The Professional Development Network is a not for profit organisation, 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:

  • After school Workshops from 4 to 6 pm
  • Leadership Breakfasts from 7 to 8.30 am
  • Annual 2-day Conference held in August on the Gold Coast


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

  • 6 March
  • 29 May
  • 24 July
  • 23 October


Twilight workshops (4 - 6 pm) are held at various Brisbane venues. The PDN hosts up to 6 of these per year.

  • 20 February
  • 20 March
  • 8 May
  • 19 June
  • 11 September
  • 16 October

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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

Gayle ColemanPrincipalAscot State School
Charmaine DriverPrincipalDarling Point Special School
Liam ExelbyManagerYXL Institute
Mary-Ellen FeldhagenAdmin Officer & Events OrganiserPDN/Griffith University
Majella FrithPrincipalWondall Heights SS
Bev FlückigerAssoc ProfessorSchool of EPS, Griffith University
Ingrid FreemanPrincipalKenmore State School
Debbie HansenPrincipalForest Lake State School
Wade HaynesPDN Chairperson, Executive PrincipalBrisbane State High School
Leigh HobartDeputy Head of Junior School (T&L)Brisbane Boys College
Jo HughesPrincipalBundamba State Secondary College
Pauline KenzlerManager (School Improvement)Independent Schools Qld
Gerowyn LacazeDeputy PrincipalBalmoral State High School
Joseba LarrazabalPrincipalKedron State High School
Kim McNamaraPrincipalWest End State School
Andrew PeachPrincipalMarsden State State High School
Neil RandallPrincipalOrmiston State School
Jane SedgmanAssistant Regional DirectorMetropolitan Region, Dept of Education
Leisa ThompsonConference OrganiserDot Dash Events
John WebsterPrincipalWellers Hill State School
Paul ZernikePrincipalMilton State School


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