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 business’.
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.
MARIE ARNASON – DIRECTOR, BA, GAICD
Maree grew up in the Pilbara and is a former Student Councilor, 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 Sandfire Resources NL 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 ASIC’s Director Advisory Panel, CEDA’s (Committee for the Economic Development of Australia) WA State Advisory Council and a NED of Juniper, one of WA’s largest aged care community benefit organisations.
Maree was recognised as one of the Top100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining in 2018.
After Peter Browne retired as Director General of Education he was appointed Adjunct Professor at Curtin University with responsibility for establishing and enhancing campuses in rural Western Australia. He subsequently spent ten years as Education Consultant to BHP Billiton focussing on education in the Pilbara.
Peter was educated in the Goldfields of WA, Scotch College, Grayland’s Teachers’ College where he was Guild President and Curtin University. He spent many years as a teacher and administrator in rural Western Australia, was the inaugural Principal of Cunderdin Agricultural College before being appointed Superintendent, Executive Director, CEO of the Department of Education Services and subsequently Director General of Education.
Peter chaired the Country High School Hostels Authority, the Education Endowment Trust, was on the Board of St Mary’s Girls School, Deputy Chair of John Walliston College, a member of the Senate of UWA and the Governing Council of Curtin University. He chaired the establishment of the Margaret River Centre of Wine Excellence and the establishment of WACOT.
Recently Peter has conducted numerous reviews for the State Government including Scitech, PCYC Governance and Road Safety in WA. He is a serving JP, a member of the Claremont Town Council, Claremont Tennis Club and Claremont Yacht Club. Peter has devoted most of his life to the advancement of rural education.
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 LeadershipWA.
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 Perth 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.
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 4 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 Secretary of the NSHS Parents & Citizens Committee, 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 a child currently attending Newman Senior High School and is a Foster carer for children in need.