Our governance framework is comprehensive and current and sets the foundation for our decision-making, as well as ensuring a bright future for our school.
The International School of Western Australia is operated by the Australian Association for International Education Incorporated, a not-for-profit association incorporated in the State of Western Australia.
All parents or legal guardians of students enrolled at the school are members of the Association. The governing body, the ‘Board of the Association’, is comprised of up to 13 representatives of the Perth community who support our vision to inspire and challenge our students to learn, achieve, and make a difference in the world. The Board’s function is to ensure that the school fulfills this defined purpose and that it continues to do so in a sustainable manner, well into the future.
School Board Responsibilities
The Board of the Association is responsible for:
- Setting the strategic direction of the school while upholding its core values, in partnership with the Principal.
- Overseeing the ongoing financial viability of the school, and the efficient management of funds, assets, and operations.
- Ensuring that a policy and compliance framework is in place to enable the school to achieve its goals, whilst complying with its legal obligations.
- Board sub-committees, which have established in the areas of Governance and Finance/Facilities and report regularly to the Board.
Current Board Members
Gerrit Gödecke (Board Chair) has been appointed to the Board in February 2018. He is Managing Director of K+S Salt Australia, the local subsidiary of German resources group K+S. Gerrit has a Master Degree in Business Administration and has gained experience in various managerial and strategic roles. He has lived with his family on four different continents and his two children attend ISWA (one in primary, the other in secondary school) since they arrived on Australian soil in 2016. Gerrit is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Geoff Stowe [BBus CPA] (Vice Chair) is a parent with three children at ISWA and has been on the Board since 2015. Geoff is a Member of CPA Australia and has worked with international accounting firm PKF, as well as held executive and CEO positions in various mid-sized to large organisations in the Energy, Construction, property development and marketing sectors. Geoff now has his own business interests in property development, hotel accommodation, as well as manufacturing and his background, brings general business acumen, strategic planning, business development and financial management skills to the Board.
Ulrik Jensen (Treasurer) joined the ISWA Board November 2018. Ulrik is a Director of the Boliga Group in Denmark, a listed web media and finance business. Prior to this, he has had a long career in Investment Banking and Fund Management. He is Treasurer of the School, Chair of the Finance & Facilities Subcommittee and brings a background in finance to the Board. He is the proud parent of two ISWA students and has previous experience with international schools in the UK, Switzerland and Singapore.
Schellie-Jayne (“SJ”) Price (Secretary) has been a community member of the ISWA Board since August 2018 and Board Secretary since March 2019. She is an in-house lawyer at Chevron Australia, overseeing the legal work associated with the Chevron Australia’s LNG operations. SJ previously served as Company Secretary for a number of BHP companies while working at BHP. She is admitted to the practice of law in Western Australia, England and Wales and brings a background in law and company secretarial to the Board.
Sarah Brolsma has been a parent member of the ISWA Board since August 2018. The boutique-style classroom & international offering attracted her to the school. Sarah is a Director of a project marketing firm specialising in design, marketing & project management of apartment/commercial development. Sarah brings a wealth of knowledge on marketing, design, sustainability & community engagement. Sarah is trained in emotional intelligence & diversity, the Directors Mindset & is a member of the AICD.
Julia Burns joined the ISWA Board as a community member in November 2019. Julia serves as the Executive Director of South Metropolitan TAFE and is a board member of the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation. Julia has a strong background in commercial business management, organisational development, strategic business improvement, and change management. Julia was a member of the Board of Directors of the Beehive Montessori school in Mosman Park for 15 years.
Justin Bytheway has been a member of the ISWA Board since August 2018. He is a Consul at the U.S. Consulate General in Perth, overseeing management operations for the U.S. Government in Western Australia. He is a member of the Finance & Facilities Subcommittee and brings a background in human resources, information technology, logistics, and government relations to the Board. He is a proud parent of four ISWA students and has experience with International Schools in India and Cuba.
Ron Gorman is the Deputy Director of the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA) and has been a community Board member since February 2018. He has extensive experience in teaching and leading a diversity of schools in WA and Victoria. Ron manages innovative programmes and university partnerships for AISWA. He has contributed to the study and practice of educational leadership at the state, national and international levels and has presented widely on innovation, learning and school reform. He has edited and contributed to numerous publications. Ron was recently awarded the 2019 Pre-Eminent Leader of WA by the Australian Council of Educational Leadership as well as being awarded a National Fellowship. He is a member of the Global Educators Leaders Partnership.
Trevor Olsson has been a community Board member of ISWA since November 2019. Trevor has 35 years’ experience as a Human Resources Professional, with 30 years spent as an executive in the health industry. He is currently the General Manager – People & Global Capability at Woodside Energy. Trevor is new to Perth and arrives from Victoria last year. He has held previous executive Board appointments within the TAFE Victorian Sector, the Ballarat Chamber of Commerce and the Child and Family Services, also in Ballarat Victoria.
Jeff Schmoll has been a member of the ISWA Board since August 2018 and serves on the Facilities and Finance sub-committee. Jeff is the General Manager of Major Capital Projects and a Director for Chevron Australia, overseeing all large projects offshore and onshore in Australia. Jeff has been with Chevron for 36 years and has held management positions in multiple locations around the world. He has been on two other school boards previously – a private school in New Orleans and the international school in Luanda, Angola. He brings a background of project management, decision making, and lessons learned from previous schools to the Board. Jeff is the parent of a year 12 ISWA student.
Christopher Taylor was appointed as a parent Board member in January 2020. Chris has extensive international management and board experience and is currently a senior manager in the Engineering and Construction industry. He is also involved at a governance level in multiple volunteer organizations in the educational/non-profit space.
Claire Wilkinson has been a community Board member of ISWA since February 2020. She is currently Director Western Australia for the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association, leading advocacy and policy development for the oil and gas industry in the State, and engaging with a wide range of industry, government and community stakeholders. Prior to her current position, Claire worked for Total and Shell in asset management and external affairs roles and has also worked as a senior advisor to a Federal Cabinet Minister and as a London-based financial journalist covering commodity market trading and analysis.