School Board

The Board of a public school works with the school to achieve the best outcomes for students. Their functions are covered by legislation and comprise of both approval and advisory roles. School Boards make an important contribution towards supporting public education.

Being a member of the Board is an important and rewarding role that contributes greatly to the success of the school. Members include the principal, parents, staff and others from the wider school community who can lend their skills and expertise to the school.

Please follow the link for the Term of Reference and Code of Conduct

Meetings are held twice per term on Mondays at 6pm.

  • 18 March AGM (Open Meeting)
  • 6 May
  • 4 June
  • 5 August
  • 2 September
  •  28 October
  • 25 November
Hannah von Ahlefeld
School Board Chair

Expertise: 20+ years as an Education Policy Analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, United Nations Association of WA Education Committee

Area of speciality: Education, Governance, Networking, Project management

Interests: Learning, travel, music, languages, sustainability

Why I wanted to join the School Board: “It was really the opportunity of a lifetime to return to Australia after so many years and take on this role to advocate for this fabulous school community. I love working with my team of Boardies, a remarkable school leader, amazing staff and committed parents to create some extraordinary educational opportunities – and a happy, healthy and stimulating learning environment – for all our students.”

Peter Lillywhite

Expertise: Principal of Duncraig Senior High School since 2019; former Associate Principal, Quality Teaching and Workforce at Rossmoyne Senior High School

Areas of Speciality: 20 years’ experience in public education across Western Australia, Master of School Leadership from UWA

Interests: Basketball, Camping, All sports

Why I joined the School Board: “It is a privilege to be the Principal of this wonderful school and an honour to work with such a committed School Board. Our Board brings together parents, staff, community and students to establish our strategic direction and support our ongoing commitment to opportunity and excellence.”

Sasha Brennan
Staff Member

I have 3 children currently at DSHS and 1 who went through DSHS

Expertise: Maths teacher and I set up, owned and managed my own Day Nursery with 84 children (0-12 years old) and 20 staff for 8 years

Area of speciality: Maths Teacher and STEAM Coordinator

Interests: Cooking, knitting, crochet and gardening

Why I wanted to join the School Board: “As both a teacher and a parent I would like to be involved in all aspects of the educational journey of the children in my care.”

Barb Kamarudin 
Staff member

One of my children went through DSHS in the Gifted & Talented program

Expertise: Science teacher, 2IC in Science

Area of speciality: Human Biology, STEAM integration into Science classes, mentor to university student teachers and graduate teachers

Interests: Any kind of outdoor walking, reading, travel and gaining more success in my gardening ‘skills’

Why I wanted to join the School Board: “As a staff member, building positive relationships with students is very important. By joining the School Board, I’d like to be part of a team which works together to build relationships between the school and the wider community.”

Martin Flaig
Parent member 

Expertise: Manager – Strategy, Architecture and Engagement at Water Corporation

Area of speciality: Leadership, management, business and information technology

Interests: Road cycling, open water swimming, active patrol member at Sorrento Surf Life-Saving Club

Why I wanted to join the School Board: “As a parent of one current student and another to attend in a couple of years’ time, I would like to offer my support to the school community by bringing in my experience, expertise and perspectives to help guide our school to continued success for the benefit of the children, staff and the wider community.”

Rebecca Newton 
Parent Member 

Expertise: Accredited Practising Dietitian, Registered Nurse / Sessional Academic

Area of speciality: Health (Physical and Mental) and Wellness, Nutrition, Health Promotion, Education, Stakeholder Communications and Marketing, Coaching (career and health)

Interests: Cooking, food, traveling, beach, self-development (life-long learner) and family time

Why I wanted to join the School Board: “Originally it was to gain Board experience, but 5 years on I enjoy being part of the school community and helping to shape the future direction of the school’s strategic plan which impacts the school’s reputation, as well as staff and student’s wellbeing and professional or educational goals and outcomes.”

Vilko Poznovia 
Community Member

Expertise: ICT Management, CTO, Software Developer, Principal Consultant, Member of Australian Computer Society, Member of MENSA, certified CBCI professional

Area of speciality: Information Communication Technology, Not for Profit sector, Health, Software Development, ICT Auditing, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

Interests: Computers, solving problems, basketball, bike riding

Why I wanted to join the School Board: “I wanted to help the local community and my daughter’s school. I wanted to contribute and offer my expertise for the betterment of DSHS. I am looking forward to contributing and promoting the welfare of students through the cooperation of staff, students, parents and members of the wider community.”

Jason O'Meara
Community Member

Expertise: Lawyer

Area of speciality: Civil Litigation

Interests: I like to travel as much as possible and love finding new restaurants.

Why I wanted to join the School Board: “Having seen first-hand the networks and support offered to the alumni of many private schools, I hope to assist Duncraig SHS in expanding its current outreach to alumni to help them excel in their careers.”

Paul Stone 
Parent Member

Very proud parent of a DSHS Yr 8 daughter, with two boys waiting in the wings

Expertise: Chief Operating Officer at Scitech; Engineer, Project Manager, Business Development Manager, and Executive Leader; Board Member and Chairman of Not for Profit organisation zero2hero

Area of speciality: Project Management, Corporate Networking, Leadership and Governance

Interests: An absolute Rugby Union tragic, supporter of all activities that my three wonderful children participate in (touch rugby, taekwondo, basketball, and all things at the beach), grateful husband of 25+ years, and devoted dog owner

Why I wanted to join the School Board: “I want to help support and promote the school in our community, and build on its amazing history to allow it to continually punch above its weight.”

Brendan Everett
Parent Member

Expertise: Registered Psychologist; expertise in the areas of Staff health and wellbeing, Student engagement, behaviour and mental health, Family engagement, risk identification and response planning and interagency partnerships and brokering support for identified needs.

Area of speciality:  Engaging with parents to help them understand, connect and respond to their teens in a manner that promotes cooperation and calm at home.

Interests: I am crazy about my wife and children, hanging out with my two teenage children (when they let me), spending time at the beach, health and fitness and running small group fitness classes.

Why I wanted to join the School Board: ” I want to use my skills to ensure both my children and all DSHS students have a learning experience with teachers who can recognise their strengths, respectfully challenge them to grow and provide a stimulating, meaningful and engaging class environment.”

Bianca Galipo
Parent Member

Expertise: Development Executive, Edith Cowan University (working with WAAPA ECU City Campus and Creative Humanities at ECU)

Area of speciality: Arts and Culture, Partnerships (higher education, local government and industry), Community Engagement, Cultural Development, Philanthropy, Stakeholder Management

Interests: Arts and culture, stage direction, travelling

Why I wanted to join the School Board: ” As the parent of a current student at Duncraig, I have joined the school board to have a better understanding of the school community and advocate for changes that will enrich students’ learning and wellbeing. “

Michael Quirk
Parent Member

Expertise: Community Development at the City of Stirling, Basketball WA Board Director, experience in community wellbeing, strategic planning and stakeholder engagement.

Interests: Away from work, I am actively involved in the local community by coaching at the Padbury Pumas Basketball Club and volunteering at Sorrento Duncraig Junior Football Club.

Why I wanted to join the School Board: ” I am excited about the opportunity to contribute towards the success of the Board.  In particular, ensuring the entire school community contributes to a high-quality learning environment which recognises the diverse needs and aspirations of students. “