Board Members’ Biographies

Name: Damien Ewington
Membership Category: Parent Member and Board Chair
Experience: Geologist
Board Tenure: 4th year
Connection with School: Two children (graduated in 2020 and Year 11)

Summary
While working as a mining industry professional for 24 years, my wife and I have voluntarily contributed to our children’s schools here in Perth and internationally.

After several years in the AXSHS community, I am acutely aware of our school’s high quality and broad-based education. I am very proud to be a parent representative on the Board, reviewing the strategies that provide best-in-class education for all of our students.


Name: Paul Currie
Membership Category: Executive Officer
Experience: 9 years on two different School Boards
Board Tenure: Continuous
Connection with School: Associate Principal Years 7-8

Summary
I have been an educational leader for over 25 years. I have worked in eight schools in various positions, including teaching Design and Technology, Head Of Department and Associate Principal. My strengths include strategic planning, school improvement and the quality assurance process. As the Executive Officer, I furbish the Board with information and fulfil project tasks as required.


Name: Melissa Clarke
Membership Category: Community Member
Experience: Business Systems and Process Improvement
Board Tenure: 2nd year
Connection with School: Children are/will be students

Summary
I have joined the Board as a Community Member and new parent, with my son in Year 7 and a daughter coming across in 2023. So volunteering for the School Board is a way to “give back” to a school that will be a part of my family for potentially the next eight years of our lives.

I previously served and continue to serve on other primary school boards, giving me a strong insight into the many aspects of governance and the Board’s role.

With my business systems and processes background, I hope to assist and help the school and its community of hard-working staff facilitate positive change and celebrations and offer a new perspective as an upcoming family within the school.


Name: Geoff Cooper
Membership Category: Parent Member
Experience:
Board Tenure: 2nd year
Connection with School: Children are students

Summary
As a Parent Representative, I’ll utilise 20+ years of experience in private businesses, government, consultancy and not-for-profits – having worked for the Master Builders Association, Property Council, and SGIO. In addition, I have an honours degree in Law and degrees in Economics and Communications.

This experience has included work in employee relations, OSH, budgeting, sponsorships, recycling, workers compensation, scenario planning, taxation, and building regulation.

Since 2018, I’ve been the Chair of the Ardross Primary School Board, and I previously contributed ten years as a volunteer on the Blue Gum Early Learning and Day Care Centre Management Committee.


Name: Andrew Dwyer
Membership Category: Community Member and Secretary
Experience: Strategy, Finance and Transformation
Board Tenure: 2nd year
Connection with School: One son at the School – Year 12

Summary
I bring skills in strategy, change and finance, developed from executive and management consulting roles. Since joining the school community, our son and family have had only positive experiences with the School. I seek to ensure all families and students have similar experiences and how digital and technology can practically, efficiently and effectively enable service and learning in a rapidly changing world.


Name: Susan Edgar
Membership Category: Community Member
Experience: Tertiary Education and Mental Health
Board Tenure: 5th year
Connection with School: Three children at the School

Summary
With over 20 years of experience in the tertiary education sector in academic and professional roles, I have a strong interest in supporting students in the transition from high school to further study or workplace learning. Currently working in mental health strategy, I am also passionate about creating supportive learning environments that promote positive mental health and wellbeing. A strong local community should support this, and I have enjoyed being involved with and supporting a variety of local sporting clubs over the last 5 -10 years.


Name: Lorraine Hammond AM
Membership Category: Community Member
Experience: Academic and Researcher
Board Tenure: 3nd year
Connection with School: One children at the School – Year 8

Summary
As an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Edith Cowan University, I have a long history of researching and working with schools and teachers on effective teaching, particularly in the area of literacy. I have been a member of  Independent Public Schools Boards for over ten years and am also a former Secondary Teacher.


Name: Malar Jayaprakash
Membership Category: Community Member
Experience:
Board Tenure: 1st year
Connection with School:

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Name: Ben Kelly
Membership Category: Staff Representative
Experience:
Board Tenure: 1st year
Connection with School: Staff member

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Name: Dr Adeline Teh
Membership Category: Parent Member
Experience: Principal Dentist
Board Tenure: 1st year
Connection with School: Two children in Years 8 and 10

Summary
I have worked as a principal dentist and a small business owner for over 20 years. With experience in the health industry and as a small business owner, I bring my fresh perspectives to running an efficient and productive team. I have had strong ties with the school as an ex-AXSHS alumnus.

I have volunteered in the Special Visual Arts team to support the teachers and students during the Saturday canteen was one of the key members in bringing forward the Visual Art jacket.

I like to support the school in promoting their core values in producing students that produce their personal best in all areas. I would like to help give new and fresh ideas to the school to create a better multicultural modern school.


Name: Rob Thompson
Membership Category: Parent Member
Experience:
Board Tenure: 1st year
Connection with School:

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Name: Mason Calter
Membership Category: Student Representative
Experience:
Board Tenure: 1st year
Connection with School: Head Boy

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Name: Emma Main
Membership Category: Student Representative
Experience:
Board Tenure: 1st year
Connection with School: Head Girl

Summary