Mr Gipson, Head of St Michael’s Grammar School since 2000, was educated in Trinidad, Barbados, England and Australia. After completing his BA and Graduate Diploma in English at the Western Australia Institute of Technology (now Curtin University), he worked extensively in theatre, film and radio.

After assisting with a school musical at Christ Church Grammar School, Mr Gipson took on a role as English Teacher and Director of Drama there in 1984 while completing his Diploma of Education at Murdoch University. He became Head of English and Languages at All Saints’ College in 1989, when he also completed a Master of Educational Management. In 1993, Mr Gipson was appointed Director of Studies at Perth College.

Mr Gipson’s expertise on the use of information technology in teaching and learning led to his 1996 appointment as Director of School Design at Tridhos School Village, a visionary educational program in Thailand established to provide a learning model for South-East Asia. After subsequently being appointed the School’s Principal, he left the project after it was compromised by the 1997 Thai economic crisis.

On his return to Australia, Mr Gipson served as principal consultant for the US-based Endeavour Group advising educational institutions in Australia and Asia on issues of school reform and change. Mr Gipson was appointed Deputy Headmaster (Curriculum) at Guildford Grammar School in 1998, before taking up his present role as Head of St Michael’s Grammar School.

Mr Gipson was invited in 2002 to be an International Research Associate at the National College of School Leadership (UK) with a brief to review the leadership implications for the wide-scale implementation of information technology in English schools.

After being awarded Educator of the Year by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders in 2009, Mr Gipson was a Visiting Scholar with Singapore’s National Institute of Education. In 2011, he was invited to present the keynote address on 21st Century Learning at a prestigious School Principals conference, ‘School Change: China Experience and International Dialogue’, at Shanghai’s East China Normal University.

Mr Gipson became Australia’s first school principal to receive the Lynda Gratton Business Leader of the Year Award in 2012, conferred by the Australian Human Resource Institute, and was subsequently a finalist as HR Champion CEO in the 2013 Australian HR Awards.

In 2013, Mr Gipson was elected a National Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders in recognition of his ‘distinguished career as an educator’ and for his ‘influence and recognition as an educational leader.’ In 2014, he was admitted as a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators ‘in recognition of his outstanding contribution to education.’

Mr Gipson currently serves on the Council of the Centre for Strategic Education, is a Member of the Board of Management of Independent Schools Victoria, and a Member of the Executive of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (Victoria).