Neil McWhannell

Prior to his appointment as CEO of Educate Plus, Neil was the foundation CEO of HeartKids Australia from 2007 to 2011. In this role he significantly transformed the organisation, earning the Equity Trustee CEO of the Year Award for first-year achievers, as well as runner-up in the 2009 Australian Fundraiser of the Year Awards. Recently, he was also the recipient of a Harvard Business School minor scholarship. 
Neil comes from a strong educational background, holding the role of Principal at some of Australasia’s leading independent schools. Prior to joining HeartKids he also held the position of CEO for the YMCA of Sydney for four years. 
Neil has many interests and is a positive contributor to his community. He serves as a Justice of the Peace, and has been State Chairman and National Board Member for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.  
Neil is married to Heather, who is Head of Infants at Abbotsleigh School for Girls in Sydney, and has two adult children. 

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