College Board

Rocky Collins – Principal

Rocky graduated from RMIT University in 2009 after completing a Bachelor of Education, with a double major in Physical Education and English. Rocky has continued his studies since, completing a Masters in Education and Performance in 2017, followed by a Masters in Educational Leadership in 2020. 

 Rocky has spent time working across different sectors in education, including both the government and non-government systems, and has demonstrated experience in building educational culture and leading whole school approaches to teaching and learning. Whilst at Merrylands College, Rocky led the College through a merger and re-brand that included three separate schools merging to form what is now William Ruthven College. Rocky’s passion for leading educational culture is evident in the relationships he builds with his staff, students and wider College community. It is his belief that every student has the right to experience a successful education, and that success should defined in partnership with the individual students within the College. 

Rocky formed part of the inaugural team when SEDA Group commenced in Western Australia in 2013 and was appointed Principal of SEDA College WA upon successful registration for 2021. 

Chris Reidy – Chairman

After studying a Bachelor of Education in Physical Education and Psychology at Deakin University Chris spent time in Australia and England pursuing a Cricket Career. 

A seven-year period in the Victorian state education system saw Chris develop an interest in the wider sport and recreation industry. Subsequently, Chris spent three years in private enterprise fulfilling operational and business development roles prior to co-founding SEDA in late 2006. 

From 2016 to 2020, in his capacity as Chairman, Chris oversaw the establishment of SEDA College Victoria and is currently supporting the establishment of SEDA College WA as Chairman. 

Ross Watts SEDA College WA Board Member

Ross Watts - Treasurer

As the Chief Customer Officer for FinTech market leader Sandstone Technology, Ross is responsible for leading the global Marketing, Sales, and Partnerships across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Europe. 
 
Ross has over 20 years’ experience in financial services holding regional and national executive, consulting, and leadership roles at not-for-profit organizations, SMEs, Barclays, Lloyds TSB in the UK, Westpac Group, and BT Financial Group in Australia. 
 
He is known for exceptional revenue performance, leading high-performing teams to deliver customer digital transformation strategies to achieve commercial outcomes and vision, particularly in challenging or growth markets. In addition to being a passionate banking, financial services, and technology executive, Ross is also an active champion of mental health and education. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Kent in Canterbury, is an AGSM Graduate in Executive Leadership and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Director Institute.

Nicole Grazey SEDA College WA Board Member

Nicole Gazey – Director

Nicole’s studies in Psychology merged with her passion for education early on in her career as a lecturer and trainer in the VET sector where she gained most fulfillment working with learners from disadvantaged backgrounds and at-risk youth. Her opportunity to advocate for student centred education at a systemic level came with her appointment at the then Curriculum Council of WA as a Principal Consultant for Vocational Education and Training (VET) where she was instrumental in the development of programs and recognition arrangements within the WACE for nontraditional education programs, brought about by the raising of the school leaving age in Western Australia.  

During her sixteen-year career in VET and secondary education, she has worked as a consultant for the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, Department of Education and the non-government school sector as well as leadership positions in schools and on school Boards.  This unique perspective and understanding of the complexities of operating at the intersect between education, training and industry has enabled her to provide strategic advice and leadership at state and national levels on education and training matters and positively contribute to the system’s capacity to meet student needs.  

Nicole’s is a strong advocate for innovative, personalised education that recognises young people’s talents and empowers them to reach their potential. The basis for her support of SEDA since its introduction into WA in 2013 is its innovative education model and the opportunity it provides young people to engage in meaningful , real world, student-centred education. 

Marita Somerford – Director

Marita’s studies include education majoring in Mathematics and Science followed by post- graduate studies in in Business majoring in Sports Administration. 

Marita has more than 35 years of experience on Boards and in sports administration. This includes more than 20 years at Perth Netball Association including 8 years as President and as a Director of Netball WA for 6 years. Other Board experience includes Little Athletics Australia, Perry Lakes Little Athletics, Glass Jar and West Coast Junior Football Club. 

Marita’s professional roles include as a Social Investment Analyst with Chevron, Executive Officer for Australian Little Athletics, Sports Administrator with the ACC and teacher at Perth Modern School. 

Mrs Somerford is currently Chair of Netball WA’s Awards and Recognition Committee. 

Nick Hannett – Director

Nick is part of the SEDA Group Executive Team in the role National Development Manager. He has played a key role in leading the national expansion of the SEDA Education Model into WA, NT, NSW and SA.  He has established and manages more than 60 National, State and professional sporting industry partnerships. Nick also leads SEDA’s National Indigenous Strategy and as a result, SEDA has more than 150 Indigenous students enrolled in metropolitan, regional and remote settings across Australia. He also sits on the board of SEDA College SA. 

Nick graduated from a Bachelor of Education at Victoria University in 1998 majoring in Outdoor Education and Health. He has more than 20 years’ experience in education and training, professional sport, community development and corporate social responsibility. He has extensive experience managing successful partnerships between government, corporate, industry, education, training, not-for-profit and philanthropic organisations.  

Previous roles include Community Manager at the Essendon Football Club, Community and Industry Partnerships Manager at the Brotherhood of St Laurence and School Teacher within the Victorian education system.  

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