School Board


The Perth Modern School Board was formed with the purpose of engaging in activities that will enhance the education provided by the school. The Board takes part in establishing and reviewing the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions. In addition, the Board participates in the planning of financial arrangements necessary to fund the school’s objectives, priorities and directions.

The Board meets regularly throughout the year with scheduled meetings and additional meetings to discuss specific issues. The Board meets to evaluate the school’s performance in achieving our objectives and inputs into discussions about the student code of conduct and dress code. The Board actively promotes the school in the community and develops suitable community partnerships.

Membership of the Perth Modern School Board comprises the School Principal, three staff members, one community representative nominated by the P&C, three elected parents, two student representatives as observers selected from Student Council, two members of the general community – one appointed from Modernians’ nominations and a representative from the elected Council of the City of Subiaco.

Please click here for the Terms of Reference for the Perth Modern School Board.

For an understanding of how the School Board, P&C, Finance Committee, School Executive, Student Council and Learning Area Teams work together to support students and provided effective school governance, see this diagram.


CHAIR: Dr Ken Michael AC - Community Representative and Alumni
DEPUTY CHAIR: Peter Farr - Community Representative and Alumni
SECRETARY: Craig Donovan - Parent Representative
Lois Joll - Principal
Dr Nicholas Waldron - Parent Representative
Ishtar Barranco - Parent Representative
Professor Paul Arthur - Parent Representative
Veena Mendez - Parent Representative
Professor Dale Pinto - Parent Representative
Meredith Eddington - Community Representative
Phil Marshall - President, Perth Modern School P&C
Chris Rapley - Staff Representative
Jarrad Strain - Staff Representative
Val Furphy - Associate Principal
Jan Fallows - Manager Corporate Services


Mr Malcolm McCusker, AC CVO QC

Malcolm James McCusker AC CVO QC was born in Perth, is a graduate of Perth Modern School, has a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Australia and is a Queen’s Counsel. Mr McCusker is well known for his successful representation of wrongfully convicted persons, in a number of high profile cases. Mr McCusker has received numerous awards and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to law and the community in 2005. He has received two WA Citizen of the Year Awards; the Civil Justice Award from the Australian Lawyer’s Alliance; Honorary Degrees from UWA and Edith Cowan University; and was WA Australian of the Year in 2011.

He is Patron of more than 100 community organisations including the McCusker Foundation for Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Landcare and is Chairman of the McCusker Charitable Foundation, his family foundation, which distributes substantial funds each year to worthy charities.

He has been involved in the surf lifesaving movement since 1955, and was awarded a Surf Lifesaving Bravery Award for the rescue of two people attacked by a shark. Mr McCusker is married to Tonya and together they have a young daughter, Mary along with Tonya's sons, Nikolas and James. His interests include the law, farming, chess, rugby and surf ski paddling.

Malcolm James McCusker AC CVO QC became the 31st Governor of Western Australia on July 1, 2011. His tenure ended in 2014.