I have been an educator, social worker, counsellor, mediator, lecturer and facilitator across my career. Beginning work life as a high school teacher I taught various subjects for 15 years in Queensland and South Australia. In the early 1990’s I moved on to become a social worker and have since been working in a variety of contexts in that role ranging from community health to project work.
I have worked in project management, parenting, domestic violence counselling and group work, mental health counselling and child protection during my time as a social worker. I have lectured at University, tutored, and supervised students, and for the last 19 years facilitated learning programs for other child protection social workers.
I have a strong interest in domestic violence work and child protection work and am passionate about children, and their parents, having the best life possible for them.
I am a life-long learner and enjoy the challenge and stimulation of new learning. I am a parent, and grand-parent, and have a wide circle of friends. I have enjoyed being on the Board over the last few years and have gained so much from being a part of the Suneden community.
I am currently retired, having been a police officer for 40 years. I enjoyed my time there, serving in general patrols, Prosecution, CIB and Intelligence areas. For three years I was seconded to the National Crime Authority, and worked on money laundering and drug matters.
I became involved with Suneden when my youngest daughter started there in 1997. In 1998 I was appointed as the Vice President and became President in 2014. I have seen the School grow and develop over the years and have been very proud to be a part of that as a Board Member and particularly as President.
I enjoy gardening, particularly growing vegetables in my wicking beds, which I have just recently set up at Suneden! I also enjoy the Cabaret Festival and holidaying in our old caravan at Port Vincent. I have been a cyclist since the late 1970’s and competed with the Norwood Cycling Club in the mid 1980’s. I don’t particularly follow any code of football, or cricket and I don’t drink beer. I am married and have two adult children.
I began working in Special education in the early 1980’s at the Spastic Centres of South Australia. I learned so much from the multi-disciplinary approach to education there that I became fascinated by the models of best practice in special education. I have been the of Principal of Suneden Specialist School since 2014 and been fortunate to lead and influence the teaching and learning that occurs there. Suneden has always been vibrant and innovative, but it has recently become more widely known, largely through its video modelling initiative and as a School offering a model of educational best practice within South Australia.
I believe that Special Education is a great place for the innovation in education to start. It is where quality teachers must draw on their creativity and openness to new approaches in order to facilitate learning. My dream is that mainstream education looks to special educators for models of best practice, because approaches that work well in special education are invariably approaches that benefit all students.
Outside of my lifelong interest in Special Education, I enjoy being outside and being active, whether that is running in the City Bay, hiking on cliff tops or stand-up paddle boarding at Seacliff; I enjoy them equally. When the weather is too wet to be outside (which it rarely is) I love music of just about any kind and spending time having coffee with friends.
Brenton Ellery has been Treasurer of Suneden since 2001. Brenton is currently a consultant to Nexia Edwards Marshall, Chartered Accountants, having been a partner of the firm from 1983 to 2017.
Brenton has held Board positions with a number of not for profit organisations, as well as professional bodies and regulatory bodies.
Brenton is married and he and his wife have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Brenton is a keen (but not very good) golfer. They enjoy their holiday house on Yorke Peninsula and overseas travel
Robyn has been a member of the school community for past 12yrs as a parent and in the roles of PTO president/member and board member.
She is the director and part time manager of family owned and operated Engineering company specialising in unique design and manufacture.
She is has been involved with industrial, commercial and residential design creating architectural feature elements and project managing their completion.
Her interests include creative projects, enjoying the outdoors, live music, movies and books, sharing wine and food with friends and holidays with her family
Ann-Marie joined the Board as a Human Resources specialist to advise on and assist in the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement process. Most recently she has been nominated to the role of Board Secretary.
Ann-Marie has a background as a Management Consultant with a Masters in Human Resource Management. Prior to that she was a journalist and producer focusing mainly on radio and print media, with a degree in Journalism.
She is currently an entrepreneur and in her spare time rides, competes and trains horses and loves to read and travel
As a special education teacher and coordinator, Katherine has dedicated 34 years to supporting students with disability, learning difficulties and students at risk in a number of schools and specialised settings. Through her daily work, she aims to create inclusive and innovative learning environments for students with disabilities. Katherine has developed and expanded educational opportunities for students through a range of initiatives, programs and practices. Her strong leadership and commitment have been instrumental in not only promoting whole school change, but also, through professional development, resource development and modelling good practice, change on a district and state level. She is the recipient of three national awards for her work and leadership in the field of Special Education. Katherine is married with two children. She enjoys bushwalking, camping, photography, gardening and reading.
Erin is a partner of national law firm Piper Alderman and has been a member of the Suneden board since 2015. Erin specialises in the area of employment relations and advises clients in relation to all aspects of occupational health and safety, discrimination, employment and industrial relations law. In particular, Erin provides strategic and legal advice to numerous independent schools and not for profit organisations.
Erin is a mum of one (plus two fur babies).