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HICES Chair - Mr Bill Low - Central Coast Grammar School

Bill Low became the third Headmaster/Chief Executive Officer of Central Coast Grammar School in 2008.

A former Headmaster, he has taught in schools and universities in South Australia and came to CCGS from senior executive roles for the Department of Education including: School Education Director for the Hunter/Central Coast region; and State Director of Early Childhood and Primary Education.

Bill's decisive, strategic, educational leadership and ability to build commitment and support for ambitious improvement ensures that CCGS is an outstanding institution, synonymous with excellence in teaching and student outcomes. He is committed to continually improving all facets of CCGS to make it the best it can possibly be.
Bill serves the wider education community as:
  • Chair of Heads of Independent Coeducational Schools (HICES)
  • Executive Member of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools in Australia (AHISA)
  • Chair of the Association of Independent Schools (AIS) NSW Centre for Excellence
  • Member of the AIS NSW Advisory Council
A Churchill Fellow, Bill is passionate about the school taking a leadership role in advancing the social and economic development of the Central Coast region.

HICES Secretary - Mrs Erica Thomas - Newcastle Grammar School
Mrs Erica Thomas became Head of Newcastle Grammar School in October 2014. Her long history of leadership in Independent Schools in NSW before her appointment at Newcastle Grammar School, uniquely placed her in a position to prepare and develop the strategic direction of our School. Erica is a passionate educator who enjoys her daily interactions with students and staff. She actively encourages students to think outwardly and flexibly as they prepare to meet the challenges of a changing global environment. Since 2014, the School has undergone strategic and master planning, has introduced the world class Positive Education approach for student wellbeing, joined the Round Square organisation and consistently achieved outstanding academic results. Newcastle Grammar School is the leading K-12 Independent School in the Hunter Region where the School's extensive and unparalleled academic and co-curricular opportunities provide students with the freedom and support to embark on their own outstanding futures.
Erica contributes to the success of education in our region through her involvement on the Executive Committee of the Hunter Region Independent Schools (HRIS) and co-education in NSW through leadership in the HICES Organisation (Heads of Independent Coeducational Schools). She is currently a member of the Association of Independent Schools Advisory Council.

HICES Treasurer - Mrs Naomi Wilkins - Oran Park Anglican College
Naomi has an industry and Science teaching background and has worked in both public and independent schools in Sydney. As a Christian educator and leader she seeks to inspire students and staff to make a difference in the world as life-long learners who use their God-given talents to serve their communities.
Her goal is to see all students grow as individuals; intellectually, socially and ethically, and as contributors to society. Naomi encourages staff and students to have a growth mindset which acknowledges that our abilities can be developed through quality instruction and perseverance and practice.
Naomi leads a college that inspires all students, and teachers, to be risk takers in their learning and respond to mistakes as learning opportunities.  She also longs to see her students challenged to develop the skills and consciousness of how they can help people in need both locally and globally.  Naomi believes service learning orientates students towards citizenship and moves their thinking from self-interest to what benefits the whole of society.

HICES - Dr Andrew Bell - Snowy Mountains Grammar School

Andrew Bell was appointed as Principal of Snowy Mountains Grammar School in January 2012 following his role as Deputy Headmaster of Saint Stephen’s College, Gold Coast.  Early in his career Andrew held the middle leadership positions of Head of Year, Head of Health and Physical Education, and Director of Sport, for more than a decade.

Over recent years, Snowy Mountains Grammar School has continued to be recognised and awarded nationally as one of the leading schools in Australia. Accolades for the school include “Innovative School of the Year” several years running; also a national finalist as: “Regional School of the Year”, “Best Co-curricular Programs” and winner of “Boarding School of the Year”.  Andrew sees this as a reflection of the cohesive teamwork achieved by a dedicated staff who consistently go the extra mile for students and families.

Andrew also achieved the not-so-small task of completing his Doctorate at the University of New England while Principal of Snowy Mountains Grammar School. He researched the ‘attributes of expert teachers in independent schools’ to better learn those characteristics and practices of the very best teachers in the profession, interviewing teachers and leaders at some of the highest-performing schools in the country.  His dedication to learning and ensuring that all students at Snowy Mountains Grammar School have unimaginable opportunities in a wide range of interests is steadfast. It also inspires the confidence of all staff to work together with an aligned vision for Snowy Mountains Grammar School as a remarkable school to meet and exceed the needs of local students and distant boarders alike. Andrew is committed to continually improving all facets of the educational environment so that all members of the school community thrive.

HICES - Ian Wake - St Paul's Grammar School

Previous to commencing as Principal at St Paul’s Grammar School, Mr Wake was the Principal of William Carey Christian School for 9 years, which is a large co-ed Christian school in the south-west of Sydney.

Mr Wake commenced at St Paul’s Grammar School in 2016. St Paul’s offers the International Baccalaureate programmes continuously from Pre K – Yr. 12 as well as the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) curriculum.

Mr Wake has a Science degree and a Master of Arts from Macquarie University and started his teaching as a Chemistry and Biology teacher.

Ian also serves as:

  • Chair of AHISA NSW Academic Committee
  • Member of the AIS Advisory Committee
  • Chair of NSW/ACT Heads of IB Schools
  • Member of AHISA Executive Committee

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