School Board Members

Current Membership

The West Leederville School Board

The West Leederville School Board currently comprises 11 members representing both the Staff and Parents of the school.

Andrew Porter-Chair

Andrew Porter

I have two children with my partner Magda who both attend West Leederville Primary School. We have lived and been part of the West Leederville community since arriving in Perth in 2005. I enjoy the Great outdoor playground of Western Australia and I am fortunate that professional and personal circumstances provide me with a number of opportunities to explore the wilds of Western Australia with my family.

I joined the WLPS board in early 2015 to provide support and resource to what I believe to be the one of the best primary school, and associated school community, in Australia. I am highly motivated and passionate about giving back to our vibrant and diverse community and I am honoured to serve the board of West Leederville Primary School.

I hold a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering with Business Management and have over 18 years’ professional experience within mining, utilities, rail, process and non-process Infrastructure. I believe that my professional skillset and passion will complement the exceptional, and diversely qualified, WLPS board in achieving its targeted outcomes.

Barry Harvie – Board Vice-Chair

(Community representative)

I am marrieBarryd with two boys and four grandchildren, and I am pleased to count myself among the neighbours of WLPS.

My background is in education, largely in the catholic system where over 40 years I fulfilled the roles of teacher, head of department, deputy principal, and principal. My most recent school appointment was as Principal of Mercy College, a Kindergarten to Year 12 school of over 1,500 students. I also spent several years as a commissioner on the Catholic Education Commission, and as Board member at one Primary school and two newly established Secondary Schools.

My qualifications include early degrees in arts and education, and the most recent was a Masters in Educational Leadership.

Currently, I run my own educational management consultancy with a particular focus on school compliance requirements.

I am honoured to have been asked to serve as the community representative and I will assist in any way that I can to ensure the success of the school.

Aine Sommerfield

I am originally from Ireland and moved to Australia with my family in 2011, living first in Melbourne for 3 years and then moving to Perth. I work 3 days a week as a Research Assistant employed by Telethon Kids Institute but based at Perth Children’s Hospital anaesthetics department.  I have 2 children in the school, Emma and James.  I think WLPS is a great school with a great community. I have been activity involved with the P&C since our daughter started at WLPS and now I’m  looking forward to making a contribution on the Board.

Richard Lilly

I have been a lawyer since 2002, and specialise in commercial disputes. I am currently a partner of the firm Allens, and sit on several committees within the legal profession. My particular interests are strategic decision making and risk management, and I mostly advise participants in the mining, oil and gas and power sectors. In my spare time, aside from being with the kids as much as possible, I enjoy maintaining a (modest) level of fitness. I have previously had not for profit governance experience, chairing the board of a local theatre company.

With my wife Sarah, we have three children (all of whom are at West Leederville Primary School): Katherine, James and Patrick. We have lived in West Leederville since 2012 and love it here; particularly being part of the School community. I have joined the board of the School as it is a great way for me to give something back to the community that has embraced our family.

Derry Simpson

I am a brand and communications specialist by trade and after years in advertising and communications, my passion for children and children’s health has led me to my current role as the Head of Strategy and Communications at the Telethon Kids Institute.

A 2018 Telstra Business Woman of the Year finalist and advocate of the arts in WA, I have served on a number of not-for-profit boards over the years and I am currently Chair of Awesome Arts Australia

My husband Clayton and I moved to West Leederville in 2011 and now have three children at the school – Charlie, Louis and Harriet. West Leederville has always had a special place in my heart – having grown up with my Mum working at Glen St practice. I’m a strong believer in community and our school is the heart of this little place we call home so I’m thrilled to be able to contribute as a Board member in any way I can.

Claire Hodge

As a WLPS parent since 2018, I have been impressed with our school-wide community spirit and commitment to educational values. An experienced secondary school teacher now working in Curriculum and Moderation, I am proud to contribute to the WLPS Board. I aim to compliment my professional insight with a balanced parent perspective to promote the continued success of our school.

Fiona Kelly- Principal

My twenty five years of experience in education has been wide and varied including primary teaching in metropolitan and rural Western Australia, the United Kingdom and at an alternative education program for disengaged secondary students. My personal motivation in education has always been to provide the best possible education for every student in my care.  My aim is to help the students in my school to be successful students, to encourage, support and enable my teachers to be effective teachers and to provide a school environment that is welcoming, caring, stimulating and promotes a culture where everyone is continually striving to improve.

Michael McInerheney

296015Married to Jane (another teacher) and have 3 sons, John (teacher), David (electrician) and Andrew (uni student).

Taught for many years, with a passion for ICT and T&E in schools. Taught mainly at Primary level but have lectured and tutored at Edith Cowan University in ICT and T&E 2003-2009.

Have been on staff of WLPS since beginning of 2010. Major role within the school as the ICT coordinator. Involves the coordination of the take-up and use of digital pedagogies within the school. Also means I’m one of the lucky ones who gets to teach all year levels.

Rochelle Reeves

I have been teaching at WLPS since 2017 and currently teach Year 1. Over the past 27 years, I have taught in a variety of situations and year levels ranging from pre-kindy to high school. I have taught in the city, the country and overseas. My passion for teaching has lead me to develop my leadership skills with a focus on teacher development and mentoring. Currently, I am involved in the Aspirant School Leaders Program 2019/2020, run by the Churchlands Regional Schools Network. I am involved in a variety of committees such as the Finance Committee, HASS Committee and Aboriginal Cultural Committee.

Outside of school, I am mum to two teenage girls, two dogs, two cats and a rabbit called Nivens.