Campbell Bairstow grew up on a farm in Western Australia and was the first in his family to study at University. He has degrees in Politics and History, and Education.
He started his professional career as a History and English teacher in independent schools in Perth and Melbourne. He held senior roles in his first schools, and in 1990 became Principal of St Anne’s and Gippsland Grammar School in Sale, Victoria, an Anglican Kindergarten to VCE school in Gippsland. Campbell then returned to Western Australia where he worked as an educational consultant and then for Scotch College as the head of marketing. In that time, he was also the Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in WA.
In 2003 he returned to Melbourne to work in philanthropy and alumni relations at Trinity College at the University of Melbourne. In 2005 2006 he was the General Manager of Alumni Relations at the University of Melbourne, before returning to Trinity to be the Dean of the Residential College and Deputy CEO.
Campbell was responsible for oversight of the welfare and academic progress of more than 1,500 university students through his 12 years as Dean. He was also the head of all the Indigenous programs of Trinity and worked closely with the University of Melbourne in developing new curriculum and scholarship opportunities. The reconciliation of the first people of Australia and all those who have followed is a continuing passion for Campbell.
In 2019 Campbell moved to a part-time position as Scholarships Registrar at Trinity. He also has occasional consultancy work with the University of Melbourne, Teach for Australia and the Anglican Diocese of Gippsland. He has recently served as a trustee on the Stuart Stoneman Foundation based at Mt Macedon, and as a member of the Human Ethics Research Committee at the University of Divinity. He is an enthusiastic Action Planner at Braybrook Secondary College. Each year in that role he mentors and advises more than 50 Year 12 VCE students.
Campbell is learning French through the Alliance Francaise Melbourne, loves to travel with his wife Jill, and rarely misses the oppor tunity to watch the Geelong Football Club in action.