WA State Council 2020  

Sally Brindal

Sally Brindal 3Branch: Midwest

Sally lives in Mingenew, a small farming community in the Midwest. She has been farming in partnership with her husband Steve for 20 years, firstly as a mixed enterprise and now just broadacre cropping. They have three children who are currently at boarding school and university in Perth. In her previous life Sally was the Legal & Business Manager for an agricultural accountancy firm in the UK; knowledge and experience that has been most useful in setting up and running their own business.

Sally became a member of the Midwest Branch in 2013, the year her eldest child went away to boarding school. ICPA had always been on her radar and she thought it was be a good organisation to be a part of with her daughter starting boarding school.  However, since joining Sally quickly realised that ICPA is so much more than just about children going away to boarding school or School of the Air. There are so many issues that affect access to an equitable education for children from all rural areas starting from early childhood right through to tertiary.

Sally joined State Council at her 2nd State Conference in 2018. She is super excited to be part of such a great organisation and relishes the opportunity to network with people from across our State and beyond. When time permits Sally enjoys playing hockey and tennis and likes gardening. Sally is passionate about all children having the same educational opportunities, irrespective of location. Deliverance of education may need to be different, but that doesn’t have to mean disadvantaged.  


 Tash Johns

Tash Johns 2Branch: Pilbara

Tash lives 20km from Marble Bar on a small property. Together with her husband Seton, they run a Fencing and Native Seed Supply business. Tash has 3 children who are all currently attending boarding school and University. Tash was Home Tutor to her children whilst they attended Port Hedland School of the Air before heading to boarding school. Tash was previously a member of the Lones Branch, before joining the Pilbara Branch.  She has held various positions in her Branch, including Vice President and President. She has been a member of the WA State Council since 2015 and during her time on State Council, Tash has also held the positions of Vice President and Councillor plus the portfolios for Travel and Allowances. Tash is looking forward to continuing the hard work of WA State Council and working with such a talented and vibrant group of ladies.Tash enjoys spending valuable time with her family.  She loves to camp out, travel and knit (when time permits!)


Kym Ross

Kym Profile picBranch: Lakes District

Kym lives 500km south of Perth near the small town of Bremer Bay on the south coast with her husband Chris and two children. They operate a farming business and also run an agricultural retail business in the nearby town of Jerramungup.

Their two children are presently attending university and boarding school in Perth.  Kym works part-time in the family retail business and is involved with a number of community groups. In her spare time she tries to read each months bookclub book, though thank goodness for audiobooks, it makes the long drive to see the children more interesting. 

Kym is a member of the Lakes District branch and presently holds the position of branch Treasurer.  She joined WA State Council in March 2018 after attending her first state conference.

Michelle Abbott

Michelle Abbott (2020)Branch: Midwest

Michelle is our new state treasurer, after attending her first state conference in 2020.
Michelle grew up on stations in the Gascoyne and the Pilbara, attending boarding school in Years 11
and 12, therefore understands the challenges of growing up and being educated in a rural Western

Michelle now lives on a farm with her husband, in the Midwest. They have two children 15 and 12
who attend boarding schools in Perth.  Michelle works part time for the local grower group as a
finance officer and also a payroll officer for a large farming enterprise.

Michelle enjoys cooking and reading and is looking forward to contributing her time and learning
more about ICPA. 

Jane Hughes 

JaneBranch: Gascoyne

Jane, who is the current secretary of the Gascoyne Branch, nominated for the role of State Councillor. She, along with her husband, manage a cattle station, whilst home schooling her three children aged 4, 6 and 8.  After State Conference Jane was about to commence a certificate 11 in Conservation and Land Management. This follows on from a Certificate 11 in Rural Enterprises, a Certificate in Organic Farming and a course in permaculture systems.  Jane is passionate about the environment and sustainability but also enjoys other interests including drawing/painting, photography, yoga, gardening and reading. 


Kym Burns

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Branch: Hyden

Kym put her hand up for a role as a State Councillor, despite being completely new to ICPA. Home is a family farm shared with husband Jon, their three children and Jon’s family.
Sophie is in year 11 at Bunbury Cathedral Grammar, Harry in year 7 and Lily in year 2.  As if her life wasn’t busy enough Kym, a qualified hairdresser, also has her own hair salon in Hyden.
Being new to ICPA Kym is very keen to learn the role the organisation plays at a State and Federal level and is keen to attend a Federal Conference as she believes the experience and understanding she will gain will be invaluable.
Kym believes she has so much to learn, not just from the process but from the people who have invested so much into the ICPA organisation.


Sam Greay

Sam Greay (2020)Branch: Hyden

Sam lives in Karlgarin 50km west of Hyden with her husband and two children on the family farm. Elizabeth (Year 9 ) and Mathew (Year 7) attend Albany Senior High School and board at the Albany Residential College.

Sam is currently the Hyden Branch President and has also held the position of Branch Treasurer. Sam put her hand up for State Council at the 2020 state conference to be more informed with the issues facing our isolated children as the population in rural and remote areas is diminishing.

Sam grew up in Derby with her parents and 3 siblings before moving to Perth for schooling in year 8. She attended Santa Maria College for 2 years and finished her education at Ursula Frayne Catholic College.

Sams passions include swimming and netball, and is a coach of both of these sports.  Sam is currently the Swimming Supervisor for the towns of Hyden, Kondinin and Kulin; and also works part-time in Hyden.


Chandra Ridley


Branch: Meekatharra Air

Chandra has taken on the role of Councillor. She has been a member of the Meekatharra Air Branch since 2005 and for the past three years has held the role of correspondence secretary.  Home for Chandra and her two children is at Bulloo Downs Station, 100 km south of Newman. At present both of Chandra’s children are attending boarding school in Perth.

Chandra is an early childhood trained teacher and has spent the last ten years supervising her children’s primary education through Meekatharra School of the Air.

As well as loving to spend time with her children, Chandra enjoys cooking, gardening and crocheting.
She is looking forward to learning more about State Council and helping out where
she can. 


Naomi Obst


Branch: Midwest

Naomi grew up on a farm in Morawa and went to boarding school in Perth in Yr 8. After completing high school she went on to become a teacher and has taught at several schools in the Midwest.

A member of the Midwest Branch for six years and the current branch secretary, Naomi and her husband have three boys: Lachlan (19) in 2nd year of University, Mitchell (16) in year 11 and Ryan (13) in year 8.  As a student and parent Naomi has experienced the support of ICPA and is keen to give something back by taking on the role of a State Councillor.

Naomi believes If we all do our little bit when time allows this vital organisation will continue to remain relevant into the future.