I am a long term Pilbara resident, coming here in 1966 to work as a Psychologist. Since this time I have owned and worked in several small businesses’.
I am the current President of the East Pilbara Shire, Chairperson of the Pilbara Regional Council, State President of the WA Local Government Association, Member of the Pilbara Development Commission, Regional Development Australia and Horizon Power. Locally, I also Chair the Newman Visitor Centre, the Newman Women’s Shelter and EPIS. My goal is to ensure the progress of liveable and vibrant communities that are sustainable within Newman and the East Pilbara.
MAREE ARNASON – DIRECTOR, BA, FAICD
Maree grew up in the Pilbara and is a former Student Councillor, Head Girl and Citizen of the Year at Newman SHS.
An experienced director and senior executive, Maree’s career has spanned 30 years in the resources, energy and manufacturing sectors. Maree is a Non-Executive Director of ASX-listed Gold Road Resources Ltd and a Co-Founder/Director of Energy Access Services, who operate an independent and automated WA-focused wholesale gas trading platform.
An active contributor to the not-for-profit sector for 25 years, Maree is a member of Australian Securities and Investment Commissions (ASIC) Corporate Governance Consultative Panel, is an Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) WA Division Councillor and Chairs Juniper, one of WA’s largest aged care community benefit organisations.
Maree was recognised as one of the Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining in 2018
Tania Tucker has been a resident of Newman for the past twenty-two years. During this time, she has worked in various roles within Newman, including Migrant Community Worker, BHP Candidate Care and has owned and operated her own children’s clothing and florist business.
She is currently employed by the Newman Chamber of Commerce and Industry as a Business Development Manager.
In her spare time Tania volunteers, tutoring children with disabilities and is a coordinator of the Newman branch of SAFE. Tania believes that supporting the local community brings with it many benefits. During her many years in Newman, volunteering has helped her make new friends, learn new skills, advance her career and most importantly want to give back to the community who has given her so much.
A career in education offers a great opportunity to learn and develop others. Carolyn has had a range of roles in her career: as an English teacher; delivering literacy professional learning to teachers in primary and secondary school; as program coordinator and head of learning area, and deputy principal. Carolyn has experience working in country and large metropolitan high schools. This includes the Pilbara towns of Port Hedland, Karratha and Tom Price.Carolyn is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and a Fellow of Leadership WA.
Daniel Drummond is currently the lower school Deputy Principal at Newman Senior High School. Daniel’s role includes overseeing the Year 7-9 cohorts and the management of Student Services. Moving to Newman in mid-2019, Daniel graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma of Education.
Daniel started his teaching career in 2004 and has worked at a number of large high schools in the metropolitan area. Prior to becoming Deputy Principal at Newman Senior High School, Daniel had a range of roles in education: Head of Department, Year Coordinator, Academic Extension Coordinator and Humanities and Social Sciences teacher.
Rita Bourgy has been in Newman since 1991. She graduated from the Lebanese University with a Bachelor of Education in Mathematics prior to living in Australia and has a Certificate of Education in Mathematics from Edith Cowan University.
She started her teaching career in Lebanon where she taught in private and public sectors for six years.
In 1998, she started with the South Newman and Newman Primary schools doing relief and part-time teaching. She joined Newman Senior High school in 2010 and currently is the Head of the Quantitative Sciences.
My wife, toddler son (18mths) and I came to Newman in 2006. The Pilbara has since gifted us with a daughter who is now 12 and our once toddler son now drives a car! Both my children currently attend NSHS.
Over the 14 years spent in the Pilbara, I have benefitted both professionally and personally. It’s the combined opportunities, community and people that keep us tied to the Pilbara and continues to shape our lives in such a positive way. I have been involved with various local Newman committees but the highlight for me has been coaching the Pilbara children in sport. I feel very privileged to have been afforded the chance to positively influence their lives and see so many of them grow up into incredible young adults.
Co-opted Board Member
Jo McGowan is currently the Manager – Corporate Services at Newman Senior High School. Jo’s role oversees the Finance and Human Resource functions at the School. Moving from Perth to Newman almost four years ago Jo has worked in Education since arriving in Newman.
Jo is a dedicated member of the Newman community and currently serves on a number of committees for Volunteer organisations. These include Treasurer of the Lions Club, Secretary of the Newman Mainstreet committee and a SAFE committee member.
As well as working at the school and serving the community in a number of different capacities, Jo also has three children currently attending Newman Senior High School and is a Foster carer for children in need.