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Governance

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 been established in the areas of Governance and Finance/Facilities and report regularly to the Board.

Current Board Members

Christopher Taylor (Board Chair) has been a parent member of the Board since January 2020 and was appointed as Board Chair in April 2022. Chris is the Managing Director for Worley in Western Australia and the Northern Territory and brings extensive international management and board experience from roles in Australia, the United States, Canada, South Africa and the Middle East. He is also involved at a governance level in multiple volunteer organizations in the educational/non-profit sector.

Julia Burns (Vice-Chair) joined the ISWA Board as a community member in November 2019. As well as being Vice Chair, Julia is chair of the Governance Committee. 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.

Claire Wilkinson has been a community Board member of ISWA since February 2020 and was appointed Secretary in April 2022. 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.

Daria Kazanova (Treasurer)  was appointed to the ISWA Board in February 2021. She is a Senior Auditor in a global professional accounting firm in Perth. Her client portfolio includes ASX listed companies, AFSLs, schools, and community not-for-profit organisations. Being a full member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, she brings extensive experience in external audit, both in Australia and overseas, to the Board. Her family has been with ISWA since 2016 when her son started Kindergarten.

Timothy McCarthy was appointed as a parent Board member of ISWA in August 2021 and is a member of the Finance & Facilities Committee. Currently he is the General Manager of Supply Chain for Chevron Australia. Prior to his current role, Tim was the GM of Supply Chain for Chevron’s global capital projects organization. Tim has 30 years of international management and board experience having lived in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the United States, and the Middle East.

Dr. Jugal Parekh (PhD) joined the ISWA Board in February 2022 as a parent member and is a member of the Finance & Facilities Committee. Jugal is an innovation consultant, working with the Healthcare sector for over 15 years. He has special interest and experience in strategy, technology, design thinking, and business development. Jugal is an IB diploma graduate himself and worked and lived in UK, UAE and India before coming to Australia.

David Jennings joined the ISWA Board in February 2022 as a parent member and is a member of the Governance Committee. He is operations manager of a 150-bed aged care facility based in West Perth. Graduating as a Registered Nurse nearly 10 years ago, David works directly with residents, families and staff to provide holistic, person-centred care. David’s role also includes representing the clinical governance committee which oversees risks, change management, innovation and accreditation. David is currently studying for a Masters of Business Administration and has two children attending ISWA.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we are on, the Whadjuk (Perth region) people and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We acknowledge, respect and seek to learn from their wisdom, continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region. ​

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