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Simon Murray OAM

Global Chair IPEN

Simon Murray, OAM, served as a Headmaster across three schools for 27 years, and an educator for over 40 years. Most recently he was the 14th Headmaster of St Peter’s College, Australia. In June 2018 he was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia for services to education and professional associations. In June 2019 he was honoured for his pioneering work and internationally recognised leadership in the field of Positive Education by the Positive Psychology Centre, University of Pennsylvania and the Eisenhower Fellowships.


In February 2020 he was appointed Global Chair of the International Positive Education Network (IPEN). 


He is a member of the Board of the Centre for Positive Psychology, The University of Melbourne and holds the position of Chief Advisor to the Positive Education China Academy. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the School of Education at the University of Adelaide and a member of the Board at St Mark’s Residential College, Adelaide.


In February 2020 he was awarded the Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL SA), Alby Jones Gold Medal for a significant contribution to education, educational leadership and the improvement of student and organisational outcomes at local, national and international levels.


He has co-edited two scholarly books on evidence- based applications of positive psychology and future directions in wellbeing. He has published scientific articles, book chapters and presented on positive psychology and positive education at numerous international conferences.

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