Board Members

SASSLA engages a private voting company to conduct a yearly election of Board Members. Nominations are sent to all members in November of each year via the voting company. After nominations are received a postal ballot is forwarded to all members in February 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 joined SASSLA in 2018 and brings 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
Sharon Goldman Board Member
Sharon Goldman
Blackwood High School
Steve Freeman Board Member
Steve Freeman
Woodend 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
Stuart High School, Whyalla
Patrick Moran Board Member
Patrick Moran
Elizabeth Park Primary School
Ian Kent Board Member
Ian Kent
Easter Fleurieu School
Stuart Miller Board Member
Stuart Miller
Newberry Park Primary School



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