Meet the Principal

Dr Ian PM Lambert – Principal
BA, GradDipTeach, MA (English Lit and Lang), PhD, MACE

Dr Ian PM Lambert succeeded Dr Robert Iles as Principal of The Scots College in January 2007.

Dr Lambert completed his secondary education at The Southport School in Queensland, but had a connection with The Scots College through his father, who attended the College as a boarder and Prefect of Aspinall House from 1944-1948.

At The Southport School, Dr Lambert was an all-round achiever – he was Head Boy, played 1st XV Rugby, was stroke of the AAGPS Premiership 1st VIII Rowing, CUO of the Cadet Corps and a member of the jazz and concert bands (he still plays the saxophone at selected College events). After finishing school, he went on to represent Queensland in Under 19 Rowing and Under 21 Rugby.

After completing a BA in Literature, Modern History and Sociology at Griffith University with a teaching diploma, Dr Lambert later attended the University of London where he completed his Master of Arts degree in 20th Century Literature. He then obtained his PhD at Cambridge University in the area of Philosophy of Education, where he also represented his College in Rugby and Rowing.

Before coming to Scots, Dr Lambert was Principal of Swan Christian College in Perth, WA and before that he taught English and History at St Paul’s Anglican School and Emmanuel College in Queensland. He has written and edited five educational books and numerous articles for journals and magazines. With an active interest in assisting Indigenous groups in Australia and Cambodia, Dr Lambert is a strong advocate of the Indigenous Education Program at the College.

Dr Lambert is married to Alison. They have two sons who attended The Scots College and a daughter who attended Kambala.

College Council and the College Executive Leadership Team

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church elects a Council responsible for overall governance of The Scots College, with the general administration of the College delegated to the College Principal and the Executive Leadership Team. The College’s Council and Executive Leadership Team are comprised of:

The Scots College College Council

Rev Glen Pather

MDiv/GradDipDiv, MMgt (Inf and Tech), PMP

Rev David Hastie

Deputy Chairman

Mr Bill McLaren

BBus (Acc), DipTh

Dr David Bell


Very Rev David Cook

BTh, MA, ThL, DipDM

Mr Andrew Duffin

BArch, AIA

Mr Thomas Morrison

BComm/BSoc Sci, CFA

Rev David Seaman

BA, BTh, DipTh, DipDM

Mrs Natalie Snow

GradDipCA, GradCertCA, BSc (Hons)

Mr Kip Turner

BBus, CA, MIR, DipFP

Mr Matthew Tyson

BCL (Hons)

Dr Joanna Barlow


The Scots College Executive Leadership Team

Dr Ian PM Lambert


BA, GradDipTeach, MA (English Lit and Lang), PhD, MACE

Mr Ryan Smartt

Deputy Principal – Head of Senior Campuses

BEd (Humt, SocSc), BA (Ed, Geog and Hist), GradDipDiv, MEd

Mr Peter Moulds

Deputy Principal – Education, Planning and Review

DipEd, BSc

Mr John Crerar

Head of the Preparatory School –
Deputy Principal

BEd, DipTeach, Cert CM, GradDipBM, MEd St, MACE

Rev Conrad Nixon

Community Chaplain

BBus, BTh (Hons)

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William Elder


Mr Alan Elder was born in Scotland and migrated to Australia with his parents at a young age. He attended The Scots College for all his schooling, graduating in 1944. He played 1st XI Cricket and was a member of the College Cadet Unit. After leaving school Mr Elder studied accountancy and retained a life-long love of the College, especially the Pipes and Drums. Mr Elder never married, however the significant bequest he left will allow his Scots family to remember him through the Lang Walker Business Centre.