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.

  • February 21
  • March 21 (AGM – Open Meeting)
  • May 16
  • June 13
  • August 8
  • September 5
  • October 31
  • December 5
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.”

Louis Cheeseman 

Expertise: Student Services Manager (11 & 12) at Duncraig SHS since 2017

Area of Speciality: A big focus is on the Pastoral Care and Wellbeing of the students within our school. I drive the Student Leadership program at Duncraig and oversee the direction of the Student Services Team

Interests: I love the ocean and anything adventurous, surfing, mountain biking, kayaking and camping. I coach a group of approximately 60 female youth athletes at Mullaloo Surf Lifesaving Club

Why I wanted to join the School Board: “I wanted to help shape the direction of our school and learn how major decisions regarding school progress can best be made.”

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 
Parent 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.”

Kristian Ravn 
Parent Member 

Expertise: Mining Operations Executive

Areas of Speciality: People & Team Leadership +400 people, Mining, Supply Chain Logistics, Strategy, Engineering, Innovation, Remote Operations, Heavy Industry Maintenance, Bulk Port Operations, Iron Ore Marketing

Interests: Camping, boating, scuba diving, kids sport, Whitfords Junior Cricket Club Registrar

Why I joined the School Board: “I joined the school board because I am passionate about public school education. I went to Rossmoyne SHS, my wife went to Carine SHS and we want to help Duncraig SHS become one of the very best schools in Western Australia, not just for our four children, but for all kids who live in the area.  My goal is to make Duncraig SHS the #1 school of choice for everyone who lives in the northern suburbs.”

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.”