Phil Lewis finished his term on the Board of CaSPA after seven years service as a Director and President for the past four years. In his farewell speech to Phil, incoming President Andrew Watson spoke of the great service that Phil provided in his time on the Board. Andrew highlighted the significant changes that have occurred under Phil's presidency including a restructuring of the Executive Officer role and the higher visibility of the work of the Board, This was seen particularly in the initiative Phil introduced of having Board meetings take place in the various jurisdictions and especially the practice of having Board meetings scheduled to coincide with meetings of the local Principal's association. This had enabled the Directors to meet face to face with Principals around Australia and to hear first hand of the issues and priorities of each of the local Principal associations. While there were common themes around Principal Health and Well Being, and the challenges of new Industrial agreements for Principals, there were also unique priorities such as the difficulties experienced by those in remote schools such as our colleagues in Northern Territory.
Phil also developed important links with key stakeholder groups among Principal groups in other sectors and in the government and related agencies. Phil demonstrated high levels of communication and consultation, no doubt assisted by his own studies and expertise in Leadership.
CaSPA indeed owes a debt of gratitude to Phil for his service and contribution to the work of Catholic Secondary Principals and we wish him all the best for his continuing work as principal of Nazareth College in Adelaide.
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