MA (GU) BEd Studies (UQ) Dip Teaching FACE MACEL

(Appointed member - from January 2014)

Craig Bassingthwaighte was educated at Cavendish Road State High School (1975); Griffith University, Bachelor of Arts (1979) and Master of Arts (1997); and the University of Queensland, Bachelor of Educational Studies (1984).

He began his education career at The Southport School where he held a number of positions, beginning with his appointment as the school’s youngest ever Boarding Housemaster in 1983 at 24 years of age. Other positions included Head of Film and Television, Assistant Head of Sport, Head of Tennis and finally as the school’s inaugural Director of Admissions. He also taught at The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Connecticut USA and St Anne’s School, Windermere UK.

After establishing the first Admissions Office in a Queensland school, Craig was appointed to Trinity Anglican School in Cairns in 1996 as Deputy Principal. In 2000 he was appointed as the third Principal of Whitsunday Anglican School, Mackay where he served for nine (9) years, establishing Whitsunday’s unparalleled academic record for a regional school. In 2004, Craig led a team who initiated the Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival, which has quickly established itself alongside the Somerset Celebration of Literature as Australia’s premier youth literature festivals.

Craig has served as President of the Mackay Group of the Australian College of Educators, a member of the ACE State Executive, an advisory committee member for Central Queensland University, Chair of the Anglican Schools Workplace Relations Committee, Director of the Queensland Anglican Schools System and its Board, member of the Capricornia Sports Board and President of the Mackay Sports Committee.

Craig is currently a member of the Independent Schools of Queensland Education Committee, a member of the National Board of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia, a member of the QCAA Senior Review Committee, a member of the Mayor of the Gold Coast’s Education Advisory Circle, a member of the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.

In January 2009, he began his appointment as the third Headmaster of Somerset College on the Gold Coast. In 2011 Craig was made a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators for his service and leadership in regional education.

In 2014, Craig was appointed to the Council of Griffith University, his alma mater.

Craig is married to Kathy, also a Griffith Graduate, and they have three children, Ellie, Jordan and Alex.