College Board

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Chairman: Ms Libby Prell GAICD


Libby is an AICD qualified business and finance professional who lives in the Northern Territory. Her skills in corporate governance, accountability & strategic direction have successfully influenced not only her own businesses but has made invaluable contributions to community organisations. Libby is a firm believer in the critical importance that strong governance will ensure an organisation (of any size) can prosper in today’s volatile compliant environment. Libby’s believes in an effective Board with clear strategic direction and compliance reporting will give an informed & qualified CEO the platform to operate a successful organisation’.

Her early career in tourism & hospitality in Central Australia led to business opportunities in transport and construction as the co-proprietor of NT Link. NT Link is a specialised transportable buildings business primarily servicing the mining industry & governments in remote areas. It was established 30 years ago and currently employs 60+ people with operations in Darwin and Alice Springs. NT Link is part of the wider Smith Prell Group which owns commercial & residential property and BOO camps. Libby is current Chairman of Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, Board member of St Philips College and board member of Museums & Art Galleries of NT; she has served on the Development Consent Authority, has recently retired from her 6 years as Chairman of Alice Springs Steiner School and is a Life Member of Tourism Central Australia. She is an active supporter of the community professionally and philanthropically.  

Principal: Mr Roger Herbert M. Ed., B.A., Dip.Teach.

Mr Roger Herbert commenced as Principal of St Philip’s College on July 1, 2016.

Roger was previously Head of Timbertop, in Victoria, a co-educational Boarding School for Year 9 students which is part of Geelong Grammar School. It has a strong emphasis on Experiential Learning, Outdoor Education and Positive Education combined with a rigorous academic programme. He held that position for the past ten years, providing outstanding leadership and considerable stability.

Prior to being Head of Timbertop, Roger held a number of other positions of responsibility including four years as Head of Outdoor Education also at Timbertop as well as three years as Director of Operations at Prem Tinsulanonda Centre in Thailand and Director at Wollangarra Centre for Education. Roger holds a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Teaching and Master of Education in Educational Leadership.

Roger is married to Susan and has two sons, Jem and Mattie, and a daughter, Ellie. His interests include chess, musicals, many sports including cricket and Australian Rules Football (Melbourne), and exploring the world. 


His Honour John Birch B.Leg S and Dip.Crim

John is the Senior and Managing Magistrate based in Alice Springs. He has been a Magistrate since 2000 and was admitted to legal practice in New South Wales in 1980.

He has a background in many areas of the law including criminal law, civil law and areas of family.

John has two children at St Philip’s and has a strong vested interest in ensuring the College achieves its Vision Statement. In addition, John is a Director of the Connellan Airways Trust which provides grants to isolated persons to undertake programs for the community benefit.

John has been a member of the Board since 2013. He was also the Chair of the ICT Committee which navigated the College through the internet upgrade and ‘Bring Your Own Device’ policy change.

Dr Kevin Davis AM Hon. D.Ed, FACE, FAICD, TTC, B.Ed, M.Ed (Admin)

Kevin has more than Thirty years’ experience in senior executive positions. He has been Deputy Secretary of the NT Department of Education, Chairman of NT Housing Commission, Director of Darwin Institute of Technology, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Registrar of Northern Territory University and the General Secretary of Uniting Church Northern Synod.

He is active in the Community and is a member of a number of Boards. He is the Congregational Chairman of the Darwin Memorial Uniting Church.

Kevin provides consulting services in Governance issues, in particular the development of organisation constitutions. He has a wide experience in capital asset master planning and strategic planning. He has been involved in school policy development.

Kevin’s qualifications include a Teacher’s Certificate, a Batchelor of Education, a Master of Education (Educational Administration). He is a Fellow of the College of Education and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In 2003 he was admitted to the Order of Australia as a Member, for services to Education, particularly Aboriginal Education and to the Arts.

Ms Linda Douglas B.Ed, M.Ed

Ms Linda Douglas is currently the Principal of Ruyton Girls’ School in Melbourne. She has held a number of teaching and leadership roles at independent schools in Adelaide and Melbourne since completing a Bachelor of Education (Upper Primary/Lower Secondary) in 1987.

Linda has also had extensive involvement in the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) including delivery of teacher training courses and the global Primary Years Programme Committee in Cardiff, Wales. Her involvement in the IBO has provided her with the opportunity to work with a variety of different school in different settings.

In 1995 Linda completed a Master of Education (Curriculum) at University of Melbourne with a minor thesis entitled ‘Defining the characteristics of a good middle school in an Australian setting.’ Since her childhood, Linda has had a strong involvement in sport, as a competitor, coach, judge and administrator. She represented Australia in Rhythmic Gymnastics at the 1984 Olympic Games. Through her involvement in both sport and education, Linda has a passion for providing the next generation with the best opportunities to achieve their personal best and to be engaged and compassionate members of the community.                                                         

Mr John Huigen B.Sc., M.Sc., Grad.Dip. Audiology, Grad.Dip.Management (Business)

John’s career is characterised by significant achievement and service in complex, multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder, intercultural and often unpredictable environments through a combination of leadership, systemic and strategic analysis and action, innovation and entrepreneurialism, and capacity to bring disparate partners together to work for common purpose.

From senior management in the health, science and innovation environment from which Cochlear’s now globally dominant Bionic Ear emerged John then led and transformed a $100M Aboriginal Council and its subsidiary health service, airline, transport and fuel businesses.

As CEO of DKA, John grew a start-up committed to national innovation, intercultural advancement and collaborative impact – creating and driving new approaches to address ‘stuck’ problems in complex, intercultural remote Australia.

John’s capacity to represent, influence and build networks has contributed to business revenue and growth and extended organisational impact as well as offering opportunities to realise his passion to make a difference. Leadership and governance through board appointments in the health, not-for-profit, community based and research sectors has provided an opportunity to contribute beyond the workplace.

John is now applying his experience and skills through Huigen Advisory to help boards and senior leaders achieve their mission. John’s focus is on helping leaders achieve what they need, rather than shoe-horning people to fit ‘products’. To date this has meant helping leaders rethink their situation, establish a clearer understanding of where they want to ‘land’, helping to establish the strategy to get there and providing support, capacity and building the capability for leaders to lead that journey so that they and their organisation can thrive. He also works in achieving systemic change through collaborative impact initiatives. The University of Melbourne, ARUP, NT Education Department, Australia Post, Arup number amongst his past and present clients.

John continues his long-standing commitment to contributing the reframing on Indigenous affairs in remote Australia, innovating intercultural leadership programs, through his association with the Swinburne Leadership Institute, and harnessing the positive opportunities of technology.

Mr Peter Jones B.Ed, M.Ed, Grad Cert PSM, MAICD

After two years as a primary school teacher in Canberra, Peter came to the Northern Territory in 1977. The next eight years as a middle primary, Teacher-linguist and Assistant Principal at Maningrida in Central Arnhemland were filled with memorable experiences in working with Aboriginal people in support of improved education and social outcomes. Next came a year back in Canberra undertaking course work for a Master of Education qualification and undertaking evaluations for the ACT Schools Authority.

A move back to the Territory found Peter in the Education and then Principal Education Officer Bilingual Education roles with the NT Department of Education, before being the Manager of Aboriginal Education Programs and then the Director of the Schools Policy Branch, which included responsibility for Independent schools. An agency restructure saw Peter move to the NT Department of Justice where as the Director of Community Policy for liquor, private security, kava and escorts, more social policy work was undertaken.

Since 2008 Peter has served as the General Secretary/ Chief Executive Officer of the Uniting Church Northern Synod. He leads implementation of the Synod’s strategic directions through support for Presbytery and congregation mission activities, and is the Secretary of the Synod Standing Committee, the Finance and Property Services Committee and the Pastoral Relations and Placements Committees. Peter is the Chair, Board of Directors, Kormilda College, a board member of Nungalinya College and Aboriginal Resource and Development Services (ARDS). He is the Convener of the Uniting Church Task Group on Ministry in Remote Areas, and a member of the UCA Royal Commission Child Sexual Abuse National Task Group and chairs the Northern Synod Task Group. Peter is member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

As a key driver of governance reform processes within the UCA, Peter has developed and implemented reform options in the Uniting Church as well as in Indigenous social policy and education areas.

Mrs Vicki O'Halloran AM FAICD, BoCS, JP

Vicki is the Chief Executive Officer of Somerville Community Services. Somerville is an organisation providing a comprehensive range of services to people and their families in the Northern Territory.   Services include - Disability Services, Family Services and Financial Services. Vicki leads a team of 260 dedicated and enthusiastic employees.

Vicki is a strategic and passionate leader with grounded beliefs who contributes significantly to the overall social inclusion agenda, believing that inclusive societies are where diversity is valued and all citizens have the opportunity to prosper. She is also keen to motivate employers around the value of positive workplace relations and the mutual benefits for both employers and employees.

Vicki manages many other commitments, sitting on numerous boards and committees at both the local and national levels. Vicki is the current Chair of: National Disability Services Northern Territory (served as National President of National Disability Services from 2012-2015); the Northern Territory Government Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability Reform; the Northern Territory Government Red Tape Reduction Strategy NGO Advisory Council and the St Philips College Finance Committee.  Vicki is a Board Member of: National Disability Services; the Northern Territory Council of Social Services; The Essington School Darwin; St Philips College (Alice Springs) and the Northern Territory Water Safety Advisory Council. She is a Committee Member of: the Northern Territory Government Community Benefit Fund; the National Disability Insurance Scheme Pricing Committee; the National Disability Insurance Scheme Operations Committee; the National Disability Insurance Agency Independent Advisory Council’s Housing Innovations Working Group; the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Northern Territory and the AICD Not for Profit Chairs Forum. Vicki is also a member of the Children Australia Journal’s Editorial Board and has been a juror of the Australian Institute of Architects Northern Territory Architecture Awards.

Vicki was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2014 for her significant service to people with a disability.  She is a Justice of the Peace and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Vicki has a Bachelor of Children’s Services and a Company Directors Course Diploma.In 2015 Vicki was a state finalist for Australian of the Year. In 2013 she was appointed to the Northern Territory Government Events Ambassador Program, a position she held for two years.  Vicki was awarded the Telstra Northern Territory Business Woman of the Year in 1998.

Vicki lives in Darwin, where she has resided for 26 years, with her husband Craig and their daughter, Coco.  She has a strong commitment to achieving a healthy work/life balance and ensures there is quality time for her much loved family, friends and her garden.

Mrs Pippa Tessmann Grad Dip Phty (London) APA Sports Physiotherapist

Pippa Tessmann graduated as a Physiotherapist from the University of London in 1983. She is a College parent and joined the Board in June 2010. 

Pippa has been a member of the Alice Springs community since having set up a very successful Physiotherapy Practise in 1994. She is very skilled in dealing with sports injuries and is often providing support for major sporting teams and events.

As a professional member of the Physiotherapy Board of Australia, Pippa has a very positive national profile. Formally from England, Pippa's father was a Headmaster of a special school. Pippa has also been involved in Ross Park Primary School Council and is a strong, lateral, creative thinker.                                 

Mr Kevin Tutt B.A., Dip.Ed., M.Ed

Kevin Tutt is a coach, mentor and consultant.  Partnering with leaders, management teams and organisations, he advises, facilitates and empowers people to discover and implement revolutionary change.  With a focus on transforming organisations from the inside out, through strategic analysis and leadership intelligence, Kevin recognises that organisations are measured not only by financial prosperity, but also by having balance, contentment and organisational health.

Kevin has extensive knowledge in leadership and business development in educational environments across Australia. Most recently he was Headmaster of Prince Alfred College in Adelaide, and is currently Chair of the Australia Cambodia Foundation – a community development program operating Sunrise Cambodia at four sites in Cambodia.

During his time at Prince Alfred College, he is credited with overhauling the school's operations and curriculum and overseeing an extensive building works program, such as construction of a $15 million multipurpose gym.

Life Governors:

Mr Colin Gillmore AM (deceased)

Mrs Jan Heaslip OAM

Dr Charles Butcher OAM

Mr Chris Tudor AM