Dr Bryan Cowling

MEd(Sydney), EdD(UNSW), MEdAdmin(UNSW)

Honorary Associate


Phone: +61 2  9351

Fax: +61 2  9351

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Professional biography

Dr Cowling is the Executive Director of the Anglican Education Commission in the Diocese of Sydney. Prior to taking up this position he was the founding principal of Thomas Hassall Anglican College in Middleton Grange from 1999-2007. This followed 34 years of service in public education, first as a teacher of English and History, state History Consultant, Inspector of Schools, Regional Director and for a number of years he was the Acting Director of Curriculum, Director of Vocational Education, Executive Officer of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Quality Education, and Director of School Education Policy.

He is a member of numerous Boards, Councils and Committees, including the Sydney Anglican Schools Corporation, the Academic Board of the Wesley Institute, the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Sydney and the steering committee of the international Whatiflearning Project.

In his current position he provides professional support and advice to leaders and teachers in Anglican schools, especially in the areas of curriculum, pedagogy and professional development. He has spoken at a number of international conferences on Christian education. He recently co-authored New Perspectives on Anglican Education: Reconsidering Purpose and Plotting a Future Direction which is the first of a number of scholarly publications to be produced by a think-tank set up by the Anglican Education Commission to promote research and scholarship in Anglican education. 

He holds degrees from the University of Sydney, the University of NSW and the University of Newcastle. Since 2007 he has engaged in a number of activities with the University of Sydney as part of its Partnership in Anglican Education. The Commission plays an active role in recruiting young people into teaching in government and private schools and has worked closely with Faculty members in helping to raise the quality of in-school professional development for new teachers.

Professional and community roles

  • Executive Director, Anglican Education Commission, Diocese of Sydney

  • Member, Consultative Committee, Association of Independent Schools NSW

  • Member of Vocational Education Advisory Committee, Association of Independent Schools

  • Member of the Academic Board, Wesley Institute

  • Member, Independent Schools Leadership Centre Council

  • Member, Director-General's (of Education and Training) Consultative Committee on Religious Education

  • Secretary/Treasurer, NSW Anglican Church Provincial Commission on Christian Education

  • Member, Sydney Anglican Schools Corporation

  • Member, Board of Directors, Sydney Anglican Schools Corporation (and its associated Boards)