School Board


Members of the School Board

Minutes May 20 2020

Minutes August 12 2020

Minutes September 9 2020

Chair of the Board

Jeremy Heng

I am a CPA qualified Finance Professional with 17 years local and international experience providing financial and corporate management across multiple sectors, most recently within the WA Public Health sector.

I enjoy participating in the community and have done so with non-profit organisations such as the WA Chinese Chamber of Commerce as part of the Youth Committee and academic institutions such as the Murdoch University Alumni providing mentorship and guidance.

It is my honour to be Chair of the Board at the North East Metropolitan Language Development Centre and bring my experience as well as parents’ views to the Board in contributing to the improvement of our children’s educational outcomes to ensure a well-rounded experience and ongoing support beyond the school.


Lisa Gannon

I am proud to be Principal at the North East Metropolitan Language Development Centre and bring around 30 years of experience in Education. I started my teaching career in a suburban city school, before moving to the country. My next 9 years was at the West Coast Language Development Centre as a teacher and deputy where I became interested in early intervention in both language and social development. I moved back into mainstream as deputy and principal where I used my knowledge to promote the development of these skills in students in mainstream schools.  My interest in this area brought me full circle and back to the North East Metropolitan Language Development Centre, where as principal I am focused on ensuring that our students are provided the best opportunities in the development of their oral language and social skills, whilst participating in a mainstream curriculum and developing and guided by strong core values.

I thank the NEMLDC Board for their commitment and dedication to our School.  Our Board conversations have led to some really great new school initiatives and improvements. Our Board members bring a wide range of skills and experience. A group of professionals, parents and educators presenting many perspectives to ensure that our students, your children, are in the best place to further develop their social, physical, emotional and academic capabilities.  

Community Member

Casey Magee (Curtin University)

I am a Senior Speech Pathologist at a multidisciplinary private practice and a Lecturer and Clinical Coordinator at Curtin University. I work with children with a variety of speech, language and literacy difficulties as well as consulting with schools. Many of my clients have benefited from the unique opportunities a Language Development Centre provides to learn in an environment with a focus on oral language and literacy. As well as working clinically, I teach Speech Pathology students and coordinate clinical placements within the Bachelor and Master of Speech Pathology courses at Curtin University. This involves working closely with supervising Speech Pathologists to ensure students are well supported throughout their practical learning experiences. I consider it a joy and privilege to work with the next generation of Speech Pathologists and to play a part in their development as future health professionals. I look forward to working with the NEMLDC School Board to deliver valuable outcomes to students, families and the wider school community.

Anna Taylor (Speech and Language Specialist)

My passion for working with children with speech and language difficulties in schools began when I joined the NEMLDC as a Speech Pathologist over a decade ago. I have recently joined the team at MultiLit, and am delighted to continue my connection with the NEMLDC as a Community Representative on the School Board.

To the Board I bring extensive experience in the delivery of speech pathology services in an educational context. I have ongoing interests in oral language and literacy development.  Having worked closely with children with Developmental Language Disorder for many years, I understand the importance of continued, high quality intervention and support.

I believe that when families, schools and communities work together children do better and are happier at school. As a Community Representative on the Board, I endeavour to strengthen the school’s capacity to best meet the learning and social needs of students.

Lisa Gibson (North Morley Primary School Principal)

Lisa has a holistic view of education. Academics, social skills and resilience are equally important for every student in schools to become positive and active community members. This has been developed from her experiences in teaching and administration over 25 years. Lisa wants to assist schools for a smooth transition for the language development students back into mainstream schools. She has a passion for assisting children to find their place in a school, to be their best and achieve their goals.

Parent Representatives

Fiona Butler

As a proud Mum of a NEMLDC student I am honoured to be supporting our school community in the role of parent representative.  Professionally I have worked in the field of communications for over 15 years, with experience in the not-for-profit, private and government sectors. Specifically, I have focused on leadership, executive communications, issues management, media relations and internal communications.

I look forward to using my skills, combined with my most important experience as ‘Mum’ to the role.

Tran Huynh


School Representatives

Annette Hopkinson (Deputy)

I started my teaching career with 3 years at a mainstream school in a small wheatbelt town, and then I applied for a job at the NEMLDC! I started here in 2002 and am passionate about working with children with DLD and their families to help them achieve to their full potential. I have worked across many different NEMLDC sites and all year levels. I have worked with the Outreach team delivering professional learning to staff from mainstream schools, both in the metro area and the wheatbelt. I have been the ICT coordinator, Technologies coordinator and STEM coach in the more recent years and I love to spark children’s curiosity and to encourage them to use their oral language to explore the world around them in interesting ways.
I am now a Deputy Principal and am privileged to be given the opportunity to support staff to make our school exceptional, and to be able to be there for students and families in their educational journey.


Victoria Bingham (Teacher)

Tarryn Jolly (Teacher)

I am a Year 1 Teacher at the North East Metropolitan Language Development Centre. Prior to becoming a teacher, I studied and worked in the legal industry. After a couple of years working in the legal field, I discovered that my heart belonged to teaching and decided to return to university to complete my degree in Early Childhood Education. Before commencing my role at the North East Metropolitan Language Development Centre, I taught for two years at a mainstream school.

I am passionate about providing my students with a nurturing learning environment. I feel honoured to work in a role that enables me to encourage children to reach their full potential.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, walking my dog and spending time with my family and friends.