Helena College Council is the leadership team responsible for strategic oversight and governance of the school at the Darlington Campus (K-5) and Glen Forrest Campus (6-12).  Members are appointed for their professional skills, areas of expertise and enthusiasm for independent education.

Council sub-committees have delegated responsibility for advising on Finance and Audit; and Risk, Audit, Compliance and Governance matters, supported by the expertise of members.

Members of the College Council voluntarily give their time and expertise to oversee the management of the College and ensure the school achieves its mission to educate and inspire students to be the best they can be by providing development of the whole child, having high expectations of learning and achievement, and offering creative, engaging and challenging educational experiences.

The Council’s role is to provide good governance and set the strategic directions for Helena College through the Strategic Plan.  The Principal is appointed by and accountable to Council to manage the operations of the College and deliver the Teaching and Learning program.  The Principal and staff implement the strategic plan within the directions and policies established by Council.  Progress on the implementation of the strategic plan and management of strategic risks and whole of school finances is monitored by the Council through regular reports from the Principal and sub-committees. Click here to read the 2016-2018 Strategic Plan.

Principal, Ian Lyons, and the Business Manager Michael Papali (as Secretary to Council) attend all Council and sub-committee meetings.

Council Members

Nathan Johnston

Chair of Council

Strategy – Policy – Innovation

Principal Projects Officer at Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety responsible for strategic projects, policy and legislative change for resources industry

·   Former Manager of Strategy, Landgate

·   Coach (Perth Hills United Football Club)

Nathan is a parent of two students and is committed to using his experience to provide strong leadership of Council and bring out the best at Helena College

Chair of Council since November 2017

Member since September 2012

Andrew Crean

Deputy Chair of Council

Legal – Governance – Compliance

Partner – Corporate Advisory at Mills Oakley, a leading national law firm

·   Vice Chair, Epilepsy WA

·   Member, Law Society of WA Commercial Law Section

Andrew moved to the Perth Hills in 2016, and is a parent of two students.  He joined the Council to both build connections in and contribute to the community, and is committed to using his skills and experience to bring out the best at Helena College.

Member since 2018

Lara Sappal

Council Member

Education Sector – Student Services

Principal Lecturer at North Metropolitan TAFE for the Community Pathways portfolio specialising in community development

Social Worker experienced in child protection, working with young people & families as well as drug & alcohol counselling

·   Australian Association of Social Workers KPMG Agent of Change Award

·   Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow for Service to the Community

·   Fellow of Leadership WA Alumni

·   Salvation Army Homeless Street Team member

Lara is passionate about purposeful quality education for all ages

Member since 2015

McKenzie Reed

Council Member

Governance – Compliance – Risk Management

Lead Sales and Compliance Consultant (Home Building Industry)

·   Formerly Investigation and Prosecutions Manager

·   Fellow of Leadership WA Alumni

·   Fire Protection Australia

McKenzie enjoys utilising his skills in governance, compliance and risk management in a meaningful way that provides on-going growth and assistance to the community

Deputy Chair 2016-18

Member since 2016

Fiona Haynes

Council Member

HR & Culture

Senior Manager Regional Operations APAC Rio Tinto, responsible for the delivery of HR services and support for the APAC region

·   10+ years HR leadership roles

·   Broad ranging experience in complex global organisations

Darlington resident and parent of 2 children at Helena College, Fiona is keen to contribute her professional experience for the benefit of Helena College and community

Member since 2017

Melissa Strutt

Council Member

Marketing – ICT & Digital

CEO and Founder of Roobix, a Western Australian based business consultancy, marketing and software development company

·   Board Member Western Australian Female Cricket Council

·   Chair Western Australia Female Club Competition Committee

·   Member Entrepreneurs Organisation – Perth

Melissa is a Glen Forrest local and is passionate about the Perth Hills community

Member since 2017

Amy McEwen

Council Member

Education – Educational Leadership

Deputy Principal at Greenmount Primary School

·   Board member – Greenmount Primary School

·   Curriculum Leader – Digital Technologies and Visible Learning

·   WA Excellence in Teaching Award 2006

Amy is an enthusiastic and energetic primary school educator with considerable experience in providing leadership to teachers and students. Her purpose is to help teachers to develop skills that promote deeper learning and increase levels of student engagement. She is a parent of a student and is passionate about education and life-long learning.

Member since 2018


Communication with Council

Parents may make submissions to Council, addressed to:

Helena College Council

Secretary of Council

PO Box 52

Glen Forrest WA 6071

or email Michael Papali, Secretary of Council.

Council representatives, who attend P&F meetings and College events, are not to be approached with school matters as they are not involved in management of the school operations.  Parents and guardians are requested to raise any issues regarding the school operations or staff with the Principal.  Please see the policy page for information on the appropriate disputes and complaints process.

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