Phil O’LoughlinChief Executive
Phil joined SASSLA in 2018 after a successful career as the Executive Director, Human Resources, in the Department for Education. Phil has a lengthy career in Executive positions in the public sector and brings a wealth of knowledge with respect to human resources management, industrial relations, and employment related policy. Phil has guided SASSLA through the complex process of providing legal certainty as to its future registration as an organisation and extended and improved SASSLA’s service offering to members. Phil has been instrumental in bringing the big issues facing school and preschool leaders including pay, workload, and attraction and retention into the foreground, and making them priority issues for action. Phil welcomes contact from members on any matter that they need assistance with. Phil and the team at SASSLA pride themselves in providing members with responsive and tailored services that are most relevant to their needs.
Mardi has recently joined SASSLA as an Associate after a long and highly successful career in the Department for Education. She has experience in secondary teaching followed by corporate experience in the areas of child protection, equal opportunity, and employee misconduct. Most recently Mardi was the Director, Employee Relations, for the Department and undertook employee relations strategy development and implementation, negotiation and implementation of enterprise agreements, and the management of industrial disputes. Mardi also led employee relations policy development and review, employee complaint resolution, and performance management including managing underperformance of staff and matters of non-compensable incapacity. Mardi is highly experienced in providing advice to site and corporate leaders on matters of complaint resolution, merit selection, conduct, unsatisfactory performance and incapacity, and industrial matters.
Leanne JamesBusiness Manager
Leanne joined SASSLA in 2014 and is responsible for the operational side of the Association. Leanne has a corporate background in local, state and federal government and is the first point of contact for the Association. She is responsible for the financial, marketing, event organisation, and membership aspects of the business along with research assistance and policy writing. She regularly carries out site visits with members and has experience acting as a support person for members undertaking formal interviews with respect to performance management and conflict resolution. Leanne holds a Bachelor of Business, Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and is currently studying a Masters in Human Resource Management.