Mr Christopher Wardlaw PSM OLY
BEc (Hons) DipEd
Deputy Chair, Non-Executive Director
Mr Christopher Wardlaw PSM OLY was appointed to the AITSL Board as Deputy Chair on 2 May 2016, and reappointed effective from 2 May 2019. His term concluded on 1 May 2023.
Chris completed a 9-year term as Chair of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Board in April 2023. With an early career as a teaching fellow at university and then as a secondary teacher, Christopher has gained extensive experience relating to curriculum, assessment, and quality assurance for pre-primary, basic, and senior secondary education. He also has vast experience in the government and education sectors from working in senior leadership roles in Australia and Hong Kong.
Christopher was awarded the Public Service Medal in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours and was made a Fellow of Monash University in 2013.
Christopher also had a parallel career as an Olympian representing Australia in long-distance running in 1976 and 1980. He was head coach of the Australian track and field team at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 and has coached a range of elite distance runners. In 2000, Christopher was awarded the Australian Sports Medal. Chris was a Board member of Athletics Australia 2016 to 2022 and was appointed a Life Governor in October 2022.