Meet the School Executive Team

Mr Simon Lees, Head of School

Mr Simon Lees was appointed Head of TACAPS in January 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Lincoln, UK, Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Hull, UK, Master of Education (Leadership) from the University of Queensland and a National Professional Qualification for Headship. Prior to this appointment, Simon was the Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School at St Paul's Anglican Grammar School, Gippsland, Victoria. Previous to this role, Simon was the Head of Secondary School at Georgiana Molloy Anglican School Busselton Western Australia, and prior to that was Director of Extra-Curricular Activities at Guildford Grammar School in Perth. It was at this school he gained the experience of involvement in a well-established school with a large number of country boarders, who attended from a variety of locations such as the Western Australian Wheatbelt and the Kimberley. Mr Lees was born in the United Kingdom and before arriving at Guildford Grammar School was Head of Faculty at The Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to that he was Head of Faculty at Garden International School (an IB World School), a day and boarding international school in Thailand. His original teaching position in the UK was as a teacher of geography and PE at Sydney Smith School Yorkshire. Simon is a keen sportsman and particularly enjoys tennis and cycling. Simon and his wife, Meng, have two sons who are current TACAPS students and third son who will join the school in coming years.

Mr Gordon Oldham, Deputy Head of School

Mr Gordon Oldham commenced as Deputy Head of School in January 2016. Gordon holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education from Monash University majoring in English, History and Drama and he was also named on the Dean’s Honours list (Education). He has also completed a Professional Certificate in Adolescent Counselling from Monash University. Gordon began teaching as an English and Drama teacher at Camberwell Girls Grammar School (VIC), where he coached tennis and basketball, co-ordinated the school magazine and assisted with school musicals. He then moved to the United Kingdom where most of his time was spent at Stowe School, Buckinghamshire, a boarding school for students from Year 9 to A level. At Stowe, Gordon taught English and Literature, coached basketball and athletics, co-ordinated the school magazine and was an Under Housemaster of Bruce House. Upon his return to Australia, Gordon joined Melbourne Girls Grammar where he taught English and Drama, was Year 8 Co-ordinator and Head of English. In 2011, Gordon joined St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School (VIC) as Head of Middle School before becoming the Head of Secondary School (Years 7-12) in 2014. Gordon loves sport and also enjoys leading debating teams and school plays. Gordon and his wife, Claire, have two young children.

Mrs Joanne Edwards, Business Manager

Mrs Joanne Edwards joined TACAPS as the Business Manager in August 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) from Queensland University of Technology where she graduated with Honours and was awarded the Association of Taxation and Management Accountants Prize. Joanne has completed the CPA program as well as a Graduate Diploma in Management through CHC where she was awarded the School of Business Dean’s Commendation. Joanne has over 20 years’ experience in accounting and general management roles. Before joining TACAPS, she was employed by Queensland Health as the Business Manager for Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service and, prior to this, as an Assistant Business Manager. Joanne has also held positions with a number of companies including PrimeAg Australia Ltd, Toll Express and MetroLink Queensland. Joanne is married to Rob and they enjoy spending time going for bike rides and going to music concerts. Joanne also loves reading and various craft activities.

Ms Trina Faint, Head of College Years

Ms Trina Faint was appointed as Head of College Years at the commencement of 2015. She holds a Graduate Diploma of Education (Mathematics, Computing and Science), Bachelor of Information Technology (Major – Mathematics), Masters of Education (Leadership and Management) and is currently completing her Doctorate of Mathematical Education through Curtin University. Trina previously worked at St Joseph’s College, Toowoomba, as the Head of Mathematics and also the role of Acting Assistant Principal – Curriculum. Prior to this, she was employed as Head of Mathematics at Forest Lake College, Queensland. Trina has an extensive understanding of leadership within Anglican Schools and has worked at Geraldton Grammar School as Head of Mathematics and Head of Curriculum and Student Development. Trina was a foundation member of staff at St Luke’s Anglican School in Bundaberg and held the role of Head of Mathematics and Information Technology. Trina has extensive experience in both pastoral and curriculum leadership and has led a variety of academic enrichment and support programs. Trina also has a passion for the Arts and particularly enjoys leading school musicals.

Mr Jason Locke, Head of Preparatory Years

Mr Jason Locke was appointed the Head of Preparatory Years position commencing at TACAPS 1 January 2017. Jason has over 20 years of experience in education and prior to this position was the Head of Teaching and Learning at Toowoomba Grammar Junior School. Jason also held the post of Regional Literacy Education Manager for five years with Education Queensland. Jason has extensive leadership experience in co-education settings in both curriculum and pastoral care. He has worked in a number of regional areas and of note was the Principal of Meringandan State School.

Jason holds a Master of Education in Leadership and Early Childhood, Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and Literacy and is a member of the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Council for Educational Leaders. He has a passion for community service and has led sponsorship programs in Primary Schools in Vanuatu. He is a published writer for education and has received a National Excellence in Teaching Award on two occasions. Jason is married to Kara and has two sons, Hamish and Macauley, who are currently enrolled at TACAPS.

Mr Ian Basset, Director of Boarding

Mr Ian Basset has been the school’s Director of Boarding since January 2011 though he has served the school for nineteen years, all but one as House Parent of a boys Boarding House. He served as Assistant Director of Boarding for many years and as Acting Director of Boarding, as well as having taught since his appointment to the School. Ian holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Higher Diploma in Education (Post Graduate) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Further Diploma in Education (Youth Preparedness), both from the University of South Africa and a Master of Education (Educational Management/Counselling) from the University of Southern Queensland. Ian emigrated to Australia from South Africa in 1997. Ian was born in Cape Town but attended King Edward VII School in Johannesburg, (Gary Player, Judge Richard Goldstone, Bryce Courtenay, Graeme Smith and Bryan Habana being some of its far more esteemed alumni!). After serving his time in the South African Air Force and having been commissioned as an officer, he coached Tennis and went on to read for his initial degree at Wits University. Ian began his teaching career at Sandown High School in Johannesburg in 1979, where he taught Accounting and Business Studies up to Year 12 and became Head of Department of Commercial Studies in 1984. Three years on, he was promoted to Deputy Principal of Wendywood High School, a new school that was opened in Sandton, Johannesburg. During this time, he represented his State 98 times in his chosen sport. In 1993, he was appointed as Headmaster of Wendywood High, which made the decision to emigrate to Australia for family reasons an even more challenging one. Ian has a passion for educating the young, building and nurturing young lives and a special place in his heart for boarding, Queensland, World War Two but particularly Air Force History… and his 1948 MG TC!