College Board

The Canning Vale College Board establishes a vision for the College that reflects the aspirations and needs of the community. The Board can have an important influence on the direction of the school, with members bringing ideas and lending their expertise to strategic planning and community partnerships. Professional skills in areas such as management, finance, procurement, marketing and cultural knowledge support the Principal and strengthen the school’s capacity to meet the needs of its students.

Elected members include parents, staff, students and members of the community. 

David Goode

David Goode

College Board Chairman

B.Bus (Acct & Man) Dip Fin Ser.
City of Gosnells Councillor

Elected Chair in 2016 after being invited to join the Board as the Councillor respresentative from City of Gosnells. I am proud to join the Board as I have a strong interest in education. In particular, two of my daughters spent time at Canning Vale College from its inception in 2004 and my wife is a former teacher. My goal is to assist in ensuring Canning Vale College has the best reputation possible and delivers outstanding education to all those who attend.

From a personal point of view, I am a self-employed business man who owns and operates his own finance broking business which helps people obtain loans for all types of purposes. This, along with being a Justice of the Peace, sitting on the Courts of Traffic and Violence Restraining Orders and a City of Gosnells Councillor, keeps me very busy. I have a strong interest in sports and was pleased to be part of the original committee that established Canning Vale Junior Football Club.

Neil Freckelton

Neil Freckelton

Canning Vale College Principal

I have worked as an educator for nearly 40 years in country and metropolitan school as well as Regional Office, more than half of which has been in school administrative roles. This experience will help me to continue to build on the strengths of this College. I believe that every student has the potential to achieve their goals if properly supported and Canning Vale College will try hard to help our students achieve a successful outcome.

Colleen Ernst

Colleen Ernst

Canning Vale College Associate Principal

Aaron Richards

Aaron Richards

Staff Representative

I am a senior teacher, having worked at Canning Vale College for almost 10 years, half of that time spent as Student Council Coordinator. I am passionate about student leadership and am committed to ensuring students receive support to achieve their goals.

I have a background in engineering and a strong interest in STEM subjects. I am advocate of inclusive education and keen to promote specialist STEM studies to all our students.

As a Canning Vale local and former student of the College I am very proud of the outstanding education opportunities it provides. It is my goal to see the College continue to deliver successful outcomes and maintain its excellent reputation amongst the community. 

Lee-Anne Patterson

Lee-Anne Patterson

Staff Representative

Tona Robson

Tona Robson

Staff Representative

Tony Govorko

Tony Govorko

Community Member

Keal Byrne

Keal Byrne

Community Member

Kylie Godfrey

Kylie Godfrey

Community Member

Soumya Narayanan

Soumya Narayanan

Community Member

Cameron Mclean

Cameron Mclean

Parent Representative

I have a daughter at the College and a son who will attend in the coming years. I believe that the education and growth of our kids is one of the most important challenges that we are faced with as parents. I am passionate about ensuring that the College continues to maintain and develop its excellent reputation as a school that delivers for its staff and its students.

I am currently working as a consultant for a local software development company that sells its products globally. I have over 22 years industry experience. I have worked across multiple industries for private, commercial and government organisations. I am passionate about building and delivering outcomes for my clients, that are engaging and a delight to use. This passion, experience and leadership ability has resulted in high customer satisfaction and industry recognition.

In essence I am an IT guy that loves what he does and does it well.

Simone Collins

Simone Collins

Parent Representative

I am the mother of two students at the school currently in Year 8 and Year 7, who are both involved with the various specialist programs the College offers.

I bring a wide background of experience:
• I was an active member of the Canning Vale Primary School P&C executive when my children were in Primary School, holding the role of Canteen Treasurer.
• I have been an active member of Rotary for over 20 years, and have held all manner of positions on boards and committees at local, district, and international levels, chairing many of those committees. I have been on the board of a Rotary or Rotaract Club pretty much the entire time I have been involved, and I am currently the PR Director on the board of the Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay.
• I am the Secretary and PR Director of the WA Music Teachers Association (and am also filling the Treasurer role with the resignation of the incumbent Treasurer)
• I have previously been the WA Branch Secretary and was on the National Assembly for Professionals Australia (when it was called the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists, and Managers, Australia); I am no longer involved as I changed industries [I have 2 degrees in science and worked in the IT industry for 15 years].
• I also have a Diploma of Business and have run my own local small businesses in Canning Vale since 2004.

I thoroughly enjoy being an engaged, active member of the communities I belong to, and would love to be more involved with the CVC community. My experiences with Rotary have particularly seen me interact regularly with people from a wide range of nationalities and languages, and with the diversity of nationalities in Canning Vale I believe that is important to represent.

Amanda Paton

Amanda Paton

Parent Representative

Amanda is a local Canning Vale community member and mother of two young girls, one at the College. She is a Clinical Psychologist and the Deputy Director, Practice for the Australian Centre for Child Protection and holds various board/ advisory appointments. She has worked for many years in therapeutic, research, and academic roles related to child abuse and trauma.

Kelly Ibbitson

Kelly Ibbitson

Parent Representative

Kelly Ibbitson joins the Canning Vale College school board as a dedicated mother of three and an experienced educator in the fields of music and drama. With her oldest son embarking on his journey at Canning Vale College, Kelly’s commitment to the school community is both professional and deeply personal.

As a primary school music and drama teacher, Kelly has nurtured a passion for the arts and education, believing strongly in their power to enrich students’ lives. Her experience in the classroom gives her a unique perspective on the educational needs and opportunities for students at all levels. 

Kelly’s involvement in education governance is long-standing. Since 2016, she has been an active member of the Forest Crescent Primary School Board and has contributed to the Perth Metronet Project through the Thornlie Community Reference Group. Her roles in these capacities have honed her skills in representing and advocating for community needs.

A strong proponent of inclusive education, Kelly is particularly attuned to the needs of neurodivergent students and those requiring special education services. Her personal experience as a parent of neurodivergent children has fueled her commitment to ensuring that all students receive the support and opportunities they need to succeed.

As a new member of the Canning Vale College board, Kelly aims to be a positive voice for parents and a dedicated representative of the school community. She is eager to leverage her experiences and insights to champion diverse educational needs and to foster a nurturing and vibrant learning environment for every student.

Neil Herbert

Neil Herbert

Parent Representative

I am a creative thinker and am skilled in undertaking reviews and asking inciteful questions, including those others are afraid to ask. I understand group dynamics and how to obtain input from all team members (i.e. bring everyone into the conversation and enhance collaboration). I am tactful and collaborative. I am keen to assist CVC in further developing its governance, policies and reputation.

I am a chemical engineer who has worked in industry and the water treatment industry (Water Corporation) for over 30 years, undertaking technical and managerial roles. My recent work has included specialist design reviews and working on Standards Australia technical committees (including as technical lead).

I served on the Campbell Primary School Board for three years, including two years as Vice-Chair and was a strong advocate of Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM).  I was also on the school P&C committee for 5 five years.