Kelli Pickford - Chairperson
Kelli was born in Manchester in the UK and moved to Mullaoo in 2014, when she relocated with her family. Her daughter has been with the school since pre-primary and Kelli has previously been a member of the P&C, before gaining a place as a board member and then taking the chair position in 2020. Professionally, she has worked as part of leadership and executive teams across the public, private and community sector in employee relations, human resource management and organisational development. Kelli is very proud to be a part of the Mullaloo Heights community and is a strong advocate of the school, its values and practices. As a member of Mullaloo Surf Life Saving club, an avid runner and swimmer, the whole family contributes to local community activity and embraces the amazing lifestyle on offer on our door step.
Lian Rees - P&C Representative
Kathleen Casey - Parent Representative
John Merl - Parent Representative
John Merl was born in Gosford NSW and moved to WA in 2010. Living in Mullaloo, He and his wife, Yuting have three children, Ayden, Tyson and Lucas attending MHPS. John has worked in the Information Technology Industry Internationally over the past 30 years and holds numerous qualifications including a Master of Business in Information Technology Management from the University of Technology Sydney and Engineering Management Degree from the University of Central Queensland. He is keen on boating and had been a Sailing Instructor and Club Coach at Nedlands Yacht Club. His family feel very much a part of the lovely local community being actively involved in such activities as Oceanside Little Athletics, Hillary’s Yacht Club and Mullaloo Surf Lifesaving Club. He feels fortunate to belong to the Mullaloo Heights Primary School community and hopes to add value though a board role in helping to shape a high-quality local school which his children attend.
We have 2 children currently at the school. We live locally and chose the school because of its size, the beautiful trees, environmental area and location. I myself went to a Primary School similar in size which was great because of the lovely community feel, which I feel our school has.
I have been a Police Officer for 16 years now, I have worked in a variety of roles. I currently work at the Joondalup Police Station as a Police Prosecutor, which is a very challenging and shocking role, many are unsure what the role is, basically the charge is preferred by a police officer and my role is to present that charge to the court and prove the elements of the offence.
Motivation for School Board Membership
My motivation for being involved with the School board started a few years ago when some circumstances arose that I wasn't happy with, my thought process was I can either sulk and complain to others or I can get involved and understand the processes. This is what I did. I am not an educator, not overly business minded but I am there with the interest of our children and the parents. My motivation is to ensure the school is accountable and is staying on task to provide the best holistic school environment to our children.
I proudly joined Mullaloo Heights Primary School in October, 2016. I have vast experience in public school education having worked in a number of schools across two countries over the past twenty years. Throughout my education career, I have experienced many different roles including Deputy Principal, Level 3 Teacher, Specialist Teacher in Physical Education and Science, Curriculum Leader and Cohort Leader. My philosophy is driven by my firm belief that every student can succeed.
I have enjoyed many highlights in my teaching career, my first teaching position in a New Zealand school, merit select positions at Kinross Primary and Brighton Primary School (now renamed Butler Primary School) and I am extremely proud to now be a part of the Mullaloo Heights Primary School Community.
I look forward to working with staff, students and the community into the future to achieve the best possible outcomes for the students of Mullaloo Heights Primary School.
Throughout my teaching career I have taught across various year levels from Pre-Primary to Year Six in both a classroom teacher, and specialist teacher capacity. I currently teach in a Year 3/4 class at Mullaloo Heights. I also lead this phase group and I have enjoyed collaborating with, and mentoring colleagues in developing teaching and learning programs which have resulted in consistently high standards across the 3/4 phase. A highlight of my career to date has been my achievement of Level 3 teacher status in 2016. I have a particular passion for the English learning area and part of my Level 3 teacher role has seen me lead the English Curriculum at MHPS for the past three years.
27 Charonia Road
Mullaloo WA 6027
Phone: (08) 6206 2100
Early Childhood Unit: (08) 6206 2112