Dr Karen Read


Dr Karen Read has been a secondary school Principal with the Western Australian Department of Education at Southern River College, Sevenoaks Senior College and Cyril Jackson Senior Campus. Karen is a passionate advocate for Public Education with equity of access to education for all students to all opportunities, irrespective of student social and cultural background, being her priority purpose.

Dr Read’s leadership roles have been at a District level as Director of Schools and Principal Consultant leading Principals with school planning reform. At a system level Karen was in a team of Principal Advisors, responsible for the leading the implementation of the student-centred funding model across schools in WA. Karen has been a consultant with the Department of Education and has facilitated the Leading Schools Improvement workshops with the Institute of Professional Learning; and has also been a school reviewer, reviewing primary and secondary Independent Public Schools.  Karen has lectured in the Masters in Teaching and Masters in School Leadership degrees at the University of Western Australia.

As a District Principal Consultant Karen has organized and participated in two study tours for Principals to visit schools across Australia, researching best practice of networked schools in delivering senior school reforms. Karen also recently spent two weeks in England visiting Universities and schools as a part of a UWA study tour. Her focus was on senior school including educational program delivery, assessment practices and school self-assessment processes, comparing this to current local and national practices in Australia.  Dr Read’s thesis, awarded in 2013 from UWA, focused on large scale senior school curriculum reform.

Amanda Reid


As a local Bassendean resident where she has lived with her family for 15 years, Amanda has a strong interest in the local community and Cyril Jackson Senior Campus and how they can mutually benefit from a strong and productive relationship.

Amanda is a director of GRA Everingham, a bi-partisan independent strategic advisory firm. She as previously worked in a senior advisor role in State Government advising WA Labor Premiers and Ministers, senior Federal Labor politicians; and as a communications consultant in a national government relations firm, as well as in corporate public relations and strategic media.

Amanda sits on several boards and is currently a non-Executive director of we the people, a board advocating for the people of the East Metropolitan Region through research and human connections.

She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Journalism and Politics from Curtin University.

Vanessa Hopes

Deputy Chair – Student Representative

A current Visual Arts/Media student at Cyril Jackson Senior Campus, Vanessa has over 15 years’ experience in the music industry as a singer/songwriter and producer.

In 2016 while studying at Cyril Jackson, Vanessa released her self-produced debut album ‘Free’ and has recently taken out the 2017 nationally ran competition ‘One Eye On The Stranger’ for her hit single ‘Home’.

She has previously worked with the likes of Archie Roach, Kav Temperley and is looking forward to working with Spiderbait’s Kram resulting from her recent WAM win.

Vanessa has a strong passion for the community, drawing on her past and role as a mother for inspiration. She is an active member of the local community, tutoring at-risk youth and acting as an ambassador for Drug Aware, among other roles.

As a student body representative, Vanessa is an advocate for her peers and the wider community. She brings enthusiasm, passion, leadership as well as the ability to tackle anything by thinking outside of the box.

Tamika Byrne


Tamika and her family relocated from a remote town in the State’s Mid West a couple of year ago to take up a position with Cyril Jackson Senior Campus in as Manager Corporate Services and also Secretary of the Board.

She has a strong commitment to providing a supportive environment for students and creating opportunities and growth for the campus.

Tamika’s experience brings knowledge from managing a corporation in the private sector and working with various government agencies including WA Police and Department of Housing and Works before commencing with the Department for Education.

She is also a strong advocate for volunteering in the community and has been involved with a range of sporting committees, and worked as a volunteer ambulance paramedic for three years in conjunction with providing support to the rural fire brigade.


Belinda Stewart

Staff Representative

 After teaching in the Intensive English Centre for almost 15 years, in 2016 Belinda was appointed as its Deputy Principal. She is responsible for more than 30 teachers and education assistants who all work to provide the best possible educational outcomes for newly arrived migrant and refugee students.

Prior to taking on this leadership role Belinda was a Level 3 Classroom Teacher and taught at all levels of the program over my years in the IEC.

Through the board Belinda has been able to advocate for the needs of these students and has appreciated the support of the board in setting up a grant and fundraising to help students access subsidised driving lessons.

She’s a passionate advocate for students from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and have been involved in WATESOL, the professional association of teachers of English as a second language for 15 years, taking on a range of rolls on the committee.

Through this committee Belinda has been involved in the successful lobbying of state and federal governments and the Department of Education to make changes to support CALD students’ educational opportunities, as well at providing professional learning for teachers of CALD students.

Teresa Porter

Staff Representative


Bio to follow.

Vanessa Buemi

Staff Representative


Bio to follow.

Mohammed Hadi Rahimi

Community Representative

Hadi was born in Afghanistan and came to Australia four years ago through a humanitarian support program. He is now a permanent resident.

His support and enthusiasm for community work, especially his involvement with Cyril Jackson Senior Campus students, has given him the confidence to better interact with different ethnicities and cultures.

Hadi’s bilingual skills and his competency in several languages such as English, Urdu, Persian and Hazaragi have given him the tools to communicate with students and create strategies for multicultural students in transitioning from high school to a tertiary education environment.  Hadi also loves to advocate for EAL/D students, people with disabilities and LGBTIQ community.

He is currently volunteering for St John’s Ambulance services as an Event Health Officer and through his community work he has been chosen to take part in the Red Cross’ youth migration program.

Hadi graduated from Cyril Jackson Senior Campus in 2016 and will start his Paramedicine degree with Edith Cowan University in 2018.



Paul Waterson




Bio to follow.