Professor Stephen Parker AO

Special Adviser on Education, and Global Lead, Education and Skills

KPMG Australia

Stephen began his career in law, working in private practice and academia in the UK. Over the last 30 years he has held a number of high-profile roles in the Australian education sector including the Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Canberra, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, Monash University and most recently, Director of Global, Development and Strategy at The Conversation.

In 2014, Stephen received the Order of Australia for “distinguished services to tertiary education through administrative, academic and representational roles, and as a leader in the growth and development of the University of Canberra”.

As KPMG Australia’s Special Adviser on Education Stephen continues his passion for Australia’s social and economic future through improvements in education and research outcomes. He leads our work across all parts of the sector including higher education, vocational and training and school education.

Stephen is a music lover and was the lead guitarist in the undiscovered University of Canberra band, The Hip Replacements. He supports a British soccer team which last won a major trophy when The Beatles were still playing together.

  • Advisory
  • Education
  • Government and Public Sector
  • Management Consulting
  • Primary, Secondary, Lower Education
  • Strategy
  • Strategy and Operations
  • Trade Schools
  • Transformation
  • Universities and Colleges, Higher Education
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Wales

  • Admitted to legal practice in England and Wales, the ACT and Queensland