2016 Winners

AHRI CEO Diversity Champion Award

AHRI CEO Diversity Champion Award

Patrea Walton

Deputy Director-General, State Schooling, Department of Education and Training

The Department of Education and Training (DET) prepares Queenslanders with the knowledge, skills and confidence to effectively participate in the community and economy. As the largest Queensland Government agency with over 80,000 employees and 1,236 Schools, DET has significant impact state-wide, from families to communities, in addition to the opportunity to shape the future for generations to come.

Patrea Walton leads the State Schools Division of DET, which caters for over 500,000 Queensland (QLD) students within 1,236 state primary, secondary and special schools. Patrea is responsible for the sucessful performance and operations of these schools, ensuring positive learning outcomes for all students.

Prior to being appointed Deputy Director-General responsible for state schools in 2013, Patrea had a strong background in the education sector as Principal, supervisor of schools, Assistant Director-General and, more recently, as the Chief Executive Officer of the former Queensland Studies Authority.

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