NTBOS board members

The board meets approximately four times per year.

NTBOS has a mixed model of membership of 11 members consisting of one Department of Education officer nominated by the Chief Executive, four stakeholder representatives (parent, teacher, employer and Indigenous), two expert members drawn from the Catholic Education Office Northern Territory and the Association of Independent Schools Northern Territory, and four expert members nominated by the Minister.

This model brings a balance of views to NTBOS and maintains the cooperative arrangement between the government and non-government school sectors in the Northern Territory.

NTBOS can set up committees which will allow the board to inform itself on specific matters and seek the views of particular stakeholder groups.

Current members

Mr Ralph Wiese

Mr Ralph Wiese

Chair and expert member
Term of Office: 01/07/19 to 30/06/22

Mr Wiese worked in education for 40 years, beginning his career as a teacher at Darwin High School in 1964 then advancing to positions such as senior teacher, assistant principal and principal. He also worked in office based positions including superintendent and general manager before retiring in 2004. Although retired, Mr Wiese maintains a keen interest in all things education and brings a wealth of skill and experience to the position. Mr Wiese’s formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Commerce and Diploma of Teaching (Secondary).

Leanne Nixon

Leanne Nixon

Department of Education nominee
Term of Office: 11 June 2019 to 30 December 2020

Ms Nixon holds the position of Deputy Chief Executive Education NT with the Department of Education. During her 32-year career, Ms Nixon has held a number of positions in the education sector, including teacher, senior teacher, principal, Executive Director School Autonomy and Improvement, Assistant Director-General State Schools-Performance and Acting Deputy Director-General State Schools. Ms Nixon has held positions as a member on the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority Board 2018 and Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority Board 2016-18.

Mark Monaghan

Mark Monaghan

Employer representative
Term of Office: 01/07/19 to 30/06/22

Mr Monaghan currently holds the position of NT Manager Pritchard Francis, a civil and structural engineering company. Prior to this appointment, he was General Manager of Engineers Australia and continues to support engineering and community development of STEM as the Chair of Inspiring NT. Mr Monaghan moved to the Territory twenty years ago and has significant experience as an educator across remote Indigenous communities on the Tiwi Islands, East Arnhem and the Roper Shire. He has strong Indigenous links through his children and partner and is passionate about inspiring communities to shape their future and leave a sustainable legacy for generations to come.

Rachel Boyce

Rachel Boyce

Expert member
Term of Office: 01/07/19 to 30/06/22

Ms Boyce is the Principal of Good Shepherd Lutheran School in Darwin. Ms Boyce has over 20 years of experience as an educator working in a range of schools in both regional and metropolitan areas with students from the early years through to Year 12, most of these within the Northern Territory. She has experience in Indigenous and International education, and has held leadership positions within the schools she has worked in both Curriculum Coordination and Pastoral Care of students. Her passion in education is for students to experience challenging and contextual learning, supported by quality educational programs and with a strong emphasis on student well-being. Her formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Education, Masters of Education and a Graduate Diploma in Theology.

Mary Ellen Venes

Mary Ellen Venes

Teacher representative
Term of Office: 01/07/19 to 30/06/22

Ms Venes holds the position of classroom teacher at Taminmin College. Ms Venes commenced her teaching career in the Northern Territory in 1991 and has worked in remote locations as well as urban and rural areas. She has experienced firsthand the challenges that many teachers face when working in the education system in the Territory. Ms Venes is a member of the Home Economics Association of Australia NT Branch, an accredited lead teacher, a member of the Initial Teacher Education Committee and is a South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) moderator and marker.

Annette Gillanders

Annette Gillanders

Expert member
Term of Office: 31/12/17 to 30/12/20

Mrs Gillanders is the Managing Director, Biznorth Pty Ltd. As Managing Director, she has many roles which include coaching, consulting, teaching, assessing, course development and design. Mrs Gillanders holds a Batchelor of Adult Education and Certificate IV Training and Assessment. Mrs Gillanders was appointed as Deputy Chair of the NT Training Commission, is a Justice of the Peace, a past winner of Adult Educator of the Year and a Telstra Business Woman of the Year.

Charles Richardson

Charles Richardson

Expert member
Term of Office: 30/12/17 to 20/12/20

Mr Richardson is the Public Officer on the NTCOGSO Executive team and was a University lecturer in the Northern Territory from 1985-2005. He has a Diploma in IT from Charles Darwin University, is a member of the Australian Computer Society and with a passion for physics and science, professionally and actively promotes the uptake of appropriate emergent technologies in the education sector. Mr Richardson has sought to demonstrate how equitably distributed bandwidth technology and training (mainly VET sector) might serve to further the educational opportunities and aspirations for and of Indigenous students.

Vacant

Catholic Education Office NT nominee
Term of Office:

Mrs Tabitha Fudge

Tabitha Fudge

Parent representative
Term of Office: 31/12/17 to 30/12/20

Mrs Fudge is the parent of two children attending primary and secondary schools and is a member of the governing bodies of both schools. Mrs Fudge was recently re-elected for a third year as President of the Northern Territory Council of Government School Organisations. Prior to being President, Mrs Fudge was Treasurer and also regional Vice Chair. She has also been the Northern Territory Director (2017) of the Australian Council of State Schools Organisation. Mrs Fudge is a strong advocate for public education at both a Northern Territory and Federal level, lobbying for a truly needs based public education system.

Cheryl Salter

Cheryl Salter

Association of Independent Schools of the NT nominee
Term of Office: 30/12/17 to 30/12/20

Ms Salter is the Deputy Director of the Association of Independent Schools of the Northern Territory. Ms Salter has more than 30 years of experience as an educator in Catholic and Independent Schools in the Northern Territory. She has held various leadership positions in non-government schools. In her current role, Ms Salter works closely with Northern Territory and Australian Government representatives and their agencies, representing and advocating for Independent Schools. She provides services and guidance to Independent Schools on professional issues, including school governance, school leadership, curriculum, teaching and learning, policy and legislative requirements. Ms Salter has represented and contributed to several key bodies at Territory and Federal level, on behalf of Independent Schools in the Northern Territory.

Pauline Schober

Pauline Schober

Indigenous representative
Term of Office: 01/07/16 to 30/06/19

Ms Schober is the teaching schools coordinator managing the partnership agreement between Charles Darwin University School of Education and the Northern Territory Government Department of Education. Within this role she is committed to supporting schools, educational leaders and pre-service teachers to ensure ongoing quality educators and education within the Northern Territory. Ms Schobers’ teaching experience includes working at all levels in education including early years, primary, secondary and senior secondary. Ms Schober has a Bachelor in Business and Masters of Education completed at Charles Darwin University with a specific focus on Aboriginal education and community engagement in education.

Last updated: 15 July 2019

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