The risks and challenges of the governance role of independent school boards reflect those of the corporate world. The Board of Directors have between them a broad range of interests, talents and experience. The Board seeks to implement excellence in governance as a key organisational goal by exercising principles of rigour, transparency and accountability. The premise of such a goal is that for the College to achieve excellence in its educational, Christian and community mission, the governing body must be highly strategic and effective in its leadership, planning and oversight functions. The Board governs the organisation in a manner in which actively facilitates achievement of the College’s goals and vision.
The Constitution of the Company links this responsibility to the wider College community, and also to the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane.
The Principal is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors to which he reports regularly. He enjoys total operational autonomy, but also has a high level of accountability. The Director of Business and Operations is responsible for supporting the Chairman and the Board of Directors in their role of governing the affairs of the College.
The Board operates a number of standing committees, including Audit and Governance, Strategy and Risk, and Buildings and Grounds. The role of each of these Committees is to recommend action to the Board of Directors on the basis of considered analysis of information relevant to its specified area of expertise, consistent with routine function under its Terms of Reference or on specific referral from the Board of Directors. All committees report regularly to the Board.
Board of Directors Bios
Professor Shelley Dole
Director, Board of Directors Member, Strategy and Risk Committee
Shelley has been a teacher educator for over 15 years, she is currently the Head of School of Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and was Associate Professor in Mathematics Education at The University of Queensland. ...
She has served on the UQ University Academic Board, the Faculty Board of Studies and currently is a board member of the USC Academic Board and Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee. She is a panel member for the Queensland College of Teachers and holds a position as an Invited Expert on the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA). Shelley’s teaching excellence is recognised nationally through being the recipient of an Australian Award for University Teaching (AAUT) for Teaching.
Mr Travis Schultz
Deputy Chairman and Director, Board of Directors Member, Strategy and Risk Committee
Travis has been living on the Sunshine Coast since 1980 and he commenced his Articles of Clerkship with a Sunshine Coast law firm in 1989. He has practised as a lawyer on the Sunshine Coast since being admitted as a solicitor in 1994. ...
He was the Managing Partner of the Sunshine Coast’s biggest law firm, Schultz Toomey O’Brien until the firm was acquired by a multinational firm, Slater + Gordon, in 2014. Travis brings with him a wealth of business, management and marketing experience not just within the legal profession and business community, but through his involvement in a range of charities and professional associations and also in his role as a member of various boards and also through serving on committees within the Queensland Law Society.
Mr John Knaggs
Director, Board of Directors Chairman, Strategy and Risk
John has extensive experience in strategic business management, governance and risk management. As a chief executive officer in local government on the Sunshine Coast for over a decade, he has been involved in the strategic... and tactical planning associated with managing the impacts of growth on the Sunshine Coast; financial performance and sustainability; business reform; and executive leadership. John is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Evan Gilbert
Chairman, Board of Directors Member, all Standing Committees
Evan has a financial background in Accountancy and Business Management. He has experience in the public accounting sector, as well extensive experience in small and medium-sized enterprise.
The Right Rev'd Jeremy Greaves Archbishop's Representative
Director, Board of Directors Member, Audit and Governance Committee
Before being appointed Bishop for the Northern Region of the Diocese of Brisbane, Jeremy has spent the last 20 years serving in diverse places and parishes across Australia. ...
His love of the bush and life experiences in regional, remote and isolated areas has made him passionate about finding ways in which the Church can engage with the wider community.
Mrs Alison Newman
Director, Board of Directors Chairperson, Audit and Governance
Alison is an experienced Executive having worked in both International and National Leadership roles in Corporate Education, Business Strategy, People and Risk, ... fields balancing competing priorities across Human Resources, Risk Management, Compliance, Business Growth, Marketing and Finances.
Mr Mel Tipper
Director, Board of Directors Chairman, Buildings and Grounds
Mel has extensive management and accounting experience. He was CEO and Managing Director of a Public Listed Company and has served on Boards of large Private Companies.
The objective of the Strategy and Risk Committee is to oversee the effective risk management of the governance and operational affairs of the College, which is seen as an essential component of good governance. Within delegated authority it acts on behalf of the Board of Directors on these matters.
The objective of the Buildings and Grounds Committee is to assist the Board of Directors in fulfilling its corporate governance responsibilities in the oversight of the College’s planning, development and stewardship of the College’s property, physical assets and grounds. Within delegated authority it acts on behalf of the Board of Directors on these matters.
The objective of the Audit and Governance Committee is to assist in fulfilling its corporate governance responsibilities in the oversight of the College’s financial and business affairs. Within delegated authority, it acts on behalf of the Board of Directors on those matters.