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.
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.
Vanessa Carne-Cavagnaro – Secretary
Hello, my name is Vanessa Carne-Cavagnaro. I am a parent of a year 4 student at Rose Park Primary School. I am also an old scholar, but please don’t ask me in which year I graduated! I am committed to seeing RPPS achieve the best possible outcomes for current and future students, and for the wider community. I have been an active participant in our school community, helping at cake stalls/sausage sizzles, and serving as AusKick coach in 2016 and as a netball coach and manager since 2018.
In my professional life I work in the higher education sector, with almost 20 years of experience. I know the importance of a solid educational foundation when it comes longer-term educational outcomes; what we do at RPPS can have life-long benefits to our students and the wider community.
I am eager to hear from others so I can best serve a diverse range of views. There are a number of key issues I would like to pursue, which include seeking to best use the expertise of our parents and friends where applicable; supporting the health and wellbeing of our students and their teachers, and seeking external sources and grant opportunities.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Nick Palousis – Parent Representative
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.