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Dr Neil Carrington joined Act for Kids as Chief Executive Officer in August 2010, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise as an experienced educator, counsellor and leader.
In April 2019, Dr Carrington conquered the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea to raise vital funds for children that have experienced child abuse and neglect. This was Dr Carrington’s third Trek for Kids after taking on the Larapinta Trail and the Southern Alps of New Zealand as well!
Dr Carrington started his career as a teacher in Cunnamulla, a remote community west of Brisbane with a high Indigenous population. Here he saw bright, young Indigenous children who were naturally clever but struggled to excel because their needs weren’t being met by mainstream education. This realisation drove him to complete a postgraduate degree in Special Education, and develop a strong interest in child development.
With an additional Master’s Degree in Special Education, a Master’s Degree in Counselling and Guidance, and a PhD in Educational Psychology; Dr Carrington’s background has been a strong foundation to Act for Kids’ new work in developing the education and training of child protection practitioners with the goal of further improving practice across the sector.
Prior to joining Act for Kids, Dr Carrington was the Foundation National Director of the Leadership Centre for the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) where he provided professional development for education professionals in Australia and encouraged sector best practice.
Previously Dr Carrington spent three years as Director of Teaching and Learning at Queensland University of Technology, and six years as Director of Education for the Mater Health Services, where he was responsible for all organisational and professional development, education, and training for over 6,000 medical, nursing, allied health and administrative/executive staff.
Dr Carrington also lectured in Child Psychology, Educational Psychology and Teaching Practice at Queensland University of Technology and the University of Western Sydney, and he was formerly the Director of School Experience at the University of New England.
Dr Carrington was a Harvard Club of Australia Fellow 2012-13. He was awarded a prestigious scholarship to attend the CEO program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business. Dr Carrington also serves on the Board of Business South Bank.
He also provides a consultancy service to a number of organisations advising on executive coaching, training and professional development, leadership and management and advanced communication skills. Dr Carrington’s speaking fees and leadership coaching have generated more than two million dollars for Act for Kids to date.
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