Executive Leadership Team
Geoff Marsh - College Principal
Geoff is a highly regarded educator and experienced organisational leader, having served since 2003 as Deputy Head of Frensham, one of Australia's most respected independent boarding and day schools for girls located in Mittagong, New South Wales. Previously, Geoff was the Director of Activities at Frensham (2001-2003) and a science teacher and teacher of wilderness studies (1991–1997) at Chevalier College in Burradoo, NSW. He began his teaching career as a Science teacher at St Johns Park High School in 1990.
Geoff has a lifelong interest in physical fitness, sport and the outdoors. A keen competitor, he was a silver medalist at the 1986 Commonwealth Games and represented Australia at other international events. As Competition Manager for the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (1998 – 2000) he recruited, trained and managed over 200 staff and played a key role in the successful execution of this complex major world event.
In Geoff’s role as Deputy Head of Frensham, he led a team of educators in an organisation encompassing three schools catering for day and boarding students from preschool to Year 12 plus a focus school of excellence for Art, Design and Technology. He has overseen the realisation of six major building programs, increased enrolments and academic standards and embedded the use of data to inform best practice and drive student outcomes. Geoff delivered a new and innovative curriculum including the Frensham Jamieson Programme which has an emphasis on health and fitness, critical and ethical thinking, service and leadership. He looks forward to the continued development of our 21st century pedagogical and wellbeing framework, including our focus as an International Baccalaureate World School.
His vision as an educator is to nurture student potential, foster sound personal values, encourage an understanding and acceptance of spiritual and moral foundations and provide an imaginative and enjoyable environment for learning. Geoff is a role model with energy, capacity and the resilience to motivate and inspire the young people in our College. His pastoral strength, sense of humour and passion for teaching and learning are impressive and this, combined with his vision for educational strategy and leadership, makes him the ideal Principal for our College at this time.
Geoff holds a Master of Educational Leadership from the University of Wollongong, a Diploma of Education (Science Teaching) from Sydney College and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney. He spent a year at the Simon Fraser University in Canada exploring studies in sports science, psychology and information technology. He has undertaken professional learning through the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the UNSW for Gifted Education. He hopes to indulge his passion of fly-fishing and bushwalking along with the occasional Rugby game. We look forward to welcoming Geoff and his wife, Lee Anne, to the Wagga Wagga parish.
The Board is confident Geoff is a worthy successor to Paul Humble as the next Principal of The Riverina Anglican College. We look forward to working with him as we build on Paul’s significant achievements and Geoff charts us through the next phase in our development as the school of choice in the Riverina.
Geoff Marsh email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Heather Walsh - Business Manager
Heather Walsh has been involved with The Riverina Anglican College since June 2019. Heather is the Director School Operations of the Canberra/Goulburn Diocese, a role she has undertaken since June 2015. Prior to her current role, Heather worked at the Chief Operating Office of Canberra Girls Grammar. Heather has worked in international education and the not for profit sector. Heather has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and CPA Australia.
Anthony Heffer - Deputy Principal, Head of Teaching, Learning & Innovation
Anthony is an experienced educator with 25 years in the independent and public school sectors. He has been at the College since 2013, serving as Secondary School Head of English before advancing to the role of Deputy Principal Teaching, Learning and Innovation in 2018. Throughout his academic career, Anthony has taught a number of subjects from both the International Baccalaureate and Higher School Certificate (HSC) including: Ancient History, English A: Language and Literature, Standard English, Advanced English, English Extension 1, English Extension 2, History Extension, and Modern History. He has marked the HSC, as well as trained in Growth Coaching, Visible Learning, Cultures of Thinking, and is a member of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.
Anthony came to the College from a stint at The Department of Education Regional Head Office in Wagga Wagga, where he was engaged as a Senior Education Officer working with low socioeconomic schools across the region. This role included developing parent and student engagement programs across 32 schools, with a focus on literacy and numeracy in K-12. Working with university academic partnerships, Anthony aided schools in the allocation of human and financial planning and resourcing to best maximise learning outcomes for all students. He was also part of the team that developed the 2LS Secondary Learning Strategy that was rolled out across the region.
Prior to his time in DET Regional Office, Anthony worked for 12 years at the largest K-12 school in the Riverina. In that time, he became Head Teacher English/History, led the school learning support team, and carried out roles as Relieving Deputy Principal, Head of Year, Anti-Racism Contact Officer, and Teacher’s Federation Staff Representative.
Anthony believes teaching is a profoundly important part of any successful community and sees teachers as a special group of professionals who have significant impacts on the students and families they serve. He has a particular interest in using data to inform the teaching cycle, with a particular focus on learning growth as a key indicator of teaching success. Anthony sees literacy and developing learning skills as the core of this growth and works with the teams he leads to be innovative, data-driven, and reflective.
In his spare time, Anthony enjoys following rugby league (in particular the South Sydney Rabbitohs), reading, and the occasional game of Call of Duty.
Anthony Heffer email: email@example.com
Kylie Chacon - Head of Junior School
As the Head of Junior School at The Riverina Anglican College, Kylie ensures that our students have a nurturing and engaging learner experience that ignites curiosity and develops global mindedness. Over the past three years, in collaboration with the Principal, Kylie has drawn on her extensive experience in wellbeing, strategy, policy, research, design and implementation projects to plan and develop our future-focused Junior School. Kylie is an active member of the senior executive, working collaboratively to make K-12 decisions, initiate and implement whole-school approaches and policy, and action the strategic direction of the College. Kylie is a nationally accredited HALT( Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher) with over 25 years of experience in the education industry. She has held various leadership positions, taught years K-10 and worked on many high impact projects to inform change and improvement for learners. Kylie has embraced roles across all sectors and within corporate and school settings. She is most passionate about providing exemplary teaching and learning that speaks to the hearts and minds of our learners and their families.
Kylie Chacon email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher Ingold - Head of Secondary School
Christopher is a passionate and experienced educator with over ten years of experience in the independent school sector. Having studied a Bachelor of Education (Humanities) and a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney, he began his teaching career at Arndell Anglican College. Christopher obtained a Master of Education (Leadership and Management) and a Master of Commerce (Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Marketing; and Human Resource Management).
He moved to Blue Mountains Grammar School in 2014, teaching Legal Studies, Modern History, Extension History and Junior HSIE. He became a Head of House in 2016, and then Assistant Director – School improvement in 2020. Christopher has consistently worked to develop strategies to improve student experience on campus; including strengthening the Year 7 orientation program and Year 10 Senior Studies Program as well as leading the implementation of a whole school approach to student growth.
Coming from a family of teachers, Christopher is passionate about developing an approach to education that encompasses growth of the student as a whole. A core tenet of his practice aims to ensure that both staff and students feel connected within their educational journey. Christopher believes that knowing each student is the key to ensuring that they can flourish on their own terms, particularly supported by the provision of a wide range of educational experiences and challenges.
Christopher Ingold email: email@example.com
Ross Kennedy - Director of Technology, Development and Strategic Direction
Ross comes from a family of school teachers. His father was a Principal and he has three other siblings working in education across New South Wales. Ross began his career working in Graphic Design before he made a career change into education. He worked in Sydney for many years before moving to back to Wagga Wagga to raise a family. Ross has worked at the Riverina Anglican College for over 15 years and during that time he has has a significant impact on whole school culture, academic excellence, classroom practice, wellbeing, sport, co-curricular activities, professional learning and leadership. As the current Director of Technology, Development and Strategic Direction Ross is focused on leadership, contemporary pedagogy, technology, systems, processes, communication and data.
Ross Kennedy email: firstname.lastname@example.org