Mayor Michael Hewitson AM


Michael is a member of Australia’s Board of Education, responsible for the national curriculum and testing of all Australian school children from R-12. A Fellow of the Australian College of Education and Member of the Order of Australia, Michael was a Councillor for the City of Unley for over a decade before becoming Mayor. Married to Rosslyn, they have four children and twelve grandchildren.


I spent my formative years in Malvern and later attended Adelaide University, where I studied microbiology, graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Honours). I also became a Pilot Officer with the RAAF.

I changed careers, obtaining a Bachelor of Education and teaching mathematics and sciences in both state and independent schools across South Australia. In 1975 I was Director of the Salisbury Education Centre where I was involved in teacher training and development and with establishment of community radio station 5PBA.

In 1998 I was recognised as a Fellow of the Australian College of Education (FACE). One of my personal career highlights was my appointment as foundation Principal and CEO of Trinity College in Gawler from 1984 until 2002.

In 2013 I was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to education, to the Anglican Church in Australia and to the community of Unley. Over subsequent years I was instrumental in the founding of nine schools, re-establishing two schools which were in financial difficulties and was also a Board Member of Rostrevor College from 2014-2017.

I am currently a Member of the Australian Board of Education, responsible for the national curriculum, reporting on all schools and testing of all Australian children from early primary to Year 12. I am also Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority’s (ACARA) Audit and Risk Committee and sit on the Australian Curriculum committee.

Before becoming Mayor, I was a Councillor for Unley Ward for 12 years.  I am married to Rosslyn and we have resided in Unley for the past 18 years. We have four married children, each of whom have three children; nine of my twelve grandchildren live in Unley.