St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School Board
The Board is accountable to the Members of the Company, students, parents, staff and the whole school community for the conduct, performance and culture of St Paul’s. The Board will steer the organisation through:
- A strategic role – of setting the overall operational direction of St Paul’s; and
- A stewardship role – of ensuring that St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School has arrangements in place to meet its obligations as an Independent School and that its activities reflect St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School’s values.
The School Board is committed to ensuring that the programs of and teaching in the School must support and promote the principles and practice of Australian democracy, including a commitment to:
- Elected government
- The rule of law
- Equal rights for all before the law
- Freedom of religion
- Freedom of speech and association
- The value of openness and tolerance
Roles and Duties of the Board
It is the role of the School Board to provide strategic guidance for the School and to effectively oversee and review the School’s management. Governance practices require the School to formalise and disclose the roles and responsibilities of the School Board and its Members.
Please note, however, that all matters to do with the day-to-day operation of the School or management issues should be referred to the relevant senior staff member or ultimately to the Principal, Cameron Herbert, who can be contacted by telephone on 03 5623 5833 or email email@example.com . The Board does not involve itself in specific management issues (such as discipline, the details of curriculum, staff concerns, or the payment of fees).
Mr Darren Jennings, Chair
Darren Jennings has over 20 years’ experience in superannuation, corporate tax and public practice tax and accounting. Darren holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting, is a Chartered Accountant and currently the principal of an accounting firm based in Traralgon.
Mr Richard Connelly, Deputy Chair
Richard Connelly has worked in the fields of child protection and social work prior to becoming a lawyer and working in the field of family law.
He spent most of his childhood in Gippsland and has three children attending St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School.
Richard is a member of the Warragul Anglican Church.
Mrs Leanne Williams, Treasurer
Leanne Williams is the CEO of West Gippsland Libraries and a Chartered Accountant. Leanne was an auditor for seven years and has worked in areas of economic development, risk, governance, OHS, IT and finance in local government. Leanne has also held a number of volunteer board positions in the not for profit sector. Leanne is mum to three young children, with two currently enrolled in the Warragul Junior School.
Leanne is a dynamic and collaborative leader. She is a problem solver and lateral thinker and leads by example. Leanne believes the challenges we overcome in our lives make us stronger and women can be successful in their career and as a parent. In fact she believes her children have made her a better leader and have set her on a journey of self-discovery. Leanne says “It is not always easy and things don’t always go to plan. The important thing is to have people around you who can support you on your journey”.
Mr John Flynn, Bishop’s Representative
John Flynn is a retired secondary school teacher who has taught in the ACT, Queensland, England and Victoria. His last three appointments were at Bishop’s Stortford College, Hertfordshire, Beaconhills College and Scotch College all at which he was Head of Design and Technology. He is the honorary treasurer of St John’s Anglican Church, Neerim South. John has three grown children and nine grandchildren. He is married to Judy and lives in Neerim.
Kelly Vardy has over 15 years’ experience in public practice accounting with a specific focus on SMEs and superannuation. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting and Economics and is a Chartered Accountant in a local public practice.
Kelly was raised and completed her studies in Gippsland and has a strong interest in the local community. She has three children who currently attend St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School.
Mr Ondrej Foltin
Ondrej Foltin is a career-long media professional working as a journalist, editor and publisher.
After a decade as the Head of Sport at the Herald Sun, including three Olympic Games, Ondrej has spent the past several years publishing magazines and developing corporate partnerships for News Victoria.
Originally from Geelong, Ondrej has lived in Warragul for six years and has two daughters currently attending St Paul’s.
Ms Tracey Glen
Tracey Glen has 30 years’ experience in education, working particularly within the independent, Anglican and co-educational landscape. Her extensive experience on the school executive and senior management teams of various schools has provided her with a deep knowledge and appreciation of the complexities of school governance and management.
Tracey is excited about the future of education. ‘The children entering education in 2018 will be young adults in 2030. Schools can prepare them for jobs that have not yet been created, for technologies that have not yet been invented, to solve problems that have not yet been anticipated’ (OECD Position Paper 2018). She believes that to enable students to have the skills and attributes to become resilient, adaptable and meaningful contributors to the local and global communities, a school and its Board need to be forward-thinking, while simultaneously valuing and celebrating the traditions upon which the School is based.
Tracey was raised in Warragul and has strong family ties here. She brings to the Board a deep understanding of and respect for St Paul’s, having begun her teaching career here when it was a school of 200 students and 20 staff. Since departing St Paul’s her post-graduate studies have included a Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership and a Master of Education (Student Wellbeing). She is thrilled to be able to reconnect with the School and contribute to the next stage of its journey.
Mr Alastair Baldwin
Alastair Baldwin has a strong background in the design and construction world, having trained as an architectural technician in Scotland, and also working for the world’s largest glass manufacturer.
He now works for one of Australia’s leading window manufacturers, working with architects across Victoria on a variety of projects.
Originally from Glasgow, he has settled in West Gippsland with his wife Romey and two children, Darcy and Isla.
He is very excited to be welcomed into the role of director at St Paul’s to help the school continue being successful in the future.
Ms Kirilee Rhind
Kirilee Rhind is a Charted Accountant, holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting and is currently running her own practice in Warragul. She has over 20 years’ experience working in both taxation and management accounting in the local area, Melbourne and London.
She brings to the board her strong belief that education is a vital part of providing a sound footing for children to allow them to take advantage of opportunities when they arise and create them when there are none.
She is offering her skills in leadership, consultation and collaboration in conjunction with reflection to ensure future opportunities can be taken and that the school continues to provide our community with access to a high standard of educational learning.
Kirilee has been part of the local community since childhood attending both the primary and secondary school at Neerim South and is excited to join the board to assist in the deliverance of an exceptional education through a school whose values align with hers. She has four children who currently attend St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School at the Warragul Junior and Secondary School.