Professor Shirley Randell was born on 8 March 1940 in Perth.
She was educated at Perth Modern School and the Universities of Papua New Guinea, Canberra, New England and London where she took degrees in education and philosophy.
After teaching Aboriginal children in isolated schools in Western Australia, Prof. Randell had four children before moving with her family to Papua New Guinea where she lectured at Uniting Church teachers colleges and was Director of the Teaching Methods and Materials Centre at the University of Papua New Guinea.
Returning to Australia, Prof. Randell began a 15-year career in the Commonwealth Public Service, including the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Public Service Commission.
was made a Fellow of the Australian College of Education
for contributions to the administration of major national initiatives in rural education, disadvantaged schools and professional development as Director of Commonwealth Schools Commission
While Director of Programs in the Australian Capital Territory Department of Education she became a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was awarded membership of the Division of the Order of Australia for contributions to public service, particularly in education.
appointments before starting her
own business in 1997 were Chief Executive Officer, City of Whitehorse
, Director and Chief Executive of the Council of Adult Education
and Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Ballarat
As a leading expert in Public Sector and Institutional Reform in Developing Countries, Prof. Randell
has provided specialist technical assistance to governments in the Asia Pacific Region and in Africa over the last 11 years.
This has included several assignments in Vanuatu (1999-2003), including Team Leader for the AusAID Human Rights Project, Performance Improvement Advisor with the AusAID Public Sector Reform Project
, Executive Officer for the five-donor sponsored Vanuatu 2002 Elections Observer Group
, Advisor to the Vanuatu Governmentâ€™s Decentralisation Review Commission
, Adviser for Regrading of Teachers for the European Unionâ€™s Junior Secondary School Expansion Project in the Vanuatu Teaching Service Commission and the Ministry of Education
and Executive Officer for the UNHCR Assisting Communities Together project.
is an author who has written numerous journal articles and books, including secondary education textbooks on Ni-Vanuatu Role Models: Women in their own right and I Stret Nomo: Girls in Vanuatu can do anything, and edited gender and development training manuals for public servants, INGO workers and water professionals.
In other countries Prof. Randell has been Program Implementation Specialist with the UNDP Capacity Building for Gender Mainstreaming Project of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Government of Bangladesh (2004-2005); Human Resource Adviser with the NZAID Human Development Project for the Government of Niue; Local Government Consultant for an ADB Provincial Government Review for the Solomon Islands Department of Provincial Government and Rural Development; Women, Youth and Non Government Organisation Specialist for an ADB study on skills development for the Papua New Guinea Government; Quality Assurance and Gender and Development Specialist for a skills development study for the Sri Lanka Government; and Performance Management Systems, Business Process Re-engineering Training, Human Resources Management, and GAD Specialist for an AusAid funded project for the Fiji Governmentâ€™s Department of Customs and Excise.
has lectured Chinese, Korean, Thai, East Korea and Indonesian students at the Research Institute of Asia
and the Pacific at the University of Sydney
In 2006-2008 she was Senior Adviser Governance /Gender/Education for the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) East and South Africa Region in Rwanda, and in 2009 has returned to Rwanda to establish and direct the Centre for Gender, Culture and Development Studies at the Kigali Institute of Education.
has spoken at a wide variety of Australian and international conferences, given talks, occasional addresses, openings, launches, lectures, seminars and workshops for parent associations, teacher organisations, industry groups, community groups, universities, schools, adult education centres, neighbourhood houses, government departments, service organisations, and professional associations, and been a frequent speaker at luncheon and dinner meetings about international, educational, ecumenical, gender and human rights issues.
has written extensively on public sector reform, education, gender and human rights and been a regular broadcaster, particularly for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Among the many government, community and university committees Prof. Randell has served on are as President of the Australian College of Educators and Phi Delta Kappa Australian Capital Chapter; Chairperson of the Australian Council of Churches Commission on International Affairs, Healthy Cities Canberra and the Sexual Assault Working Party for the Central Highlands Wimmera Region; foundation member of the National Board of Employment, Education & Training and the Schools Council; and a company director of the YWCA of Australia, National Foundation of Australian Women, the Sir John Monash Business Centre, Australian Council for Educational Administration, Institute of Public Administration Australia, Australian Institute of Management and Australian Institute of International Affairs.
In 1999-2001 she was President of the Rotary Club of Port Vila, in 2004-5 International Director of the Dhaka North West Rotary Club, and in 2007, Director Administration of the Rotary Club of Kigali.
Prof. Randell is founding Secretary General (2006-8) and mentor of the Vanuatu Association of Women Graduates and the Rwanda Association of University Women, currently serving as Coordinator of International Relations for RAUW.
She was International Projects Convener for the Geneva-based International Federation of University Women in 2004-2007 and is Vice President of IFUW for 2007-2010.
Prof. Randell is also a Board member for the NewYork-based Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund.
was one of Australiaâ€™s 100 Inaugural Women of Influence in 2012 in the Global category, and one of the 2013 International Alliance of Women World of Difference 100 Awardees in the Community category.
has businesses in Sydney, Rwanda and Vanuatu,interests in physical fitness, cinema, theatre, music, art and travel, and four adult children with partners, eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild living in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Bundanoon, Austinmer and Brisbane, Australia.