Parents - School Board

The purpose of the School Board is to provide the school’s staff, parents, and community with opportunities to work together to formulate the school’s educational objectives and priorities (goals) through the school planning process.

The board establishes a vision for the school 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.

The Board has a range of other functions, including development of policies and promotion.

The membership consists of: the principal, three teacher representatives, eight parent representatives and a member of the wider community. The term of membership is for three years from February, with elections for parent representatives being conducted by the principal. 

Current members of the board include:  

Parent Representatives:

Alice Cargeeg

My involvement in Manning Primary School commenced recently, with my daughter (Lucy) joining Pre-Primary in 2020. Professionally, over the past 15 years, I have had the opportunity to develop strong management, policy and procurement skills as an engineer and project manager, and have recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Business and graduated from the Australian Institute in Company Directors (GAICD). I believe it is with these experiences and skills that I will be able to add value to the school board. I look forward to further engaging with the Manning school community as our children continue their learning journeys over the coming years. I would be delighted to have the opportunity to serve on the school board and give back to the school and broader community 

Bevan Cole (Chairperson)

With two children at Manning Primary School, I am keen to help develop and promote the school as in integral part of the broader Manning community.  While I am a member of the P&C and Mann Club (the Manning Primary chapter of the Fathering project), I look forward to the opportunity of contributing to the Board. With over 25 years of experience in the IT industry, both in consulting and at Western Power, I have broad understanding of business processes.  My Bachelor of Business degree (Information Processing) has provided me with a foundation of business acumen that I have used extensively in the delivery of large IT and analytic solutions.  I believe that this experience in IT, analytics and strategic systems thinking will be a useful skill to assist the Board with future planning for the Manning Primary School. Other interests include bike riding (with many other Manning dads), volleyball and learning more about the application of artificial intelligence to solve real world problems. 

Taya Hill

I have three children attending Manning Primary School and one future student in training.  My husband and I have been home owners in the area since 2010.  I’m delighted to serve on the School Board, working to support the strategic direction of Manning Primary School for many years to come. Professionally, I have worked as a human resources practitioner in various corporate, operational and leadership roles.  I hold a Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations) and a Postgraduate Diploma of Commerce (Commercial Law). I am passionate about education, developing positive values and behaviours in children and look forward to using my skills for the benefit of the school community.

Jennifer Jones

I have two children attending Manning Primary School currently in Years 2 and 4. We have been lucky enough to be part of this fantastic school community for six years now, with both children having attended Manning since kindergarten.  I have 20 years’ experience working as an Environmental scientist in the mining industry, and this has given me a strong background in strategic planning and execution, and stakeholder consultation. During my time on the board I hope to use these skills to help build on the educational outcomes and sense of community at the school, as we continue to make Manning Primary a great place for our kids.  

Trinity Mahede

I am a mum of two children, Reuben currently in pre-primary and Serena who is enrolled in kindy for 2021. Since my son started at Manning Primary two years ago, I have been very impressed by the talented and dedicated teaching staff and the supportive and inclusive community of parents and students. I have enjoyed being parent helper in my son’s class, watching him and his peers learn and grow in a positive and encouraging environment.

I would be grateful for the opportunity to serve on the School Board to contribute to the strategic direction of Manning Primary and give back to the school that provides so much to my family. As a Board member I would act with integrity and enthusiasm and work collaboratively to achieve the best outcomes for students and their families. Professionally, I have worked for the WA Department of Health for over ten years in various policy, project management and health service planning roles. I have highly developed skills in strategic planning and execution, project and contract management, stakeholder consultation, research and evaluation and interpersonal communication. My formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a Master of Public Health.   

Jo Newman

My involvement with Manning Primary School started in 2016 when my son Oliver first attended kindy.  I’ve lived in Manning for 8 years and grew up in Como, so I know and love the area and support its continued growth and evolution. I have been actively involved in the school’s P&C and helped secure more than $20K in 12 months via community-based fundraising events.  In 2018, I worked closely with the Board to deliver the purpose-built outdoor classroom in partnership with local community groups. Professionally, I am a marketing communications manager, hold a Bachelor of Arts (PR & Marketing) and have 20+ years’ experience in private, public and not-for profit roles.  As part of my role on the Board I also actively participate on the school’s marketing sub-committee helping to guide the school’s branding and community awareness programs. 

Katie Tyrrell

Hi I am Katie and my husband Simon and I have three children at Manning Primary School. We have been part of the school community for over six years. Flinn (year 6), Liam (year 4) and Brooke (year 1) have had positive experiences and really enjoyed each and every year. I take a keen interest in the learning programs, sports and social events provided by our school. I have been an active member of the P & C and am keen to support the school in any way I can. I am also a primary teacher currently teaching in another WA School. My teaching career began in 2005. Before that I worked in commerce. These two career paths and past experiences, have helped me to develop skills that will be helpful during my tenure as a member of the school board. I have a passion for students and to enhance their love of learning. I enjoy working collaboratively and building positive relationships. I hope my practical manner and the connection between being a parent and a teacher will add insight and am really looking forward to learning from others. 

Joel Wynn 

As the proud dad of two young Manning Primary boys, and an experienced educational leader I hope to bring a broad range of skills and experiences to this role; which I have linked to the school’s strategic priorities below.I have worked in the education sector since 2003, and currently work as the Director of Teacher Professional Growth at a Catholic school in Perth. This is a K -12 role and I support the growth and professional learning of all teaching staff and support exemplary teaching and leadership. Prior to this I held a number of senior leadership positions in London based colleges and was an appointed Officer on the Curriculum, Quality and Students Committee, and gained board level experience.  I have experience as a coach and pastoral leader where my role was to improve staff and student wellbeing. Having relocated to Perth from the UK two years ago, I feel lucky to be part of such a strong school community and member of the Mann Club and ‘Manning Knight Riders’ (cycling group). I am excited by this opportunity to support the innovative and creative learning at Manning Primary. 


Lauren Abbott

I have been an Early Childhood educator at Manning Primary School since 2011.  I am the proud mother of two boys, aged three and five. I have always considered Manning Primary my second home and will always be committed to the overall growth and development of our young students. I am very excited to be a staff representative on our school board for 2019. This opportunity allows me to be more involved with the wider community and the vital decision making required to make this an incredible school for lifelong learners.

Sophie Flynn


Lia Issott


Hayden O'Mara (Principal)

It is a distinct pleasure to lead Manning Primary School – a truly unique and committed professional learning community. Joining the Manning Primary community in late 2018, I immediately felt a close connection to the school and wider community and look forward to furthering the success of this proud school over the years to come. As a father of three young children, I understand the importance of quality education, open lines of communication and placing student wellbeing and improvements at the forefront of all school decisions. I have worked for the Department of Education in teaching and administrative positions for over 10 years. I have led Schools both in the metropolitan area and rural communities and have a thorough understanding of the role of the Board in shaping successful schools.  

Steven Watts  

One of the opportunities that I find myself fortunate to be presented is MPS Board member.  I have worked in public education for more than twenty years and still find new and exciting challenges every day.   I began as a relief teacher, transitioned to classroom teaching, university lecturing, gifted and talented teaching and am proud to call myself Deputy Principal at Manning PS.  Being a part of this education community is something quite special and my role on the Board allows me to share ideas and receive feedback from the professional and enthusiastic members who represent our school.  I look forward to fulfilling this duty to the best of my abilities in 2019.