Board Members

SASSLA engages the Australian Electoral Commission to conduct a yearly election of Board Members. Nominations are sent to all members in January of each year via the Electoral Commission. After nominations are received a postal ballot is forwarded to all members in March of each year. Members are elected for a two year term, with four members being elected one year and five members being elected the next year. This arrangement ensures continuity of Board Members each year.

Phil O'Loughlin Chief Executive
Phil O’Loughlin

Phil joins us in 2018 with a wealth of experience in industrial relations. He is the previous Executive Director of Human Resources for the Department for Education and was the lead negotiator for the Department in the 2015 Enterprise Bargaining Agreement. Phil looks forward to working with SASSLA members and once again collaborating with the Department for Education.

Marion Coady Chairperson
Marion Coady
Aberfoyle Park High School
Phil Johansen Board Member
Phil Johansen
Highgate School
Sharyn Darrell Board Member
Sharyn Darrell
Meadows Primary School

Sharon Goldman Board Member
Sharon Goldman
Blackwood High School
Steve Freeman Board Member
Steve Freeman
Woodend Primary School
Tracey Davies Board Member
Tracey Davies
Richmond Primary School
Craig Duguid Board Member
Craig Duguid
Deputy Principal
Aberfoyle Park High School
Tyson Grinham Board Member
Tyson Grinham
Lockleys North Primary
Sue Burtenshaw Board Member
Sue Burtenshaw
Department for Education Officer



  • Protect your career, reputation and wallet with fully funded legal support. Neither DECD nor the AEU can be relied upon to support you when something happens. Join now and let SASSLA be your safety net!
  • What would happen if a staff member and you both needed representation from the AEU on the same matter? We provide a voice and uncompromising advocacy for school leaders.
  • Membership fees are $28.87 per fortnight and are tax deductible. Far more cost effective than the AEU.
  • We maintain our independence from political parties and DECD to ensure we represent your views.
  • Free conferences and seminars dedicated to school leadership issues throughout the year.
  • Regular e-news, web and social media updates about leaders' work and legal matters affecting education.
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SASSLA is the sounding board school leaders need.  It is unfortunate that principals and other leaders need this type of protection but when needed it is efficient, supportive and acted on in a timely manner.  SASSLA provides a highly confidential service through email, phone conversations or site visits.  This organisation provides independent legal advice for a group of educators who experience common issues and are open to litigation.