Mr Chris Tudor AM

A multi-faceted man, vitally interested in people and passionate about education.

Chris Tudor retired in July 2016 after 30 years as Headmaster of St Philip’s College, Alice Springs.  During his tenure, he was recognised both at home and internationally for his achievements in building a school of international repute in Australia’s desert heartland.

Chris’ career in education has been devoted to providing quality educational opportunities for young people living in rural and remote areas.  He has also made a remarkable contribution to the development 

of the independent schools’ sector in Australia, at both Northern Territory and national level.  He was Chairman of the Association of Independent Schools of the Northern Territory, which he co-founded, and past Chair of the Independent Schools Council of Australia.  Chris also held the position as the member of the International Board of Round Square for the Australasian Region.

Chris has been a member of the Uniting Church National Education Committee, a member of the Northern Territory Board of Studies, member of Teachers Registration Board of the NT and a member of the Standing Committee of the Uniting Church Northern Synod.  

In 1997 Chris was named Territorian of the Year (Southern Region) for his contribution to the development of the education infrastructure and opportunities in the NT.  In 2001 he was made a Fellow of the Australian College of Education for his significant contribution to the development of independent education, for his work in both the private and public sectors of education in the Northern Territory, for his work in supporting youth, outdoor education and sport in Central Australia and his ongoing commitment to international activities. His contribution to education was recognised on Australia Day 2004 when he became a Member of the Order of Australia.  

The accolades continued in 2009, when Chris was named Principal of the Year by the AISNT (Association of Inde­pendent Schools of the North­ern Territory).

Chris is passionate about education, and when Headmaster, (despite his wide-ranging commitments), insisted on continuing to teach in the classroom.

Now retired, Chris is enjoying spending time with his four children and nine grandchildren, whilst still keeping his interest in education alive by serving on boards of private and public schools. Chris is also a Board Member for the Australian Institute Company Directors Northern Territory, as well as Vice-President of Somerville Community Services.