The Board


  • Mrs Pauline White (Chair)

    Mrs Pauline White has a long and successful career in education in Western Australia spanning several decades. She has many years of experience teaching and leading mathematics education before progressing into school leadership roles and was the Principal of Wanneroo Secondary College for fifteen years prior to retiring at the end of 2020. In 2018, she became a member of the Authority's Standards Committee, before becoming a Board member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee in late 2020.

  • Emeritus Professor Jill Downie

    Emeritus Professor Downie has significant experience in education as well as executive management in the University sector. She has led strategic projects in curriculum and assessment development and engaged with School Principals to develop innovative strategies to meet School objectives. Her extensive Board experience has given her a strong understanding of the Board’s role in governance, quality assurance, risk and financial accountability.

  • Professor David Andrich

    Professor Andrich has been Chapple Professor of Education at The University of Western Australia since 2007. He has conducted research at national and State levels on certification and selection into tertiary education.

    Professor Andrich has expertise in measurement and standards that will be a valuable asset for the Board and began his outstanding career in education as a teacher at Western Australian public schools.

  • Ms Lee Musumeci

    Ms Musumeci is Principal of Challis Community Primary School. During her career as an educator, Ms Musumeci has won several awards including 2010 Primary Principal of the Year, WA Education Awards; 2011 Australian Primary Principal of the Year, AITSL; and 2017 ACEL Pre-eminent Educational Leader Award. In 2019 she was inducted in to the WA Women’s Hall of Fame and in 2020 was awarded a Public Service Medal in the Australia Day Honours.

  • Ms Pauline Coghlan

    Ms Coghlan has extensive experience reviewing both government and non-government schools and has been the Chair of the OLNA Appeals Committee at the School Curriculum and Standards Authority since 2016.

    As principal she led four secondary school over a 20-year period, prior to being appointed Director, School Innovation and Reform. She has worked as an independent education consultant, has co-authored and co-presented a range of programs aimed at improving education in Western Australia. She is an accredited Change 2 facilitator and has previously worked with government schools to enable significant and sustained change.

  • Dr Lynette Henderson-Yates

    Dr Henderson-Yates is an Aboriginal woman from Derby and has more than 40 years’ experience in Aboriginal education.
    Dr Henderson-Yates is a former school principal and has taught at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. She was the first Aboriginal person to be appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor of an Australian university.

  • Ms Denise O'Meara

    Ms O’Meara has extensive experience in a range of teaching and educational roles including Principal of Bunbury Catholic College, Principal of Mercedes College and member of the Executive of the Bunbury Regional Trade Training Centre. Ms O’Meara has also had significant involvement and oversight in the capital development planning for a multi-campus school and education support units for students with disabilities.

Board Resolutions