The Professional Development Network is a not for profit group, formed by School Leaders for School Leaders

The Professional Development Network (PDN) is designed by school leaders for school leaders and provides high quality leadership development.

We have been operating in South East Queensland and supported by Metropolitan Region, DET and the School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University for over 20 years. Our network is a well-regarded, unique and supported, committed to Excellence in Leadership since 1995.

The PDN provides leading and provocative educational leadership opportunities for you and your staff. Our aim is to provide ‘something different - something more’ and we greatly value the School Leaders and Aspiring Leaders from all regions, sectors and types of schools and provides a wonderful platform to network with purpose. Our network has strong partnerships with our sponsors and the educational community and look forward to both connecting you with like-minded colleagues as well as helping you access high quality professional learning to meet your specific needs and goals.

Each year, the PDN committee organise a series of provocative, helpful and informative leadership sessions in one of three formats:

  • Leadership Workshops and Breakfast events held in Greater Brisbane Area
  • PDN Virtual Webinars (FREE to Subscriber schools only)
  • Annual Conference held on the Gold Coast (Registrations now open for 2021)

In 2021 we look forward to celebrating over 25 years of provoking leadership excellence, offering an exciting program of events around the theme Thinking Leaders: Provocations and Opportunities, which will confront the big issues facing education right now!

Subscribe now to the Professional Development Network to enjoy these benefits.

School Leaders' Conference

18-20 August 2021


2021 Leadership breakfasts (7 - 8.30 am) are held 4 times per year at Queensland Cricketer's Club.

Cost: PDN Subscriber $60.50 each / Non-subscriber $82.50 each (Prices include GST)

For more detailed information about each individual breakfast, see the events feed below which will be updated as Presenters are confirmed.


2021 Twilight workshops (4 - 6pm) are held at various Brisbane venues TBA. Cost: PDN Subscriber $60.50 each / Non-subscriber $82.50 each (Prices include GST)  *Register a team of 4 or more and one can attend for FREE

PDN Virtual Webinars (3.30-4.30pm) Enjoy participating right where you are. Cost: FREE for Subscribers and $33.00 each (GST Incl) for Non-Subscribers.

For more detailed information about each individual workshop, see the events feed below which will be updated as presenters are confirmed.

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Register now for a breakfast or twilight workshop

Who are the Professional Development Network?

The Professional Development Network (PDN), is a not-for-profit educational, Queensland schools’ network organised by school leaders for school leaders.

The PDN aims to provide and promote professional development activities for leaders and aspiring leaders in Brisbane, Ipswich and surrounding areas. It operates in partnership with Griffith University and is designed by a dedicated committee of School Leaders, Metropolitan Regional Advisors and Griffith University staff.

Committee Members

Melissa BurkePDN Chairperson and PrincipalBracken Ridge State School
Charmaine DriverPrincipalDarling Point Special School
Mary-Ellen FeldhagenAdmin Officer & Events OrganiserPDN/Griffith University
Majella FrithPrincipalMansfield State School
Bev Fl├╝ckigerProfessorSchool of EPS, Griffith University
Ingrid FreemanPrincipalKenmore State School
Tina GaudryConference OrganiserDot Dash Events
Debbie HansenPrincipalForest Lake State School
Leigh HobartHead of Academic Performance and InnovationBrisbane Boys' College
Nigel HughesExecutive PrincipalSouthport State High School
Joseba LarrazabalPrincipalKedron State High School
Anne LawsonPrincipalSpringfield Central State High School
Robert McDowallPrincipalIpswich Special School
Kim McNamaraPrincipalWest End State School
Andrew PeachPrincipalMarsden State State High School
Neil RandallPrincipalOrmiston State School
Leisa ThompsonConference OrganiserDot Dash Events
Paul ZernikePrincipalMilton State School


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