Principal, Pimlico State High School, Australia
Joel Buchholz is the Principal of Pimlico State High School, an independent public school of 1700 students in the regional city of Townsville, in the Australian state of Queensland. Joel holds an honours degree in education and postgraduate qualifications in cultural studies. He is currently undertaking a Doctorate of Education in a part time capacity.
Joel has taught and held leadership roles in a range of public schools in rural, regional and metropolitan settings as well as within remote Indigenous communities. Joel has also held a number of advisory and board roles with a focus on youth, education and regional development. Joel has a strong interest in the development and promotion of international education and global citizenship, particularly within regional communities.
Joel is a member of the University Council of Central Queensland University, and was recently the recipient of an Alumnus of the Year award from this institution. He is a member of the Queensland Government's Principal Advisory Committee as well as the Educational Leaders Committee of the Queensland Teachers' Union. Joel has previously served as the Deputy Convenor of the National Advisory Council for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and as one of twelve Queenslanders selected by the Premier as a Queensland Plan Ambassador, leading community engagement and providing strategic advice to the Queensland Government on the implementation of the state's 30-year plan. Joel has also previously served on the board of a number of schools. Joel is a member of the Australian College of Educators, the Australian Council for Educational Leadership and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.