Our Executive Team

Meet The Essington School's Executive Team

Principal - Mr Brian Kennelly

Brian is a highly experienced educational leader. He has worked in a wide variety of schools and systems within Australia, United Kingdom, Middle East, and New Zealand. Brian was Principal of Kinross Willaroo in Orange NSW for 10 years and has additional leadership experience in such roles as Deputy Principal, Head of Senior School, Director of Timetable and Head of Faculty.   Most recently, Brian has been working as an Educational Consultant, mentoring Principals, managing school improvement plans, and assisting senior leadership teams. Brian has held a variety of senior educational posts including AHISA NSW Executive, AIS Board member, Chair of HICES NSW and Chair of CIS NSW. 

Brian holds a Bachelor of Science, a Graduate Diploma in Education and a master’s in educational leadership.   He was appointed as Principal of Essington and Chief Executive Officer of The Essington School Darwin Limited on 1 January 2019.   

Head of Senior College - Mr Peter Moore

Peter Moore has been an Educator and Leader for over 35 years. He has completed 23 years in the Top End, and for the past 11 years has been an integral part of the creation and the ongoing management of The Essington School Senior College

Peter has previously held various Principalships of schools in Arnhem Land, Darwin, and Palmerston before becoming a part of the Essington community. He holds a Master and Bachelor of Education and a Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Administration.

Two of Peter's four children attended Essington, and three are now at various stages of completing their university degrees. All his children spent considerable time growing up in indigenous communities across the Top End.

Peter has a passion for ensuring that all students achieve and obtain their Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training. He believes that every student has potential and that we need to be able to recognise this and celebrate it.

In his spare time he has been removing several acres of coffee bush and replanting with Darwin Natives.

Head of Middle School - 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 Middle 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 5 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 Professional 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).