PRINCIPAL - Fiona Johnston
MEdLead, MA (Mus Ed), BA, DipEd, GradCertArts
Fiona commenced as the thirteenth Principal of St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls in Perth, to continue its purpose to inspire and educate girls for life.
Fiona brings to St Hilda’s over 25 years experience across diverse leadership positions in Grammar, Government, Non-denominational and Faith-based schools in Australia, the United Kingdom and in Singapore, where she previously held the position of Head of Secondary School at the Australian International School. Fiona has led school communities with representatives from many different nations and is committed to embracing diversity, respecting differences and promoting inclusivity.
Fiona is a strong advocate of girls’ education, gender equality and personal excellence and is passionate about fostering personal and professional growth opportunities for the girls, young women and staff at St Hilda’s. Fiona is committed to open and inclusive leadership and values the contributions of others. She believes that collaboration is powerful and the key to sustainable improvement and positive growth. Fiona strongly believes that clear alignment, collaboration, transparency, trust and respectful relationships are key ingredients in growing and nurturing learning communities.
Please read below to find out more about our School Leadership Team, or click the following link to view the Key Positions of Responsibility.
DIRECTOR OF SENIOR SCHOOL - Andrea McNally
Andrea brings to the position significant senior leadership experience including five years on the St Hilda’s Executive Team in her current role as Head of Junior School, a role in which she embraces a significant amount of professional autonomy to lead, innovate and manage. In this role, Andrea demonstrates daily her ability to inspire a sense of purpose and direction through leading the implementation of our strategic agenda in line with our purpose, vision and values.
Andrea is well-known to many of our senior girls and their families through their journey in the Junior School. She is highly respected and admired by all who work with her. She brings professionalism, warmth, humour and a commitment to personal excellence to the position. She is a compelling and excellent communicator. Andrea has a proven ability to build effective teams, develop and motivate others and learn on the fly. She is adaptable, flexible and brings to the position a growth mindset and an energised leadership style that engages and grows others.
DIRECTOR OF JUNIOR SCHOOL - Trish Jakovich
Since joining St Hilda’s, Trish has established a collaborative and dedicated approach to the education of young children. Trish is committed to remaining abreast of leading educational practices and brings to the position of Director of Junior School a Masters in Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling. She was the recipient of the St Hilda’s Council Award in 2018 in recognition of her outstanding commitment to teaching and learning at St Hilda’s.
Trish is a dedicated and visionary leader who strives for excellence and believes in the power of collaboration. Her interactions with others are built on the foundations of justice, care and respect.
She values every member of our school community and identifies and celebrates her colleague’s individual talents and expertise. Trish is committed to putting the needs of our girls and young boys first.
Trish brings to this executive leadership position the ability to communicate a vision and transform an idea to reality. This is evident through her introduction of parenting programs and exceptional attention to detail in all that she leads. She is renowned for her professional integrity, agility and reliability. Her beliefs are strongly aligned with our St Hilda’s values and she is committed to excellence in all that she does.
DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY - Kellie Hasluck
Kellie has a strong community focus, having raised funds for the State Library of Western Australia, the Ability Centre, Sensorium and many other local community groups. Kellie has sat on boards and committees to raise the profile and the financial position for organisations who need support. She brings substantial commercial experience, management, expertise, coaching skills, and communication and brand knowledge to the position.
Kellie Hasluck is one of Perth's leading communications professionals with over 25 years' experience in the industry. She is well networked and has engaged with St Hilda’s as an external communications consultant in previous years. Her experience, contacts and business acumen are second-to-none. Kellie has an excellent record in leading and inspiring a team through change. Her skill set and experience is a powerful mix that will assist St Hilda’s to build profile and commercial performance.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & OPERATIONS - Lorica Storey
Lorica has been at St Hilda’s in her current role since 2016, her role as Director of Finance & Operations is central to providing strategic leadership for the School’s corporate and financial governance by supporting the Principal and Council in the sound financial stewardship of St Hilda’s School for Girls.
The position oversees the development of the School’s annual budget, financial forecasting and the technical administration of the School’s annual accounts and provides financial advice and analysis and secretariat support for the Foundation, Council and its committees;
Lorica is a senior financial professional who has worked across a variety of industries including mining, power generation, education, agriculture and healthcare. Lorica has diversified business skills and a keen interest in finance, compliance, governance and risk. She has more than 10 years’ experience as a senior executive reporting to Boards and various sub-committees on financial, strategic planning and commercial management matters.
Lorica also holds memberships with COA Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Lorica currently serves on boards of several not for profit organisations in the community housing, education and environmental sectors.
Lorica’s professional experience has been gained through working across different sectors and she has successfully delivered on operational and strategic outcomes in a range of legislative, budgetary, policy and administrative frameworks.
DIRECTOR OF PEOPLE & CULTURE - David Scanlan
Prior to joining St Hilda’s, David worked as Special Counsel at Bartlett Workplace Lawyers and Consultants, heading up its Perth office. He has broad commercial legal experience, primarily in industrial relations, general employment, occupational health and safety, privacy, matters relating to discrimination, harassment and bullying in the workplace and various other commercial areas.
Prior to this role, David worked in the not-for-profit sector as the Employee Relations Manager for St John Ambulance WA. David was responsible for providing strategic advice and guidance to the organisation on all employee relations and human resources issues. This included employee engagement issues, leadership training, change management, enterprise agreement negotiations, recruitment and managing performance and disciplinary issues. Given David’s legal background, he was also involved in managing the organisation’s needs regarding legal and compliance matters.
David brings to the role significant experience in the private commercial sector and brings a sound understanding of modern ER, IR and HR practices.
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO PRINCIPAL AND DIRECTOR OF SENIOR SCHOOL - Esme Prentice
Esme is a devoted staff member who has worked at St Hilda’s for 13 years. Her excellent communication and organisation skills are invaluable to the St Hilda’s Community. Having worked overseas in New Zealand and Singapore for over 25 years, and across many industries including financial services, real estate, hospitality and education, her depth of experience brings great knowledge to the School Executive team.
DEAN OF SCHOOL OPERATIONS AND COCURRICULAR (JK-12) - Naomi Bryant
Naomi brings to the position knowledge of St Hilda's having worked at our school previously in the role of Head of Sport and Head of Year. Naomi demonstrates an excellent capacity to develop and implement systems and processes with various stakeholders. She is excited by the opportunity to collaboratively create a strategic framework and direction for cocurricular programs, enrichment activities and work closely with our Sport and Outdoor Education programs.
Naomi's endless energy and passion for girls’ education is immense. Her global outlook and ability to oversee the complexities of a busy school are admirable.
DEAN OF PEDAGOGY & INNOVATION (JK-12) - Westley Field
Westley brings to the role of Dean of Pedagogy and Innovation a significant breadth of experience in initiating, developing and delivering blended learning opportunities in Schools.
In his current role as National Professional Learning Manager, he is responsible for developing strategic intervention strategies, policies and procedures for Schools. He manages, designs and delivers quality professional services to teachers and educational leaders across Australia.
Westley’s previous roles in Schools includes Director of Learning Innovation at Waverley College (Executive position) and Director of Online Learning at MLC (Sydney). Westley has been recognised for his outstanding leadership in transformative practices as an Adobe Education Leader, Apple Distinguished Educator, Linden Prize Finalist and ACEL Fellow. He was awarded the John Lee Memorial Award for recognition of his services to innovative via the integration of information technologies in education. He was awarded the Smithsonian Laureate (Computer World Honours Program) in 2001 and was awarded a Churchill Scholarship in 1999.
DEAN OF STUDENT WELLBEING (JK-12) - Jo Swain
Jo is a dedicated staff member, having served at St Hilda’s for 16 years. Jo is a highly regarded educator and colleague. She will contribute to this role a wealth of knowledge in the area of student wellbeing with extensive experience in supporting students, with a pastoral focus.
Jo has been a Head of Year and coordinated the Pilgrimage to Fiji for 13 years. She is passionate about girls education and committed to ensuring all students are supported throughout their St Hilda’s journey. Jo is excited to work with an amazing team of Pastoral leaders and continue to assist our girls to shine in all areas.
DEAN OF ACADEMICS (7-12) - Angie Ranson
Angie brings to the position an extensive suite of significant senior leadership experiences including 6 years in the role of Head of Curriculum Services at our school, Head of Year, Head of Physical Education & Sport, Board member of Executive teams and experience in the private sector as Director of an ICT Company. Demonstrating an excellent capacity to develop and implement change, Angie is excited to embrace this next chapter in St Hilda’s journey to lead with confidence, innovation and prosperity. Eager to take on new risks and opportunities, Angie has applied her skillset to lead and drive the St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls Army Cadet Unit, a first within Western Australian and the Nation. Demonstrating capacity to its fullest, Angie role models exceptional leadership skills and courage for students in her charge to observe, give generously to the community, apply and succeed. As a Senior Leader, Angie demonstrates daily her ability to inspire a sense of positivity and direction through empowering others to drive the Schools’ strategic agenda towards our purpose, vision and values.
Angie is well-known to many of our senior girls and their families through their journey in the Mathematics department. She is appreciated and well-regarded by all who work with her and has a highly regarded reputation in Curriculum Networks. She brings professionalism, empathy, approachability, humour and assurance to personal excellence to the position. She is a captivating and exceptional communicator. Angie has a proven ability to coach, develop and motivate others.
DEAN OF STUDENT WELLBEING (JK-6)
Julie has been a dedicated staff member of St Hilda's for 14 years. During her time she has worked as a highly regarded educator and colleague. She has successfully worked with multi−facet teams to ensure our students are offered a holistic and high-quality education. Julie will contribute to this role a wealth of knowledge through her demonstrated aspiration to stay abreast of leading wellbeing practices. She brings to the position of Dean of Pastoral (JK−6) a Master's in Education and a highly established relationship with our current St Hilda's community.
Julie is a visionary educator with extensive experience in supporting, students, staff and parents. She is highly collegial and values strengthening and drawing on the expertise of her colleagues for the benefit of our students.
Julie will be value adding to the School's Leadership Team who hold the needs of our girls and young boys at the heart of what they do. In this role, Julie will use her strength in data analysis to identify the wellbeing growth path for our students, staff and parents. She will draw on her highly established skills of bringing a united approach to the implementation of programs and experiences that provide a solid pastoral care avenue for our community.
DEAN OF BOARDING (7-12) - Rachel Stenslunde
Rachel joined St Hilda’s Boarding in 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland and has spent most of her career in Sydney while commuting to Melbourne throughout. Rachel has worked for large financial organisations MLC/NAB where she managed projects including the integration of MLC Retail with MLC Insurance divisions. She has managed large national teams where the development of the personnel within these teams was critically important to the deliverables the team was working towards. Her diverse experiences with a client focus have aided her ability to build strong relationships with people.
Rachel spent the last 5 years living and working in Karratha where she took on a Quality Management role which saw the company become ISO9001 Quality Management System accredited and successfully audited each year by an external auditor for all the major oil and gas projects at those times. Her passion for developing people and culture across team environments is of critical importance to the care St Hilda’s provides for its boarders. This year, Rachel has begun implementing change within the boarding area. She believes that providing an environment for the girls that acknowledges the incredible history and traditions of the St Hilda’s community while also being able to balance with a contemporary flavour ensures the girls are able to hold their own in the ever-changing and developing society.