Western Australian Secondary School Executives Association

Melissa Gillett

President WASSEA Melissa comes to the role of WASSEA President after more than 30 years working in Public education. Her leadership journey is different from most; starting out as a School Psychologist before taking on roles in Staffing, District/Regional Office and Royal Street. Realising how much she missed working directly with students, Melissa won a six month acting position at Balga Senior High School… and stayed for nearly 10 years! She was then appointed as Principal of John Forres...
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Jonathan Bromage

Acting Principal Mindarie Senior College In a varied career starting in inner London, then country WA, distance education, the IPL, central office and senior colleges, providing high quality and meaningful pathways for all students has been central to Jonathan’s work. These previous roles cemented Jonathan’s passion and commitment to the use of learning technologies and this intersects with using data in its many forms to provide evidence for school planning and improvement. Former...
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Mark Gillett

Principal Cape Naturaliste College Mark has had extensive experience, both as a teacher and school leader, in seven senior high schools and colleges in both metropolitan and regional locations, mostly in low SEI contexts. He maintains a current interest in Science and Mathematics teaching and learning, has a Master’s Degree in Educational Management and is a member of ACEL. Mark strongly believes that regional schools have a unique set of factors that need to be addressed to make sure s...
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Lesley Wintle

Principal Warwick Senior High School Lesley has experience in teaching and leadership roles in country and metropolitan schools over 42 years, mostly in smaller low ICSEA high schools. She is a passionate advocate for public education and success for all students. As a principal for 20 years, she feels her wide ranging experience and extended networks allow her to genuinely represent an extensive group of WASSEA members and their schools, as required. As a committee member, Lesley aims...
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Alan Brown

Principal Rossmoyne Senior High School Alan has experience as a teacher and leader across rural, regional and metropolitan schools, mostly in low ICSEA contexts.  He believes that all schools across our system are unique but our strength lies in working together to improve outcomes for students. Over the years, Alan has been involved in a number of system wide initiatives and has been an Independent Public School Coach and Aspirant Principal Mentor. This aligns with his belief that the s...
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Belinda Hall

Principal Ballajura Community College Belinda has been working in the education community for more than 25 years across a variety of schools. She is passionate about equity issues and as such has focused her work in schools with below average ICSEA’s. She works in her school to promote diversity and inclusivity and is always an advocate for those who need support. Belinda places a great emphasis on health and wellbeing for her school communities and has assisted several secondary schools i...
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Trevor Hunter

Principal Willetton Senior High School Trevor has held teaching positions and been an administrator in a number of schools in both metropolitan and country locations for over 35 years. His experience in Economics and History teaching, a range of administrator positions, including as Principal of Belmont City College, Byford Secondary College and most recently Willetton Senior High School. Trevor has gained his experience in a number of educational settings including 11 years in the Pilbara a...
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Susan Kerr

Principal Newton Moore Senior High School Susan has been the Principal at Newton Moore SHS for the last 19 years. She is very passionate about the school and strongly acknowledges the importance of having strong partnerships with the whole school community. Susan commenced her teaching in 1980 and has taught in a number of Regional and Metropolitan schools in a variety of teaching and promotional positions.  Susan is a former teacher of Economics and History and is married to her husband...
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Nancy McNally

Principal Alkimos College Nancy commenced teaching in 1990 and has held varying teaching and leadership positions at metropolitan schools, as well as extensive experience at the district/region and system levels – as Curriculum Manager and Principal Consultant for West Coast District/North Metro Region and as Manager Leadership and Teaching Development at the Institute for Professional Learning. Nancy was appointed as Foundation Principal of Alkimos College in 2019 and had an exciting 1...
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Leanne Prior

Associate Principal Mount Barker Community College Leanne has been an Associate Principal since 2008 and in that time has taken responsibility for everything it is possible to in that role. One area of focus for many years has been around students and mental health – as the whole college was taken on a journey around building the college value of Belonging and being mentally healthy. Working in a K- 12 context, in the country, with a 237 ha Farm and a Trade Training Centre for Engineering,...
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