Management Committee

Janette Gee

She is a passionate advocate of a strong, viable public education system with proactive leaders who support each other with professional knowledge and collegiality. She values the support she has enjoyed through WASSEA, reciprocating by serving on the committee (2010-13) and representing WASSEA through ASPA, AITSL, SCSA and ACARA.  As president, she works with her colleagues to give WASSEA a voice in shaping our education system's future and to support administrators and aspirants in this complex environment of change.  Janette’s teaching background has been varied, with her initial specialities being English and maths. In 2010 she was appointed principal of Yule Brook College – a school that operates with a Big Picture ethos. She also has a strong background working in education support, inclusion, low SEI communities and Aboriginal education. Janette is committed to secondary schooling that recognises that every young person deserves a quality education and optimistic long term outcomes.

In 2013 Janette was awarded the Department of Education Woman of Achievement Award. In 2014 she was awarded a National Excellence in Teaching Award and was named Fellow of Australian Council for Educational Leaders (WA) (Honorary).


Ros Ford
Senior Vice President
Associate Principal, Wanneroo Secondary College

Started in 1967 at Cyril Jackson and then to Eastern Goldfields, John Forrest, Sydney, London, Scarborough and  Karratha SHS as a SOSE and Geography teacher. Became Head of Department at Katanning SHS and moved to Deputy Principal at Carnarvon SHS in 1982 and hence to Wanneroo SHS. Previously President of WADSPA and Senior Vice President of WASSEA since the amalgamation in 2000.

Areas of Special Interest include: curriculum, staffing, professional learning, collegial support and  professional associations, IT and HRMIS issues.


Ian Johnston
Junior Vice President
Associate Principal, Mount Lawley SHS


Kath Ward
Principal, Kent Street SHS

Kath made the big sea change from Merredin to the metropolitan area in 2012 and is in her third year as Principal at Kent Street Senior High School.  Kath has been a member of the WASSEA committee since she was a deputy and enjoyed the opportunity to coordinate state-wide conferences and forums on behalf of our association over the last three consecutive years. Currently, she is our association Secretary. Always seeking new challenges, Kath is engaged in the Masters of School Leadership program through UWA and is a member of the SCSA Curriculum and Assessment sub-committee.


Armando Giglia
Principal, Butler College

Armando commenced teaching at Hamilton SHS in 1979 before teacher postings at Meekatharra DHS, Harvey ASHS, Carnarvon SHS and Kelmscott SHS.  Seconded to the Geraldton District Office in 1990 followed by promotion to Program Coordinator: Mandurah SHS and Deputy Principal, Geraldton SHS (later Geraldton Secondary College).  Commenced as Deputy Principal and then Acting Principal of Mirrabooka SHS in 2001. Substantive Principal Mirrabooka SHS 2002 – 2011 (and Principal Consultant: Swan Education District 2009-10). Foundation Principal Butler College from 2012. Foundation member of WASSEA, elected Management Committee member (Deputy Principal), elected Management Committee member (Principal) and elected WASSEA Treasurer.

Areas of special interest include: recognition and promotion of public education; financial management in education; staff development and wellbeing.


Ron Bamford
Committee member
Principal, Canning Vale College

I spent my early years in the country in Hedland, Manjimup, Gnowangerup and finally as Principal at Leonora DHS. Had an 8 year incarceration in central office  as Manager of Local Area Education Planning and then Statewide Planning. When released, I took some time off as a Management  Consultant to UNISYS. In 2000, I was  appointed as Principal at Balcatta SHS and then became foundation Principal of Canning Vale College in 2003, a position I still hold today. Being passionate about supporting the role of principal class officers I am also Federal President of the Australian  Principals Federation and on the management committee of the Principals Federation WA.

Interests: Golf, travel and being there for my wife and 3 adult children.


David Brady
Committee member
Deputy Principal, Kalamunda SHS

Commenced at Mt Lawley SHS in 1978. Spent three years at Wyndham DHS before  returning to Perth and Kelmscott SHS in 1982. In 1989, Deputy Principal at Morawa ADHS, then HOLA of S&E at Newman and Kelmscott. Principal at Morawa DHS in 2001 then returned  to Kelmscott as Deputy Principal before taking up the same role at Mirrabooka,  Manjimup, Halls Head and Yule Brook. In 2011, Associate Principal at Kalamunda SHS.

Areas of Special interests: Staff development and well being, public education and alternate innovative education programs.


Lyn Caudle
Committee member
Principal, Harvey SHS

Lyn is the substantiative Principal at Harvey SHS, currently enjoying extended leave. She has previously been a school administrator at Mandurah High School, Rockingham SHS, Safety Bay SHS and Newman SHS. Lyn has been active WASSEA member since being co-opted to assist with conferences in the early 2000s and was elected to the management committee in subsequent years. Lyn is a firm advocate of rural education and has assisted with keeping a profile for WASSEA in the South West region through communications and representing the views of Principals. The health and well-being of Principals is at risk with increasing systemic pressures and Lyn is keen for WASSEA to work proactively to support members directly and through advocacy with the Department. She is also a WASSEA representative on the SSTUWA administrators’ reference group.


Jenny Firth
Committee member
Principal, Safety Bay SHS

Introducing Jenny Firth who has been Principal of Safety Bay SHS for over 8 years and is in her second term as a WASSEA committee member.  Having commenced her career in education in 1980 as a mathematics teacher at Cannington SHS, her teaching career spans a variety of schools: Rossmoyne, Como, Belridge and Carnarvon SHSs.  With 17 years as a Deputy and Principal she has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Her expertise was valued as a state wide maths teacher support for two years and this work is a reflection of her passion in supporting staff, colleagues and schools.  She was a founding member of the very successful secondary collaboration PACT and its success is testament to her collaboration and innovation.


Melissa Gillett
Committee member
Associate Principal, Balga SHS

Melissa is currently Associate Principal at Balga Senior High School, having previously been Deputy Principal at Balga since 2006 - in what was supposed to be a six month acting position! Her journey to being appointed a school administrator is different from most, with her previous positions including Manager, District Operations (Swan Education District), Manager of Staffing (Primary and Secondary) and Senior School Psychologist. She continues to be a Registered Psychologist. Commencing her 24th year with the Department of Education her experiences include  having worked in Bunbury, Hedland/Newman, Moora, Narrogin and much of the metropolitan area. This is her first year as a WASSEA committee member.

Areas of special interest include: school resourcing (particularly relating to recent changes), staffing processes, industrial matters, staff health and wellbeing and almost any sport that doesn’t involve an engine - including being a member of the Eagles, WACA and Western Force!


Eleanor Hughes
Committee member
Principal, Banksia Grove Secondary School

Commenced teaching at Rossmoyne SHS in 1982 and moved to Governor Stirling the following year. Took up a position at Eastern Hills Senior High School in 1998. Became Head of Team at Yule Brook College in 2002. Had a short stint as a Curriculum Improvement  Officer for the Swan District in 2003 prior to taking up a Deputy Principal position at Swan View Senior High School  in 2004. Seconded to the WAIPSLAPL as Project Manager for professional learning (secondary).

Area of Interest: Curriculum, school improvement processes and leadership.


Trevor Hunter
Committee member
Principal, Byford Senior College


Greg Lowry
Committee member
Associate Principal, Yule Brook College

Greg has been a substantive Associate Principal for 9 years and an acting Principal for one year and one term. During this time he has been an active member of the Canning Deputies Collegiate group and helped to establish this in 2010. As acting principal he was an active contributor in the Canning Secondary Administrators Association raising concerns over the inequities in the BER, psych service distribution and ATAS funding. As a Principal consultant he researched effective processes in disadvantaged schools.


Kelly Summers
Committee member
Deputy Principal, Harvey SHS

Over her career, Kelly has held a diverse range of positions in remote schools (Fitzroy Crossing DHS and Halls Creek DHS), independent indigenous Registered Training  Organisations, Bunbury District Education Office as Curriculum Improvement Officer in the Arts and Follow the Dream Coordinator, as well as having held a number of leadership positions in regional and rural senior high schools.    Kelly is dedicated to rural and remote education and is committed to working within broader regional Western Australia.


Noel Woodley
Committee member
Principal, Atwell College

Noel has been Principal at Atwell College since August 2012. Prior to this position he was Principal at Girrawheen Senior High School for a period of 4 years. He has worked in locations such as Manea College and Warnbro Community High School in executive level positions (Deputy Principal, Associate Principal, and Acting Principal). This occurred over a period of about 8 years but he doesn’t want to mention his experience at Safety Bay SHS because that seems so long ago. He has found WASSEA to be a constant source of professional learning and professional knowledge, so as a member of the WASSEA board he has enjoyed interactions with fellow colleagues, contributing to WASSEA position papers, being part of the voice of secondary executives to the Education Department, the public and fellow colleagues.

Interests: Teaching pedagogy supported through the use and access to digital technology, and seeing the 'cloud' as a resource to be used to support the learning process. The Atwell College appointment has seen an interest and understanding of inclusive education grow into something greater the provision of opportunities for staff to explore innovation possibilities for education support and mainstream students. This growing interest also stems from his experience at previous schools where he was part of establishing collaborative teams between all sections of inclusive based schools for the benefit of all. 


Rob Nairn
Past President
Executive Director / President, Australian Secondary Principals Association (ASPA Ltd).

He has extensive experience in metropolitan and regional senior high schools in Western Australia, particularly in low socio economic areas.  He is passionate about ensuring that high quality public secondary education is provided to every young person no matter what their geographic, social or personal circumstances.
He was previously WASSEA President from 2008 - 2013
Rob is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and currently holds a number of other positions including:

  • Deputy Chair of the Board of Principals Australia Institute (PAI Ltd)
  • Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University (Adjunct to Faculty of Computing, Health and Science)
  • Chair of Edith Cowan University Child Health Promotion Research Centre (CHPRC) Advisory Board
  • Director of the Edith Cowan University Education Research Advisory Board
  • Director of the Asia Education Foundation (AEF) Advisory Board
  • Executive member International Confederation of Principals (ICP)


    Liz Smith
    Associate Principal, Joseph Banks Secondary College

    Liz commenced teaching at Merredin SHS in 1999, before moving to the Swan Education Office as a Curriculum Improvement Officer in 2003. She started a new role in 2004 as Program Coordinator in the newly built middle school at Mt Lawley SHS. In 2007 Liz commenced her first fixed term Deputy Principal role at Swan View SHS, followed by fixed term roles over the years in the deputy role at Bullsbrook DHS, Governor Stirling SHS, Mt Lawley SHS, Hampton SHS (2011-2013), and Wanneroo Secondary College (2014) with a little bit of maternity leave in between. In July 2014 Liz commenced as Associate Principal of Joseph Banks Secondary College, in preparation for the foundation year in 2015.

    Liz is the current Conference Convenor for WASSEA and is working with the Professional Learning sub-committee to develop professional learning opportunities for the principal class membership and teachers and teacher leaders who aspire to work in principal class leadership positions within schools.

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