Leadership by many, not just a few

Hillbrook is led by not one, but five highly qualified and experienced people who make up the School Leadership team. Many teachers also take leadership roles, as well as the elected Student Representative Council and Sports Council members.


School Leadership Team

Maria Woods


Stephanie Munday-Lake

Deputy Principal

Mark Herriman

Deputy Principal

Bronwyn Wearne

Chief Financial Officer

Brent Durham

Chief Operations Officer

We live in a world characterised by uncertainty and change, but it’s also a world with many opportunities. We need to consider the kind of leadership this implies, and how schools can best prepare young people for it.

At Hillbrook we take the view that the great majority of people want to do well with their lives and will welcome responsibility, as well as the opportunity to show leadership by making a positive difference in their own lives and in the lives of others.

We believe that talent and creativity, in all their forms, are widely rather than narrowly distributed in the population. Schools are important communities for their students, staff and parents and these communities need to be essentially inclusive rather than exclusive.

These assumptions have led us to a ‘distributive leadership’ model which assumes that everyone can, and should, lead in their own way.

‘Leaders become great not because of their power but, because of their ability to empower others.’

John Maxwell

Kids working together at Hillbrook

At Hillbrook the definition of leadership is:

  • making a positive difference in the lives of others
  • valuing people ahead of systems
  • for many, not just a few
  • widespread ownership and input
  • shared responsibility
  • lead from where you are

‘If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more,
do more and become more, you are a leader’ 

John Quincy Adams

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