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Standing Commitee 

Ashley Coats

Chair, IB Schools Australasia
Head of Middle School, Mercedes College


Ashley has been teaching drama and English since 1994. His involvement with and teaching in the International Baccalaureate began in 2001 at Mercedes College in Adelaide, South Australia where he is currently the Head of Middle School. Ashley is an experienced teacher in MYP Drama, Film, Language and Literature and DP Theatre. 

Ashley has fulfilled the role of MYP Arts Moderator since 2003, MYP Senior Arts Moderator from 2006 until 2010, and MYP Arts, MYP Coordinator and MYP Implementation Workshop Leader since 2004. In 2007 he was also a contributor to a Teacher Support Material meeting in Cardiff that developed resource material for The Arts guide on the Online Curriculum Centre website. In 2008, Ashley contributed to the Arts Workshop Leader site on the OCC. Ashley has been a member of both the 2008 and 2014 Arts Guide writing teams. In 2013, Ashley was elected onto the IB Schools Australasia (formerly AAIBS) Standing Committee and is the current elected Chair.


Brett Darcy

Treasurer, IB Schools Australasia

Brett Darcy is the principal at Rose Park Primary, in Adelaide, SA, offering the PYP to Foundation to year 7 students. An inner city school held in high regard, with just under 600 students. He has been an IB principal since 2001, in his previous school offering the MYP to 6/7 and PYP to year 5. He currently serves as treasurer on the standing committee, and has done so since 2010. Brett is also a site visit team member for IBEN, and is in the application pool for consultancy and workshop leader training. He brings to the IB Schools Australasia standing committee over 28 years of experience as a State school principal in a career now covering 41 years. He will be retiring shortly from the principal role to devote more time to this committee and his work with IBEN, as well of course more time for travel and to see the grandchildren commence school. His main focus as a committee member has been the increase of school memberships and the development of new services to support these schools.


David Boardman

Secretary, IB Schools Australasia
Senior School Principal, Kristin School


David’s background is in Marine Biology and Oceanography and he has been involved with the IB since 2004, when he taught biology and science at Malvern College in the UK.  Early in 2007 he moved to Dunedin in New Zealand, again teaching IB Biology and became the IB DP coordinator in 2009.

Along with teaching biology, David is also an examiner and IA moderator and was asked to help in the evaluation of the new IA criteria for the Group 4 subjects in 2014, specifically in Chemistry.

In 2012, David was elected to the standing committee of AAIBS, taking up the position of secretary in 2014.

January 2016 saw David gain the position of Principal Senior School at Kristin School in Auckland, a 3 programme K-13 school of 1600 students, where approximately 100 students annually choose to follow the Diploma Programme in their senior years.  This is a position that will allow him to continue to have a strong relationship with the IBO, representing his school, New Zealand and also the wider Australasian region.


Susan Just

Immediate Past Chair, IB Schools Australasia
Principal, Lauriston Girls’ School

Susan Just began her teaching career in government schools in Queensland and has been an educator for more than 20 years.

Since then Susan has had extensive teaching and leadership experience in the independent school sector in Australia. She has been the Principal of three independent girls’ schools in Queensland and Canberra, and is currently at the helm at Lauriston Girls’ School in Melbourne.

Susan holds a BA (UQ), Dip ED (UQ), M.Ed Admin (UNE), Advanced Management Course (Harvard).

Susan’s strong areas of interest have been in curriculum and teacher development, and this has led to her participation on a number of peak educational bodies, committees and taskforces.  She has been actively involved in the Australian Heads of Independent Schools’ Association, the Association of Independent Schools both in the ACT and New South Wales, the Alliance of Girls’ Schools of Australasia and the Association of Australasian International Baccalaureate Schools.

Susan’s strong interest in the enhancement of STEAM in the education of young people has resulted in Lauriston Girls’ School establishing the first Fablab@school in Australia and a working relationship with Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education in California.

Students from Prep to Year 12 have access to the digital fabrication laboratory (FabLab).  The School’s Fablab Co-ordinator works with teachers in the primary and secondary years to develop cross-disciplinary activities that tie in with various aspects of the curriculum. Students undertake hands-on work in the FabLab to create new products, solve problems and combine technology with traditional hand tools.

Lauriston Girls’ School ran its inaugural Fablearn Australia Conference for educators in 2015 and a follow-up in 2016 to share best practice in digital fabrication and making.


Kath Kayrooz

Standing Committee Member, IB Schools Australasia
Principal, Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology


Kath Kayrooz, MHS., BEd., DipT is the principal of Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology (QASMT).  Kath is a highly experienced school leader with a passion for empowering and developing teachers and leaders. She completed her undergraduate studies as a secondary school teacher in 1987 and served across a number of Queensland schools as a change agent in student’s lives. 

In 1995 Kath moved to the USA completing her Masters in Health Science at the Johns Hopkins University.  Her dissertation ‘Dietary Fat Intake of African American Women’ focussed on educating African American women in nutrition and exercise so they could lead healthier and more fulfilled lives.

Upon return from the USA, Kath was appointed as the Head of Department Senior School Kelvin Grove State College and later Associate Principal. Both of these roles enabled Kath to ensure all students particularly women were on a pathway to success and also provided her with the opportunity to change how STEM was offered in the primary years. Kath challenged the teaching of science by introducing specialist science lessons in the primary years utilising middle and senior school science teachers.

In 2009 Kath was appointed principal Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology where she has continued to push the boundaries in developing a positive learning culture. In 2014 Kath accepted a secondment to work in central office as the IPS Principal Education Officer.  This position allowed Kath to work across all IPS schools in leading a school innovation and autonomy agenda.

Kath has demonstrated her commitment to empowering the status of girls and women by ensuring female students are provided with a variety of STEM opportunities, encouragement and support. Kath has continued to make an outstanding contribution throughout her career to improve both student and organizational outcomes. Her leadership approach centres on building a learning culture that empowers teachers and students and encourages each individual to reach their potential. Kath recently hosted the first STEM Girls Power Camp for 25 girls throughout Queensland. Kath was awarded the 2016 DET International Women’s Day Award for her endless commitment to empowering the status of girls and women, particularly in the field of STEM education. In July 2016 Kath was awarded with a Fellowship of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL). This award recognises members of ACEL who have made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of student and organisational outcomes through their leadership.

Kath is committed to providing opportunities for bright students in rural and remote locations and is now focused on leading a Queensland Academies selective entry virtual middle school ‘Brilliant Futures’ launched earlier this year.


Antony Mayrhofer

Standing Committee Member, IB Schools Australasia
Director of Learning Services, IB Diploma Programme co-ordinator, Head of Department, Theory of Knowledge, St Paul's Grammar School


Antony Mayrhofer is the Director of Learning Services and Diploma Programme Co-ordinator at Head of Theory of Knowledge at St Paul’s Grammar School, Penrith, Sydney, Australia.  He has had an interest in International Education since 1984 when he completed a trainee teacher practicum in a local non-government school in Mumbai, India.

Antony completed a five-year term as Deputy Chief Examiner of Biology in the Diploma Programme for the IBO in 2007 and as such was, and continues to be involved in curriculum design and assessment for the IB.  He has been an examiner in Diploma Biology since 1995 and a moderator of Biology Internal Assessment since 1997.

Antony has led teacher-training workshops for the IB in Diploma Biology and many other topics throughout the Asia-Pacific Region since 2000 at all levels of teacher experience. He has led online workshops in Diploma Biology Internal Assessment since 2009.  He has been a led Diploma Programme verification teams since 2003 on behalf of the IB.

Antony is a member of the standing committee of IB Schools Australasia. He has previously held the position of chair of this Association.

In his spare time he enjoys bushwalking with his wife and two children near his home in the Blue Mountains, West of Sydney.


Judy Rutter

Standing Committee Member, IB Schools Australasia
IB Coordinator, Head of Year 12, The Kilmore International School


Judy was educated in Australia at the University of Melbourne where she completed a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and Genetics.  After working at a Heart Foundation research institute for 5 years, she moved to the UK to complete a PhD at University College London, then worked in drug development in a private company.  She began her teaching career in Victoria, Australia in a government school but moved to The Kilmore International School (TKIS) in 2008, where the IB Diploma is the only senior qualification offered.  At TKIS, she has taught DP Biology HL & SL, Theory of Knowledge and supervised Extended Essays and CAS programmes, as well as taught middle and junior school science.  She is an examiner of the May Biology SL Paper 3.  Judy has held the positions of Head of Year 11 and Year 12, Head of Curriculum and IB DP coordinator (current role).  She is currently a workshop leader (for Biology, Coordination, Extended Essay, Approaches to Teaching and Learning)  and school visit team member with the IBEN network.


Suzanne Winthrop

Standing Committee Member, IB Schools Australasia

Head of Senior School, Saint Kentigern College, Auckland, New Zealand
https://assets.ibaustralasia.org/page/6/SuzanneWinthrop.jpgAppointed as Head of Senior School in 2002, Suzanne is a key member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) on the Pakuranga Campus and a member of the Saint Kentigern Senior Leadership Team, responsible for the strategic leadership over the 3 campuses. There are 960 students in the Senior School, 990 in the Middle School and 760 at the other 2 campuses (Pre-school – Year 8).

As the first female member of the SMT, Suzanne played a key role in 2003 in the introduction of girls to the College which had been single gender for the previous 50 years.

In 2006 Suzanne was tasked by the Saint Kentigern Trust Board to research an alternative qualification to the NZ qualification NCEA. Recommending the International Baccalaureate Diploma, Suzanne was then responsible for overseeing and managing the logistics of its successful implementation.

Suzanne oversaw the introduction of girls to the College’s Boarding House in 2011 and was Head of Girls Boarding for the subsequent 3 years.

Suzanne has a Masters in Education Leadership; a Bachelor of Arts; a Diploma in Teaching; a National Certificate in Business and a Post Graduate Diploma from the Bible College of New Zealand.

Apart from enjoying attending ISNZ, AHISA and Asia/Pacific IB Conferences the other most beneficial professional development Suzanne has attended was ‘Leadership: An Evolving Vision’ at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in July 2014.


Briony Morath

Standing Committee Member, IB Schools Australasia

Head of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, Newington College


Briony is a passionate IB educator who has spent the last 16 years working with IB programmes in a variety of roles.  She is currently the Head of IB Diploma Programme at Newington College, Sydney and teaches Economics and TOK.  From 2010 to 2014, her roles with the IB included the IB Asia Pacific Associate Diploma Programme Manager the IB Development Manager for Australasia.  She maintains her involvement in the IB community as an elected representative to the Standing Committee for IB Schools Australasia and is active in the NSW and ACT Diploma Programme Coordinators’ network.  In addition, she has been a Senior Examiner for Economics, is a current DP Workshop Leader, and has led School Authorisation and 5 Year Review Teams.  She was a member of the review panel for the current TOK syllabus and was also writer and designer of the current TOK Teacher Support Material.  She continues to be actively involved in writing workshops for the IB in a variety of areas.


Anne Wallington

Standing Committee Member, IB Schools Australasia

Head of Senior School, Methodist Ladies' College, Kew


Anne Wallington commenced at Methodist Ladies’ College, Kew, Victoria, as Head of Senior School in 2006. MLC is one of Australia’s leading independent girls’ schools, internationally renowned for its extensive curriculum choices, cutting edge approach to education, varied learning experiences and outstanding academic results. It has an enrolment of over 2000 students from Prep – Year 12 and offers three senior pathways: VCE, VCE VET and IB.

Prior to MLC, Anne was Head of Senior School at Lauriston Girls’ School. Anne holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a Graduate Diploma in Education Studies (Women’s Studies), a Graduate Diploma in Education (Economics and Studies of Society and Environment) and a Master’s Degree in School Leadership. Anne began her professional career working in sales and marketing with a large, multinational technology company. Her interest in girls’ education started through her short-term secondment to two university careers departments and developed in her post graduate studies. Her teaching methods are Economics (IB and VCE) and Australian History and for several years Anne was also an IB Economics Examiner. Anne particularly enjoys working with senior students and supporting them in their development and preparation for taking their place in the adult world.


Co-opted Members:

Assoc Prof Kay Margetts

Co-opted Standing Committee Member, IB Schools Australasia

Associate Professor Early Childhood Studies, Assistant Dean (International), Coordinator IB Programs Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne


An educator with more than 40 years’ experience, Kay was an early years teacher for many years before entering academia. She has recently been appointed Honorary Fellow in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education after 14 years at the University where she coordinated and taught in Bachelor and Master of Early Childhood and Primary teacher education courses in a range of subjects including child development, curriculum and pedagogy, and professional practice. During this time she held the positions, among others, of Associate Professor in Early Childhood Studies, Assistant Dean (International), and Director of International Baccalaureate programs. She was instrumental in establishing the first University programme in the world to provide teachers with postgraduate qualifications in IB education; initially the PYP and later the DP. Kay has taught and consulted in education in Australia, Singapore, UAE, China and Vietnam and has researched with colleagues in many other countries. She continues to research and supervise higher degree research students.


Kathy Saville

Co-opted Standing Committee Member, IB Schools Australasia
Deputy Director of Curriculum, Wesley College, Melbourne


Kathy Saville has been involved in education for over 25 years.  She has taught in kindergarten, primary and junior secondary classes, as well as undergraduate and post graduate students at university level. 

She is currently the College Teaching and Learning Leader at Wesley College Melbourne. Previously, she was Deputy Director of Curriculum and also the PYP coordinator at the Glen Waverley campus. She has worked with the PYP since its inception and is now also closely involved with the MYP and its implementation. She has a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education and Master of Educational Management.

Kathy is involved in many aspects of the IB. She has been a workshop leader for PYP for 10 years, is a visiting team member and leader, field representative, a consultant, has developed online and face-to-face workshops, has been involved in the review of the standards and practices, was part of the team that developed the Sharing PYP blog and was the IBAP PYP school representative sitting on the curriculum committee in The Hague for 2014 - 2015. She is a current member of the executive committee of the Victorian PYP network; was chair in 2010 and 2011; and, currently edits the newsletter, The PYP Inclusive. She has also recently been involved in elements of the review of the PYP.  Kathy has presented sessions at three IBAP regional conferences, two AAIBS conferences and co-presented a webinar for the IB early in 2016.  She works closely with IBEN to support workshop leader and site visit team member training.