Board Members

SASSLA engages a private voting company to conduct a yearly election of Board Members. Nominations are sent to all members in October 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 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

Briony Brooks Board Member
Briony Brooks

Preschool Director
Netley Kindergarten

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

Patrick Moran Board Member
Patrick Moran

Elizabeth Park Primary School



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