School Board Members
Mathew Burt, Principal
Mathew has been working in public education in Western Australia for 20 Years. He brings experiences from a variety of contexts including leadership roles at Warnbro Community High School and Rossmoyne Senior High School, as well as a variety of portfolios and acting Principal-ships at Atwell College, Como Secondary College and Fremantle College. Mathew is committed to education in Broome with vested interest having a wife teaching English and a daughter at Broome Senior High School and a son currently at Broome North Primary School. As the leader of Broome Senior High School Mathew understands the school’s role in the community and the importance of the cluster, as with strong schools we build a strong community.
Shane Vujcich, Staff Representative
Shane was raised in Perth and has been involved in Public Education for just over 12 years. Having cut his teeth as a teacher at Carnarvon Senior High School (now Carnarvon Community College), Shane has been at Broome Senior High School since 2016 and specializes in Mathematics. Shane thoroughly enjoys teaching in Broome due to the tremendous support structures in place at the school and the facilities available in the Kimberley. Shane possesses a tremendous want to see students succeed and believes students can approach him at any time during the school day in their quest to be the best they can be. He is currently part of the Positive Behaviour Support Committee and the Aboriginal Education team at the school and feels both are highly beneficial to the relationships he builds with the students.
Elisabeth Lucke, Community Representative
For over 35 years Elisabeth has worked in the advertising and media industries, in agencies, and as a consultant. In 1992 she moved to Broome, where she held the role of Kimberley Regional Manager for GWN7 for 19 years. She has been involved in the delivery of major cultural and community events, as well as dealing with businesses, government and community entities across the region. A Kimberley Development Commission scholarship enabled her to complete the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ course several years ago. Elisabeth is parent to two children, both of whom are happily attending Broome Senior High School. She also serves on the Board of the Broome Chamber of Commerce & Industry, is a Justice of the Peace and is also involved in the strategic growth and delivery of the annual Careers Expo, hosted by Broome SHS in May each year.
Jeffrey White, Parent Representative
Jeffrey has lived in the Kimberley for 23 years and is the general manager at Kullarri Building Pty Ltd, which is a Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation business. He has two school-aged children of which one is now attending Broome Senior High School. With a strong interest in contributing to the local community, and after completing a three-year term on the Cable Beach Primary School Board, Jeffrey is keen to now contribute to the Broome Senior High School board. Jeffrey is a keen golfer and also enjoys cycling in his spare time.
Ashley Eastwood, Parent Representative
Ashley started visiting the Kimberley in 1987 and fell in Iove with the people, the rich culture and magnificent landscapes. Her family moved to Broome permanently in 2008. She has a daughter in Year 9 at Broome Senior and a son in year 7. Ashley is passionate about public education and contributing to the educational and life outcomes for Kimberley kids. She believes that having a high performing school that offers our children every opportunity to excel in life whilst also fostering care and respect for others can only enrich our families, our community and our future generations.
Professionally Ashley has worked in the public health system for more than 30 years and has 20 years’ experience in middle and senior management and is also a small business owner. She is active in the community supporting a number of not-for-profit organisations and has been the president of Broome Primary P&C. For the past 2 years, she has also held a position on the board of Broome Primary School.
Stephen Wicks, Parent Representative (Chairperson)
Stephen is a Broome resident of 19 years, has two children at Broome Senior High School and is keen to contribute to the school in any way possible. He works in the construction industry as a project manager for a local builder, where they actively promote the training and development of aspiring tradespeople, through apprenticeships and work placements.
Stephen is also a small business owner with his wife in a Physiotherapy Clinic.
In his spare time, Stephen enjoys sports and focuses on his fitness through distance running, cycling and golf.
He also sits on the committee for the local Golf Club, which has provided him with the necessary insight into the proceedings of boards and committees.
Tracey Taylor, Parent Representative
Tracey has lived in Broome for about 10 years and has three handsome sons and one amazing daughter ranging in age from eight to 20 years. She has two children at Broome Senior High School this year. Tracey’s always been involved in various boards around Broome and enjoyed meeting like-minded people and getting to really know and understand what is happening in town. She has been so impressed with Broome Senior High School so far and is really looking forward to supporting the teachers and staff to continue doing the amazing work they do.
Mel Marshall, Parent Representative
Mel is an archaeologist and has lived in the west Kimberley for the past 15 years, with much of this time spent living in the small community of Bidan (Bedunburru) near the Fitzroy River.
Mel works with Aboriginal rangers and communities in the Kimberley and Arnhem Land to look after cultural heritage sites. She supports numerous Aboriginal organisations with a range of associated activities, particularly the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC). For the past four years, Mel has been based at Nulungu Research Institute at The University of Notre Dame Australia where she recently completed her PhD, and where she continues to conduct most of her research today.
Mel married a Nyikina man from Derby and has four children, one of whom currently attends Broome Senior High School and the oldest is a recent graduate from 2017.
Mel has supported her children through distance education for nine years with Kimberley School of the Air. She also served on the school council for five years, was the President of the Isolated Children’s Parents Association for eight years, and has sat as a parent representative on the Broome Residential College board for two years. At the end of 2015, following in the footsteps of her eldest child, her younger children have now also started schooling in Broome. This move and two-hour long daily commutes illustrate Mel’s passionate commitment, to ensure all of her kids have access to the best education options available.