The risks and challenges of the governance role of independent school boards reflect those of the corporate world. The Board of Directors has between its members 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 our 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 it actively facilitates achievement of our 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.
Mr Greg Evans
Greg is pleased to have joined the MFAC Board after 30 years working in senior Finance and General Management roles for large Corporates including Brisbane City Council, Ergon Energy, Qantas, Coal & Allied and CBA. In his career, Greg has undertaken senior Accounting, Treasury, Financial risk management, general management and strategic planning roles. Greg has both a Masters and Bachelor degrees in Finance related disciplines and is a Fellow of Certified Practicing Accountants and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr John Gannon
Mr John Gannon joined the Matthew Flinders Anglican College Board in 2019. He qualified as a lawyer in Melbourne in 1989 and soon after moved to London, and later Bristol, where he practised Insurance Litigation until 1989. In late 2000, with a colleague, he established an insurance brokerage firm, which was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2008 on its AIM market. John held a number of positions during that time, including Group MD and later Commercial Director in Brightside Group PLC until May 2013. Brightside Group had over 1200 employees over four United Kingdom offices, as well as a related Gibraltar office in Europe and one in Brisbane. At the same time, John set up a personal injury law firm in Cardiff, Wales in 2003 where he was Senior Partner until 2013. When the law firm was sold in 2014, it had over 350 employees working across four offices, including Cardiff, Bristol, Basingstoke and Glasgow.
John moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2014 and is currently involved in a number of charities as well as some non-executive roles both in Australia and the UK.
Mr Evan Gilbert
Chair, 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
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.
Ms Peta Grenfell
Peta is the Managing Director of one of the largest accounting firms on the Sunshine Coast. She is a CPA with extensive experience in providing business and taxation advice across a range of industries. Peta is the Chair for the Business Services technical team across her firm’s national network and also licensed to provide limited financial advice. Through her business, she supports local grassroots charities and has recently become a member of the USC 1996 Society.
Mrs Alison Newman
Director, Board of Directors | Chair, 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 Travis Schultz
Deputy Chair 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.
Mrs Gail Seay
Mrs Gail Seay was previously the Director of Teaching and Learning at the American School of Doha, Qatar. She has worked for over 30 years in international schools in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Bangladesh, as well as in the United States and Australia. Gail served as the Chairperson of the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools, Professional Development Advisory Committee from 2004 to 2019. She also taught at Matthew Flinders Anglican College for a short period in 2000. Originally from Brisbane, Gail now calls the Sunshine Coast home. She is very pleased and honoured to join the College Board of Directors in 2019 and to be able to support the Flinders community.
Mr Mel Tipper
Director, Board of Directors | Chair, 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.