Board Members


Alison has been involved with Cairns Hinterland Steiner School as a parent and staff member since its inception in 2002 and Steiner education for 26 years - her 3 daughters were all founding students of the school. 

Alison has completed a Cert III in Education Support and in 2012 completed training to become an Extra Lesson practitioner which is her current role at the school. Alison is currently undergoing Anthroposophical Art Therapy training.

Alison has been a College member for twelve years and also sat on the College Executive.

Alison is passionate about Steiner education and Anthroposophy and has a strong interest in health, wellbeing and Anthroposophical therapies.

Alison Whitmill

Chris has been a Registered Nurse for thirty-seven years. He holds a Masters of Critical Care Nursing, a Bachelor of Adult Education, and is endorsed as a Nurse Practitioner by AHPRA. For the last nine years he has worked as a Nurse Practitioner in the Emergency Department of Cairns Hospital, where he cares for and manages patients presenting to the Emergency Department with a range of injuries and illnesses. He is actively involved in the Queensland Nurses and Midwives Union, and assists colleagues with work related industrial issues. During his career he has worked as: a nursing clinician in intensive care and emergency care; a manager; and as an educator in emergency and critical care. He has also worked in the tertiary sector and private sector in education and executive roles.

Chris has two daughters at the school, one entering Class One in 2019, and the second well established in primary school. Chris’s eldest daughter resides in Melbourne with her partner and two sons.

Chris is very keen to offer his skills to the school as a member of the Board of Directors to demonstrate his support and commitment to the continued development and growth of the school.

Chris Hawkins

As well as having 3 children at CHSS, Alan also holds the role of Music Teacher with responsibility for overseeing the Music Programme.  Alan gained a BA (Honours) Degree from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now called the Royal Scottish Conservatoire).  After moving to Australia, Alan later gained his GradDipEd from Monash University in Melbourne whilst also studying part time at the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar.  


Having previously represented the College of Teachers on the College Executive, Alan moved to become a Board member in 2016.  Alan has a strong interest in governance structure that promotes a harmonious learning environment within which our unique learning community can thrive.

Alan MacLean

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