Seymour College welcomes new Principal

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From left: Richard Dodsworth (Deputy Chair of the Board), Rosina Hislop (Chair of the Board), Vanessa Browning and Kevin Tutt.

Seymour College is delighted to announce the appointment of Vanessa Browning as the school’s 14th Principal in its proud 98-year history.

She has been appointed following the decision by Kevin Tutt to retire at the end of the 2020 school year.

Vanessa has been Head of Seymour’s Junior School since joining from St Catherine’s Sydney three years ago. Prior to this, she held leadership and teaching roles at a number of independent R-12 schools including The Scots College (NSW), Matthew Flinders Anglican College (Qld) and Geelong Grammar (Vic).

Vanessa was appointed as Principal of Seymour College following a national search conducted by leading education recruitment consultants Fish & Nankivell.

“I am honoured to be appointed Principal of a school that has played an important part in shaping young, capable and confident women for almost 100 years,” Vanessa said.

“Seymour College is a vibrant and caring community and I look forward to working with our students, staff, parents and wider community members in articulating a collective vision of excellence and integrity.”

Vanessa and Kevin will work closely together over Term Four to ensure a seamless transition before she officially commences in the role at the start of the 2021.

“In the three years that I have worked with Vanessa, every meeting with her has left me feeling energised and inspired. Indeed, it is little wonder that our Junior School performance has improved every year under her leadership,” Chair Rosina Hislop said.

“This appointment is the next step in our long-term strategy around strong leaders who live our values and have a commitment to strengthening the position of the College, continuing to provide the best education for our girls while building a strong foundation for the future.”

Kevin Tutt advised the Board of his intention to retire earlier this year.

“The impression Seymour has made on me will stay with me forever,” he said.

“It has been a pure delight to work with such a committed team and a wider school community that is so wholly engaged in delivering the best for its students through academia, wellbeing and service.

“Our girls inspire us every day, and I know Vanessa and her team will do an amazing job as the College heads toward its centenary in 2022.”

Chair Rosina Hislop said Kevin Tutt had made “an outstanding contribution to Seymour College over the past four years”.

“He has overseen the delivery of our Strategic Plan including the building of important new infrastructure, he has worked closely with the Board through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and he has always had a total commitment to delivering the best outcomes for our girls.

“He leaves the College in a very strong position, due in no small part to his skills in identifying and attracting outstanding educators and future leaders to our school.

“He is a hugely respected and much-loved member of the Seymour family and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”