Executive Team


Rob Nail

I am proud to have been a staff member at Cape Naturaliste College since the middle of 2007, when I was appointed as Associate Principal and tasked to help establish and open the college. My time at the college has been the pinnacle of my career which started with a short period of time working as a D&T teacher in Perth before moving to Mullewa DHS, Narrogin SHS, Merredin SHS and Busselton SHS.

I feel very fortunate to be able to lead a school that has such a strong and positive culture. My own children attended Cape Naturaliste College and I appreciate the excellent education and mentoring they received from our wonderful staff. I am determined to help maintain our strong college culture where student needs and effective learning programs are the key priorities.

A place where students feel safe and can achieve to their own potential.

Associate Principals

Associate Principals coordinate, manage and monitor the educational program and pastoral care needs of students across all year levels. They have a shared responsibility to ensure all students are able to fulfil their learning potential in a safe, inclusive, supportive and culturally responsive environment. They work closely with Year Coordinators, Heads of Learning Area and teaching staff to support all students in their respective year groups. The Associate Principals oversee all significant educational programs, personalised pastoral care approaches and individualised teaching and learning adjustments as well as understanding the specific needs of the whole cohort.

Associate Principal (Year 7 & 8)

Tenielle Billing

I grew up in Bunbury and my first teaching position was back at the high school I had attended only 5 years earlier, Bunbury Senior High School. I moved back down south after teaching at Perth Modern School and Ballajura Community College. I have been at CNC for 12 years and in this time have undertaken a number of roles. I am committed to maximising the academic, creative, social and personal potential of every student. I feel fortunate to be a part of the Cape Naturaliste College Community and look forward to taking on the role of Associate Principal.

Associate Principal (Year 9 & 10)

Jacqueline Bovell

I am a Busselton girl born and bred. I grew up here and went to West Busselton Primary and graduated from Busselton Senior High School.

After 18 months at John Forrest SHS and a 12 year stint at Kent Street SHS as a Year Coordinator, Beacon Foundation Coordinator, Health Education Specialist, HOLA of Health and Physical Education and Senior School Coordinator, my husband and I decided it was time to return to our roots and head home.


After watching the College grow and succeed so quickly from afar, it was an absolute pleasure to have the opportunity to join the team at Cape Naturaliste College as the substantive HOLA of Health and Physical Education. Throughout my career I have have adopted many Leadership opportunities and have settled into my role as Associate Principal with pride and compassion.

It has been a pleasure to join the leadership team at Cape Nat as we as a whole school strive to support our students and staff to achieve their potential.

Busselton has most definitely changed over the years and the opportunities are plentiful. That’s why it is so important that we as a community work together to develop our young people, help them to dream big and aspire to be the best they can be.

This place is my home. I am committed and passionate about our community and look forward to supporting our students to develop into successful and inspirational young adults.


Associate Principal (Year 11 & 12)

Melanie Ryan

I started my journey as a high school educator in 1994 with my first teaching position in the Wheatbelt. Since then, I have taught at District, Middle and Senior High Schools in the areas of English, Society and Environment and Physical and Health Education. In 2008 I joined Cape Naturaliste College and had the privilege of helping to establish the college and work with such an energetic, dynamic and enthusiastic team of teachers and administrators.


Working at Cape Naturaliste College has been an exciting and rewarding experience and in recent years, I have also had the opportunity to work closely with our local primary schools in supporting the transition of students to the college. I look forward to watching these students play an integral role in the development of the local community and shaping the identity that is Cape Naturaliste College. 


Manager Corporate Services

Vivienne Laws

My career in education began in 1993 when I commenced as a School Officer at Wickham District High School.  I moved with my family to Busselton in 1997 and worked at Busselton Primary School until becoming the foundation Business Manager at the Geographe Education Support Centre. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience establishing the centre and working with the amazing staff who strive to provide opportunities and important life skills for students with special needs.


In 2012 and 2017 I had the opportunity to work as a Senior Finance Consultant, based in Bunbury, providing support and professional learning to school administrators and support staff across the state. Through this role I gained valuable and rewarding experience in all aspects of financial management and staff development.

In 2013 I commenced at Dalyellup College as Manager Corporate Services until joining Cape Naturaliste College in March 2023.  I feel privileged to be part of such a dynamic and professional leadership team and look forward to working closely with the school community to provide our staff and students with every opportunity to achieve their potential.