Leadership Team

Principal, Dr Dianne Purnell

Dianne PurnellI have been Principal of Elizabeth College since 2010. My vision for the College is to have all our students complete Year 12, hopefully having achieved their TCE, so that they are ready for life after college, whether this be further training, employment or university. I am passionate about creating a supportive, safe environment where students are treated as young adults and encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, which will set them up to be good citizens with productive and happy futures.

Assistant Principal, Karen Clark

My six years as Assistant Principal at Elizabeth College have meant I have been part of a team of people who care passionately about education. This year I work with Performing and Visual Arts, English/ESL/LOTE, ECAAD (our advanced academic program), Enrichment, Student Recognition and Communications. I am always struck by the quality of teaching I see every day and the way young people respect and care about their teachers and each other.

Assistant Principal, Helen Cooke

After growing up and teaching in Melbourne I moved to Hobart in the 90’s and joined the staff of Elizabeth College. As Assistant Principal, I am responsible for the SOSE, Business and VET programs, as well as International programs and tours, International Student Support and student and staff welfare. My primary goal is to help all our students feel good about coming to college and to enjoy and take advantage of all the opportunities offered to them.

Assistant Principal, Andrew Kerslake

I have been Assistant Principal at Elizabeth College since 2013 having previously taught at Rosny College and in a number of Primary and High Schools across Tasmania. My responsibilities involve HPEOR, Alternative Programs, Transition/High School Liaison, Student Services, MyEducation and Attendance. I have a strong background in working with at-risk youth and place social justice, equity and inclusion high on my priority list. I like to feel that I can make a difference, not only in terms of educational opportunities that we provide, but also in assisting students in their journey to become confident, productive and valued young adults.

Assistant Principal, Oliver Close

Oliver CloseI have been a teacher at Elizabeth College for a number of years now. As Assistant Principal, I have responsibility for the curriculum areas of Maths/Science and Technology. I also oversee enrolments, the Library, assessment and reporting, TCE and flexible learning. I’m passionate about my job. Making a positive difference in people’s lives is a great motivator! I’m enjoying the opportunity to work in wider circles to assist our students to develop the skills needed to achieve their goals and set the platform for their continued success in life after College.