Australian Secondary Principals’ Association

The Australian Secondary Principals’ Association (ASPA) is a professional body that represents the interests of principals, deputy principals and assistant principals from government secondary schools across Australia. ASPA works with the profession to shape a paradigm of leadership and learning in order to create a better, preferred future for all students in Australia’s government secondary schools.

At ASPA, we are committed to ensuring that high quality government secondary education is provided to young people no matter what their geographic, social or personal circumstances are.

Our mission at ASPA is to encourage members to work together to achieve excellence in Principalship for the benefit of young Australians.

Our Story

ASPA has evolved from an Association into a Company Limited by Guarantee. The presidents of each ASPA affiliate have a place on the ASPA Board with additional places allowed under the Constitution to bring the necessary expertise onto the Board.

We enjoy a unique partnership with the National Training Centre for Secondary School Principals (NTCSSP), which operates out of the East China Normal University in Shanghai and we signed an eight year Memorandum of Agreement in 2014 to formalise and continue this partnership.

At ASPA, we are proud of the hard work we have done – both in Australia and overseas – in developing leadership capacity in as many secondary schools as possible. This will continue to be a focus of ours as we move into the future.

We pride ourselves on our commitment to providing high quality, government secondary education to young people no matter what their geographic, social or personal circumstances are.


Bruce Papps

Board Chair - B.Bus (Acc), CA, GAICD

Bruce joined the ASPA Board in April 2015 and has been independent Chair from early 2016.  In an addition to his current full-time employment, Bruce has several roles on boards and audit and risk committees.  He is passionate about strong governance and ensuring boards play their role in achieving the objectives of organisations.  He is also committed to education and has been on the board of a large secondary school and is currently Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Canberra Institute of Technology.

In January 2017 Bruce commenced a role as Chief Executive Officer of large community sector organisation in the ACT after over 30 years’ of experience in professional services with firms like PwC, WalterTurnbull and Ernst & Young.  His experience included providing and leading professional assurance, financial management, consulting, governance and risk management services to both the private and public sectors.  His clients included public and private companies, Commonwealth government agencies, incorporated associations, ACT Government agencies, NSW government agencies and NT government agencies.  His private sector clients were across all sectors including manufacturing, financial services (credit unions), not for profit, services and many others.

Bruce has gained significant Board and Committee experience across his career.  This has included membership of Boards and Committees, presenting to Boards and Committees in relation to assurance, risk management and consulting services, and providing governance and risk management training to Boards and Committees.

Andrew Pierpoint

President (Executive Director) -​ B.Sc, Dip.Ed, FACEL

Andrew Pierpoint is President of the Australian Secondary Principals’ Association – the peak body for School Leaders across Australia. He previously was President of the Queensland Secondary Principals’ Association for four (4) years.

Andrew has had extensive experience, over 35 years, in High Schools as a science teacher, Head of Department Science, Deputy Principal and Principal as well as having several system positions in the support of Principals. Throughout his career, Andrew has worked in complex rural and remote communities through to large regional and metropolitan schools. He has led communities and reference groups at district, regional, state and national levels.

Andrew’s special interests are the provision of professional learning for school leaders, Principal Health and Wellbeing and is highly active in school sport.

Andrew has demonstrated a passion for State education in Queensland for many years and possess an excellent understanding of the Principalship from first hand experience. Most importantly, Andrew has a genuine desire to make a real difference for School Leaders in the application of their ever increasing, complex roles in schools and the broader community

Michael Battenally

President, Australian Capital Territory Principals’ Association -​ B.Sc, Dip.Ed, MAICD

Michael is currently Principal at The Canberra College in the ACT, a year 11 and 12 school of 1100 students. Throughout his 35-year career in ACT education, Michael continues his effort to contribute to and foster educational opportunities for young Australians.

His early years of teaching in the 80s paralleled the introduction of computing studies into secondary school curriculum. The vocational education reforms of the early 90s involved Michael in a range of information technology curriculum development projects and school-based certification pathways for students.

As a school Principal for over 10 years Michael has benefited from leading change as an educator and school leader. Driven by a significant involvement in professional associations and through this advocating for developing current and emerging school leaders.

Michael is committed to fostering partnerships between schools to create new opportunities for students. He has a strong interest in promoting effective governance to improve partnership and community participation in schools. In recent years he has led a successful partnership to establish a gifted and talented science and mathematics program involving students from five local primary schools, expert teachers, and academics from ANU and CSIRO. His leadership is invested in intercultural understanding, innovation and improving outcomes for all students. A feature of this work includes promoting targeted programs for indigenous students and awareness of first nation cultures.

Armando Giglia

President, Western Australian Secondary School Executives Association. BA (Econ/Hist) Grad Dip Ed

Armando Giglia is President of the Western Australian Secondary School Executives Association (WASSEA) which represents Western Australian public secondary school principals and deputy principals. As a WASSEA Board member for over eighteen years, including the previous eight as Treasurer, he has represented the interests of WASSEA members on a variety of reference groups and committees and has previously represented WASSEA as a delegate on ASPA working parties.  He is an advocate for a strong, viable public education system, where proactive leaders support each other through professional knowledge, collegiality and networking.
Armando has worked in a number of regional and metropolitan schools in his many years as a school administrator and has also held advisory and development roles within the Western Australian Department of Education as a School Development Officer and Principal Consultant. Having spent the majority of his near 40 year education career in lower SEI communities, he is passionate about equity in education and ensuring opportunities for all.

Prior to taking up the presidency of WASSEA in May 2018, Armando was the Foundation Principal of Butler College, a 2000 student Year7-12 senior high school which includes a fully integrated, purpose-built education support facility for very high need students with physical or intellectual disability.  In 2017 he was nominated for and won the Western Australian Public Education Secondary School Principal of the Year Award.

Armando has a special interest in the recognition of the need to acknowledge the complex nature of school leadership, the health and wellbeing of school leaders and for the need to prepare and nurture the next generation of school administrators. He is also a self-confessed cricket tragic.

Peter Mader

President, South Australian Secondary Principals’ Association - B.Ed. (Secondary) Vice President

Peter Mader is President of the South Australian Secondary Principals’ Association.  He has been a secondary principal in Whyalla at Stuart High School (2001), and at two large Adelaide suburban schools, Salisbury East High School (2002-2006) and Hamilton Secondary College (2008 – 2014).

Peter’s educational interests include: leadership for 21st C learning, curriculum innovation, school improvement and accountability, and the “politics” of education.

Sabina Smith

Principal Nhululunbuy High School, Vice President Secondary

Sabina is Vice President of the Northern Territory Principals’ Association, a cross sectoral school leader’s professional association for all schools in the Northern Territory. She was previously President of the Northern Territory Principals’ Association for 2 years and before that Vice President Secondary 3 years.

Sabina has lived and worked in Central Australia, Darwin and North East Arnhem Land, in remote, regional and urban secondary schools, for 35 years. She has been a teacher, senior teacher, assistant principal and principal in 7 schools including distance learning and special education, as well as working in senior corporate roles in the NT Department of Education, to support schools and their leaders. Throughout her career, Sabina has worked actively across professional networks and organisations to build relationships with others which builds capacity of teachers, leaders and systems. Her focus always is to create and sustain schools which nurture student wellbeing and learning.


Having spent her entire working career in the NT, Sabina is wholly committed to equity in education for all children regardless of postcode, family background and cultural heritage.

Sally Milbourne

President, Tasmanian Principals’ Association - B.Ed, M.Ed, Ed.D

Sally has taught and led in schools in rural and urban settings in Tasmania since 1979. As well as educational leadership roles in schools as Assistant Principal and Principal, Sally has undertaken a number of out of school positions including Professional Learning Leader and Visiting Principal at the University of Tasmania.  Sally was elected to the position of TPA President for 2019 and 2020.

Sally has particular interests in the provision of high-quality professional learning for school leaders, and principal health and wellbeing. 

Mark Breckenridge

President, Queensland Secondary Principals’ Association -​ B.Ed, Dip. Teaching

Mark Breckenridge is President of the Queensland Secondary Principals’ Association taking up that position in January 2018.


Mark has more than thirty years of experience as Principal across a diverse range of schools from small one-teacher schools, P-10 rural through to regional and metropolitan high schools with large student enrolments.


During this wide-ranging career Mark has developed an appreciation for the complexities inherent in all schools, regardless of location or size. School leaders are the critical component in school success; addressing issues of complexity, building and sustaining relationships that help enable a culture of continuous improvement. As a Principal Mark sought to ensure that his schools were a place where community matters. He believes strongly in the value of partnerships across the community-with families, business and industry and the wider community. 


From his earliest years as a Principal Mark has actively engaged in building professional and collegial networks with his fellow school leaders. These networks have been an important element in Mark’s leadership journey and are a central focus of his work now as QSPA President.

Jodie Chapman

Executive Officer, to President Andrew Pierpoint Australian Secondary Principals Association

Jodie Chapman is currently acting in her role of Executive Officer for 12 months as from July 2018.


Jodie is based at Ferny Grove State High School and has been there for 5 years as Personal Assistant to the Executive Principal.


Even though she hasn’t worked in the Education Department for very long her role as PA in a school and her previous role at the State Library of Queensland working as Executive Officer to Jane Cowell, Director Regional access and public libraries and Kathy Hayter Director, Engagement and partnerships taught her lots of skills for her current role

Jodie has a passion for school sport especially AFL.

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