Our Team


Executive Director
After attending Concordia College in 1977, John Proeve completed his Bachelor of Education (Physical Education)

and Masters of Education Administration. John started teaching at St Paul’s College Walla Walla in 1982 and has held positions at Redeemer Lutheran College Rochedale, Yirara College Alice Springs, and Principal at Cornerstone College Mt Barker. In 2012 John took up the position of Executive Director at Lutheran Education SA, NT & WA.


Strategic Leadership Director
Roger has extensive experience in areas including leadership, industrial relations,

human resources, organisational change, governance, strategy, advocacy, and issues management. Roger joined LESNW in 2018 after having been employed at AISSA for 17 years, the last five years as Deputy Chief Executive.

Roger appreciates the challenges and issues for Principals/Directors and Boards, having worked closely with leaders and boards in the independent sector for over 20 years.

Roger works closely with Principals/Directors and Boards on a wide range of areas.


Business Director
Brad has significant business and financial experience in the corporate and not for profit sectors.

He is able to provide financial and strategic leadership to LESNW member communities and
support Governance and Leadership to deliver sustainable business initiatives. Brad is a lateral
and strategic thinker who enjoys problem-solving and analysing data for business improvement.


Project and Operations Director
Steve specialises in strategy and project management and has extensive experience in all elements of a project from inception

through contract negotiation to design review and implementation, including procurement and contract management. He has an interest in master planning, contemporary learning environments and outdoor learning spaces.

Steve has been involved in setting and delivering strategic intentions and delivering on major projects for over 30 years. He spent 10 years in the Royal Australian Navy as a Supply Officer, working on major logistic and infrastructure projects, a decade as General Manager of a national horticulture maintenance and landscape construction company and the last 15 years in education.

Steve brings many years of experience to LESNW as the Strategy and Project Director and is a valuable resource for learning communities considering any element of the Business Planning Framework.


Educational Leadership Director
Mignon’s current focus in the organization is equipping leadership for the emerging future with Growing Deep (LEA)

providing the framework. The leadership development she leads focuses on systems thinking and systems sensing using awareness-based practices to nurture collective and individual leadership practice, unleashing collective creativity for innovation and improvement in learning communities. Leaders explore their role in cultivating a generative social field which is thriving supportive and compassionate and where all stakeholders share in the co-creation and implementation of a compelling vision for Lutheran education. The focus on leadership is not only to build leadership capacity within learning communities but to develop systems leaders who collaborate to enable each community to achieve its vision.

Mignon has developed a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise as a teacher and executive leader in schools and learning organisations in Australia and Singapore. She was employed by the International Baccalaureate for over 6 years as the Regional Manager for Asia Pacific supporting the significant growth and development of IB schools through-out the region. She also has and continues to, facilitate professional learning globally.

Mignon has a passion for promoting learning for our children’s future and to support LESNW learning communities “to become communities that value learning as God’s gift to people for their wonder, growth, and to inspire them to respond to the needs of the world”. (Growing deep LEA)


Education Leader
Andrew’s passion and speciality is curriculum development, design and support. He believes that education is about preparing and equipping

 future generations to live, work and prosper in an ever evolving world. Teachers and students are encouraged to embrace change as together they pursue academic excellence whilst giving them the tools to be part of a global community. He has a Masters in Educational Leadership and has a keen interest in pedagogical leadership, innovation and change management.

Andrew is currently an Education Leader for Lutheran Education South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia. He has extensive experience as a classroom teacher, and as a curriculum and pedagogical leader. In Indonesia he worked in IB schools, as a classroom teacher, curriculum coordinator and school leader. He is an accredited IB Educator (Workshop Leader, Consultant and School Visit Team Leader).

Andrew’s nearly 30 years of broad educational experience, enables him to be a valuable resource and support to teachers and leaders both in Australia and South-East Asia

Megan Fitzallen

Risk, Compliance and Communications Officer
Megan has diverse work experience encompassing customer service roles and administration in higher education, retail and industrial services.

She works effectively across teams and has both developed programs and mentored students in a tutoring capacity.

Megan is supporting the Regional Office and ELC staff driving the utilisation of CompliSpace services including Policy, Assurance and CompliLearn platforms. Megan will be involved in running refresher CompliSpace training at LESNW Head Office for new staff and building additional resources in the platforms for our Learning Communities to use. Megan’s technical expertise across the CompliSpace platforms will be available to assist Learning Communities.

With her blended background in administration and customer service, Megan has a passion for systems and for people which she is keen to share with our Learning Communities.


Education Leader
Current role – Facilitator of LEA Accreditation courses for Christian Studies teachers, Teachers in Lutheran Education, and ongoing

Accreditation Currency.  School assistance and workshop facilitator with Christian Studies Leaders and teachers. Current Research: EdD candidate – Flinders University, exploring the cultures in one Lutheran primary school in SA Previous Leadership roles: Christian Studies Leader K – 12, Professional Development Coordinator, VET Coordinator, Careers Advisor. AISWA Workshop Facilitator, MLATS Facilitator (MLATS = Mathematics Learning and Teaching for Success; AISWA = Association for Independent Schools in WA) Previous Teaching Experience at: (most recent at top) Living Waters Lutheran College, WA Faith Lutheran College, SA Good Shepherd Lutheran College, VIC Qualifications: MEd (ACU) Leadership Development Program (LEA) Assoc Diploma in Lutheran Education (ALC) BEd (SecBus) – SACAE Cert IV (Training and Assessment) – Tabor Over 30 years’ experience in Lutheran education in 3 states of Australia.LEA Accreditation status as a Christian Studies Teacher and Leader (ACL)

Joylene Leaney

Risk and Compliance Manager
Joylene specialises in Risk, Compliance and Change Management in particular utilising the CompliSpace platforms.

Joylene’s experience includes system development, project management, system implementation and data management and reporting. She is interested in developing and implementing practical solutions through systems and automation to capture evidence of compliance.

Joylene has worked across several sectors including mining, retail, banking and both secondary and higher education in systems development, data and system management. She spent 8 years working with Blue chip companies such as BHP, Mt Isa Mines, Unisys and Citibank developing code and implementing commercial systems. She then spent over a decade in Education both secondary and higher managing internal systems and data for internal and government reporting and over the past 8 years has worked with and continues to work with independent schools nationally in a consulting capacity to implement policy management and compliance systems.

Joylene’s experience can be utilised by any of the learning communities considering their risk and compliance obligations, change management and productive utilisation of the Policy, Assurance and Learning systems to assist with compliance and best practice.


Executive Assistant
Larissa worked as an Executive Assistant for 12 years and worked for the Lutheran Church of Australia for 11 years before starting in education.

She is always willing to help everyone find the right person to talk to, assisting wherever she can.


Early Years Facilitator
Lynette’s specialist area is the Early Years. She has extensive experience in leading and managing a quality service. This has included

the Educational Programming  and Practice, as well as Administration, Financial Management and Human Resourcing of the centre.

Lynette is a strong advocate of building strong and secure relationships with children and their families. She also has a keen interest in the development of outdoor learning spaces.

Lynette has been involved in the Early Years sector of LESNW for most of her 35+ years teaching career, with 22 years experience as a Preschool Director.


Spiritual & Cultural Leader
Stuart specialises in providing theological, pastoral and personal support to individuals and communities. He has interest and experience

in ministry, pastoral care and wellbeing. Stuart is regularly engaged to run theological development and spiritual retreats for all staff.  He is the regional manager for Connect (staff accreditation) and Valuing Safe Communities.

Stuart has been involved in providing pastoral support and encouragement for nearly 30 years. He spent 10 years as a parish pastor, 10 years as a college pastor, and has been in his current role at the LESNW Regional Office since 2013.

Stuart is a valuable resource for learning communities considering how Lutheran theology informs culture at all levels of their community.


Business Analyst
Simon offers a strong background in strategy analysis, financial leadership, audit, and entrepreneurial thinking, having worked with several companies

operating in the education and private sectors. As a Chartered Practicing Accountant with significant experience, Simon collects and interrogates learning community data, providing reports that offer opportunity for improved efficiency and financial sustainability and that can inform decisions and improve business practice.
Simon has considerable understanding and experience in the following business-related functions: Accounting and Finance Administration, Human Resources, Marketing & Communications, ICT, Property & Facilities, Risk Management, and Contracted Services.


Finance Consultant
Lindy provides a wide range of financial and administration support to schools and kindergartens and is part of the LESNW finance team..

Lindy has been a CPA for over 30 years and has been working in Lutheran Education for almost 20 years, firstly at Immanuel Primary School and now at LESNW.

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