Exploring maths through problem solving

APSMO Board Members and Staff

Warren Poole

JP, BTeach, BA BEd, Grad DipAdmin, MA, FPPA

President of APSMO Board

Warren started his teaching career as a primary teacher moving on to become Principal of three schools. His educational experience spans over 40 years and includes both city and country schools and an International Fellowship to explore alternate models of school leadership.

Warren is also an active member of community groups having been involved in sporting clubs, Surf Life Saving and is a former President of Warringah Rugby Club.

He is currently employed at the University of Technology Sydney in the School of Education, lecturing in mathematics education and leading projects for the initial teacher education professional experience program.

Anne Prescott

BA, BSc, MSc, MEd, PhD

Board Member

Anne started teaching as a secondary mathematics teacher and was previously an Associate Professor in mathematics education at University of Technology Sydney.  She coordinated the Master of Teaching course and the mathematics education subjects for both primary and secondary pre-service teachers.

Anne is a member of the Mathematics Association of NSW and for 8 years was on the MANSW Executive. She also edits Reflections, the Association Journal. For the last 11 years she has provided professional development to primary teachers in Gorkha, a remote rural area of Nepal. Anne is also a member of the Rotary Club of Wahroonga.

Heather McMaster

BSc Agr, MSc, PhD, Dip Ed

Board Member

Heather has a passion for teaching and learning through problem solving.  She began her career as an applied scientist.  Following this she became a secondary Mathematics and Science teacher. 

She is currently a lecturer at the University of Sydney, where she teaches Mathematics and Numeracy to pre-service primary teachers through involving them in collaborative problem solving.  She also assists in the specialist training of pre-service primary teachers wishing to become leaders in mathematics education.

Jon Phegan


CEO and Board Member

Jon is the CEO of APSMO and has a passion for advancing maths teaching for school students.  Under his management, APSMO has grown to over 72 000 participating students.

He has been instrumental in developing and managing the complex systems required to ensure the integrity and operation of the Maths Olympiads and Maths Games in Australia and New Zealand.

Jon has been a computer programmer since his early teens and runs an IT systems consultancy business.

Bob Howe OAM


Board Member

Bob has retired from his role as a management consultant where he worked primarily in the areas of strategic planning and organisation. He has a Masters Degree in Business Administration, an Economics degree and is a qualified Accountant (FCPA). As the founder and Director of a consulting firm, Bob had provided strategic advice to many businesses across a wide range of industries including APSMO.

Bob is/was also a very active member of a number of community groups, such as Rotary, the Bush School Learn-to-Swim, Wahroonga Soccer and MND NSW. He was recently awarded an OAM for his services to these organisations.

Liz Giblett

MMgt (Marketing)

Board Member

Liz is a marketing and business planning consultant with over 25 years of experience.  She has a strong interest in the education sector after having worked as a Director with one of Australia’s leading business schools, Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM). 

In her current role as a strategic marketing consultant, she works closely with professionals including lawyers, accountants, financial planners, and academics to develop effective marketing strategies for themselves and their businesses.  Liz regularly presents on a range of topics including branding, effective marketing communications and networking skills.  She is the founder and director of Strategic Marketing Matters.

Pauline Kohlhoff

BSc, MSc, BTeach, PhD

Board Member

Pauline was a computer software engineer before retraining to become a secondary mathematics teacher. Until 2018, she held the position of Senior Mathematics Development Manager at APSMO, being responsible for the management and delivery of APSMO’s Professional Learning programs for teachers, and the development of the Maths Olympiad and Maths Games papers and teaching resources.

She is currently Mathematics Subject Co-ordinator at the University of Technology Sydney, and teaches mathematics education subjects for both primary and secondary pre-service teachers. Her research interests include innovative ways to assess students’ mathematical learning, and secondary mathematics teachers’ professional development.

Adelene Wilson

Finance and Administration Manager

Adelene was a Certified Public Accountant in Singapore where she worked in the finance industry for 15 years.  Since coming to Australia she has worked in the finance and administration sections of several companies and provided accounting services for a number of small and medium sized organisations.

As APSMO’s Finance and Administration Manager, Adelene is a key point of contact for the teachers and schools participating in the Maths Olympiads and Maths Games.

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