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Treetops Board
Treetops Montessori School is a private independent school operated by the Beenong School Association Inc. which is registered with both the WA Department of Education and the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation & Safety.

The Association is a not-for-profit organisation, and all Treetops parents, guardians, and staff are members of the Association.  Board members are elected at each year’s Annual General Meeting from the Association membership.  Board members can also be recruited from the community as required.

The role of the Board is to oversee the strategic direction of the school.  It meets twice each term to discuss strategic issues, monitor finances, review and develop policy, and other governance matters.  Treetops is well served by a volunteer Board of parents who are highly skilled people from a range of backgrounds and professions.

BOARD CHAIR

Megan Griffiths – BA, GradCertBus, GAICD, MLGPA
Megan and her family joined the Treetops community in 2008 when their son commenced in Playgroup. Megan is Director of Strategic and Community Services in local government, a graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Bachelor of Art and post graduate Certificate of Business. She has served on several not-for-profit and government boards and committees, contributing as a member, Treasurer and Chair. Megan has extensive skills and experience in governance, leadership, strategic planning, business planning, financial and human resource management, enterprise risk management, organisational development and communications. Megan brings to the board a commitment to developing a shared vision, participatory decision-making, encouraging teamwork, creativity and passion for child-centred learning.
VICE CHAIR

Amy Lomas – BEcon (Honours)
Amy has two young daughters who are thriving in the supportive, child-centred community of Treetops and its beautiful bush setting. Amy joined the Treetops board in 2016 to support the governance of the School and its unique Montessori and International Baccalaureate offering. As Vice Chair Amy brings with her the perspective, experience, knowledge and skills accumulated over 17 years working in various consulting and public sector roles in Western Australia.  Currently with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Amy’s former roles include Chief of Staff to the current Minister for Transport, Planning and Lands; Executive Director Strategic Policy at the former Department of State Development; and various positions over ten years in the Department of Treasury. This included as Director Economic and Revenue Forecasting and as an advisor to former Treasurer, the Hon. Eric Ripper MLA.  Amy is a director of the Pilbara Ports Authority, a member of the Economic Society of Australia and holds a Bachelor of Economics with Honours from Murdoch University.
SECRETARY
Kerry Raak
Kerry has been at Treetops since the beginning of 2014 when her daughter started in Playgroup.  Kerry joined the Treetops Board in November 2014 as Secretary, and has been the school’s Business Manager since March 2015.  Previously Kerry has worked in the government sector in various roles at Centrelink, Perth Magistrates Court and Perth District Court. She brings to the Board her experience in business administration, financial management, budgeting, leadership, human resource management and records management.
DIRECTOR
Dr Joanna Axford – PhD
Jo and her family have been part of the Treetops community since moving to Perth in 2011. She achieved a PhD in Protected Area Management in 2007 and has worked in both the public and private sector throughout her career. Jo is a passionate conservationist with a love of the Treetops environment and its focus on child-centred education. Jo has been part of the Treetops Board of Directors since 2014. She brings a strategic approach and analytical and communication skills to the Board, as well as a passion for making Treetops the best it can be.
DIRECTOR
Dr Suzanne Bicker – MBChB MRCGP FRACGP
Suzie has had children attending Treetops since 2013 after emigrating from Scotland with her husband and two young children. She is a graduate of Edinburgh University Medical School and after 5 years in hospital medicine became a General Practitioner in 2005, then a practice partner a year later.  She has a depth of experience in clinical governance, striving for clinical excellence within the practice team via stringent clinical policy and procedures. She has transitioned that experience to school governance on the Treetops Board of Directors along with a passion for child-centred education. She chose Treetops for its beautiful nurturing environment and has been amazed by the school’s unique delivery of an outstanding child-centred curriculum.
DIRECTOR
Richard Larsen
Richard is an international airline pilot of 21 years. Returning to Perth in 2005 after being an expat for over 8 years with basings in Europe the Middle East and Asia. Married to Deouin with 2 boys, Ethan and Myatt. Richard is always tinkering on some new DIY fix or project, both as a hobby and out of necessity. Richard joined the Treetops community as a parent in 2017 and after being asked to consider the role, joined the board in 2018. Richard is always keen to contribute, with an interest in the welfare of the children, governance of the school and its future improvement and success.
STAFF ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE
Jayne Simpson – B.Ed (Hons), DipSPLD (Distinction)
Jayne joined the Treetops community as a parent in 2002 and as a teacher in 2005.  She is currently Deputy Principal and Director of Enrichment at Treetops. She had previously taught in England and Scotland and emigrated to Australia after taking part in a mountain bike race through the centre of Australia from Steep Point to Byron Bay. Apart from stamina, she also brings to her role as elected staff representative on the Board a broad educational background, experience in leadership roles and administration as well as an understanding of the needs of the full range of the classrooms and age groups at Treetops
SCHOOL PRINCIPAL (EX-OFFICIO)
Stuart Harris – BASocSci, GDipEd, GCertEnvSci
Stuart has held managerial positions across both secondary and primary school. He is an experienced educator with a background of 21 years in the independent school sector, with equal experience across primary and secondary schooling. Stuart brings a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of school operations to the Board.
Correspondence to the Board should be addressed to the Board Secretary at: boardsecretary@treetops.wa.edu.au