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
- Head of Senior School - Mrs Bev West
- Head of Preparatory School - Mr Rob McLean
- Head of Student Wellbeing - Mrs Emma Bylsma
- Head of Teaching and Learning - Mrs Serena Lewis
- Director of Boarding - Mr Matthew Curran
- Director of Co-Curricular - Mr Charlie Rowe
- Director of Staff Development - Ms Susan Cameron
- Director of The Regional Engagement Enterprise - Mr Tom Riley
- Business Manager - Mr Greg Alderson
Andrew came to Kinross Wolaroi School after being the Deputy Headmaster of The King's School in Sydney for over many years, where he earned the respect and admiration of students, staff, parents and alumni as an outstanding educator and passionate leader.
Dr 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.
He has been described as a true ‘Renaissance man’ - while he 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.
Bev 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. Bev has worked for KWS since that time. She was Head of Languages from 1983 – 2008, during which time the teaching and learning of languages grew strongly. Bev has also served as Head of the Counselling Team, Mistress in Charge of Prefects and, more recently, as Head of Senior School. In 2002-2003, Bev completed her Masters in the Teaching of French as 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. Bev has been a Senior Marker of Extension French at the HSC and has also served as Chair of the HICES Deputies group. Bev 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.
Mrs Bylsma is well known to many in the KWS community and has been on our staff since 2009. She has been outstanding in a number of leadership roles at KWS including Year 12 Coordinator, Careers Advisor, Acting Director of Studies and Acting Director of Co-Curricular. She has over 20 years of teaching experience and possesses 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 (NESLI). Mrs Bylsma is an innovative, dynamic and passionate educator who possesses the essential qualities to powerfully contribute to the development and promotion of vibrant, safe and supportive learning environment for students.
Mrs Lewis joins KWS as the Head of Teaching and Learning, and has vast experience as an educational leader and teacher in both the United Kingdom and Australia. Since emigrating to Australia in 2014, Mrs Lewis taught at Knox Grammar School and more recently at The King’s School as the Literacy Coordinator K-12 where she was an inspiration to staff across all faculties. Mrs Lewis has a First Class Honours degree in English Literature and Psychology (BSc) and a Certificate in Education from Keele University, UK. 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.
Mr Curran joins the KWS team has the Director of Boarding and also joins the Mathematics department. He has been working in the UK for the past 12 years and most recently has been Head of Boarding at Ardingly College, West Sussex in England where he led a dynamic and innovative co-educational boarding community of over 300 students. Prior to this Mr Curran 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.
Susan is a highly qualified and respected educational leader. She brings to her position a broad range of experiences working in systemic and independent schools in Sydney and regional Australia. Susan has also taught in the UK, worked in the University sector and with BOSTES (now NESA - NSW Education Standards Authority). Leadership positions held by Susan include Year Coordinator, Head of Department, Head of Boarding and Pastoral Care, Religious Education Coordinator and Assistant to the Headmaster.
With a passion for lifelong learning, Susan completed her initial Bachelor of Education (triple major) and Diploma of Education at UNSW. She holds a Masters in Gifted Education (UNSW) and a Masters in Educational Leadership (ACU). She has further qualifications from University of Oxford and University of Melbourne.
An advocate for educational research and data driven decision making, Susan has been instrumental in establishing KWS Partnerships with CSU, Macquarie University, UTS and NESLI (National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative). She has presented her own research at educational conferences and campaigns on behalf of the teaching staff to provide them with similar opportunities. Susan has been instrumental in gaining NESA Accreditation to delivery Professional Learning Courses for KWS staff and overseeing KWS Teacher Accreditation Authority on behalf of NESA.
Tom comes to us from MLC Burwood where he was Assistant Head of Learning and Curriculum Science and for much of 2016 was the Acting Head of Science. Prior to this Tom was Project Leader of the Future Project at The King’s School, a dynamic and visionary program where scientists from the University of Sydney and Industry worked directly with students on collaborative research projects. Students also published papers in peer reviewed scientific journals and engaged most successfully in international Science competitions and conferences. Tom also taught Biology, was an Assistant Boarding Housemaster and coach of the 2nd XI Cricket Team. He is a member of the Professional Learning Advisory Committee of AISNSW and a Trustee of the educational charity The Bujagali Trust, Uganda.
Tom has a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma of Education from Macquarie University.
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 of the School including financial management, admissions, engagement, property, catering, 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 fifteen 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 industry in Australia, India and the United Kingdom. He originally 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.