Mr Lionel Parrott

Mr Lionel Parrott commenced employment at Monash University in January 1972 as a careers counsellor, moving from a human resources role in the private sector. From 1978, until he left...

Mr Lionel Parrott commenced employment at Monash University in January 1972 as a careers counsellor, moving from a human resources role in the private sector.  From 1978, until he left the university in 1997, he held senior management positions, in careers and in staff development. He has been an honorary member of the general staff since leaving the university.

Mr Parrott’s career was distinguished by being innovative and often breaking new ground.  He represented the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee (AVCC) as the sole universities’ representative on a federal government enquiry into careers education, and was for some years a board member of the Graduate Careers Council of Australia.  He worked closely with the business world to secure good outcomes for students.  His team worked diligently to engage with academic departments.  Business contributions supported creation of resources for students.

His work as founding chair of the National Association of Graduates Careers Advisers was acknowledged with an award of life membership.  Adapting a University of Queensland model, he initiated delivery of a Junior University program for Year 11 students.

In the staff development function he oversaw delivery of the AVCC’s Administrative Staff residential program and used residential training to great effect.  Hallmark programs included training in staff selection and in performance appraisal.  He created a self-help, self-paced learning facility used by many members of staff.

Mr Parrott was chair of the Uniting Church’s education committee, a member of the Association of Independent Schools’ Victoria committee, and a board member of the Victorian Independent Schools’ Block Grant Authority for 13 years.  While Board Chair at Billanook College, the school doubled in size and he is a life governor of the college.

Upon leaving the University, Mr Parrott helped establish an education recruitment practice for Slade Partners and was engaged in appointing many senior staff in universities and schools.

Now retired, he is actively engaged on many church committees and has particular interests in mentoring primary students and in mental health.  Mr Parrott still plays veterans tennis.