Michael Urwin was appointed as Headmaster of Brighton Grammar School in 1996.
From the age of 12 or 13 Michael knew he wanted to be a teacher. After graduating from Camberwell Grammar School in 1971 he attended the University of Melbourne and successfully completed an Honours Arts Degree, majoring in Chinese.
After university Michael returned to Camberwell Grammar School to teach Chinese and Mathematics—Camberwell was one of few schools offering Chinese at this time.
In 1982 Michael spent 12 months living in Nanjing, China, when he was awarded one of the first Victorian Government International Teaching Fellowships to China.
In 1991 he was appointed Deputy Headmaster of Brisbane Grammar School. After just four years he returned to Melbourne in the role of seventh Headmaster of Brighton Grammar School, a role he successfully filled for 18 years.
Beyond the school gates Michael has made a significant contribution to the education sector, sitting on a number of Drug Education Committees at both state and national level. He served as a member of the University of Melbourne Bachelor of Arts Advisory Board; a member of the Committee of Management of the Australian Anglican Schools’ Network (2002–2005), Chair of the Associated Public Schools Heads’ Association (2004–2006), Chair of the Victorian Branch of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (2005–2007) and member of the AHISA Executive Committee (2005–2011). He was on the national AHISA Standing Committee Board from 2005–2007 and again in 2009. Michael was also a Trustee of the Independent Boys’ School Coalition from 2007 until July 2013.
He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.