The Churchlands Senior High School Board is currently chaired by John Gillon, former Churchlands Alumni ('68). He leads a commmitte consisting of the School Principal, together with business and marketing professionals.
John is a member of the Churchlands Alumni and his many achievements as a student include serving as Head Boy in 1968. John has degrees in Commerce, Jurisprudence and Law, has been a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants and is a Notary Public. He is currently Principal at Gillon & Associates, Commercial Lawyers and Consultants where he practices corporate, commercial and property law. John brings his experience as a director of numerous public and private companies and his commitment to education and service to the board. John is establishing a truffle farm and gardens near Donnybrook.
Paul commenced his career teaching Mathematics and Science at Jerramungup District High School in 1982. He returned to Perth as a Mathematics teacher the following year where he spent eight years at Kent Street Senior High School before being promoted to Head of Mathematics at Kambalda Senior High School. During this time he spent a semester as Deputy Principal.
Moving back to the city after five years, he further developed his skills as Program Coordinator Administration at Swan View Senior High School and his leadership was acknowledged when he won the Principal role for Semester 1 1998 and Term 3 2000. His career then moved full time into school leadership gaining positions as Deputy Principal at Lockridge Senior High School, Associate Principal at Woodvale Secondary College, Principal Consultant for West Coast District Office and Associate Principal at Churchlands Senior High School since 2011.
Neil commenced with the Department of Education in 1972 as a Mathematics teacher. Since then he has held positions as Head of Department (Mathematics), Program Coordinator (Senior School), Deputy Principal and Principal. His first Principalship was at Swan View Senior High School in 1998, followed by his appointment to Churchlands Senior High School commencing 2003. Since then, he has overseen the growth of the school from 1250 students to now in excess of 2800 students accompanied by over $70 million in infrastructure projects.
In July 2020 Neil commenced his current role as Principal Program Director to Program Kaartdijin. This has been established to develop and implement a technologically robust solution to replace the SIS Classic system used by the Department for the past 20 years as its Student Information System.
Neil holds the following principles as critical to his success: Student support and well-being to enable the provision of a rigorous curriculum, Opportunities to undertake a wide range of sporting and cultural activities including International travel, The development and fostering of community shared values, and staff/student leadership development.
Alan is a former student of Churchlands and a founding principal of Elkington, Bishop Molineaux Insurance Brokers Pty. Ltd. (EBM) in 1975. Alan has worked for over 45 years in the insurance industry, and has held many positions with the National Insurance Brokers Association of Australia (NIBA) over 23 years of service, including that of National President from 1996 to 1998. Alan served a record 16 years as a Director on NIBA’s national board, representing Western Australia, and is one of only 8 people to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship of NIBA. Alan currently serves as Deputy Chairman of Teen Challenge Foundation, and is a strong supporter of the new Ronald McDonald House building taskforce, as part of a wide range of charitable and community involvement.
Dudley is a former student graduating in 1980 as part of a fantastic group of Year 12’s. He was one of the early group of students doing Year 12 Japanese and immediately after high school went to Japan for a year as part of the exchange program with Yamate High School in Yokohama. After another stint in Japan in 1992 he became secretary of the Australia Japan Society of WA (Inc) for about 10 years. Married to Angie (nee Dew who also graduated in 1980 from Churchlands) he has 2 adult children.
A Commonwealth banker for 7 years whilst he completed his undergraduate degree, he then left the bank in 1998, became a Chartered Accountant in public practice and was a partner at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (Deloitte) from 1999-2007. In 2007 he left Deloitte to establish a practice in Subiaco where he operates from today. Further studies include Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning from FINSIA and Masters of Taxation from the University of Melbourne. In the Not for Profit sector other Board positions include Treasurer of the Spine & Limb Foundation Inc and Treasurer for the Royal Agricultural Society of WA (Inc).
*The Board also receives input from the Corporate Services Manager, Arlene Thomas and the Marketing and Media Officer, Helena Francis.