School Board

Prachi Aggarwal

Prachi is a parent of three children, two of whom currently attend Hillarys Primary School. As a qualified lawyer with other 10 years experience, Prachi holds an LLB (Hons) and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from the University of Western Australia. Prachi currently works as a lawyer at a community legal centre, specialising in consumer credit and consumer law issues. Prior to this, Prachi worked as a lawyer in a large corporate firm in Perth, as an in-house lawyer at a bank in London and as a Legal Policy Officer at a WA government department. Prachi hopes to utilise her varied professional experience as a lawyer to assist with her role as a Board member.

Kelly Stokes

Kelly has been teaching for 14 years and is an integral part of Hillarys Primary School. Having previously taught in the remote community of Fitzroy Crossing and the mining town of Newman, Kelly took a break from teaching to head overseas to live and work in London and Europe. Kelly undertook some relief teaching in London and worked on the road with a travel company in Europe for three years. Kelly has been at HPS for 5 years and is currently teaching Year Three at Hillarys Primary. She is a member of both the Literacy and Numeracy teams.

Pamela Stewart

For over 15 years, Pam has held senior leadership roles in the financial services industry (banking and wealth management) in the areas of marketing, communications, product and corporate social responsibility. Pam is currently responsible for building the marketing strategy for Blueprint Wealth, a boutique wealth management practise in South Perth. Prior to relocating to Perth with her family in 2014, Pam held the position of VP and Chief Marketing Officer for Alterna Savings in Toronto, Canada. Pam has completed a BA (Mass Communications) a Masters Certificate in Marketing Communications Management and in 2016, a Certificate in Investment Foundations. Pam has been an integral part of strategy development and implementation, operational improvement and efficiency initiatives as well as policy development. Additionally, Pam’s previous Board experience includes Windfall Clothing Services in Toronto, Canada (2012-13) and Cecil Community Centre in Toronto, Canada (2002-2005). Pam has three children, two who currently attend Hillarys and one who has graduated and is now attending Duncraig Senior High School.

Natasha Couzens

A parent of two children, both currently attending Hillarys Primary School, Natasha enjoys being an active community member of the school and volunteers within the P&C and parent groups. With a Bachelor of Education degree in Primary Education and previous teaching experience, coupled with a Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management and varied experience working within both the resources and not-for-profit sectors, Natasha aims to bring a diverse and balanced perspective to the Board of Hillarys Primary School.

Paul Stone

Paul is a PMP® and MBA qualified General Manager with over twenty five (25) years experience gained in the offshore / onshore oil and gas industry in the UK, Europe, Australia, Asia and the Middle East. Paul’s previous roles span engineering, project management, business development, and enterprise general management; he holds degrees in Business Administration, Project Management, and Engineering, and is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. His core competencies include; the development and delivery of strategic objectives, strategic planning and budgeting, the application of advanced risk management principles, innovative proposal development and tendering, networking and relationship building with key decision makers, and agile project delivery and execution. In addition to being the Deputy Chair of the Board of Hillarys Primary School, Paul is a Non-Executive Director of a NFP organisation in the Disability Services Sector and has recently been appointed as the President of the Board of Governors at the Petroleum Club of Western Australia (PCWA).

Jackie Lock

Jackie has two children attending Hillarys PS and has a strong connection with the school as a former student of Hillarys (when it was Lymburner Primary School). Along with being a Parent Representative on the School Board she is also on the Executive Committee of the P&C and is the P&C Fundraising Coordinator. This ensures that the activities run by the P&C are aligned with the vision and business plan of the school Board. Professionally, Jackie is a Project Engineer with ConocoPhillips. She graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering (Honours) and has been working in the industry for over 15 years. Her personal interest in diversity and inclusion in the Oil & Gas industry transfers to school level for including strategies for increasing female participation and interest in STEM subjects.

Amy O’Brien

From an early age, Amy has always had a passion for teaching. In particular the well-being and education of children. She completed her 4 years of study at Edith Cowan University and then in 2011, began teaching at Hillarys Primary School. Throughout her career, she has taught in a number of different roles and year levels. She is has also been an active member of the school community and curriculum teams.

  Ron Chesny

Principal Hillarys Primary School

Ron has had 39 continuous years of service in education, 29 as a Principal of country and metropolitan schools both large and small. Ron has a Master of Education with a specific emphasis on Educational Administration. He was a founding co-leader of the WA Primary Principal’s Leading from the Front initiative catering for professional learning needs to the principalship. He has also been Chairperson of the Edith Cowan University’s School’s Liaison Committee, a non-sectoral group that once oversaw conditions for pre-service teachers and schools and held various other committee memberships at a district and regional level. He has a strong and ongoing commitment, belief and interest in distributed leadership models within schools.

Nola Gibson

Nola began her teaching career in the Secondary School system. Her Post Compulsory and Work Place Schooling, Youth Education and Enterprise Education responsibilities included classroom teaching, course and event co-ordination, student counselling, funding submissions and external curriculum writing. Nola combined secondary teaching with additional leadership, counselling and pastoral positions. She later worked within the ‘Inclusive Schooling Initiative’ liaising between schools, parents and external agencies seeking additional curriculum and resource assistance for children with special needs. An Early Childhood teaching exchange in London prompted Nola to further explore opportunities within the Primary sector and she has since worked in numerous country and metropolitan primary schools. Nola is currently a Year 3 teacher and the Curriculum Team Leader for English. She was an active member of the Data Analysis Team and is also working within the Mathematics and Curriculum Teams. She is the Year 3 Facilitator for the Duncraig Partnerships Network group.

  Julie Tapscott

Julie Tapscott has been an Early Childhood Teacher for 25 years and has taught in a number of different roles and in a variety of schools throughout Western Australia including South Hedland in the Pilbara, Collie in the Southwest and metropolitan schools. Julie has been at Hillarys Primary School for 5 years and is currently teaching Pre Primary. She is a member of both the Numeracy and the Health and Well-being teams and feels strongly regarding Protective Behaviours, believing children have a right to physical and psychological safety at all times. Julie also appreciates the importance of involving the community and believes the connections to the child’s family are key for making school a happy place.