Principals’ Fellowship Program

Principals’ Fellowship Program

Each year between 2016–2019, principals were selected to participate in the Western Australian Public School Principals’ Fellowship Program for advanced leadership development.

The principals attended a one day alumni conference in Perth which included a live cross with Harvard University staff as an introduction to the summer school component in the United States.

As part of the program, principals then travelled to Boston and participated in a seven day session of intensive world-class leadership development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. It was delivered by pre-eminent international educators, researchers and practitioners. The program brought together school leaders from across the globe and was characterised by exceptional speakers of international renown.

This experience provided principals with an evolving picture of strategic leadership that provided the opportunity to develop deep understandings of vision and purpose, developing positive school cultures, engaging families, managing change and identifying high quality classroom practice.

On their return, principals continued their learning by completing a three month Harvard University online module exploring the concept of personal growth. At the same time, they worked with executive mentors on scoping and planning their research projects that would articulate personal, school and system perspectives and goals. On completion of all program elements, principals become Principal Fellows.

Principal Fellows

These principals are a highly dedicated and skilled group of leaders who can be called on for a range of roles as needs arise. These roles may include being involved in specific reform initiatives, acting as mentors to other principals, and developing alternative policies and processes.

The Fellows form a valuable system resource committed to providing every Western Australian student with a pathway to a successful future.

Principal Fellows 2017

Saeed Amin
Principal, Broome Senior High School

Jim Bell
Principal, Lakelands Primary School

Leila Bothams
Principal, Harrisdale Senior High School

John Burke
Principal, Belridge Secondary College

Leonie Clelland
Principal, Treendale Primary School

Gary Crocetta
Principal, Tuart Rise Primary School

Nicole Hanna
Principal, Marangaroo Primary School

Joanne Harris
Principal, Greenwood College

Neil Hunt
Principal, Churchlands Senior High School

Mitch Mackay
Principal, John Curtin College of the Arts

Mike Morgan
Principal, Shenton College

Lee Musumeci
Principal, Challis Community Primary School

Frank Pansini
Principal, Aubin Grove Primary School

Cheryl Parkin
Principal, Piara Waters Primary School

Carolyn Press
Principal, Subiaco Primary School

Jacqui Quartermaine
Principal, Geraldton Primary School

Melesha Sands
Principal, Swan View Senior High School

Keith Svendsen
Principal, Baldivis Secondary College

Cheryl Townsend
Principal, Ballajura Community College

Lou Zeid
Principal, Carramar Primary School

Principal Fellows 2018

Maxine Augustson
Principal, Mount Lockyer Primary School

Chris Booth (retired)
Principal, Willetton Senior High School

Kerry Chipchase
Principal, Rockingham Senior High School

Dainon Couzic
Principal, Busselton Senior High School

Steve Dickson
Principal, Hocking Primary School

Jennifer Hirsch
Principal, Perenjori Primary School

Trevor Hunter
Principal, Byford Secondary College

Janine Kinninment
Principal, Burrendah Primary School

Lisa Ledger 
Principal, Baynton West Primary School

Paul Leech
Principal, Applecross Senior High School

Dale Mackesey
Principal, Mount Hawthorn Primary School

Kerry Mather
Principal, Manjimup Senior High School

Kim McCollum
Principal, Warnbro Community High School
Education Support Centre

Matt Osborne
Principal, Comet Bay Primary School

Pam Pollard
Principal, Victoria Park Primary School

Jane Rowlands
Principal, Floreat Park Primary School

Damian Shuttleworth 
Principal, Carine Senior High School

Aaron Thomas
Principal, Margaret River Primary School

Lis Turner
Principal, Waggrakine Primary School

Phil White
Principal, Melville Senior High School


Principal Fellows 2019

Cathy Allen
Principal, Clifton Park Primary School

Rebecca Bope
Principal, Kalgoorlie Primary School

Ray Boyd
Principal, West Beechboro Primary School

Rosalba Butterworth
Principal, Girrawheen Senior High School

Doug Cook
Principal, North Cottesloe Primary School

Lisa Criddle
Principal, Allendale Primary School

Karen Giacomucci
Principal, Carnaby Rise Primary School

Melanie Hancock
Principal, Northampton District High School

Jamie Hayres
Principal, Comet Bay College

Milanna Heberle
Principal, Rossmoyne Senior High School

Eleanor Hughes
Principal, Joseph Banks Secondary College

Dr Catherine Kapiteyn
Principal, Burbridge School

Judith King
Principal, East Kalgoorlie Primary School

Noelene Mason
Principal, Malibu School

Vicki McKeown
Principal, Coodanup College

Leigh Nelson
Principal, Cocos Islands District High School

Stuart Percival
Principal, School of Special Educational Needs: Disability

Wayne Walpole
Principal, Armadale Primary School

Steve Watson
Principal, School of Special Educational Needs: Behaviour and Engagement



Principal Fellows 2020

Jacqueline Barry
Principal, Onslow Primary School

Rick Firns
Principal Advisor, Complex Cases

Eloisa Goss
Principal, Darkan Primary School

Darren Greaves
Principal, Maida Vale Primary School

Weston Jackson
Principal, Millars Well Primary School

Keyla Jeffers
Principal, Poynter Primary School

Sinan Kerimofski
Principal, Vasse Primary School

Alen Kursar
Principal, Safety Bay Senior High School

Di Miller
Principal, Wandina Primary School

Louise O’Donovan
Principal, Beeliar Primary School

Gareth Palmer
Principal, Esperance Primary School

Sally Panizza
Principal, Western Australian College of Agriculture - Cunderdin

Danielle Roache
Principal, Boddington District High School

Jo Stephens
Principal, Beaumaris Primary School

Lesley Street
Principal, Mount Lawley Senior High School

David Wanstall
Principal, Ballajura Primary School

Narelle Ward
Principal, Cassia Primary School

Cathy Willis
Principal, Lake Grace District High School

Kate Wilson
Principal, East Kimberley College

Leon Wilson
Principal, Broome North Primary School

Merrilee Wright
Principal, Gwynne Park Education Support Centre