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.


Patrik Mellberg

Parent Representative – Board Chair

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. He is in his 3rd year as Chair of HSHS Independent Public School Board and has been on the board since 2013. 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.

Yvonne Denham

Community Representative (Hedland Network Principal)

Principal Port Hedland Primary School and Hedland Network Principal.

Yvonne was appointed to the Board over two years ago.  She is a long term resident of Port Hedland, with her children all attending Hedland Senior High School.

Yvonne has an extensive Education background having taught in a whole range of different contexts including; High Schools, Remote Schools, City Schools and Education Support Centers in both Australia and New Zealand.

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


Lincoln Tavo

Community Representative (FMG) – Deputy Chair

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.

Warren Wellbeloved

Community Representative (BHP)

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.

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)



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.

Avneil Swami

Hedland SHS (Principal)

I have worked at Hedland SHS for 9 years and I am currently the A/Principal.  Prior to this I have been Deputy Principal leading various portfolios at Hedland Senior high School.  I moved to Hedland in 2008 as a graduate Physical and Health Education teacher and have been involved in various leadership roles here including, Year Coordinator, Head of Health and Physical Education, and Health and Wellbeing Manager. I am currently studying “The Masters of Educational Leadership Program”, run through the University of Western Australia and will complete studies this year.

My family and I have made Port Hedland home for most of the past decade and enjoy the Pilbara way of life.

I have a passion for educational leadership and have a strong commitment to creating positive academic and social outcomes for our students. Strong leadership, effective teachers, community partnerships and a supportive environment shape the context for students to achieve success; our challenge as a school is to embrace and align these practices. My work is centred on supporting the successful students we have at Hedland Senior High School and the wider Hedland community- Together We WILL Achieve!

Jayne Tracey

Hedland SHS (Staff Representative)

I have been employed at Hedland SHS since September 2000 and have been involved in a wide range of positions during that time.

As a current educational leader and Deputy Principal at Hedland Senior High School I have initiated and led change processes using a broad repertoire of strategies that have promoted the development of reflective practices and enhanced student learning.

I have diverse teaching and professional development experiences during which I have gained professional and educational knowledge across education systems in metropolitan and remote locations, from primary, secondary and middle school structures as well as across learning areas.

Above all else, I consider myself a professional educator and team leader and I enjoy my work.

Agendas of previous school board meetings:

Minutes of previous school board meetings:

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

Other Information

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