National Team

General: [email protected] or +61 2 6247 7300
Media: [email protected] or 0417 180 842
Unit 123, 20 Anzac Park, Campbell ACT 2612

Beth Blackwood AM


Beth has been CEO for AHISA since 2016. Her connection with the independent sector follows 30 years as a teacher of History and Psychology, and 19 years as Principal of Presbyterian Ladies’ College (PLC), a K–12 independent day and boarding school for girls with enrolments of 1200 students in Perth, Western Australia (1997 – 2015). 

Areas of professional interest and initiatives have been the education of indigenous students, International Baccalaureate programs, positive psychology, technology as an educational tool and women’s leadership.

0417 180 842

Lyndal Wilson


Lyndal began working for AHISA in 2007 as editor of AHISA's journal, Independence. The main focus of her work is now in research and policy analysis.

Lyndal has worked in the independent schools sector for 25 years.

Kira Grantham
Operations manager


Kira has been with AHISA since 2016 and initially managed our national conferences as well our forums and roadshows. She now looks after the administration of memberships, the national board, corporate partnerships and supports the national office.

She previously worked at the National Convention Centre in Canberra and has a passion for delivering valuable and enjoyable experiences for our members.

0439 392 200

Kate Wilson
Accounts manager


Kate began working with AHISA in January 2006 as office manager. She moved to part-time in 2012 as accounts manager.

Kate’s role includes all aspects of reporting to government agencies as well as working with branch finances.

0433 314 598

Nicola Hart
Events Manager

Nicola joined the AHISA national team in June 2021.Her focus is to manage the national calendar of events, working with the various committees and State branches to promote collegiality and learning opportunities for our members.

Having worked in the conferencing and event industry for over 18 years, she is passionate about providing interesting, exciting, and innovative opportunities for AHISA members to gather.

Robyn Collins
Independence editor


Robyn is an educational consultant. She is the editor of AHISA's Independence journal and writes monthly articles for aspirant leaders. Her most recent project was completion of a literature review on educational leadership for AHISA.

Before joining AHISA, Robyn was a senior teacher of English, school principal, consultant to Independent Schools Queensland and a Visiting Fellow at Griffith University, Queensland.