From Play School to public school: Mark Scott lands NSW job

By David Donaldson

Thursday June 2, 2016

Former ABC managing director Mark Scott has been appointed secretary of the New South Wales Department of Education, the premier announced on Thursday.

He will take the place of Michele Bruniges, who moved from the NSW department to head up the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training in April.

Scott finished at the public broadcaster in April after ten years.

His reforms included the creation of iview, News24, ABC3, digital radio, expansion of ABC online and introduction of ABC mobile services.

This won’t be Scott’s first stint working in state government: Scott previously worked for the NSW Greiner government as chief of staff to Education Minister Virginia Chadwick and as senior adviser to education minister Terry Metherell. Earlier still he was a teacher at St Andrew’s Cathedral School.

He holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard, as well as a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma of Education and a Master of Arts from the University of Sydney.


Premier Mike Baird has now issued a statement about the appointment:

“Mark’s appointment takes our reinvigoration of the senior executive of the NSW public service a step further,” Baird said.

“Along with promoting outstanding young talent from within the service, we have sought out the best and brightest from the corporate world.

“Like Rob Whitfield, who took the reins at Treasury last year, Mark is ready, willing and able to bring the fruits of his immense experience to the benefit of the entire NSW community.”

Scott said, “On leaving the ABC, I was asked what I planned to do next. I can think of no more important opportunity than working alongside the teachers of NSW and the staff of the department to improve teaching and learning in our schools.”

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