Our Executive Team

Meet The Essington School's Executive Team

Principal/CEO - Paul Nyhuis

Paul joined Essington in January 2024.

Paul is a seasoned professional with extensive expertise in education and leadership, showcasing an impressive 25-year career marked by excellence. With a Master's in Educational Leadership, he has demonstrated expertise in pivotal roles as Principal and Associate Principal within educational institutions across the Northern Territory and the United States. His professional acumen seamlessly extends into executive and corporate leadership, reflecting a comprehensive and versatile skill set.

Paul is a dedicated long-term Territorian, contributing to a wealth of local and contextual knowledge and leveraging robust networks. His unwavering commitment to excellence and strategic networking underscores his ability to drive impactful change and foster positive outcomes in the dynamic landscape of education and leadership.

Head of Senior School Years 7 to 12 - Mrs Joan Judd

Joan arrived in Australia in 2012 having previously taught for 19 years in Scotland, including for 17 years at St Columba’s School Kilmacolm, near Glasgow, which is consistently in the top ranks of The Times Education Supplement list of Top Independent Schools. 

Joan has taught Mathematics since her appointment to the School in 2012 and served Head of Mathematics (Years 7 – 12) from 2016 prior to her appointment as Head of Middle School in 2019.

As Head of Senior School Joan promotes strong and positive relationships with students and families as the cornerstone of enhancing positive learning environments and creating a culture of inclusiveness and respect. She is a determined advocate for encouraging staff and students to pursue productive learning opportunities that will enhance their ability to achieve and experience success in their endeavours.

Working in collaboration with Year Level Coordinators and teaching staff and Joan leads programs in the middle school years that promote engagement and enable students to achieve their very best. The strong links with Junior and Senior College, programs such as the Rite Journey, and effective collaboration between staff ensures smooth progression for students from Junior to Middle School and from Middle School into the Senior College.

Joan holds a Bachelor of Science (Mathematical Sciences) and a Postgraduate Certificate of Secondary Education.

Head of Junior School - Mrs Renee Schultz

As the Head of Junior School, Renee is charged with leading the day-to-day operations of the Kinder to Year 6 Junior School programs.  Leading a team of experienced, passionate, and committed educators Renee oversees the teaching and learning and wellbeing programs for the Junior School. 

Renee has over twenty years’ experience in education.  A passionate advocate for best practice in Education, Renee fundamentally believes in the importance of a responsive curriculum underpinned by contemporary research that is flexible in meeting the needs of each learner. She holds respectful relationships and a shared vision as paramount to the sustainable success of our school community. As a long-term member of the Initial Teacher Education Sub-Committee of the Northern Territory Teacher Registration Board, Renee works to raise the standards and subsequent profile of the teaching profession nationally. She has been nominated, as an Early Childhood specialist, to sit on the accreditation panels for several initial teacher education courses in universities across Australia. Renee holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and a Master of Leadership and Management in Education, with Distinction. 

Business Manager - Alan Nolan

Alan joined Essington in 2014 as a Finance Officer. Since joining Essington, Alan has held many roles in Finance and Human Resources, before he was appointed as Business Manager in June 2021.

Prior to joining Essington, Alan worked in the Banking sector for 8 years and holds a Diploma in Financial Advice.

Alan has recently completed his Diploma in Human Resources Management, which he completed through Charles Darwin University in 2020. He is currently a member of the Association of School Business Administrators (ASBA) and the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). 

Executive Officer - Jayne Lomas

In 2013, Jayne became a part of the Essington community shortly after her arrival in Australia. With a rich background of over 25 years in administration across international settings such as the UK, Germany, and Kuwait, Jayne brings a wealth of expertise to our team.

Holding esteemed positions as a Justice of the Peace and Ambassador of the Territory Boundless, Jayne embodies not only professionalism but also a genuine dedication to cultivating positive connections and making meaningful contributions to the success of the school and its community.

Certified with a Diploma in Business Administration and a Cert IV in WHS, Jayne reinforces her commitment to ensuring a secure environment for everyone involved.

Head of Improvement and Innovation - Hannah Zwitser

In 2024 Hannah joined Essington as the Head of Improvement and Innovation.

Hannah has worked in school and education system leadership positions since 2011 in both the Northern Territory Education Department and Education Queensland.

Hannah's most recent role within the Northern Territory Department of Education  was as the Director of Education Improvement.

Hannah's primary focus will be on implementing an evidence-based school improvement framework, developing strategic plans and maintaining open lines of communication to all stakeholders.