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Peter Gronn is an Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. Prior to that, he was Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge. During 2011-14, he was Head of Faculty. He was the deputy chair of governors of the University of Cambridge Primary School. Previously, he was Professor in Public Service, Educational Leadership and Management, Department of Educational Studies, University of Glasgow (2007-8). Prior to his arrival in the UK, he held a personal chair appointment as Professor of Education, Monash University (2003-7). While at Monash, he served as Associate Dean (Teaching) (1999-2000), and as Associate Dean (Development) (2002-2004) in the Faculty of Education. He also co-ordinated the Masters coursework degrees in leadership, as part of which he developed and extended the Faculty's teaching profile to the FE, police and corporate sectors, and to public sector professionals in Singapore.

Peter Gronn has had extensive research experience in government and non-government school systems, and with public sector agencies in Australia and the UK. He is a leading international scholar in the general field of leadership, and in educational and school leadership. In 2005-6 Peter acted as a consultant to the Australian Council for Educational Research on the project 'Standards for School Leadership' and in 2006-7 he co-authored the Country Background Report for Australia which formed part of the OECD international project on school leadership. He participated in a number of invited seminars and think tanks on leadership succession and development planning, and future directions in the field (e.g., Rockefeller Centre, Bellagio; National College for School Leadership; Centre for Creative Leadership, Greensboro; Leadership Foundation for Higher Education; NYU Wagner, Research Center for Leadership in Action.

Peter is the author of about 150 publications. A number of his recent writings have been on leadership configurations and new ways of mapping leadership practice. His most recent books are A University's Challenge: Cambridge's Primary School for the Nation (Cambridge University Press, 2016), co-edited with James Biddulph, and Just as I Am: A Life of J.R. Darling (Hardie Grant Books, 2017). Peter is a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK).