Rick Persse

2020 Chief Executive, Department for Education

Rick was appointed to lead the Department for Education in June 2016.

What would you be if you weren’t leading educational change in SA?

If Rick wasn’t working in the department, he might be a fly-fishing tour guide.

Strategic practice that has seen the most growth?

Quality people – teaching is where it is at!

Public sector value that matches your strength and values the most?


Gratitude to share with the community

Rick is very keen to show gratitude to all our principals, teachers, pre-school directors and support staff all over the state for being so remarkable this year.

Rick would recommend the book

Survivors and the Ted Talk by Brene Brown, The power of vulnerability.

To find out more about Rick head to our podcast series. Rick is podcast #31.


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