School Board

The involvement and participation of parents in their child's education is of vital importance.  School Boards provide parents and community members with the opportunity to participate in school decision making at the local level.


While School Boards do not get involved in the day to day management of the school, they do:

  • Take part in school planning including financial planning and evaluation of school performance.
  • Promote the school in the community.
  • Take part in formulating codes of conduct and uniform for students.
  • Take part in evaluating the school's performance.


NASHS School Board meets at least once each term.  The Board is also keen to receive parent feedback about the school.



School Board Members


Lindsay Campbell

Community Representative/Chairperson


Lindsay worked for 40 years in Education as a teacher and Administrator and with various counselling roles and work with youth at risk in schools. He became a NASHS staff member in 1992 and worked at the school for 14 years before spending the majority of his next working years as a Regional Manager overseeing attendance, early school leavers and providing support to schools, students and families across the Great Southern. He worked extensively with community-based Government and non-Government organisations to provide support for youth at risk and furthering collaboration between community agencies. He served on and Chaired several Boards including Worklink WA, GSEDC, Great Southern Youth Outcomes Forum, Albany Youth Support Association, Youth Great Southern, and  the Great Southern Human Services Forum.


Lindsay retired officially at the end of 2022 and currently volunteers with Foodbank, is the Health and Wellbeing Officer at the Albany Menshed, Chairs the NASHS Board and is a Board member of the Albany Youth Support Association.


Lindsay has long connections with NASHS and believes in the incredible value of the school to the broader Albany community. He’d like to see NASHS, the NASHS Board and the NASHS community working collaboratively to provide the best possible environment for young people to thrive at school and be best prepared for fruitful lives. 


Peter Hurle



Over the course of my 30-year career with the Department of Education, I have accumulated 21 years of collaborative leadership experience in complex high schools. I have led diverse school environments ranging from 20 to 200 staff members and catering to the educational needs of 400 to 1400 students. My selection for principalship of NASHS was reflective of experience at schools in Mandurah, Eaton, Atwell, Cocos Islands, Geraldton, Karratha, Wyndham, Mt Magnet and Forestfield.

 My aims for the NASHS Board, School and Community are to collaborate with the community to build sustainable success and a positive reputation for our school.


Julie Fordham



Julie commenced at Newdegate Primary School as Registrar in 1997, returning to Albany in 2012 and becoming the Manager Corporate Services at Spencer Park Primary School in 2013. Julie moved to North Albany Senior High School at the beginning of 2024. This position oversees the management of the school’s facilities, finances, and non-teaching staff. Julie works strategically alongside the Principal and Executive team and is integral to the school’s leadership team. In collaboration with the Principal, Julie provides operational input to the development of the school’s workforce and business and marketing plans and oversees the school’s financial performance against the plans.


Julie sits on the School Board as its Executive Officer, providing consultancy financial planning and budgeting advice.


Perdita Beebe

Parent Representative


Perdie has been a parent member of the NASHS Board since 2018 when the eldest of her four daughters commenced studying at NASHS.  Perdie holds a Master of Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety and a Bachelor of Health Science (Health Promotion). She has worked in various State Government health promotion and community development positions within regional WA and held the position of Regional Youth Development Officer with the Department for Communities for ten (10) years. In this role, Perdie worked collaboratively with the Minister for Youth and the regional communities of the Great Southern, Wheatbelt and South West to advocate for and deliver youth policies, strategic priorities, funding, consultations and initiatives. Perdie also has experience in the agricultural sector, specifically the grain handling and road transport industries.


Together with her husband, Perdie owns and operates two local businesses, Beebe Bulk Haulage and BB Minicrete.  Perdie also provides community development support to Spencer Park Primary School and works part time in pharmacy accreditation at Albany Community Pharmacy 777.  In the community, Perdie chairs the School Board at Spencer Park Primary School, is a parent member of the NASHS School Board, is a Life Member of Albany Surf Life Saving Club and actively involved in local sporting groups including soccer, netball, volleyball, basketball and surf lifesaving.


Perdie looks forward to working with the NASHS community to meet the diverse needs and aspirations of our growing school community.


Caris van der Plas

Parent Representative


Caris has been an active P&C member on three local P&Cs for the last 3 years. She has been a volunteer for almost ten years in schools in Perth and Albany. Sheattended NASHS as a student in 2001 for 2 years until she found an apprenticeship through the school work program as a chef.

Caris is currently an active school board member and P & C President

Caris wold like to be heavily involved in the school community and have an important impact with the school board and it’s relationship with the school community and the newly re-established P&C.


Rebekah Polette

Parent Representative


Rebekah moved to Albany as a teenager and finished her final 2 years of high school at North Albany Senior High School. After finishing high school Rebekah travelled and spent several years working in the UK and Europe. After travelling Rebekah returned home to Albany, met her husband, had 2 children and completed a Bachelor of Science in Restoration Ecology at the Albany UWA campus. Whilst at university Rebekah developed a keen interest in GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and has pursued a career in that field.


Rebekah works for the City of Albany as Senior Civil Engineering Officer (Assets) and specialises in the spatial mapping of infrastructure assets using GIS. Rebekah is active in the GIS space and continues to develop her skills and connections in the field to both promote the discipline and encourage people to invest in STEM subjects as a career.


Rebekah has 2 children currently at NASHS and would like to contribute to continue the schools' positive benefit to the community. Working in a field that requires balanced decision making, communication skills and problem-solving, Rebekah hopes to bring these skills to the Board.


Karen Petty

Community Representative


Karen is a former high school teacher who has taught across a number of schools in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia and for the past 30 years has worked in various administrative and finance roles across government and the private sector.  As a parent, Karen has had the benefit of appreciating education from another perspective and has been a dedicated P&C member of three Albany schools over the past 15 years (LGPS and NASHS/ASESC) taking on executive financial governance roles to support the P&C and the school community.  


Karen is currently a Regional Development Officer at the Great Southern Development Commission (GSDC).  Her work involves project management including contract administration, monitoring and compliance; and supporting the GSDC’s undertaking to coordinate and promote the economic development of the Great Southern region to cultivate strong communities and regional liveability. 


As a community member and parent of two recently graduated NASHS students, Karen has witnessed first-hand the positive changes and advancements that NASHS has undergone over the past seven years. Karen has a strong belief in the power of education and is eager to work alongside fellow board members and the NASHS school community to continue this journey and ensure that NASHS remains a nurturing, innovative and inclusive institution that empowers young minds to excel academically, socially and personally.


Daniel Hoath

Staff Representative


Daniel has worked for 13 years in Education as a teacher of Science and Mathematics. He is passionate about all levels of education and has specialised in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics Specialist. In Perth he has also worked in student services as a Year Coordinator for Year 12 and Year 10, organising school events such as the School Ball and Graduation Evening. He has also spent time working at NorthShore Coaching College to provide additional tutoring to students on weekends. This experience created connections with students across Perth at various schools and provided insights into how other school operated. Daniel has been a member of the SCSA Course Advisory Committee for Chemistry since 2015 and contributed to the development and implementation of the current West Australian Chemistry Curriculum. He was also on the SCSA Examination Panel to write the first Chemistry Exam under the new curriculum in 2016. He moved to Albany and became a NASHS Science staff member in 2018.


Current Role: Daniel primarily teaches Science at NASHS with a senior school focus in Physics and Chemistry. He also has a passion for the STEM fields and enjoys extras curricular activities around Design Technology, Engineering, Construction, Automotive and Digital Technology.


Aims for the NASHS Board, School and Community: Daniel hopes to elevate NASHS reputation in the community through engagement and communication. He values broad consultation and inclusivity to ensure decision making has the maximum positive impact on students and staff alike.


Jo Loton

Staff Representative


Jo has been a dedicated public school educator for the past 30 years, holding teaching and administrative roles at several rural high schools, including Bridgetown High School, Manjimup Senior High School and Esperance Senior High School. While living and travelling overseas for three years, she worked as a supply teacher at several London schools. Passionate about providing a quality education to students in a safe and supportive environment, she puts students first and foremost. Her professional practice is guided by her desire to support, encourage and improve every student’s engagement, health and well-being so they can maximise their potential as individuals and as contributing citizens in our society.

A firm believer in lifelong learning, Jo has organised and facilitated many international, interstate, intrastate and local excursions in an endeavour to expose students to greater educational and personal opportunities.

Jo has lived in Bridgetown for 24 of the past 30 years, raising her two children with her husband, but felt that a sea change was necessary. She joined the NASHS staff at the commencement of the 2024 academic year as an English, Home Economics and Childcare teacher.

Jo has also been a keen Volunteer Ambulance Officer with St John Ambulance for over seven years, joining the Albany sub-centre as soon as she moved to town. She maintains an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) scope of practice and has previously been a Volunteer Development Officer.

Whilst new to NASHS and the town of Albany, Jo brings a wealth of experience to the School Board. She is keen to see the school and the community continue to work together to achieve great things for the students and staff of NASHS now and into the future.



Related Documents:


NASHS School Board Terms of Reference


Governance School Board


Code of Conduct for Board Members


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