Elise Parups - Business and Communications Manager
Elise joined P&Cs Qld in January 2016 and brings a broad range of experience in business development, government, education and marketing/communications.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) and Dip Early Childhood and taught in early childhood, primary school and day care facilities in both Queensland and NSW from 1992 to 1998. Elise has since raised four children, participating in many volunteer positions on several P&C committees, and has been involved in the development of multiple school-based activities and events. She has also had many years’ experience in a voluntary capacity with sporting club management, and more recently the bush care community.
Elise has worked as a consultant for the Department of the Premier and Cabinet for the Q150 project, was Project Officer for the Year of Creativity for DET and worked as the Cultural and Community Development Officer in Local Government, managing a grant portfolio partnership with Arts Qld. In recent years, Elise has completed a Diploma of Project Management, holds a Certificate in Workplace Training and Assessment and is currently studying a Masters of Business Administration.
Arlene joined the State Office staff as Personal Assistant in August 2016, bringing a broad experience in the areas of marketing and communications, policy and procedure management, program development and delivery, executive support and event management.
Arlene specialises in building and implementing effective systems and procedures to improve office efficiency. She has worked predominantly within the New Zealand tertiary education sector and the Australian not-for-profit industry.
As a mother of five, Arlene has spent a lot of voluntary time in sports clubs and youth development programmes. She seeks to work in environments and organisations that aim to support and make a difference to the lives of others.
Before joining the State Office team in August 2015, Margaret spent over 18 years working with P&Cs across Qld mainly in the Far North Qld Area in a voluntary capacity.
Margaret is a Life Member of Bentley Park College P&C (2012) and also a Life Member of QCPCA (2013) and retired as the National President of the Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) in Sept 2015.
Margaret has two children who went through the state system: Madison, a qualified beauty therapist who currently works in a construction approvals firm and Tyrone, a trade-qualified carpenter working with Building and Asset Services.
Margaret’s corporate background is mainly in governance, finance and business consulting, with law firms and coffee shops on her client list. Her volunteer background is across all aspects of P&C executive positions and operations, tuckshops, and uniforms shops. She also enjoys meeting fabulous P&C people and supporting them to have an amazing P&C experience.
Rachael supports Katrina in responding to enquiries from P&Cs.
Rachael worked in the mental health sector for a not-for-profit organisation for three years before joining P&Cs Qld. Prior to that, she worked in secretarial then paralegal roles in the legal sector for 10+ years before taking a sabbatical to stay at home when starting her family. Rachael has three boys, two of whom are now teenagers. Rachael became well acquainted with the P&C and helping out in various ways while her children all attended the same small local primary school.
Rachael keeps busy outside of work with family pursuits and volunteers as secretary for a local athletics club.
The position of P&C Services Manager is funded by the Department of Education and Training under an interchange agreement.
Katrina has been with P&Cs Qld for over five years and was appointed P&C Services Manager by DET earlier in 2017 after acting in the position for nine months. Katrina is the first port of call for the many P&Cs who contact State Office for guidance and advice. She also facilitates training and development opportunities for P&Cs, including webinars, throughout the year.
Katrina ran her own business for five years before joining P&Cs Qld, and also has a background in customer service and banking. She has three beautiful children aged 26, 23 and 18. She has a menagerie of pets at home and loves using her creative side by designing and creating mosaic pieces.
Madonna Stewart - Office Manager/Conference Manager
Madonna commenced employment with QCPCA back in June 1991 and comes from a family with long links to the organisation.
As Office Manager, Madonna supervises all operations in the State Office. She is also responsible for leading the planning for the Annual State Conference. Madonna is a mother of two children – Jessica, who has just completed a double degree in Business-Journalism (both with Distinction) at the Queensland University of Technology and is now working as the Sports Journalist with Seven News for Regional Qld based in Rockhampton, and Connor, who is in Year 9 at Brisbane State High School.
Madonna has been involved with P&Cs as a member and office bearer over a sustained period, and was P&C President at Calamvale Community College for seven years. She is well-versed in all aspects of P&C operations and is highly respected by members and associates across Australia.
Kevan is the key driver of the business of the Company and is the link between the Board, staff and the 1220+ P&C Associations which are the affiliates.
He comes to the role very well-qualified with over 30 years of direct and continuous experience with education in Queensland as a secondary school Principal and Assistant Director-General. He is a recipient of the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Sector. His lifelong practice of forging meaningful and sustained school and parent partnerships led to his being appointed to his current role. He has conducted major reviews for government around curriculum and service delivery and has represented Queensland’s interests on a number of national forums. He is a passionate advocate for quality public education and has led a number of community associations which link, schools, tertiary institutions and employers in formal partnerships.
Jacqui has been with P&Cs Qld for over seven years, starting as an administrative assistant in January 2010.
Jacqui is the editor of Parent Talk magazine and produces a monthly member email newsletter, P&C-e. She designs the multitude of forms, fact sheets, marketing and conference materials, business cards and reports produced by the State Office, as well as regularly updating the P&Cs Qld website.
Jacqui has a background in public relations and desktop publishing, and worked for the Department of Education as an editor of distance education materials for nearly 18 years.