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The Department of Education is responsible to the Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Sue Ellery MLC.
Lisa Rodgers was appointed for the start of 2019 and brings to the role nearly 20 years’ national and international experience in education.
As former chief executive officer of the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), Ms Rodgers led the national agenda on strengthening school leadership with a focus on principal preparedness, and supporting teacher quality through the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
As Deputy Secretary, Early Learning and Student Achievement and Deputy Secretary, Evidence, Data and Knowledge in the Ministry of Education in New Zealand, Ms Rodgers led significant reforms in assessment innovation, curriculum and the use of evidence for impact at the classroom and national level.
It is this commitment to improving outcomes for students that now sees her lead education in this State, with responsibility for both public and non-government education services. Ms Rodgers is also Chief Executive Officer of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority.
Ms Rodgers has a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and has held substantial posts in justice, health, serving in the British Army, and lecturing and leading research in child mental health at the University of Wales.
Stephen Baxter is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for eight education regions and networks of schools across the State. All regional executive directors report to this position.
Mr Baxter is a qualified teacher and has more than 35 years’ experience in public education. He has held a number of senior executive positions, including in regional Western Australia.
Jennifer McGrath was appointed in 2015 and is responsible for leading resource allocation and financial management across the Department including school funding, infrastructure, information technology, payroll and recordkeeping.
Ms McGrath has worked in the Western Australian public sector for 14 years, holding senior executive positions in a number of agencies including the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Finance. She has a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Certified Practising Accountant.
Lindsay Hale was appointed to this position in 2014 and is responsible for portfolios that deliver support services to public schools across the State.
Mr Hale joined the Department in 1984 as a teacher and worked in a range of positions before being appointed principal of Belmont City College. He was foundation Managing Director of the then Institute for Professional Learning and has held a number of executive positions. He has a Master of Education Administration.
Mr Hale reports to the Deputy Director General, Public Schools.
Acting Executive Director, Statewide Services
Martin Clery is responsible for the strategic planning and delivery of services that support public school teachers and students. He also leads the strategic direction of professional development for educators across the State.
Before this position, Mr Clery held leadership positions in Statewide Services. His experience in education branches across the State, teaching in regional and metropolitan schools and working in central support roles.
Mr Clery reports to the Deputy Director General, Public Schools.
Executive Director, Workforce
Damien Stewart was appointed to the position in 2017 and leads workforce policy and coordination, staff recruitment and employment, and employee relations.
Mr Stewart has nearly 30 years’ experience in the State’s public sector across a number of Government agencies, including holding executive positions in the Department for Child Protection and Family Support, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Corrective Services.
Acting Executive Director, Professional Standards and Conduct
Mike Cullen joined the Department in 2012 and is the Director Standards and Integrity. He has 21 years’ experience in public sector positions overseas and in Western Australia. He has held senior executive positions in a number of State Government agencies, including the Department of Justice and the Department of Corrective Services.
Mr Cullen has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Community Justice and is responsible for standards of staff professional conduct and integrity, management of allegations of misconduct by staff, internal audit and assurance, risk management, criminal history screening and legal services.
Executive Director, Finance and Commercial Services
Jay Peckitt joined the Department in 2016. He has been in the WA public sector for 15 years, commencing as a graduate accountant at the former Department for Community Development in 2003. Since then, he held senior positions at the Department for Child Protection and Family Support and the Department of Finance.
Mr Peckitt has a Bachelor of Business, is a Certified Practicing Accountant, and in 2018 was named as the Public Sector Commission Young Leader of the Year and the Chief Financial Officer of the Year by the Institute of Public Administration.
Mr Peckitt reports to the Deputy Director General, Education Business Services.
Chief Information Officer
David Dans was appointed to this position in 2017 and is responsible for information and communication technology services, including strategic service delivery, infrastructure and telecommunications, e-learning and business systems, student information systems and ICT governance.
Mr Dans has over 30 years’ experience working in the technology and commercial arena for public and private sectors in Australia and overseas. Before joining the Department, he was Chief Digital Officer at Landgate.
Mr Dans reports to the Deputy Director General, Education Business Services.
Executive Director, Infrastructure
John Fischer was appointed to this position in 2011 and is responsible for managing the provision of public school facilities including strategic asset management, capital works programs, and maintenance and minor works programs.
Mr Fischer previously worked for the Department of Transport for five years and Main Roads Western Australia for 32 years during which time he was project director for the Graham Farmer Freeway project.
Mr Fischer reports to the Deputy Director General, Education Business Services.
Allan Blagaich took up this position in 2017 and is responsible for leading the development of curriculum, assessment and standards for student achievement in all schools across Western Australia. Before this, he was Chief Executive Officer of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, appointed in 2011.
He has many years of experience in education leadership, having held executive roles in Statewide planning and metropolitan public schooling. He is a board member of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority and chairs the Australasian Curriculum, Assessment and Certification Authorities' vocational education and training committee.
Assistant Executive Director, Curriculum, Assessment and Strategic Policy
Juanita Healy took up this position in 2017 and leads the research, development and review of Kindergarten to Year 12 curriculum and assessment to support the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline and the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). Before this she was an executive director at the School Curriculum and Standards Authority.
Ms Healy is a member of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority’s Curriculum Directors' Group. She has a Master of Education (Education Administration and Policy).
Ms Healy reports to the Executive Director, School Curriculum and Standards.
Assistant Executive Director, Examinations, Certification and Testing
Mr Dyer took up this position in 2018 and is responsible for managing data reporting requirements for the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, examination logistics, certification of student achievement and implementation of NAPLAN and OLNA across all Western Australian schools. Before this he was an executive director at the School Curriculum and Standards Authority.
Mr Dyer has led project evaluation, review and performance monitoring activities at school and system levels.
Mr Dyer reports to the Executive Director, School Curriculum and Standards.
Assistant Executive Director, Early Childhood and Aboriginal Education
Garry Hewitt took up this position in 2018 and is responsible for strategic leadership and delivery of Department, State and national reforms in early childhood and Aboriginal education. Before this he was Executive Director, Early Childhood Education, appointed in 2014.
Mr Hewitt’s leadership in public education spans 38 years and includes 22 years as a primary school principal. He has a Master of Education specialising in teaching and learning.
Mr Hewitt reports to the Executive Director, Statewide Services.
Director, Teacher Registration
Richard Miles was appointed in 2013 and is responsible for secretariat services to the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia, including administration of registration services to more than 50 000 teachers, assessment and investigation of disciplinary and impairment matters involving registered teachers, and accreditation of initial teacher education programs.
Mr Miles has a Master of Arts (Political Science), Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma in Practical Legal Training.
Regional Executive Directors, Public Schools
Regional executive directors are responsible in their regions for monitoring public school performance and effectiveness, directing and overseeing delivery of support services to public schools and leading and managing operations in an environment of increasing public school empowerment.
Regional Executive Director, Goldfields
Ken Perris was appointed to this position in 2013. Prior to his appointment he was a Director with the Expert Review Group.
Mr Perris has more than 30 years’ experience with the Department, having had roles in teaching and leadership in rural, remote and metropolitan schools, as well as leadership development and other directorial roles.
Regional Executive Director, Kimberley
Milton Butcher has more than 30 years' experience with the Department in teaching and leadership positions in both regional and metropolitan secondary schools.
He has also held positions in curriculum reform and the Year 7 to secondary initiative.
A/Regional Executive Director, Midwest
Steve Watson took up this position in 2019. He brings extensive experience to the role from both a school and system level as Principal of School of Special Educational Needs: Behaviour and Engagement.
He is currently part of the Western Australian Public School Principals’ Fellowship Program for 2018-19.
Regional Executive Director, North Metropolitan
James Webb was appointed to this position in 2011. His experiences in the Department span 39 years as a teacher and principal in country and metropolitan schools, as well as in leadership roles in regional offices.
A/Regional Executive Director, Pilbara
Cheryl Parkin took up this position in 2019 coming from her role as Principal of Piara Waters Primary School.
She has contributed to system-wide initiatives and reforms and brings to the role extensive experience as principal of primary schools in Piara Waters, Embleton, Boulder and Kalgoorlie. She has also been a project manager for a behaviour centre.
Regional Executive Director, South Metropolitan
Sue Cuneo was appointed to this position in 2016 after working as Pilbara Regional Executive Director since 2011.
She has more than 30 years’ experience as a teacher, deputy principal and principal in small remote schools, large metropolitan schools and district high schools. She has also held a director of schools position.
Regional Executive Director, Southwest
Neil Milligan was appointed to this position in 2011. His experiences as an education leader have covered the diversity of the State ranging from the challenges of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands to the complexities of the growing southwest.
A/Regional Executive Director, Wheatbelt
Neil Darby took up this position in 2019 coming from his role as Regional Executive Director, Pilbara. Previously, he was a director of Schools Review and a director in the Goldfields, Albany and Fremantle-Peel districts.
His teaching and leadership experience includes principalships of metropolitan, regional and remote schools as well as consultant positions in science and Aboriginal education.