School Board

The Hedland Senior High School (HSHS) Independent Public School (IPS) Board was first formed in 2013 and is now in its 6th year of operation. Perhaps unique in the landscape of other IPS boards, the HSHS Board consists of representatives from State government, Local Government, the small business sector, major industry (BHP Billiton, FMG and Roy Hill), education, parents and community members. This mix of representation reflects the high value all sectors of our community place on providing quality education for our students.

Working in partnership with the School, the Department of Education, our valued partners and the wider school community has seen Hedland Senior High School undertake a major capital program over the past 5 years as well as achieving some outstanding student outcomes across all areas. To move the school forward into its next phase of development, in 2016 the Board approved a project to create a 2050 Vision for the school. The Board and HSHS Leadership Team conducted a series of facilitated workshops to create this 2050 Vision, which will provide consistent guidance for future business planning, as well as identifying the future programs, infrastructure, partners and funding to achieve the long term vision.

At a high level, the role of the HSHS IPS board is essentially as follows:

  • The board establishes a vision for the school that reflects the aspirations and needs of the community.
  • The Independent Public School board chair (on behalf of the board) is a signatory to a Delivery and Performance Agreement with the principal and Director General. The agreement sets out the performance and accountability expectations of the school, as well as the resources and support provided centrally to the school.
  • The board conducts a self-review, which is then followed by an external review of the school that is undertaken by the Department of Education Services in the final year of the Delivery and Performance Agreement. The external review verifies the school’s self-review of its performance against the Delivery and Performance Agreement and its Business Plan. The focus of the external review is on the standards of student learning, quality of the learning environment and sustainability.

Board functions are covered by the School Education Act 1999 and School Education Regulations 2000. An unincorporated board such as HSHS IPS Board has an approved Terms of Reference to define its way of working and to meet the requirements of the legislation. Detailed information includes advice on the roles and responsibilities of a school board, membership, induction and procedures for conducting elections and meetings.


Lincoln Tavo

Community Representative (FMG) – Board Chair

Warren Wellbeloved

Community Representative (BHP) – Deputy Chair

Warren has lived in Port Hedland with his wife Claire and children, Anna (7) and Luke (5), for the last 7 years. He studied Chemical Engineering in South Africa, holds an MBA from the University of California Los Angeles and the National University of Singapore as well as a Graduate Diploma in Asset Management.

Warren is the Manager of Locomotive and Track Machine Maintenance for BHP Iron Ore’s Rail team. Over his 13 years with BHP, Warren has held several leadership positions across multiple commodities and geographies. In his spare time, Warren is an avid sportsman and enjoys nothing more than camping along the Pilbara coast with his family.

David Taylor

Hedland SHS (Acting Principal)

David started his teaching career in 1978 in the small wheatbelt town of Kellerberrin and has experienced a broad range of educational settings over the past 40 years. During those years he took  breaks from education to pursue opportunities in small business, however he has always gravitated back to the classroom.

Although David is primary trained he has had experience in both  secondary and primary schools. His vast experience in upper primary settings has fostered a passion for catering for early adolescent children. He believes there is a great deal of work still to be done in catering for children in these formative years, particularly in their transition into High School. David has more than 20 years of experience educational leadership across the public, Catholic and private sectors.

Most recently David was the Principal of Carmel School, the only Jewish School in Perth catering for children from K – Yr 12. During his tenure the school featured regularly in the top ATAR school in WA. Since 2017 David has worked in the Pilbara region as acting Principal at Jigalong RCS and Paraburdoo Primary School.

Narelle Ward

Community Representative

Mrs Narelle Ward, Principal of Cassia Primary School, has been an educator for over 20 years and has spent a significant portion of her career in the Pilbara. Hedland has been home for her and her family for the past 10 years and she is currently the Hedland Network of Schools – Network Principal, appointed to this role at the end of 2017. She currently has a child attending Hedland Senior High School in the Trade Training Centre and commends the high school on the exceptional opportunities afforded to children and educational pathways offered on site to meet a diverse range of educational needs. She looks forward to working with the School Board to positively promote the school within the community and support the successful educational initiatives already embedded in the school and those that are planned for the future.

Patrik Mellberg

Parent Representative

Patrik Mellberg has lived in the Pilbara for nearly 30 years in total including time in Newman and Karratha and residing in Hedland since 2000 with his family. Patrik has 4 kids with 2 kids currently at Hedland Senior High School. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science and more recently completed a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) through Curtin University.

Patrik currently works in the Pilbara Corporate Affairs Team at BHP Billiton, having been with the company for 9 years. He has held various community relations and strategy roles with BHP Billiton during this time with his current role being that of Team Lead, Community for Port Hedland. Prior to joining BHP Billiton, Patrik was Regional Director of Health for the Pilbara region.

Patrik has a long standing commitment to being an active community member having participated in numerous committees and boards over many years. Patrik has served on the school Board since 2013 and presided as Board Chair for 3 years. He has also been on the Executive Committee of The Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce since 2013 and is a committee member of the Port Hedland Industry Council.

Ngaire Whyte

Parent Representative

I am a married mother of three sons, one of my three sons attends HSHS, hence my decision to nominate, and ultimately being nominated as the one of the two parent representatives on the Hedland Senior High School Board. A position I am committed and passionate about.

Listed below are personal and professional attributes I feel that I bring to this position.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills: in my professional capacity as a RN and nursing educator communication and listening skills are pivotal to my role. To communicate effectively with patients, fellow colleagues and students requires an ability to be a good listener too. It is important to be able liaise and communicate effectively with numerous health professionals on various different levels depending on the nature of the conversation.

Sound problem solving skills: on a daily basis as a nurse situations change dramatically, sometimes within minutes. Being able to think on the run and sometimes think outside the box has helped me on numerous occasions throughout my career.

Empathy, compassion and respect: being a nurse is a privilege. We care for people when they are at their worst and usually in very vulnerable situations. Showing respect and having empathy whilst caring for patients shows them that you care and gives comfort and hope at their time of need. Also being respectful of people’s culture and being culturally sensitive is extremely important, as culture plays such a significant role in how people interact with each other. As a nurse I have acquired a level of knowledge in relation to culture and how patients can respond differently to care based on their unique cultural experiences.

All the above mentioned attributes which I have acquired over the years from both personal and professional situations equip me well in my current role as the Parent Representative on the HSHS Board.

Tricia Hebbard

Parent Representative

I am a long-term resident of Port Hedland. I have three children: a 25-year-old who has been through the school system and apprenticeship pathway, a 15-year-old who currently attends Hedland Senior High School and who is choosing an ATAR pathway this year, and a 7-year-old who attends Baler Primary School in South Hedland.

I am familiar with Hedland Senior High School and the challenges schools and communities face being isolated. I have seen some positive changes in education delivery in Hedland and am grateful for the choices being created for our children.

As well as having recently been elected as a Parent Representative on the Hedland Senior High School Board, I was elected as a Councillor for the Town of Port Hedland last year, and with both positions I am keen to keep education as a priority for the children in our community.

I look forward to working with all board team members and the school community in continuing a positive learning environment for all secondary students.

Therese Anderson

Community Representative (Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce)

A resident of South Hedland since late 2008 and co-owner of a local electrical contractor business ‘Foxman Electrical’ with experience in areas such as nursing, office management of our electrical contracting company and administrative roles within a not-for-profit / community organization.

Elected committee member of the Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce Inc. for the past five years and representative on the Hedland Senior High School Board for 2017.


Paul Thomas

Community Representative

Jeanette Hasleby

Community Representative (Roy Hill)

Jeanette started her career as a teacher of languages and moved into training, curriculum development and project management in the Department of Education.

She has had extensive experience in curriculum, policy and strategy development and has been responsible for state-wide strategies for WA public schools for students at risk, attendance and behaviour management. She held a wide number of roles in the sector including Director in the WA Department of Education overseeing services for students in school attendance, behaviour management, child protection, disabilities and several national projects.

In November 2011 she left the public sector to take up an opportunity at Roy Hill working on community development including Native Title, Aboriginal employment and business development. More recently she set up Roy Hill Community Foundation which supports education, health and arts and cultural projects with a focus on the Pilbara.

Rachael Green

Community Representative (Meta Maya)

Rachael has been a resident of Port Hedland for 21 years and has 3 children who all attend Hedland Senior High School.

Rachael is passionate about the Hedland community and is often seen around town fundraising for the local softball, baseball and t-ball teams to raise much needed funding for Hedland youth to travel the world and showcase their talents and represent both Port Hedland and Western Australia.

She actively encourages youth to strive to the best of their abilities in both academics and sports, helping them to become strong, educated and healthy individuals. Rachael was recently made a Life Member of the Northwest Softball Championships for her contribution to the sport over many years.

Rachael is the Chief Executive Officer of Pilbara Meta Maya Regional Aboriginal Corporation (PMMRAC) and has held this position for 7 years. Under Rachael’s leadership PMMRAC has grown to become a successful and diverse Corporation employing 80 people across Western Australia. Some achievements to date are the solar powered office building in Wedgefield which assists in reducing the Corporation’s carbon footprint on the environment, the establishment of commercial businesses to sustain the longevity of the Corporation, multiple local and state awards for business excellence, formation of strong relationships with clients and Aboriginal Communities in the Pilbara, Gascoyne and Murchison regions.

Ashley Chamberlain

Hedland SHS (Staff Representative)

I joined Hedland SHS in 2017 and am currently the PHEP: Follow the Dream Coordinator and a member of the School Board. I was previously the Health and Wellbeing Manager at the high school and prior to arriving in Hedland, I taught for many years in Perth as a Science Teacher and worked in student services as a Year Coordinator. As teacher I taught lower school Science, Mathematics, Health and ATAR Biology and Human Biology.

I am passionate about student success and as the Follow the Dream Coordinator I am excited to work alongside aspirant Aboriginals and their families at our school. I am so glad that I am able to be involved in many opportunities that Hedland Senior High School provides for our students and work together with the Hedland community in continuing to create a school of success.

Teneal Russell

Hedland SHS (Staff Representative)

I have worked at Hedland SHS for 15 years and I am currently the teacher of the Shooting Goals Netball Girls classes for Year 7, 8 and 11, as well as the year 12 Pastoral Care Coordinator. During my time at Hedland SHS I have held many leadership positions and have developed significant knowledge, interpersonal skills and effective working relationships. I have filled roles as diverse as HOLA of HASS, Acting Student Services Manager, VET and WPL Coordinator, Year 11 Coordinator, Year 7 Transition Co-coordinator, Head of Numeracy Committee, Teacher Librarian, Skilled to Work (STW) / School Based Traineeship (SBT) classroom Teacher, Health & Physical Education (HPE) classroom Teacher of Years 8-10 and Physical Education Studies Year 11 and 12. I strive to maintain positive relationships with all involved in the community and work collaboratively with colleagues, parents and community members, respecting the important role they play in the development process of students.

I have two young kids and my eldest currently attends Hedland Senior High School in Year 8. I have many links to the community through my involvement with sport outside school hours and am well known to many families in town. I look forward to working strategically with all members of the board to improve all aspects of the Hedland SHS community so that “Together We Can Achieve”.

Karen Ballantyne

Hedland SHS (Manager Corporate Services) – Ex Officio

I have worked at Hedland Senior High School since 2000, firstly as a school officer and in the last six years as the Manager Corporate Services. I have been in Hedland for 21 years.

I am responsible of the day to day financial, physical and human resource aspects of the school’s operations and administer all school support staff which include our cleaners, gardeners, education assistants, AIEO’s, school officers, laboratory assistants, home economics assistant, network administrator (IT), library officer and SIDE supervisor.

Agendas of previous school board meetings:


Minutes of previous school board meetings:

  • Coming soon…

Please see the Terms of Reference for the Hedland Senior High School Board.

Other Information

  • [annual report coming soon]
  • [business plan coming soon]