School Board

 About our School Board

The School Board is a legally formed body that, in partnership with our staff, is given powers to set and monitor the key directions of our school. It is the major governing body of the school and oversees the school’s performance.  In essence, the role of school board is one of setting the long term future for the school and maintaining oversight (not management) of the school’s operation. It is not about running the school – that is the job of the principal. It is about providing additional expertise to help the school achieve the best outcomes for the students.

Duncraig Primary School Board meets twice each term.

The Board consists of the Principal, representatives from the staff and elected parents and community representatives. The current make up is: three staff (including the Principal) and five parent/community members.

Duncraig Primary School Board Members

Lyn Dawson – Principal
Leah Clegg – Staff representative
Sara Orford – Staff representative

Nicole Becker – Board Chair/Parent representative
Dion Gliddon – Parent representative
Chris Paton- Parent representative
Emma Vincent – Parent representative

Russ Fishwick – Community representative

Board Chair Dr Nicole Becker

Nicole Becker has been a parent and active member of the Duncraig Primary School community for over nine years . Nicole has a strong background in science and has worked as a research fellow as well as taught at a university level. She is passionate about making sure the needs of all students, regardless of their abilities and backgrounds are an absolute priority. In her spare time Nicole likes baking for people she really likes. 

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Our Board Members 

Nicole Becker

Lyn Dawson

Russ Fishwick JP

Chris Paton

Nicole Becker has been a parent and active member of the Duncraig Primary School community for many years with her youngest child currently in Year 4. Nicole has a strong background in science and has worked as a research fellow as well as taught at a university level. She is passionate about making sure the needs of all students, regardless of their abilities and backgrounds are an absolute priority. In her spare time Nicole likes baking for people she really likes. Lyn Dawson has been Principal of Duncraig Primary School since 2019. Previous to this appointment, Lyn was Principal of East Hamersley Primary School and has also been acting Principal of Mullaloo Beach, Hawker Park, East Hamersley and Kyilla Primary Schools.  Lyn’s career in public education spans over40 years which includes roles as a level 3 classroom teacher, curriculum consultant and Deputy Principal.  As a committed educator, Lyn is committed to furthering her knowledge through experience, reading and professional learning in order to be able to improve her practice and that of her staff. Russ Fishwick JP is serving in his third term as Deputy Mayor at the City of Joondalup having been elected to the Council in 2006.  He was Chair of the Mindarie Regional Council for 10 years.  He sits on the Western Australian Local Government Advisory Board and is a WA Local Government Association State Councillor.  He is a Justice of the Peace and has been a member on the States Crime Prevention Council and Anti-Graffiti Task Force.

He holds university post graduate qualifications in business and management. He has a long employment history in local government holding senior positions in metropolitan councils including acting as a chief executive officer.  He has a long history as a volunteer in surf lifesaving and is a Senior Assessor for Surf Life Saving WA. Russ is also a board member at the Poynter Primary School and the Churchlands Senior High School.

Chris Paton works as a Senior Manager within the road surfacing industry. His role includes management of 60 staff, direct management of major projects, and the overall profitability of the company’s Contracting division. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Diploma in Project Management. Chris is passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle and particularly water sports. He spends his weekends with his children at the beach, surfing, kitesurfing or socialising with friends.

Although Chris has lived in Duncraig for 8 years he is new to the Duncraig Primary School community with his eldest son entering pre-primary in 2020 and his daughter due to enter kindergarten in 2021. Chris comes from a family of educators and values a positive learning environment for children.


Jenny Cole

Leah Clegg

Emma Vincent

Dion Gliddon

Jenny Cole is a mother of four, and has worked in education for 30 years. Her eldest son is completing a degree in computer science at UWA, her second son is undertaking a university degree in counter terrorism, business and law and her twins are currently in year 10.

When first graduating, Jenny decided to work in the country. She completed 3 years in a farming community before undertaking another country posting in a mining town, where she stayed for a further 3 years. To broaden her teaching experience, she then travelled overseas to teach in New Zealand. On returning to Western Australia, she taught at Wembley, Scarborough and Hollywood Primary Schools before taking up a post at Duncraig Primary in 2009.

She brings to the board the perspective of a parent as well as a teacher, who is passionate about the education of the whole child.

Leah Clegg is a passionate member of the leadership team at Duncraig Primary School and has been a Deputy Principal at the school for over four years.  She supports students across the school with a focus on leading in the early years, whole school implementation of English curriculum and prioritising social emotional wellbeing for all.  Working in partnership with the community is of high importance whilst advocating for all students to reach their potential. Emma Vincent is currently the Supply Chain Planning Manager responsible for leading a team with deep analytical expertise to provide direction on the configuration and operation of BHP’s 280 million tonne iron ore supply chain in Western Australian. Her previous role was as the Commercial Operations Manager responsible for leading Petroleum sales execution activities for BHP across the Australian and Pacific region. She has also been actively involved in cultural improvement initiatives including vice-chairing the Mental Wellness Working Group for BHP Asia, and co-founding the Women in Perth group for BHP Australia.

From 2011-2015 Emma was a full-time mother to her daughters Georgie and Keira, both of whom now attend Duncraig Primary School. During this time, Emma authored and published a pro-vaccination children’s book titled “The Measly Virus”. Emma is a graduate of the University of Western Australia, securing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and an Honours Degree in Computing and Mathematical Sciences. In 2017, Emma was awarded the Young Catalyser award from Women in Mining and Resources Singapore (WIMAR SG) for her efforts promoting Inclusion and Diversity in the workplace. She was also selected to participate in BHP’s Future Emerging Leaders Program from 2018-2019.

Dion Gliddon has been a parent and active member of Duncraig Primary school for the past 5 years. She has a daughter currently attending DPS and a son at Duncraig SHS. Dion proudly served in the Royal Australian Air Force for 11 years. She has a strong background in Procurement, Logistics and Contracts and recently has changed career paths and is a qualified swim instructor. Dion would love to see AUSLAN (Australian Sign Language) be introduced into the Australian curriculum. She is a Director on the Friends of Jedda Charity Board that supports other Mums in remote communities. In her downtime she loves to hangout with her family and relax.

Tom Hockleys

Tom Hockley is a Town Planner and Bushfire Protection Consultant servicing a range of clients including Local and State Government, infrastructure and service providers, as well as private developers and landowners.  He has 14 years industry experience in both private and government settings and has held positions in Perth, Melbourne and Vancouver.  He holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning, a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Graduate Certificate in Bushfire Protection and a Bachelor of Education (Primary).

Tom has maintained a number of volunteer positions on industry committees and has continually worked to facilitate educational opportunities for his peers within the planning industry and associated fields.

A resident of Duncraig for the past 5 years with two children currently attending Duncraig Primary in Kindy and Year 1, Tom aims to contribute meaningfully to the school environment and outcomes for students.