Our 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.

Sarah Samuelson - Staff Representative

Year 3 Teacher at Exmouth District High School



Janet Norriss - Parent Representative

Business Owner of Idaho Boutique

Qualifications: Business Owner

Experience: I would like to introduce myself to those who don’t know me. My name is Janet Norriss. I have 2 children attending EDHS who have lived here all their lives. I have lived and operated businesses in Exmouth since 1995 including Planet Burgers and Idaho Boutique. My contribution to committees over the years has enabled me to develop an understanding of how to make things happen and the role of a committee member.

I want people to feel they can approach me with their positive suggestions that will contribute to a rich school environment for our children, staff, parents and community.

So far my short time on the board has been eye opening as to what is actually involved in creating and operating a vibrant district high school, the many facets of managing such a diverse organization and the exciting opportunities that are possible. I look forward to being a member of a group that is keen to see our school grow and prosper.

Lyn Irvine - Parent Representative

Qualifications: BSc; Graduate Diploma of Antarctic and Southern Ocean studies (hons)

Experience: I am a marine biologist with a great passion for science and a high regard for education. I believe we have a wonderful school situated in one of the most spectacular places on the planet. I am excited about the opportunity of supporting the school in providing the best education opportunities that our unique environment can offer.

It has been a privilege working with the EDHS staff and board members over the last few months developing the 2018-2020 business plan. I’m looking forward to being involved in its implementation over the next three years and being part of a team that is committed to the development of the children in our community.

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.