Meet the Team

Abbey Barrett

Abbey is the principal and Head of College at Skillset Senior College. Abbey is a clinical councillor with over 19 years experience. Abbey has been instrumental in creating a school which is student centred and wellbeing focused. Under Abbey's leadership the school is quickly being recognised as one of the best alternative schools in NSW.

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Martin Hughes

Dr Martin Hughes is our Head of Research & Development. Martin has a wealth of experience handling data and publishing manuscripts in international peer-reviewed journals. Martin oversees any research activity being carried out at the school and is the point of contact for our research projects at SSCRI.

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Head of College

Abbey Barrett

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Jaye Shean

Jaye is our Head of Wellbeing and is also a trained school chaplain. Jaye brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team and has been instrumental in embedding wellbeing strategies at SSC. Jaye will lead our resilience training team in our current AISNSW research project.

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HEAD OF Wellbeing

Jaye Shean

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Head of R&D

Martin hughes

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Chris Harris

Chris Harris is the Lead Teacher at  Bathurst Campus. Chris teaches Science & Mathematics and has a background in Law, having practised as a solicitor in NSW for 4 years prior to teaching. Chris is passionate about research as he wants to make a difference in young people's lives and implement strategies that are based on empirical evidence.  

Lead Teacher

Chris harris

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Adam Ryan

Adam Ryan is our Agriculture teacher and has recently joined the Skillset Senior College team in Bathurst after spending 10 years at Carenne school providing learning and teaching for young people with disabilities. Adam aims to shape the lives of young people by teaching them a range of academic, soft and practical skills.

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Jonathan Hosking

Jono is our PDHPE & CAFS teacher at our Bathurst Campus. Jono will also be leading one of our intervention groups for the AISNSW research project. Jono is passionate about evidence-informed intervention and is excited about being part of research that can improve the lives of young people globally.

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Agriculture 

Adam Ryan 

PDHPE & CAFS

Jonathan Hosking

Damian Wilesmith

Damian has been with Skillset since its inception 5 years ago. Damian is a creative teacher constantly pushing the boundaries of classroom delivery. Damian's vast range of skills has allowed students to design houses using

computer software, animate presentations and record and film short movies using green screens.

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Sarah Bradbury

Sarah is our student liaison officer and usually the first point of contact for our new students. Sarah has vast experience in student pathways beyond school and gives our students invaluable support and advice during their time with us. Sarah is also an asset behind the scenes ensuring the school runs like clockwork.

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Maths & Computing 

Damian wilesmith

Student Liaison

Sarah Bradbury

Meg Hitchick

Meg is our campus coordinator at Bathurst. She is a Science teacher and also a fully qualified midwife. Meg took a short hiatus from Skillset to pursue midwifery however returned to the school as Campus Coordinator in 2019. Meg is passionate about science, data and conducting research that can make a difference.

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Campus Manager

Meg Hitchick

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Lisette Dale

Lisette Dale is our Head of Learning Support and also an English teacher at SSC. Lisette has been with Skillset for over 3 years. Lisette has transformed our LS team after taking on this role and is interested in studying what effective learning support looks like within a school setting. Lisette is keen to investigate the effectiveness of learning support on numeracy, literacy and social adjustment

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Head of Learning Support

Lisette Dale

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Bill Tink

Bill joined SSC from Kinross Wolaroi in 2019 and has quickly established himself as an innovator at our school. Bill is passionate about literature, history and art. Last year Bill managed to get Skillset into the Archibull prize, making SSC the only school West of the Blue Mountains to be involved.

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English & Art 

Bill Tink

Linda Fenlon

Linda joined the SSC team in 2019 and has quickly become a student favourite with her warm personality and infectious laughter. Linda is a valuable member of the learning support team and also responsible for manning the schools reception.

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Learning Support

Linda Fenlon