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Cranlana Confidential – Rebecca Cody – Wednesday 17 June


Cranlana Confidential is one of the opportunities we’re creating for our alumni to continue to draw on each other’s experience.  This online program is a series of 60 minute conversations, offering an opportunity for you to engage with a prominent alumnus from your own sector, or one you’re interested in.  Our Lead Moderator, Peter Mares, will start the session with a one-on-one interview discussing the guest’s experience of trying to lead their organisation ethically and effectively, before segueing to a group conversation.

Capped at 20 participants, and conducted under the strictest confidentiality, this is your opportunity to talk frankly with leaders in your field, and engage in in-depth, meaningful discussion with your peers.

Exclusive to Cranlana alumni, these sessions are rare chances to share experiences with professional colleagues who can act as a sounding board, feeding into your thinking and actions on important issues.

Rebecca Cody will discuss leading through the pandemic as the Principal of Australia’s largest coeducational boarding school — Geelong Grammar School. Along with residential aged-care facilities, boarding schools are identified as one of the most high-risk places for the transmission of viruses. While closing down any school poses challenges, these are magnified when over half the pupils live on site. The safety of students and staff was the primary consideration guiding Rebecca’s decision-making, but how does this sit with other imperatives like psychological wellbeing, educational outcomes, parental expectations, revenue targets and board governance. When Rebecca commenced as principal of Geelong Grammar School in 2018, she was the first woman and the first Australian-born educator to hold the post. She has taught and led schools in Tasmania, Western Australia, New Zealand and Victoria for more than twenty years and in 2012 received a WA Business News 40-under-40 award for her change management at Methodist Ladies’ College in Perth. As a Principal, Rebecca Cody frames her responsibilities in terms of Chief Educator, Learner, Strategist, Coach and Ambassador.

Exclusive to alumni


17 Jun 2020