The School Advisory Council is responsible for the financial management and future planning of the school. It administers all the finances associated with the school and is responsible to the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia.
Notre Dame Catholic Primary School Advisory Council Members for 2021 are:
Advisory Council Chairperson: Mrs Emma Nofal
My name is Emma, I am a secondary trained teacher and I worked in Catholic Education for 16 years. More recently I have moved to a literacy and numeracy support role in the Vocational Education Sector. My family have been part of the Notre Dame school and parish communities since 2014. I have two sons attending the school, one in Year 5 and the other in Year 3.
I believe it is important to be involved in the school community if you are able, to share your gifts and talents and to be an example to our children what it means to be of service to others. I joined the board in 2019 and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being involved in another facet of school life. It’s a privilege to be the chairperson of the board in 2021. I look forward to working with this group as we continue to plan and work towards meeting the present and future needs of our students and families.
Secretary: Erin Hunter
My husband Justin and I, and our children, have been a part of the school community for the last ten years. Our eldest son, now in high school, started Kindy at Notre Dame in 2011. His younger brothers are attending the school in Year 4 and Year 6. I’ve recently started a new position with a new company and have worked within Payroll and Accounts roles for various industries over the last 25 years.
I’ve been a member of the School Advisory Council for the last two years and previously a member of the P&F Association and enjoyed being involved where I can and helping to support the school, students and broader community. I look forward to working with my fellow Board Members in 2021.
Treasurer: Melissa Haddleton
I have been fortunate enough to have been apart of the Notre Dame school community for several years. I have three children, Grace who graduated from ND in 2018 and currently in year 9 at Mercedes, Mia who graduated from ND in 2020 and is in year 7 at Mercedes and Christian who is currently in year 5. My children have all thrived at this beautiful supportive and inclusive school and have made some lifelong friends.
My background is in finance, I graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Taxation) and completed my CPA soon after. I worked in banking for many years before making the switch to Superannuation in order to achieve some work life balance, currently I am the Finance Manager of a fund with over $34b in funds under management and 250,000 members. Juggling a full time job and 3 kids is a challenge, add to that the fact that I am legally blind as well. I feel honoured to be able to use my skills to support a school that has always done the same for my family.
Advisory Council Member: Denise Fernandes-Dodsley
My husband Neal and I joined the Notre Dame Catholic Primary School (“NDCPS”) community in 2013. We have three children: Myles who graduated out of NDCPS last year; Milla in Year 4; and Marshal in Pre-primary. It has been our privilege to have our kids attend this wonderful school and a few years ago I joined the Parents & Friends Association (“P&F”) as its finance officer. Working with the P&F I was surrounded by many members of the school who sought to give back and build community. This year it is my pleasure to join the School Advisory Council.
By way of background, I graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance) and a Master of Commerce (Economics & Finance). I started my career many years ago as a Kumon tutor in Math and English before spending approximately 18+ years as a chartered accountant including several years in senior management with KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers, and as a tutor, mentor, and research associate at Curtin University.
In 2018, I was nominated to Fellowship status by Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand. More recently I have started my own small accounting practice and am a director of a private business and run these whilst trying to navigate the (significantly more complex) world as a parent to three beautiful children.
As a member, I hope to bring my work and life experience and straight-forward approach to the Board. I look forward to working with the Advisory Council to the benefit of the school and its members.
Advisory Council Member: Clinton Perry
My wife (Mary-Anne) and I are the proud parents of two daughters. Our eldest (Caitlyn) is in year 3 and our youngest (Charlotte) is in 4 year old kindy. I commenced my professional career just over 18 years ago at Western Power after graduating from UWA with a Bachelor of Engineering. My journey started on the graduate program, before moving into the engineering and design (technical) space and then into various leadership roles of engineering and project delivery teams. The industry I work in is changing at a fast pace (for the better) and it relies on people with a good grounding in STEM and a passion for sustainability.
As an elected member of the Advisory Council, I hope I can play a small part in supporting the school to instil these values in our children and achieve other positive outcomes for the school and its associated community.
Advisory Council Member: Adam Zen
As a proud father of two children recently starting their Notre Dame CPS journey, I hope to be able to support the school, students, staff and broader community. I graduated from UWA with a Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Health) and a Graduate Diploma in Education. With 12 years of experience in public education I am now in management at a large public high school. I believe I will be able to provide a unique insight into strategic decisions and plans made to improve student outcomes and learning experiences. In our first year associated with the NDCPS community my family have been so impressed with the sense of community and values that the students, staff and parents represent and I look forward to continuing to add value to the school’s already fantastic reputation.
Advisory Council Member: Edward Carberry
I have worked for a Western Australian, family-owned business in a management role since its inception in 2007. I played an integral part in growing the company from an initial 3 employees to our current team of 20 and continue to be a committed and dedicated member of the senior management team. I am directly responsible for the Service department, including P+L responsibility, HR and OHS. To further complement my strategic, leadership, and financial acumen, I completed an MBA at the University of Western Australia in 2017.
My wife, Michelle and I have one child (Henry, Year 1) currently at Notre Dame, and another due to enrol in 2022. Michelle is actively involved with the P & F, and together we take a keen interest in how our school is performing now and the strategic direction it takes in the future, hence my eagerness and gratitude to be accepted to the Advisory Council.
I strongly believe that the skills I have honed through my MBA and work experience coupled with my passion for our children’s education, will make me a valuable addition to the Notre Dame School Advisory Council.
P&F Representative: Julian Twohig
I am the P&F representative on the board, and also the finance officer for the P&F.
My wife Claire and I have been part of the Notre Dame school community since 2017. We currently have Jonty in year 3, and Millie who will enter 4yo kindy in 2022.
I wanted to take the opportunity to contribute to the school that has provided support, guidance, and leadership to our son in his educational journey thus far.
Professionally I am a Senior Project Manager for an upstream oil & gas software company headquartered out of the USA – I’ve just hit my one year anniversary of working from home!
In my current role, I am exposed to multiple job disciplines that can provide value to the board and to the P&F. Communication and collaboration being key elements that will help in my P&F liaison role.