Leadership team profiles

The Educational Leadership Team at Redlands College forms a cross-weave approach to support student learning. 

The eight Directors in this team contribute to a close knit horizontal leadership approach across P-12, including Academic, Pastoral and Co-curricular areas. 

Adam Ayling

Director of Years 6-9

I have been a part of the vibrant Middle School community at Redlands College since 2006. In that time, I have worked with students from Year 6 to Year 9 across a range of academic subjects. On top of that, I have absolutely loved being part of a range of extra-curricular groups here at the College, including our thriving Duke of Edinburgh's Award program, Middle School student-led worship teams, and a range of sporting teams.

As Director of Years 6-9, I am passionate about seeing our Middle School continue to be a thriving community, that is built on strong relationships between staff, parents and students and seeks, in every way, to form our students in to young men and women who will positively and powerfully impact our world.

Dr Peter Handsworth

Director of Performance Music & Events

In my role as the Director of Performance Music and Events, I bring to bear many years of experience in education and professional performance. Of primary importance is my aspiration to share the gift of music throughout the College community and encourage students to investigate the educative and formative opportunity music offers in the context of both personal development as well as the very important cultural spiritual role music plays in our lives.

After completing undergraduate studies at the University of Adelaide, I undertook postgraduate studies with Professor Wolfgang Meyer at the renowned Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany, and have recently completed a PhD on the clarinet studies of Alfred Uhl.  Throughout my journey I have had a successful international career that has taken me to all parts of the world performing as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and teacher. Previous roles include Professor in Clarinet at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany, and Senior Lecturer in Woodwind and Head of the School of Music at Monash University in Melbourne.

Joel Erkkila

Director of Student Wellbeing

I first began teaching at Redlands College in 1996. Over the following 22 year period I spent almost half of it working in different educational contexts overseas (West Africa & India). However, when back in Australia my family and I are based at Redlands College. During those years of service at Redlands College I have held many different positions; Head of Physical Education, Head of Middle School, Dean of Christian and Cultural Formation, and this year I have taken on a new role as the Director of Student Wellbeing.

In this position I lead a very dedicated team of staff who look after a wide variety of student wellbeing services; Counselling, Chaplaincy, Learning Enrichment, Sickbay, Behavioural Management, and Pathways advice. They all bring a wealth of experience to their positions and are dedicated to seeing our students flourish.

Student wellbeing has become such an important focus of schooling in the 21st century. I feel privileged to have this role and wish to see Redlands College be known for how well it cares for its students.

Kellee Ware

Director of Years 3-5

It has been a privilege to be a teacher at Redlands College for the past 23 years, during which I have taught in Years 4, 5, 6, and 7 and have gathered a vast amount of experience in education. I love being part of the Redlands College family and one of the benefits of working here is the community environment.

In my role as Director of Years 3 to 5, I am responsible for fostering the culture, learning and care of students in the upper Junior School and with my colleagues, I endeavour to develop positive partnerships with students, parents and staff to foster an encouraging, challenging learning environment that focuses on the development of the whole person.

I am passionate about teaching and also serve as a teacher in a Year 5 classroom in a part time capacity. This helps me maintain my teaching skills and close contact with the students and parents.

Malcolm Oosterbeek

Director of Sports & Activities

Welcome to Redlands College Sport. I am excited about having the opportunity of growing, developing and nurturing our sport program to reach new levels for our College and students.

My goal as the Director of Sport and Activities is to build high self-esteem and resilience in all of our students. This starts by accepting the player for who they are.  I strongly believe a student or athlete will never out-perform their self-image. I believe that our sporting program should be interlaced with grace. If students or athletes can embrace this concept, they will be more inclined to help, forgive and encourage fellow team members to succeed. This ultimately creates team and individual success. Playing with integrity, making the right choices and playing with heart, with no excuses is the philosophy and culture I strive to develop. Self-improvement is more important than winning.

I look forward to working with your children in assisting to reach their potential and chase their dreams.

Michelle Sprenger

Director of Years P-2

In January 2009, I commenced teaching in Prep at Redlands College after completing my Master of Education degree in Early Childhood. Prior to my time at Redlands, I taught across the scope of Primary in a number of Christian schools and worked with Early Childhood preservice teachers in two Brisbane universities. It has been a joy to undertake the roles of Senior Teacher and Geography Coordinator whilst teaching in our vibrant Junior School.

In my role as Director of Years P-2, I am passionate about connecting our families into our Redlands community and building a strong learning foundation for our youngest learners. I recognise the significance of these formative years as the foundation for all future learning and believe the early years of schooling are the most critical time for children to develop a positive self-image, as capable and confident learners.

Our early years teachers are a team of highly skilled and committed Christian teachers who share this passion and work prayerfully with each child and their families to provide a nurturing and supportive environment in which our students thrive. Learning in our early years classrooms is language-rich, hands-on, play-based, collaborative, creative and highly engaging. Here, a sense of wonder ignites the joy of learning for life.

Roshea Buksh

Director of Learning and Training

I’m excited to be a part of the Redlands College leadership team. I have over a decade of experience in Christian schooling in senior and middle leadership positions.

My passion and reason for being at Redlands College is captured in my position as the Director of Learning and Training. The purpose of learning is to equip students with agency and a sense of purpose along with critical and creative thinking skills to help shape their lives whilst contributing positively to others. Schooling at Redlands is about catering to students unique learning DNA and providing them with a myriad of opportunities.

My focus is to forge strong partnerships with industry, universities and other tertiary organisations to provide pathways that connect students to their future now. That is, students can study university subjects, diplomas, certificates or be learning and earning through traineeships or internships whilst being a student at Redlands.

My aim is to create a meaningful and rich learning environment that supports and motivates each student to nurture his or her God-given gifts and talents by making connections with community, industry and environmental organisations to their own learning passions in collaboration with others. My role includes working with teachers to design and develop learning which is co-curated with community and industry in order to develop curiosity, imagination, resilience and solution fluency with our students.

Sarah Handreck

Director of Years 10-12

I have been blessed to have been a member of the Redlands College community since 2011, when I was appointed as the Senior School History Coordinator. Since then I have held a number of different roles in the school including Head of House (Finnegan), Senior School Legal Studies Coordinator and Senior School Uniform Coordinator. Prior to my time at Redlands, I taught in Christian schools in both Toowoomba and Brisbane.

In my role as Director of Years 10 – 12, I am passionate about developing young people to be confident, capable and caring individuals who are willing and able to be actively involved in their community. I believe strong relationships are vital in supporting a positive culture and school community where students can grow and develop to their potential.