Leadership Team

Kinross Wolaroi’s strength is its people. It is through the success of our teams of people that the School continues do great things. Our strong values based culture is a key part of looking after students. We do this by ensuring our people can be involved in the future of the School and look for new opportunities for people to grow and develop. Our current leadership team are:

Principal - Dr Andrew Parry

Dr Andrew Parry is one of the best credentialed educators in Australia with academic qualifications including a Doctor of Philosophy (University of Cambridge), Master of Philosophy (University of Cambridge) and a Master of Education (University of Sydney). Andrew possesses a lifetime of experience of living and working in leading independent schools in Australia and England and brings with him extensive operational experience across all aspects of the life of a boarding school.

A true ‘Renaissance man’, Andrew has represented Australia on the rugby field and coached sport at representative levels. He is an artist, musician and student of architecture, history and philosophy. Andrew is driven by the opportunities educators possess to inspire and empower students to discover and realise their full potential and believes education should be deliberately structured to develop the whole person. He is widely regarded as a leader who engenders the passion necessary for students of all levels and abilities to develop academically, culturally, socially, physically and spiritually. Throughout his career, Andrew has demonstrated a strong capacity to build dynamic teams and unify and engage communities.

Dr Parry was commissioned as the fifth Principal of Kinross Wolaroi School in January 2017 after being the Deputy Headmaster of The King's School in Sydney for many years, where he earned the respect and admiration of students, staff, parents and alumni as an outstanding educator and passionate leader.

Head of Senior School - Mrs Bev West

Mrs West was born in Hillston NSW and completed her primary schooling at Hillston Central School. She attended Griffith High School, where she was fortunate to have wonderful teachers, including an inspiring French teacher.

Bev was awarded a scholarship to the University of Sydney, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts with a double major in French and English. She then spent almost a year in Paris, working as an au pair and perfecting her French with classes at the Alliance Française de Paris. Bev then returned to Sydney to complete her Diploma of Education. She taught at Kogarah High School and St Joseph’s, Blayney before being appointed to Kinross Wolaroi in 1979.

Since her initial employment 39 years ago, Mrs West has held many leadership appointments at KWS including twenty-five years as the School’s Head of Languages from 1983 – 2008, during which time the teaching and learning of languages grew strongly. She has also served as Head of the Counselling Team, Mistress in Charge of Prefects and, more recently, as Head of Senior School. Mrs West has also been a Senior Marker of Extension French at the HSC and as well as serving as Chair of the Deputies Group of the Association of Heads of Independent Coeducational Schools.

In 2002-2003, Mrs West completed her Masters in the Teaching of French as a Foreign Language (MFLE) at the Université Blaise Pascal de Clermont Ferrand in France and she has maintained her fluency by visiting France often and by reading and listening to French on a daily basis.

Mrs West is a passionate believer in and advocate for both co-education and the importance of high-quality learning opportunities for young people in rural and regional Australia.

Head of Preparatory School - Mr Rob McLean

Mr McLean commenced with KWS as a teacher of Year 5 and the Pre-School Sports Coordinator with KWS between 1981 and 1986. After a brief period away from Orange pursuing interests outside of education, Mr McLean returned and recommenced with KWS in 1989. Over the past 30 years Mr Mclean has been fortunate to be part of the tremendous growth across the entire school while also making many friendships across staff and families involved with KWS.

In addition to his role as a classroom teacher in the Preparatory School Mr McLean has held a number of key appointments at the School including as a boarding assistant in Weymouth House, Housemaster of Trathen House when it was home to 25 boy boarders from the Prep School as well as Housemaster in Stuart Douglas.

Mr McLean holds a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Teaching. He was appointed as the Deputy Head of the Preparatory School in 2005 and Head of the Prep in 2006.

Head of Student Wellbeing - Mrs Emma Bylsma

Mrs Bylsma is an innovative, dynamic and passionate educator who possesses the qualities to powerfully contribute to the development and promotion of a vibrant, safe and supportive learning environment for students.

Mrs Bylsma joined the faculty of KWS in 2009 and since that time has held a number of leadership roles including Year 12 Coordinator, Careers Advisor, Acting Director of Studies and Acting Director of Co-Curricular. Mrs Bylsma took up her current appointment in January 2018.

She has over 20 years of teaching experience and holds a Bachelor of Education (University of Sydney) and a Master’s of Science Education (Macquarie University) where she was awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for academic excellence. Mrs Bylsma is also involved in the Advanced Leadership Program with the National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative (NESLI).

Head of Teaching and Learning - Mrs Serena Lewis

Mrs Lewis has vast experience as an educational leader and teacher in both the United Kingdom and Australia. In England, Mrs Lewis was Head of English and Languages and Chair of Teaching and Learning at Allertyree Woodlands School in Derbyshire. She has been an educational advisor to the school Principals and Heads in the UK and presenter at educational conferences in the area of Teaching and Learning. Since emigrating to Australia in 2014, Mrs Lewis has taught at Knox Grammar School and The King’s School as the Literacy Coordinator K-12.

Mrs Lewis has a First Class Honours degree in English Literature and Psychology (BSc) and a Certificate in Education from Keele University, UK. She was appointed as the Head of Teaching and Learning in January 2018.

Director of Boarding - Mr Matthew Curran

Prior to his appointment as the Director of Boarding for KWS in January 2018, Mr Curran has been working in the UK for the past 12 years, most recently as Head of Boarding at Ardingly College, West Sussex where he led a dynamic and innovative co-educational boarding community of over 300 students. Mr Curran has taught Mathematics and worked in boarding at Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire, UK and at St Joseph’s College in Sydney where he was also Master in Charge of Cricket.

Mr Curran has taught HSC Mathematics and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and holds a Bachelor of Science, and Master of Teaching from the University of Sydney.

Director of Co-Curricular - Ms Heidi Anthony

Ms Anthony commenced at KWS in 2012 as the Coordinator of Instrumental Music. She had previously taught in Canberra where she had been the Acting Head of Music at Radford College. Ms Anthony grew up in the country and was keen to settle in a rural area after her time spent in Canberra. Since 2016, Ms Anthony has held the position of Head of Performing Arts at KWS and has been actively involved in KWS Performing Arts Co-curricular activities. In addition to her work with Choirs and Bands in the Music program, she has undertaken the roles of Musical Director, and then Director of KWS Senior School Musicals. She is a keen supporter of the local theatre and arts scene and has developed strong community connections in the Central West through these platforms, which complement her work with Performing Arts at KWS. As a passionate Music and Drama teacher, Ms Anthony is an advocate for Arts Education and was a founding member of the ACT Music Educators Network.

Ms Anthony holds a Bachelor of Music from the Australian National University, and a Diploma of Education from the University of Canberra. She also completed a leadership program as part of the National Excellence in Schools Leadership Initiative.

Director of The Regional Engagement Enterprise - Mr Tom Riley

Mr Riley was appointed to the faculty of KWS in January 2017. Mr Riley has previously taught at MLC Burwood, where he was the Assistant Head of Learning and Curriculum (Science) and for much of 2016 was the Acting Head of Science, and The King’s School.

At King’s Mr Riley was the project lead for the Future Project, a dynamic and visionary program where scientists from the University of Sydney and Industry work directly with students on collaborative research projects. Students also publish papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and engage in international Science competitions and conferences. Tom also taught Biology, was an Assistant Boarding Housemaster and coach of the 2nd XI Cricket Team.

Mr Riley holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma of Education from Macquarie University. He is a member of the Professional Learning Advisory Committee of AISNSW and a Trustee of the educational charity The Bujagali Trust, Uganda.

Business Manager - Mr Greg Alderson

As Business Manager, Mr Alderson is charged with contributing to, and delivering on, the strategic vision of the School in terms of its financial wellbeing and the provision of resources to achieve the intended educational outcomes set by the Principal. At an operational level, Mr Alderson is responsible to the Principal for all corporate support functions in the School including financial management, admissions, engagement, property, catering, transport, health services and human resources matters. Mr Alderson is a member of the School’s Senior Management Team and serves as Clerk to the School Council and to the Kinross Wolaroi Foundation.

Mr Alderson has sixteen years’ experience as a business manager in Independent Schools and has served as a non-executive director in both commercial and not-for-profit enterprises. Prior to his work in schools, Mr Alderson held a number of senior executive position in the media, entertainment and telecommunications industries in Australia, India and the United Kingdom. He served as an Air Traffic Control Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force before moving into private enterprise.

Mr Alderson holds a Master of Business Administration and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was appointed as the Business Manager for Kinross Wolaroi School in September 2014.