Dr Ness Goodwin

MA, B Ed St, PhD 

With an acute understanding of the importance of safeguarding children and staff in a school setting, Dr Ness Goodwin leads the PMSA’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Committee as Chair.

Ness not only has extensive education and leadership experience as Principal, she also has experience in a governance setting and exceptional communication skills.

After retiring from her Somerville House Principalship in 2010, Ness became the Executive Director of the Anglican Schools Commission and subsequently a Prison Chaplain. She has also volunteered in a number of roles including at the MacIntyre Centre, a riding school for disabled children.

Ness has a passion for her faith and the Christian Values of PMSA. With a PhD in education, Ness has published several articles and has presented as a keynote speaker at a number of conferences.

Key current and previous appointments, roles and awards include:

  • Chair – PMSA Child Protection and Safeguarding Committee (appointed 2021)
  • Past principal – Somerville House (2004 – 2010, 2017 – 2018), Presbyterian Ladies College Armidale (2000 – 2002), Armidale Boys’ College (2001 – 2002)
  • Past Executive Director – Anglican Schools Commission
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