Helena River Steiner School is overseen by a Board which meets monthly and is bound by a Constitution. Our Constitution can be accessed here.

The role of the Board is to supervise compliance with the relevant laws and regulations, assess and manage risk, govern finance and develop and maintain the strategic direction of the School.

The Board members are elected by the School Association during the AGM and govern for a two-year period. All fee-paying parents are members of the Association, as are staff and also members of the community willing to abide by the objects of the Association. All members of the Association are notified of the date for the AGM three weeks in advance and invited to attend.

Annual Reports
2021 Annual Report - view here
2020 Annual Report view here


2022 Constitution - view here

2022 Board Members

Peter Fern - Chairperson

  • Secretary of the WA Branch of the Anthroposophical Society
  • Retired Prison Officer

Peter has been a member of the Board and the Helena River Steiner School community since its inception and is aware of the need for Anthroposophy for the adults in the school community.

After attending high school in Midland he is keen to further establish a Steiner Educational offering in the Midland area.

Adam Lee - Board Member 

  • Project Manager (Civil Construction)

Adam has more than seven years experience in project management in civil construction for both metro and mining project. He was involved in construction of some of the most iconic works such as the North Fremantle Quay upgrade and Sydney Harbour Bridge remediation works. He has strong critical reasoning and construction management skills.

Adam has recently started exploring education related philosophy and ways of giving back to community via education. He has joined the Helena River Steiner School Board to gain insights into how a growing school operates and feels his skills will be important during the school's relocation project.

Ralph Witschge - Board Member 

  • Retired public servant
  • Workplace investigation and compliance
  • Workplace relations
  • Performance management planning and development
  • Certification of Industrial Advocacy
  • Associate Diploma of Business (Administration)

Having worked in ER/HR for more than 30 years, Ralph has regularly been required to use his negotiation skills to resolve complex issues. He has extensive experience in recruiting senior executives and general staff. Ralph also has a detailed knowledge of Industrial Relations through the management and interpretation of Awards and Agreements.

Ralph is keen to stay active in his retirement and impart his knowledge and experience to a worth organisation. He is pleased to be able to provide assistance to Helena River Steiner School.

Boris Krestelica - Board Board Member

  • Procurement Specialist

Boris is a Procurement Specialist with over 10 years' experience across government, energy and the resources sector. Boris passionately applies his unique skills to support the school's growth ambitions. He spent most of his school years in Switzerland, where Boris gained exposure to and an appreciations of the principles underpinning Steiner education. 

Edwin Reyes - Ordinary Member

  • Business Manager
  • Cerified professional member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (CAHRI)
Edwin is an experienced Business Consultant, with experience in Finance and Human Resources.  He has culled 30 years of local and international experience across a wide range of industries. He has specialist knowledge of remuneration in the resources (oil & gas, mining, and energy) and utilities industry. He has worked in the Middle East and Europe and has wide exposure to diverse cultures.  Edwin brings a unique combination of strategic remuneration knowledge with strong technical skills in finance, compensation management, payroll, and data science.
As a business manager of another school who just experienced remarkable student growth and capital projects, Edwin is keen to share his associated experiences to HRSS. 


Shirley Vine – Ordinary Board Member

 After working in the building and construction industry for 10 years, Shirley then embarked on a 20 year legal career working across many areas of law, including as in-house counsel and Practice Director in all things commercial.  Shirley has worked in various settings across diverse sectors.  She has worked and volunteered in many not-for-profit organisations including the Young Workers Advisory Service, Pyjama Foundation and the Youth Legal Service. She is passionate about literacy and admits to being a book addict. Shirley is looking forward to learning and contributing to the Helena River Steiner Schools as a board member. Shirley’s grandchildren attend the school and this is how she came to learn about the Steiner philosophies.  Shirley also serves the community as the treasurer of the South Perth Rouleurs Cycling Club and a telephone and digital crisis supporter with Lifeline.


To contact the Board, please email our Chairperson -