Current members of the Rose Park Primary School Governing Council
Victoria Wallis-Smith – Chair
Hi, my name is Victoria and I’m the Chair of the RPPS Governing Council. I was first elected to Governing Council in 2018, but have been involved in sub-committees prior to then.
My son is in Year 4 & my daughter is in 7 with both having attended the school since Reception – where have the years gone!
Outside of school, my husband (Sam) & I run a financial planning business. I’ve been involved in the business for 12 years. Before children, I was a civil engineer, working in project management, strategy and policy development. Other than that, I love cooking, wining & dining, and travel – ideally combining all!
During my time on Governing Council there’s been a strong focus on clarity of roles, and process – with a great deal of work being done behind the scenes to modernise the way Governing Council operates. With this groundwork now done, we’re working on improving the communication between Governing Council and the school community.
The website is a great source of information for parents but please, get in touch if you have any suggestions, questions or feedback.
Nick Palousis – Deputy Chairperson
Nick Palousis is the proud father of two bright little girls, one of whom is in Reception at Rose Park Primary School in 2020.
Nick is a serial entrepreneur and qualified nerd. He is the CEO and founder of 2XE, an award-winning consulting firm that combines technical expertise, commercial savvy and entrepreneurial spirit to help its clients maximise their productivity and capacity for growth. To date, Nick and his team have worked with over 500 organisations across Australia.
Nick has degrees in Mechatronics Engineering (First Class Honours) and Mathematical & Computer Science. Being an engineer by qualification, Nick takes methodical approach to the development of business strategies that are both practical and bold. To Nick, being a business strategist is more than just a job – it’s a reason for being. Over the past 15 years he’s applied his skillet to almost every major industry sector, both nationally and in over ten countries. His work has been recognised through numerous awards, including a British Council Eureka Prize, and invited to contribute to projects that influence the global economic agenda via the World Economic Forum. Nick is a former Young South Australian of the Year and 2018 recipient of a Climate Leaders Award from the Premier of South Australia.
Todd Ballinger – Treasurer
I am Todd Ballinger and I have two children, a daughter in Year 3 at Rose Park Primary School and a son attending ELC. I have held the role of Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee since 2019.
I am a Chartered Accountant specialising in advising commercial and not-for-profit businesses on corporate strategy, risk management, finance systems, and business reviews.
In 2016 I founded a management and finance consulting firm ‘Innovate Business Solutions’, following 10+ successful years working in commerce as a senior finance executive. My experience spans across a diverse range of industry sectors including retail, wholesale, distribution & logistics, agriculture, mining services, education and not for profit organisations
I strongly believe that a quality education has a profound impact on future pathways for children. I advocate for families and communities to collaborate and actively be involved in their child’s education.
As an elected Governing Council member, I endeavour to contribute positively to the Rose Park Primary School community and welcome any feedback.
Kirsty Stewart – Secretary
I have been a part of the RPPS community for the past 5 years, with my eldest child Loughlin in year 5 and my youngest one, Emma, who is in year 3.
I have been a member of the OHSC sub-committee for the past 2 years and have been able to assist Billy with the employment law aspects, as that is my profession. I am a barrister specialising in employment law. I have been a lawyer and have practised in the law for the past 20 years, both here in Australia and in my native Scotland.
I believe my skill set (and personality!) is well suited to being a parent representative. The school has undergone a variety of changes in the preceding 5 years and I am very pleased to be involved in its governance.
Anthony Alexopoulos – Parent Representative
I am currently in the role of Treasurer on the RPPS OSHC Committee and I also sit as a Parent Representative on the School’s Finance Committee. These existing roles have given me the opportunity to contribute to RPPS, and I would love to further assist by drawing on my previous financial, accounting, audit and operational management experience.
I have a Bachelor of Commerce, with a major in Accounting, and have worked in both Chartered firms, large listed companies, and most recently running a family business. I have 2 daughters at RPPS (in grades 1 and 3).
Reza Bradrania – Parent Representative
I am a parent of twin kids at Rose Park Primary School. I have had the privilege to support the school community in a variety of volunteer positions over the previous years, including my current role as a member of the Finance Committee and member of the Governing Council.
As a councillor, I continue my active role in the community and ensure that RPPS will continue to rank as one of the best in the state. This rank is because of the dedicated parents, leadership, teachers and staff. In the council, my aim is to facilitate collaboration among all stakeholders to provide the best opportunities for our children in a safe and supporting environment. I believe this will be achieved by focusing on the needs and welfare of our children (academic curriculum, arts, sports, and other extracurricular activities). From my past RPPS experiences, I am aware of opportunities and challenges that lie ahead of the school.
As a banker and management consultant, and now an academic in Finance, I have worked in various environments and been involved in different committees. I will leverage my expertise to help the RPPS community to come together and meet those opportunities and challenges to provide the best environment for our children to learn and prosper.
Emma Fletcher – Parent Representative
Emma is Co-CEO of Australia’s leading deliberative democracy company – democracyCo. In this role she designs, and project manages large and complex engagement projects.
Emma’s background is in public policy, having worked at the highest echelons of the public service in South Australia and abroad. Emma has an unparalleled understanding of the workings and challenges of government having worked across many different areas of policy, inter-governmental relations, politics and in Parliament.
Between 2010-2014 Emma headed up the South Australian Government’s centre for community engagement– the Participation and Partnerships team.
Under Emma’s leadership the team was recognised by the United Nations, receiving a second placing in the category “Fostering participation in policy making through innovative mechanisms“. Her team also received an award from IAP2 International for best practice community engagement and a commendation from the Future Gov 2.0 awards for leading use of social media bey government in Asia Pacific and was recognised nationally for the best open data initiative ‘Unleashed’.
She also worked for the Upper House of Parliament in NSW running parliamentary inquiries, in the United Kingdom for the National Health Service and headed up a policy team within Cabinet Office negotiating agreements with the Federal Government in the areas of education, training, housing and Aboriginal affairs.
Dev Kumaria – Parent Representative
I am Dev Kumaria and a member of RPPS Governing Council and the chair of OSHC sub-committee. My son has been at RPPS since reception and is currently in year 2 at the school.
Prior to being on the RPPS Governing Council, I was a GC member at Marryatville High School for a 2-year tenure, where my daughter is currently a year 12 student.
I am a techno-commercial professional, having worked across 4 countries with 18+ years in technology, telecom and innovation. Currently I run a SMB that provides B2B SaaS Solution, prior to that I was State Manager for a leading Australian retailer managing SA-TAS-NT, going a bit further back, I was Director Strategic Partnerships (New Business & Innovation) for a leading telecom business.
It is my privilege to serve our vibrant community and I am available for a chat or you could email me at email@example.com if you have any feedback and / or observations you would like the Governing Council to know and / or address with our school.
I look forward to working alongside the community.
Michelle Morris – Parent Representative
My children are Charlotte Ling (Year 5), Eloise Ling (Year 3) and Lachlan Ling (Year 1). Charlotte started at Rose Park Primary School (RPPS) in 2015.
I am passionate about my children’s education, and I believe that parents have a significant role to play in the education of the community of children that attend RPPS.
In my experience, parents at RPPS are supportive and caring and are keen to participate in our school community as parent representatives, as coaches and managers of co-curricular sport, and as members of the RPPS committees.
I was a parent class rep from 2017 to 2019 (inclusive) and a member of the Education Sub-Committee during 2019 and 2020. I have recently joined the OSHC Sub-Committee, and I look forward to working with Billy and his team.
I am a solicitor who has worked in private legal practice for about 20 years. More recently, I have been employed to work in two family owned businesses: as a consultant in a forensic accounting practice, and as a manager of a regional hotel.
I am friendly and approachable and I have a good sense of humour! I also have a transferrable skill set that I would like to offer the school community as a parent representative on Governing Council.