The Board

Jenny Boden (Secretary) 

Speech and Drama has always been a big part of Jenny’s life. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Natal in South Africa, majoring in Speech and Drama and English. She then completed a Higher Diploma of Education. Jenny has over 25 years of teaching experience in South Africa, Australia and Guam, USA. She has taught Speech and Drama and English to all grade levels, directed a number of full-scale productions and coached students for Eisteddfods in South Africa and Australia, and the National Forensic League in the USA. Most recently Jenny has taught English as a second language to adults. She is also a qualified Oracy Australia Assessor.

Marian Cockcroft (Treasurer)

Marian is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and qualified tax agent with a Bachelor of Accounting and Bachelor of Commerce. She has run her own accounting and tax practice in Perth for the last 14 years. Marian completed her articles with Deloitte firm of international accountants and then worked as the head office accountant for Nampak and Tiger Foods, both listed companies in South Africa. Marian has acted as treasurer for a number of not-for-profit organisations such as Save the Children and the Hale School rugby club.

Jane Gibbs (Chair)

Jane is committed to enhancing effective oral communication, particularly in young people.  With this in mind, after a professional career as a plant scientist both in university positions and in the commercial sector, Jane pursued her passion for the spoken word, and in 2018 received a Diploma in Performance and Drama (Teacher) from the AMEB, for which she was awarded the 2018 AMEB Award for Excellence in Speech and Drama (Drama and Performance) and the Speech and Drama Teachers Association WA Award as Best Drama and Performance Diploma candidate.  Jane has a doctorate from The University of Western Australia, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has experience as a director on the boards of several private plant science companies.  She is a qualified Oracy Assessor and a member of the Council of the Speech and Drama Teachers Association WA. She narrates audiobooks for Visability, WA and audio-describes theatrical works for the Perth Theatre Trust.

Jillian Gilbertson

Jillian has taught at Melville Primary School since 2016 developing programs that promote literacy and oral language skills for primary-aged students. In her teaching she has learnt how to differentiate between various year groups, learning styles and levels of ability when it comes to speaking and performing. Jillian’s role at Melville is also to support staff in teaching and assessing speaking and listening skills. Since 2018, she has devised oral language scope and sequences and rubrics according to the SCSA English curriculum and has run various PLs for staff. Jillian is passionate about her role as an Oracy assessor and what Oracy has to offer students in today’s climate. She looks forward to providing valuable insight from a mainstream drama specialist’s point of view and a school that considers oral language as a major priority.  

Andie Holborn

In her capacity as a Speech & Drama teacher and examiner Andie is involved in developing the creativity and communication skills of her students. She has been teaching Speech & Drama in Perth for 24 years, through her own practice – Expression Drama Studio. She also runs a Drama Club at St Mary’s Anglican School for Girls as well as an Oracy training programme for teachers and students. Andie is an active member of the Speech & Drama Teachers’ Association of WA, and has previously served as President and Committee member. Andie is also an Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) examiner and a qualified Oracy Australia assessor.

Jess McCarthy

Jess has over 15 years’ experience in brand, marketing and communications and loves making ideas happen. She holds a Masters in Human Rights and qualifications in marketing, brand design and photography. She is passionate about digitising businesses and harnessing emerging technologies. Jess is currently the Growth Manager for an international tech start-up with a focus on brand, user experience and strategic growth. Outside of the office she has a small dog photography business, Portraits for Dogs, and is on a quest to find the best Australian Shiraz.