19 November 2018

Canberra Girls Grammar School announces new Principal

| Ian Bushnell
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New Canberra Girls Grammar Principal Anna Owen. Photo: Supplied.

New Canberra Girls Grammar Principal Anna Owen. Photo: Supplied.

Canberra Girls Grammar School has appointed a new Principal to replace outgoing head Anne Coutts, who announced in June that she would be leaving the school after seven years in the role.

The Deputy Principal of Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Anna Owen, will join CGGS at the beginning of the 2019 academic year.

Mrs Owen has held the position of Deputy Principal at BGGS for five years and has held senior positions at a number of other schools.

“I am honoured to be appointed the 15th Principal of Canberra Girls Grammar School. I am a strong believer in girls’ education and look forward to leading a century-old community that is actively working to create a world where anything is possible for young women,” she said on the confirmation of her appointment.

Chair of the CGGS Board, Belinda Moss, said Mrs Owen was an inspiring contemporary educator.

“Her breadth of experience, energy and passion for empowering young women make her an ideal fit to lead Canberra Girls Grammar School,” Ms Moss said.

“With a background in Science, Anna holds a Masters of Science degree. She has also completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and is part way through an MBA. She is also a keen sportswoman and especially enjoys triathlon.

“I and the rest of our vibrant school community look forward to welcoming her next year.”

She said that once the Queensland school year concluded, Mrs Owen and her family would begin the process of moving to the ACT.

Mrs Coutts’ husband, Ian Coutts, has been elected Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Bunbury, in Western Australia.

A former medical researcher and science teacher, Mrs Coutts was principal of three girls’ schools in the UK before coming to Australia to take up the Grammar position in 2011.

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