Leonie Paulson has been appointed as the new Registrar of the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia.
Ms Paulson will replace the current Registrar, Dr Peter Lind, at the end of February 2020 when his five year tenure concludes. She was chosen after a merit-based selection process led by the Board chair, Dr Jane Lomax-Smith.
The Teachers Registration Board is the state’s statutory authority that establishes and maintains the teacher registration system and professional standards to ensure members are competent and are fit and proper persons to have the care of children.
Ms Paulson will work across the education sectors and will assist in enacting new legislation and developing subsequent regulations in her role.
Education Minister John Gardner said Ms Paulson will bring valuable experience to the role, while praising the work of outgoing Registrar Dr Peter Lind.
“Leonie Paulson brings a vast range of knowledge and experience to the role, including time operating within tribunal settings as Executive Director of the Office of Adult Guardianship NT and experience in the health, legal and child protection sectors,” said Minister Gardner.
“Dr Lind has served the state and the national teaching profession with distinction and we all wish him well in the next phase of his life as he returns to New Zealand.”
Teachers Registration Board Presiding Member Dr Jane Lomax Smith was pleased to welcome Ms Paulson to the role.
“I am confident that Leonie will make a very significant contribution both to the Board and to the national debate around teaching as the Teachers Registration Board moves towards enacting new legislation,” said Dr Lomax-Smith.
“I know that she is looking forward to working across all education sectors and I am delighted to work with Leonie in this important role next year.”