Luke Ritchie

Luke is a family man and with his wife Naomi, has four children. His career in education spans more than 20 years in some of Australia’s leading schools including Canberra Girls Grammar School, Prince Alfred College and most recently as Principal of Annesley College. As a leader, Luke’s impact has led to quality personalised learning, progressive experiential learning, record enrolment growth, significant master plan works and outstanding external evaluation results from the International Baccalaureate Organisation.

Luke holds a Master of Leadership and Management from Deakin University and in 2021 completed the Principal’s Leadership Academy through the Harvard Business School. He was an Australian delegate to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and was awarded a Centenary Medal for service to Australia’s young people.

Strategic leadership, active listening, student-focused communication and impressive global networks are hallmarks of Luke’s professional impact. He is an in-demand speaker, facilitator and executive coach who presents at global events, such as The Schools of the Future Conference in the United States, and coaches school leaders and business executives in Australia and overseas.

Luke has held elected industry roles such as Board Chair of the peak body for independent schools, the Association of Independent Schools of SA (AISSA). Luke is a strong advocate for building Child Safe organisations. As such, Luke has held key industry wide roles such as being an invited Committee Member of Uniting Venues SA, which provides camps, retreats, outdoor education, group and holiday accommodation across South Australia.

Luke is a proud South Australian and committed to the delivery of the best learning experiences for young people, along with genuine capacity building in his community.