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Aspiring Principals Program 2023135Z

Mar 5, 2023 - Dec 31, 2023

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Full course description

ISV Members who are also AHISA Aspirant Members will automatically be invoiced at the discounted rate of $1,000.

Date and time

Day 1: Tuesday 21 March 2023, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

Day 2: Friday 19 May 2023, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

Day 3: Thursday 3 August 2023, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

Day 4:  Friday 13 October 2023, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

4 Online Masterclasses

Delivery mode

A blend of in-person and online - for the online components a Zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event.


Deputy Principal, Senior Leader and/or AHISA Aspirant member.


This new Aspiring Principals Program – developed in partnership with Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) and the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA) – aims to develop the next generation of Independent school Principals.

The program has been designed to equip aspiring educational leaders with the skills, capabilities and attributes required of Independent school Principals.

This engaging and experiential program includes:

  • Feedback on your leadership strengths and potential for growth
  • A behavioural self-assessment using the DISC® (Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Conscientiousness) model
  • Mentoring to explore leadership perceptions and content
  • Coaching to lead you through a strategic, change management initiative
  • Shadowing an experienced school Principal.

Key takeaways                 

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the skills, capabilities and attributes of a school Principal
  • Enhance your leadership skills for professional and personal growth
  • Explore how to lead and implement strategic change management initiatives
  • Learn from and with global academics and thought leaders, including Harvard University
  • Collaborate and create connections with other aspiring Principals as part of the Aspiring Principals Network.

Presenter information


Kieren Noonan 

Kieren is an innovative education professional with extensive experience in educational and executive leadership. He holds a Master of Education - Leadership from the University of South Australia and has completed executive studies at Harvard, acquiring expert knowledge in leadership, strategy, leading complex change, and culture. Kieren is passionate about education and has recognised expertise in designing innovative solutions and initiatives. He has expert knowledge and experience in leadership and management, professional learning design, and the delivery of executive leadership programs. Through his long-term education research collaboration with Project Zero at Harvard, he has worked extensively with schools and leaders on complex change initiatives to deliver real impact and sustainable change.


Jon Charlton

Jon has a rich history of working with young people in schools, on the street, and in church. For 14 years he was Principal of Kilvington Grammar School, where he was instrumental in driving and leading the school in its most successful transition to being a co-educational provider. Jon has also worked as a Deputy Head, Head of Middle School, School Chaplain and Baptist Pastor. Jon is passionate about the growth and development of educators, so that they can provide the best learning and character formation opportunities for young people.

Jon has served on the Victorian Executive Committee of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA) for six years. Currently he is contracted by AHISA as the Advisor and Aspirant Program Coordinator. In these roles Jon pairs current and/or past Heads in an advisor role with new Heads, and he also provides professional development programs for those aspiring to be Heads in the future.

Jon has completed Science and Theological degrees, and a Diploma of Education.


Aynur Simsirel 

Aynur Simsirel has significant experience in school leadership. She has worked as an Executive Principal overseeing the growth of a multi-campus Independent school. In her current role at Independent Schools Victoria, she supports schools with compliance, governance and student wellbeing initiatives, as well as school performance and strategic planning. Aynur is an accredited coach and facilitates leadership programs such as the Principal Executive Network and supports the Leading Learning that Matters Program in partnership with Harvard University. 


David Burton

David Burton is a Principal Consultant and member of the School Improvement Team here at ISV. David has held school leadership roles here in Victoria and overseas. David has particular expertise with the International Baccalaureate programs, having served as an IB programme coordinator at the International School of Paris and the Australian International School in Singapore. David has been a regular IB conference presenter and workshop leader over the last ten years and has led professional learning with schools and teachers across Australia and New Zealand as well as throughout Asia, Europe and Africa. David has a background in teacher coaching and professional learning, curriculum development and innovation. Currently studying a PhD through RMIT University on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on teacher learning, David has also been ISV’s project lead for isComply.

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