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Co-opted Councillor

Murat is the Deputy Secretary, School Operations and Performance at the Department of Education. He leads the public education system of over 2,200 NSW Department of Education schools that oversees the provision of a quality public education for over 800,000 students and 80,000 teachers.

The School Operations and Performance division consists of teams that are responsible for school planning, ongoing self-assessment and external validation, annual reporting and policy implementation. With a clear focus on people and a commitment to students being at the centre of all decision making, Murat drives a culture of change to individualise school improvement for ongoing system improvement in NSW.

Murat began his career with the NSW Department of Education as a social sciences teacher at Ashcroft High School. He has experience in a range of school leadership roles including being senior principal of Belmore and Punchbowl Boys High Schools, as well as senior executive roles as a Director and Executive Director.

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to educational leadership, Murat was awarded the Australian College of Educators' Alan Laughlin Perpetual Award in 2015, an Australia Day Public Service Medal in 2016 and an ACEL NSW Fellowship in 2019. Murat is also an adjunct Professor in the School of Education, Western Sydney University, a member of the University of Sydney's Alumni Council, Teacher Education Advisory Board and STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy, an alumni of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government Executive Fellows Program and a graduate of the Public Service Commission Delivering Business Results Executive Leadership Program.

Education is his life's passion and he champions the work of highly effective school leaders so every teacher and every school can improve every year.