All members of our instructor and administrator teams excluding our mascot hold blue cards (Working with Children Check).
BSIS is the direct result of Sean’s vision. He is responsible for the writing of the syllabus and strongly encourages a collaborative atmosphere with the team.
He is a hero of delegation, which is the basis of good administration.
Sharon McHugh Reichman
Head of Administration
Sharon is the creative heart of BSIS and an experienced fencer who has trained for years in Brisbane and in workshops under Puck Curtis. She’s also the first person you’ll meet when you come through the door and she’ll make you feel super important and cool.
Qualifications and Experience: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Journalism, Associate Lecturer in Journalism
Kate manages our finances, but she won’t let us buy a pony. If you have a good idea or you want any issue raised in a meeting, she’s a good person to talk to, because her notebook is always handy.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Business – Accountancy
Hannah Hickey & Adam Kaye
Member Happiness Officers
The position of Happiness Officer involves social support and conflict resolution – although one student accurately summarised it as ‘bringing brownies’.
Hannah’s patronus is the quokka and her life’s ambition is to find the tastiest brand of strawberry ice cream.
Hannah’s Qualifications: Queensland College of Teachers Registration (Working with Children Check – Blue Card Equivalent), Mental Health First Aid, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Non-Violent Communication Training, Community Auslan Introduction
Adam is a student and instructor with The School of Historical Defence Arts, and a student here at BSIS. Most notably, he cheered the entirety of Swordplay 2017, one of Australia’s major national historical European fencing events, by competing with a Grover cover on his fencing mask.
Lois is a native Spanish speaker who has translated Figueredo’s writings on offhand weapons for our scholar course. She has presented HEMA workshops based on her translations both interstate and at Brisbane’s Swordplay tournaments.
Her Spanish voice is also super cool to listen to.
Hannah is a secondary education teacher who attends our fortnightly instructor meetings. She gives Sean the fancy pedagogical words to explain his vision, ensures that the instructor principles are followed, and ensures inclusive pedagogy.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Education (Secondary), University Medalist, Member of National Exceptional Teachers for Disadvantaged Schools.
Henry “The Fox” Walker
Brisbane School of Iberian Swordsmanship is part of Henry’s plans to take over the world through his rapidly expanding network of satellite schools. Check out his well-established School of Historical Defence Arts, and his other sponsored schools Brisbane Swords (run by James Wran) and Australis Scherma Scuola di Spada e Sciabola (run by Chris Godwin), to assist him in this noble cause.
Dart provides cuddles and has recently learned how to pose for a photo. He conscientiously attends every instructor meeting, offers commentary on lessons, and has travelled to interstate tournaments and international training events.