College Leadership

Meet our College Executive


Principal – Dr Peter Havel

Peter has extensive professional experience in both private and government education. He has been a Science teacher, Head of Department and a Principal for the majority of his career. As the manager of a WA government project, Peter led a team that identified a commonly agreed set of values that became part of the Western Australian Curriculum Framework. This framework guided teachers on how they could teach beliefs and values within a national curriculum.

Peter grew up in Balga, Western Australia and has a has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), in Science Education and Business (Organisation Change) from Curtin University of Technology, WA. He is committed to honouring Ellenbrook’s history and how the College fits into the suburbs history, building strong relationships within the community and continuing the grow the College’s reputation in the most positive way.

Associate Principal – Paul Clarke

Paul has worked at our College since 2012 and brings significant experience from a broad professional background in education.

The Department Of Education has employed Paul for over 35 years as a Teacher, School Administrator, Curriculum Consultant and Education Department manager. He has worked in schools, regional offices and central office.

Paul oversees many programs and facets of College operations including ICT teaching/learning and systems, human resources and student academic achievement.

Associate Principal – Leonie Richardson







Associate Principal – Nathan Brown

Nathan Brown is a foundation staff member at Ellenbrook Secondary College. He has undertaken many roles at the College since its inception in 2007, including classroom teacher, Team Leader, Head of Mathematics and Deputy Principal.

Nathan has managed a broad range of portfolios. He focuses on embedding the College’s key driving themes of Engagement, Success and Community into the teaching and learning programs. Nathan brings a wealth of contextually relevant experience to his position, with a large part of his work focusing on networking and creating links with the feeder primary schools to assist in the transition of students into a secondary school environment.

He is responsible for constructing the College timetable and subject offerings as well as the efficient provision of human and physical resources. He also manages several portfolios related to compliance, policy and procedure, and target setting and data analysis centred on the College and Learning Area planning processes.

Associate Principal – Matthew Baltovich

Matthew has been with the Department of Education since 2012 and has a wide range of experience in regional and metropolitan Western Australia.

He has a comprehensive understanding of secondary school processes and has a passion for ensuring the best educational outcomes for students through a focus on positive behaviour, engagement and mental health and wellbeing.

Matthew manages the Year 10-12 portfolio at Ellenbrook SC, overseeing Student Services and Senior School achievement and progress including WACE tracking, course counselling, Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Workplace Learning.

Manager Corporate Services – Diarmuid McDonagh

Diarmuid has over 20 years’ experience as a Business Manager in public, not-for-profit and private sectors leading and developing multi-disciplinary teams. His experience is further bolstered with a Bachelor of Business and Graduate Certificate of Educational Business Leadership. Diarmuid is responsible for the Corporate Services functional areas of Finance and Procurement, Human Resources, ICT Systems and Infrastructure, Marketing & PR, Campus Facilities and administration functions within the College.

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