Chair. 

Thank you Dominic Randolph

After three years of outstanding service Dominic Randolph has concluded his time as Global Chair of IPEN.

We would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Dominic and thank him for his valued contribution to IPEN and the field of Positive Education more broadly. During his time as Global Chair of IPEN, Dominic served with great commitment, acumen and passion in seeking to develop IPEN’s strategic direction, and in particular help support the important work of regional hubs for Positive Education globally, especially in the context of a global pandemic. Over the years, Dominic has led innovation in Positive Education including co-founding the Character Lab – a non-profit organisation that sponsored translational research on character strengths in schools. We thank Dominic for his tremendous leadership and support of IPEN.

Congratulations Anne Johnstone

We are delighted to announce that Anne Johnstone, IPEN Global Vice-Chair and Principal of Ravenswood School for Girls in Sydney, Australia, will continue to help lead Positive Education globally as our new Global Chair of IPEN going forward.

Anne is an internationally recognised educational leader renowned for her pioneering work in the field of Positive Education and the wellbeing of young people. Anne was a founding board member of the Positive Education Schools Association (PESA) and most recently served for a number of years as Chair of PESA.  During her time with PESA Anne has been instrumental in the development, strategic direction and growth of this peak association for Positive Psychology and wellbeing education in Australia.

Anne holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (with honours). In 2017 Anne also graduated with a Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania under the supervision of Professor Martin Seligman and her capstone project was recognised as ‘distinguished.’ In 2019, Anne was among five educational leaders acknowledged for her ‘pioneering work, contribution and internationally recognised leadership in the field of Positive Education’ at the Positive Education Global Summit in Philadelphia hosted by the Positive Psychology Centre at the University of Pennsylvania and the Eisenhower Fellowships.

In 2022, Anne was awarded the Phyllis Evans Medal by the Teachers’ Guild of NSW, a prize that acknowledges a ‘distinguished educator of great standing’. Anne also received an Excellence Award for Principal of the Year at the 2022 Australian Education Awards for her pioneering work in the education sector and Positive Education. In addition, Anne has also been recognised two-years running on The Educator Hot List (2022, 2023) and in 2023 received The Educator Most Influential Educator Award. Under Anne’s leadership, Ravenswood School for Girls has been recognised as The Educator Innovative School of the Year five times in six years (2018, 2019, 2020, 2022 and 2023).

Anne is passionate about helping schools along the rewarding journey of Positive Education, empowering and supporting schools in their implementation of Positive Education to enable whole communities to flourish.

Academically, Anne continues her commitment to Positive Education through her current PhD studies at the University of Melbourne where the focus of her doctoral research is on helping young people to develop a mindset that promotes wellbeing.

We look forward to Anne working with our outstanding IPEN Board as we continue to strive to support all educational stakeholders so that individuals, communities and societies flourish and we look forward to her leadership as IPEN continues to grow as the peak association for Positive Psychology and wellbeing education globally.

Best wishes,

Professor Martin E.P. Seligman 

IPEN Co-Founder


Sir Anthony Seldon

President and IPEN Co-Founder                   

IPEN is the peak global body of wellbeing science-in-education practitioners and brings together teachers, students, parents, higher education, charities, companies and governments to promote positive education internationally.

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