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Council and staff

Council and staff.

Perth College is led by a Principal, Vice Principal, Head of Junior School, Head of Senior School and Head of Innovation and Learning. The Heads of School are supported by Deans.

The Executive Team.

Our Executive provides vital support in daily operations and leadership in the areas of staff, students, teaching and learning. Its members include:

Helen Aguiar, Principal.

Our Principal joined Perth College in 2019 with a passion for educating young people and a desire to equip girls for life in the global world beyond school. She encourages students to be brave, dream big, push themselves forward, step outside their comfort zone, reflect and bounce back from failures.

Helen believes in being authentic and proud of one’s story: “Our stories define us as individuals and bring us together as a community. Sharing stories builds genuine, trusting relationships with students, parents and staff. Perth College has prospered from the courage of those who have come before us and together our united efforts will see Perth College girls forge pathways into the future as confident agents of change capable of shaping the world – and the future is certainly positive!”

Helen has a background in teaching and senior leadership positions in Anglican and Catholic schools in Western Australia and holds a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Teaching), having specialised in English and Humanities. She also has a Master of Education in Leadership and Management and a Master of Religious Education (specialising in pastoral care). Currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate, Helen’s research explores the wellbeing experiences of newly employed teachers, drawing upon Martin Seligman’s positive psychology framework.

Helen is married with two young children. A fluent Portuguese speaker who was born and initially raised in Carnarvon, she is eternally grateful to her parents for their ongoing and never-ending support.

Lynda Giglia, Vice Principal.

The Vice Principal is primarily responsible for leading all matters related to learning and teaching from Kindergarten to Year 12, including academic strategy and student progress as well as the oversight of academic staff. She also acts for the Principal in her absence.

Ross Gilchrist, Director of Commercial Services.

Ross has prime responsibility for leadership and management of the financial, governance and compliance functions of the School. He also has overall responsibility for school facilities, is the Secretary to the School Council and is an Executive member of the Perth College Foundation.

John Garnett, Director of ICT.

John plays a pivotal role in the delivery of the School's ICT requirements. He has overall responsibility for the management, installation, maintenance, availability and security of the School’s network, hardware and software and manages the School’s ICT team.

The School Council.

In support of the Principal and Executive Team, the School Council provides strategic direction for the future of Perth College, and prides itself on being functional, cohesive and passionate about advancing Perth College as a leading school for girls.

Andrea Burns, Chair.

Andrea Burns has more than 25 years’ experience as a journalist. She has reported and presented TV news and current affairs, worked in radio, and been a regular newspaper columnist. Andrea is currently the director of a boutique media consultancy working with corporate, government and not-for-profit organisations. She also teaches Broadcasting at Edith Cowan University. Andrea and her husband have one daughter currently at Perth College and one who is a 2016 Leaver.

Vikki De Alwis, Vice Chair

Vikki manages a team of health and safety professionals at Chevron Australia, and has held several positions in information technology in Perth and overseas. She holds a Masters in Business Administration with Distinction and a Bachelor of Commerce, and is currently completing a Masters in Occupational Health and Safety. Vikki is a member of the Oil and Gas Women’s Network. An Old Girl of Perth College, Vikki served as the Student Representative Council President in her final year. She joined the Perth College Council in 2013, representing Provincial Council. Vikki sits on the Risk Review Committee.

Geoff Mather, Treasurer.

Geoff is Group Chief Financial Officer of the Royal Automobile Club of WA and its subsidiary entities. A Certified Practicing Accountant, he also holds a Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment and has completed the advanced management program at Harvard Business School. He is a recipient of a WA Business News ‘40 under 40’ award and is a graduate of Leadership WA. Geoff has been a Director of Amana Living, the Anglican Church’s retirement and aged care agency, and a member of the Board of All Saints’ College. Geoff has one daughter enrolled at Perth College.

Nick Stanisis.

Nick has spent the majority of his professional career aligned with the investment property industry. In 1994, Nick launched NSC Corporate, an investment property consultancy that went on to become a leading commercial property company in WA. In 2007, NSC was acquired by Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle and Nick remained as Managing Director of the merged operations until 2010. He chairs the School Council’s Facilities Committee, is a member of Finance Committee, and is a Director of the Perth College Foundation. Two of Nick’s children have attended Perth College.

Dr Seonaid Mulroy.

Seonaid is an Obstetrician, Gynaecologist and Ultrasound Specialist in private practice in Subiaco and Mount Lawley. An Old Girl, St Michael Award winner and 1993 Head Girl, she gained a Bachelor of Science (Honours First Class) at the University of WA before obtaining a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Honours). After she completed her postgraduate medical training, Seonaid became an Ultrasound Specialist, gaining the highest mark in Australia for this qualification. She is Council’s representative for the Archbishop of Perth and has two daughters attending Perth College.

Brenda Hogg.

Brenda is originally from New Zealand, where she completed her high school education at the end of Year 10. She immigrated to Australia in 1981 and began her tertiary study in 1991 as a mature-age student, completing a Business degree at Curtin University and then a Law degree at the University of Western Australia. Brenda is Principal of her own law practice in Perth. She previously worked as a senior executive in marketing, sales management and client service in both the retail and financial services sectors. Brenda is also the Vice Chairperson of HeadWest (Brain Injury Association of WA Inc) and also has a post-graduate qualification in Theology.

Jonathan Burgess.

Jonathan has a three-decade career in town planning and urban design. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Urban and Regional Studies) and a Post-Graduate Diploma (Urban and Regional Planning) from Curtin University. Jon's portfolio includes state and national award-winning projects. After working for one of Australasia’s leading specialist town planning firms for 12 years, Jon commenced his own practice in 2001. Jon joined Council in 2015, sits on the Facilities Committee, and is the current representative for the Friends of Perth College and PC Fellas. He and his wife have a daughter who attends the Senior School.

Dr Jane Scott.

Jane is Professor of Public Health Nutrition Research at Curtin University. A Perth College Old Girl (1971 to 1975), she was Vice Captain of Lawley House in her final year and also served as President of the Student Representative Council. Jane trained as a nutritionist/dietitian and went on to complete a Master of Public Health and a PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology at Curtin University. She has worked as a university academic for most of her career. In 2013 Jane was inducted as a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the profession. She is the Old Girls’ Association Council representative and is also a member of the Perth College Foundation Board.

Al Taylor.

Al is a Western Australian business leader who has built and grown one of Australia’s most successful communications agencies – 303MullenLowe – and is now at the helm of hospitality and brewing group Triple-1-Three.

He is President of West Australian Music (WAM) and holds a number of other board and strategic advisory positions across a range of industries.

Al is focussed on building organisational capabilities in culture creation, empathy and creativity, and is an award-winning behaviour change strategist, having consulted to State and Federal Governments and Australia’s most well-known commercial organisations. He is also a passionate supporter of the arts and the Australian creative community.

One of Al’s two daughters is at Perth College and the other daughter will join the School soon.