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Mathew Irving

An energetic, innovative and passionate educator with a school leadership experience in strategy, innovation, change management, academic excellence and administration.

'I have been an educator for the entirety of my professional career. For me, it is a calling to vocation that was seeded early in my teens and I've never looked back.

My journey has afforded me the opportunity to develop and growth in significant leadership positions and has now led me to my current executive position as Deputy Head | Academics and Strategy at Wesley College. 

Along the way, I have developed keen interest and expertise in strategic planning, professional development, building design, project development, learning architecture, executive workshop facilitation and leadership coaching.

I will always be a teacher first, but my greatest professional joy is the experience of ideation, joining dots and executing change.'

Why Edleaders?

Edleaders was founded on the idea that the instructional experience of K-12 school leadership was seldom found in social media streams. Luke and I wanted to create a space were we interviewed leaders about their lived experiences so they may impart their wisdom and expertise. We felt that if we could create a podcast beyond a 'thought leadership' paradigm, we would witness the collective development of leadership capability across all sectors.


Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors

Master of Educational Leadership, University of Canberra
Study areas included leadership theory, change management, professional practice, thesis in middle schooling and collaborative practices.

Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary), University of Canberra

Study areas included secondary teaching in performing arts specialising in music education, curriculum design and differentiated learning.

Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance), Australian National University

Study areas included jazz performance on piano jazz history, jazz harmony and analysis, composition and arrangement, film music, aural training.

Personal interests
  • Family time

  • Jazz Piano

  • Politics

  • Kayak fishing

  • Camping and travelling wide open spaces of WA

  • Cricket

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