Dr Helen Hughes

Helen is passionate about bringing out the best in individuals. Her commitment to encouraging ongoing learning and self-awareness for success in teaching and leadership underpins her coaching.

She is a Growth Coaching International accredited coach, is a certified practitioner with The Leadership Circle® and a Professional Companion in the Association of Independent Schools NSW Flagship Program for aspiring senior school leaders.

Helen brings to her practice over 30 years of experience in senior educational leadership, including 14 years as Principal of Strathcona, Melbourne, and 10 years as Deputy Principal of Pymble Ladies’ College, Sydney. Her leadership skills have been enhanced by courses at the Principals’ Centre, Harvard, and the National Centre for School Leadership, UK.

Her PhD research in the area of teacher professional learning and appraisal further reinforced her belief in the impact of coaching in –

  • increasing the effectiveness of teachers
  • promoting their professionalism
  • refining the skills and impact of school leaders as builders of culture
  • promoting a community of shared practice
  • creating meaningful approaches to teacher appraisal

Selections of her findings are published in Independence (Vol 44, May 2019) and through the Centre for Strategic Education (Occasional Paper 160, May 2019).

Helen’s extensive contribution to schools and professional associations is recognised in Fellowships with the Australian College of Educators, the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (Vic) and the Teachers Guild of NSW.