Board & Staff

  • Dr Donna Barwood


    Donna is the Coordinator of HPE at Edith Cowan University, and in the past has taught in government, Catholic and Independent private schools, including the the role of Head of Department at Iona Presentation College.  Donna has  been a Curriculum Writer and Senior Project Officer with the DoE, and as a writer with ACARA developing the Australian Curriculum for HPE.

  • Matthew Shields

    Vice President

    Matt has taught HPE in a range of settings and is currently a Principal Consultant for Learning Area Partnerships within the Department of Education (DoE). In this role, he is responsible for leading the DoE’s support for PP- Yr 12 in the HPE learning area, and has a key role in coordinating programs related to the HPE curriculum, specialist teaching services, and professional leadership. Matt is extremely passionate about providing positive learning and growth experiences for all students to enable them to live healthy lifestyles.

  • Matthew Donaldson

    Board Member

    Matthew has been teaching PHE at Presbyterian Ladies’ College for the last 13 years. He is an International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum Workshop Leader for the Asia Pacific region, a PHE Building Quality Curriculum examiner, and a Sessional lecturer at the University of Notre Dame. His passion is to create digital content to facilitate learning and skill development, and is an author of HPE e-books.

  • Jamie Blanchard

    Board Member

    Over the last two decades Jamie has worked as a local and Northern Territory (NT) government public servant in a range of governance roles, as well as a lawyer for commercial and property litigation. Whilst in the NT, Jamie was a board member for the Heart Foundation of Australia and has more recently managed governance at the City of Swan. In his spare time, Jamie enjoys competing in marathons and ultra-marathons!

  • Karen Layman

    Karen Layman

    Board member

    Karen has been a HPE teacher and member of ACHPER for over 20 years, working extensively in Outdoor Education, PE, Health Ed and PE Studies. Over the years, Karen has held various positions including House Leader and Year Coordinator, and is currently working at Peter Carnley Anglican Community School. While raising two energetic boys, Karen enjoys teaching at the grass roots level and views teaching as a profession of optimism…she loves engaging with the positive people of the future.

  • Sian Chapman

    Board member

    Sian is a Lecturer in Health and Physical Education at Notre Dame, with over 20 years experience teaching movement and dance across kindergarten to Yr 12. She has also worked as an Education Measurement Officer for the Department of Education.  Currently completing a PhD in Education, Sian’s research interests lie in understanding contextual factors that impact on curriculum implementation in schools.

  • Mitchell Harvie

    Board Member

    Mitch is the head of Health and Physical Education at Aveley Primary School and is also on the School Board. He has a passion for HPE and Leadership, and is actively involved in the HPE community including holding roles as the Ellenbrook Network Coordinator, School Sport WA Cell Leader, and as a Tertiary Tutor. Mitch has also been involved with ACHPER WA as a past conference presenter, and created the “Perth HPE teacher” Facebook group with fellow board member Nathan.

  • Steve Galvin

    Board Member

    Steve is currently the Senior Secondary Coordinator at Churchlands SHS having come from a strong background in HPE leadership. Steve is a passionate advocate of PE development, pedagogy and assessment and has been involved in marking both the practical and written WACE exams, developed and implemented Certificate and ATAR courses across schools and worked with ECU on their research in Forms of Digital Assessment for PE. Steve remains committed to seeking ways to further develop the HPE experience for students and the positive, lifelong outcomes that it provides.

  • Nathan Trengove

    Board member

    Nathan is a HPE teacher and member of the Student Services team at Warwick Senior High School. Having worked in the health sector for a number of years in various management roles he decided to join his wife and became a teacher. Nathan’s professional interests include investigating ways to utilise ICT in the teaching and assessment of HPE curriculum, engaging girls in PE and improving the skills of ATAR Health Studies teachers. He is heavily involved in School Sport WA basketball and spends his spare time chasing after his wife and 2 children.

  • Rolanda Geneff

    Rolanda Geneff

    Board member

    Rolanda has previously taught HPE and Dance for over 10 years, and been responsible for the implementation of a full Secondary Dance Curriculum.  She has also lectured at ECU in Secondary HPE and Primary education, worked on the CAPANS study, and worked as a Project Officer at Notre Dame University.  As an active ACHPER member since 1993 and recurrent board member, Rolanda has coordinated our Primary and Secondary Dance Festivals for over a decade.

  • Mikala Dinka

    Staff: Marketing and Communications

    Mikala is an Exercise Physiologist by qualification, who over the last 15 years has delivered and designed health and injury prevention programs for large businesses, and seen most of remote WA with FIFO. Mikala has extensive experience in Product Design, Research & Development, Digital Media, and Marketing for small business.  As an avid Netball fan, Mikala is a long term player and committee member for club Netball.