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8th August 2015

New Chief Executive Officer

It is with great pleasure that national board of Christian Education National announces this week the formal start of Michelle Dempsey as Chief Executive Officer.

Michelle’s experience
Michelle is passionate about Christian education and brings to her role a wealth of experience in CEN. Michelle’s previous positions have included primary and secondary teaching, head of campus, deputy principal, principal, and state executive officer (Victoria). She is currently the national co-ordinator of CEN, assisting Ken Dickens as CEO. Michelle has directly supported, advised, and encouraged many of our school boards and our principals. She has also chaired the International Transforming Education Conference (ITEC15) committee for this year’s event in Melbourne.

Michelle’s educational journey
Michelle’s grandparents were pioneers of Maranatha Christian School in Melbourne. Michelle was educated at Maranatha, completing her VCE (Year 12) in 1988. She then studied a Diploma of Teaching at Deakin University before gaining a Bachelor of Education from the National Institute for Christian Education. She has since completed a Master of Education from the National Institute.

Michelle’s family and church
Michelle is married to Mic, a teacher and IT coordinator at Mt Evelyn Christian School. Their two children, Max and Meg, are students at Mountain District Christian School. As a family they are strongly involved with Hope in the Hills Christian Church.

Message from the national board
As national board, we know Michelle as a person of strong Christian faith who also has outstanding interpersonal skills and a tremendous work ethic. Her strong leadership capabilities have been recognised nationally in a variety of contexts and she has the ability to articulate a clear vision of Christian education to students, parents, boards, teachers, and principals. We are confident that Michelle has the talent and skills to successfully lead the CEN movement into the future.

Ken Dickens’ role
We acknowledge, with gratitude to God, the great contribution of Dr Ken Dickens to CEN, as our CEO. Ken is not being lost to us as he will continue and concentrate on his work as principal of the National Institute for Christian Education. He will be assisted at the Institute by Chris Parker. CEN and the National Institute will continue to work closely together, along with the advocacy group to which we belong, the Australian Association of Christian Schools (AACS). Martin Hanscamp is the executive officer of AACS.

The CEN national board is grateful to God and excited that we have such a strong leadership team in place to take us into the future.

Gerry Beimers
Chair of the CEN National Board

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