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
Harold graduated the University of Queensland with Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering (Hons) and Commerce.
He spent the early part of his career working in the mining industry in regional Queensland, before moving to the Pilbara in 2014. Harold initially worked in engineering and maintenance roles before transitioning to operations roles. In recent years Harold has led the Rail Yards, Data Science, Train Control and Asset Health teams for Rio Tinto Iron Ore.
Harold received his Gold Duke of Edinburgh award in 2007. He has continued to have strong involvement in the communities where he has worked throughout his career, with a passion for team sport, particularly Rugby. In 2014, he led the Australian delegation in the Voices of the Future programme at APEC.
It is important to Harold that the school supports students with clear pathways into the existing and emerging world of work, training or study.
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.