Aynur Simsirel commenced as Principal at Ilim college in 2012, following her role as Vice Principal since 2003. Since her appointment as Principal, Ilim college has become a multi-campus school and established two early years centres. She has now become the Executive Principal of Ilim College, which caters for 2000 students in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne and consists of four campuses and two early learning centres.
Aynur graduated from Deakin University in Language and Culture Studies and has a Bachelor of Education from Victoria University. She has been working as an educator for over 20 years and continues to inspire all current campus principals and leadership teams in building leadership capacity. She has established an innovative parent Engagement Officer Program, developed an Islamic Education Framework from early years through to secondary, and is now establishing the school’s fifth campus in Doveton.
Aynur is the Chair of the Islamic school Association of Australia and is also the deputy chair of Hume Interfaith Network. She is the founding principal of the project from ‘War To Peace, A Walk of Harmony’, which has brought together secondary students from government and non-government schools as part of ANZAC commemorations. She is a mother of two and has a passion for giving youth a voice. She has pioneered student overseas trip programs and literacy intervention programs at Ilim College.