College Council

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,  which has been extended whilst the College Council is involved in the process of developing the next Strategic Plan.

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

Council Members

Ty Theodore

Chair of Council

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

Matthew Batchelor

Council Member

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


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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