Head of School/CEO
Born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA to British and South African parents, Stuart moved first to South Africa and then to Australia for high school and post-secondary training.
Stuart is a highly experienced educator and school leader. Prior to taking up the post of Head of School/CEO at GEMS World Academy he was the Principal of Garden International School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the leading British curriculum school in South East Asia. Before that he was the Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Education in Sydney New South Wales. Prior to this Stuart served as the Executive Director at the United Nations International School in New York. From 2006 to 2009 he was the Headmaster of Blue Mountains Grammar School just west of Sydney. From 2000 to 2006 Stuart was the Director of Pearson College of the Pacific, the United World College of Canada in Victoria British Columbia.
He served as Founding Headmaster of Snowy Mountains Grammar School in Jindabyne, Australia from 1996 to 1999. Prior to that he was Deputy Head of Timbertop, Geelong Grammar School in Mansfield from 1989 to 1995. Stuart commenced his teaching career at Sydney Church of England Grammar School (SHORE) in North Sydney in 1984 as a Geography teacher.
Stuart's passion for adventure has led him around the world - travels in Europe, Japan and Africa, scientific expeditions in Australia, and scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef, Fiji, Mexico and Vanuatu. As well, he is an experienced sailor who has participated in ocean racing, a rugby enthusiast and referee, an accomplished cook and photographer. He has also completed numerous marathons in different parts of the world.
Education: B.A (UNSW) at Royal Military College, Duntroon 1984, Diploma of Education (Monash) 1990, Master of Educational Administration (Deakin) 1996