Current members of the Rose Park Primary School Governing Council
Victoria Wallis-Smith – Chairperson
Hi, my name is Victoria and I’m the Chair of Governing Council. I was first elected in 2018 but have been involved in sub-committees prior to then.
My son is in Year 5 & my daughter started high school this year. Both attended RPPS since Reception – where have the years gone!
Outside of school, my husband (Sam) & I run a financial planning business. 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 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 we operate. With this groundwork done, we’re working on improving the communication between Council and the community.
Don’t hesitate to 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.
Michelle Morris – Parent Representative
My children are Charlotte (Yr 6), Eloise (Yr 4) and Lachlan Ling (Yr 2). Charlotte started at RPPS in 2015.
I was a parent class rep from 2017 – 2019, a member of the Education Sub-Committee during 2019 – 2020 and I currently Chair the OSHC Sub-Committee.
I am passionate about my children’s education, and I believe that parents have a significant role to play in the education of every child that attend RPPS. In my experience, RPPS parents are supportive, caring and 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 am friendly and approachable, and I have a good sense of humour. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or feedback.
Kerrie Davies – Old Scholars Committee Chairperson
I am a recently retired plant pathologist. My late husband Richard attended RPPS in the 1950’s, and our two boys (Andrew and Stuart) in the 1980’s/90’s. I was chair of the then School Council for three years, at a time when we were fighting for more land for the school yard, and have been involved with Old Scholars since then. I co-authored the School History, published in 1993.
Please contact me if you have any queries about Old Scholars and memories or memorabilia you would like to share.