Dr Phil Lambert has extensive experience in education as a school principal, inspector, Executive Director, Assistant Director-General, Regional Director and General Manager at Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) where he led the development of Australia’s first national curriculum. He has authored books and presented a number of papers and keynotes at national and international conferences.
Phil completed his Doctorate at the University of Sydney where he continues to support the education faculty as Adjunct Professor and Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board. He is also Adjunct Professor at Nanjing Normal University. Phil is both a Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders and the Australian College of Educators (ACE). He is also National President of ACE and chairs the ACE Board.
Phil has received a number of honours and awards. In 2011 he was acknowledged for his outstanding community work and leadership in a unanimous resolution in the Parliament of NSW. In the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours he was awarded the Public Service Medal for his outstanding contribution to education. He was also the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Australian College of Educators’ award, the Sir Harold Wyndham Medal.
Phil is currently supporting curriculum reform efforts in Japan, as expert advisor and researcher for its Innovative Schools Network (ISN) initiative and as a member of the ISN Advisory Board. He is also Curriculum Expert to the OECD Education 2030 Learning Framework project and has recently supported the implementation of curriculum reforms in Brazil, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Kuwait and Qatar.
Phil contributes to the community in various ways. He is the inaugural Deputy Chair of the Our Watch Board, the national foundation to prevent violence against women and their children and chairs the National Respectful Relationships Education Expert Group. In 2016 he was also appointed by the NSW Attorney General as a member on the Children’s Court Advisory Committee.
He is currently featured in an exhibition of 50 Positively Remarkable People from Sydney.