Office Staff

Shannon Taylor

Shannon Taylor

Office Manager & Events Coordinator


Email: manager@mawainc.org.au

Shannon began working at MAWA in November 2015 after being a Regional Assistant for 5+ years at WFI Insurance. Prior WFI, Shannon was an Office Manager at Orionstone (formerly Orion WA). She has over 15 years administration and events experience.

Rachael Whitney-Smith

Rachael Whitney-Smith

Executive Officer


Email: professionalofficer@mawainc.org.au

Rachael has taught all levels of secondary mathematics for the NSW Department of Education. She then changed career to spend eight years with the Royal Australian Navy in combat systems and electronic warfare analysis, re-entering teaching in WA in 2006 and taking on the role of Head of Mathematics. Rachael is a passionate mathematics teacher and a strong believer in the benefits of STEM education. Rachael is based in Perth, WA, and also works as a Professional Officer for the Mathematical Association of Western Australia. Rachael also works for AAMT as a Tempest Project Implementation Officer for WA and the Outreach Officer for the reSolve Mathematics by Inquiry Project.

Penelope Hickman

Penelope Hickman

Professional Officer for Primary


Email: poprimary@mawainc.org.au

Penelope is an experienced Primary School Teacher who has taught in the Public and Private sectors throughout Western Australia, New South Wales and the United Kingdom. Penelope was responsible for running Professional Learning sessions when the Curriculum Framework was first introduced to schools. She then became Head of Department in Physical Education at her school in London. Penelope also worked for the Borough of Westminster in the UK, training Teachers in Physical Education and Early Years Movement and Maths delivery. She was also involved in talent scouting students for the London 2012 Olympics. Whilst her children were young, she studied finance and has a mortgage broking qualification. Penelope wanted to combine her love of Teaching, Learning and Mathematics and has joined MAWA as a Professional Officer in Primary. Penelope has a passion for Mathematics and is excited to be part of the STEM Learning Project. She has taught all levels of Primary school from Foundation stage through to Year 6 and is currently teaching at an Independent Public School.

Emma McInnes

Emma McInnes

Professional Officer for Secondary


Email: posecondary@mawainc.org.au

Holly Hughes

Holly Hughes

Junior Office Support


Email: accounts@mawainc.org.au

Charlene Yong

Charlene Yong

Office Clerk


Email: sales@mawainc.org.au

Charlene began working at MAWA in March 2016. Her role is to assist with any clerical tasks in administration of the office. She is responsible for maintaining our memberships and will play a large role in ensuring the WAMPS Program runs smoothly each year.