Mr Greg McMahon

Greg McMahon has been a teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal and Executive Principal in the Victorian education system for the last 35 years. Over this time he has taught at Camberwell, Mildura, Noble Park, Mordialloc and Carrum and led schools at Patterson River, Parkdale and Doveton.

In 2006, Greg was appointed the Principal of Parkdale Secondary College in the southern suburbs of Melbourne. During his 8 years at the college, he reshaped the college culture and outcomes to become one of the most sought after schools in the bayside area for students seeking enrolment. In this period the student numbers rose from 990 to 1410.

In late 2014, Greg was approached by Department of Education in Victoria to act as Executive Principal at Doveton College for the last 6 weeks of the 2014 school year. The College is unique – a pre birth to adult learning environment including baby college, high quality long day early learning, play groups, primary school, secondary school and adult learning. Wrap around health and community services and close links with research partners are central to the education hub. While Doveton is a complex setting, it is the formal link to and drive of the Colman Foundation, and the work with philanthropist Julius Colman that has made Doveton College unique.

In January 2015, the ongoing position at Doveton College was advertised and Greg was asked to apply. He was appointed the ongoing Executive Principal in early February 2015.

In the time Greg has been the Executive Principal of Doveton College, the Doveton template has attracted significant interest from government, government departments, university researchers, other educational settings, philanthropic foundations and allied health bodies as to its appropriateness for other low SES areas. The Our Place template is now driving significant discussions about place based wrap around service delivery from an educational based setting. The Victorian Government through the Department of Education has recently signed with the Colman Foundation to deliver 10 other educational sites within a place-based framework. Greg is working with the key players in developing this concept.

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