School Board

The School Board is broadly representative of the school community and acts at the strategic level in the best interests of students and Exmouth District High School Community. The School Board comprises of six parent representatives, a community representatives and three staff representatives. This includes the school principal who is an ex-officio member.

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Meet our members

David Dowding – School Board Chair & Community Representative

Store Manager

Experience: I have grown up, lived and worked in regional WA most of my life. Exmouth has been my home for the past 15 years. I have worked in management in the banking, fishing and retail industries during my career. I am hoping that this experience will be of value in my role as community representative on the board. I have been involved in many roles within our community’s sporting clubs with a strong involvement with junior teams.

I am honoured to be given the opportunity to chair a school board that is committed to the development of our school and its students.

Mark Patton – Staff Representative

Deputy Principal Exmouth District High School

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor in Secondary Education

Experience: I am a teacher with 29 years’ experience in a variety of educational contexts such as a Senior High School, Agricultural School, Catholic School and I am currently in the Position of Secondary Deputy Years 7-9 at EDHS, a position I have held for the last 7 years. I relish the opportunity to work with board members as the staff representative to continue the school’s never ending focus on improvement.

I am a long term resident of Exmouth with a young family and I am keen to work with the community to provide the best educational opportunities and career pathways for our youth. I look forward to working with the school board over the next 3 years to support the development and implementation of the 2018- 2020 school business plan.

Pippa Simpson – Parent Representative

Owner of Ningaloo Reef Adventure Camps.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce, Graduate Diploma in Education, currently studying Masters in Urban and Regional Planning

Experience: I am a parent to two students attending the Primary School at EDHS.Though I am a new member, I seek to contribute to the existing commitment and positive energy of the School Board. 

I’m excited to be part of a dynamic team working together to contribute to the strategic direction of EDHS, and make a positive contribution to my childrens’ education. I look forward to sharing my passion for education and policy with the Board and being involved in its ongoing development of our School.

Gina Nowak – Parent Representative

Owner of Ningaloo Ecology Cruises; Campus Coordinator for Central Regional TAFE

Qualifications: Advanced Diploma of Business Management; Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications; Graduate Diploma in Education 

Experience: Parent to two students attending the Primary School at EDHS, I hope to utilise my skills and experience to work with the other Board members to ensure the school keeps on aiming high for its students, staff and the wider community. 

Working closely with the school staff over the years to expand the range of TAFE courses available to EDHS students, there are now 5 different nationally-recognised qualifications being delivered to year 11 and 12 students as a part of their schooling program – with plans in place to expand even further in the future.  There are exciting times ahead for EDHS and it is a privilege to be on the School Board, helping to direct and guide the long-term planning required to continue making the school even better for its students.

Peter Barnes – Parent Representative 

Ningaloo Marine Park Coordinator with WA Parks and Wildlife Service

Qualifications: PhD – Marine Ecology

Experience: Over 25 years’ experience in marine park management and conservation, marine research and teaching at a number of Australian universities.  Parent of two primary school children who have spent their whole lives in Exmouth. I look forward to working and learning with the board to continue to develop and support an inclusive, innovative and caring school. 

Gemma Bass -Parent Representative

Sarah Simmons -School Board Secretary / Staff Representative

Attendance Officer/Work Place Learning Officer at Exmouth District High School