Dr Phil Lambert

Phil Lambert

EdD (2001), Med (1995)
Regional Director, Sydney
NSW Department of Education and Training

Phil Lambert has extensive experience in education as a principal, inspector, policy director, Assistant Director-General and Regional Director. He has authored and co-authored books and presented a number of papers and keynote speeches at State, national and international conferences covering a range of topics. He has an MEd in Educational Administration and Management and in 2001 completed his doctorate at the University of Sydney. In 2006 he was conferred Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and in 2011 Adjunct Professor at Nanjing University, China. He is also a Fellow of both the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.

Phil has overseen a number of major policy initiatives in NSW in early childhood, primary education, rural education and Aboriginal education. These initiatives include the delivery of distance education to isolated students using satellite computer-based technologies, the NSW review of Aboriginal Education, the expansion of preschools in government schools and the class size reduction program. He has been a member of a number of high level committees, taskforces and boards. He is currently a Board member of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, the Department of Education and Training’s Confucius Institute and the Deans’ Advisory Boards at the University of Sydney and Notre Dame University. Phil served as Chairperson of the South-East Sydney and Inner West Senior Officers Group from 2004-2008 and was the foundation Chair of the Human Services and Justice Metropolitan Regional Network of Senior Government Officers. In 2006 he represented NSW at the World Educational Leadership Conference in Boston, USA and in 2010 represented NSW and the Department at the World Expo in Shanghai, China.

He is Patron of the Early Childhood Education Council and a White Ribbon Day Ambassador – he was selected as a finalist for the 2010 National White Ribbon Ambassador of the Year. Phil has been awarded by the NSW Primary Principals’ Association for his outstanding contribution to primary education and in 2010 was the inaugural recipient of the Regional Director/School Education Director of the Year Award presented by the Federation of Parents and Citizens Associations of NSW.

Phil is committed to lifelong learning and commenced studying Mandarin in 2010.

Graduation speech

Dr Lambert gave the address to the Faculty of Education & Social Work’s graduation ceremony in the Great Hall on 15 April 2011.

Read his speech here.


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