Board photo caption - Top: Rod Fraser, Andy Müller, Richard Price, Andy Gray; Middle: Christine Arnott, Ian Chesterman, Sally Darke; Front: Anne Dunstan (Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School); Andrew Seen, Lou Clark. Absent: Simon Foster, Judy Terry, Allan Thompson
Each member of the Board of Governance is appointed by the Uniting Church, Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, and is bound by a constitution which is regularly updated and amended to suit evolving conditions.
The most important function of the Board is the appointment of the Principal, who is responsible for the staff and students, programs and activities of the College. The Principal is guided by the Scotch Oakburn Strategic Plan, policies and initiatives developed by the Board of Governance. Other important functions of the Board include financial oversight, risk management oversight, and the development of facilities, buildings and grounds.
The Principal represents staff and students on the Board. Parents & Friends, Collegians, the College Foundation, and the Uniting Church have representatives. Collectively the Members of the Board apply a balanced perspective and a wealth of experience to Board discussions and decisions.
The Principal, in consultation with the Board, appoints the Business Manager who also has the role of Secretary to the Board. The Business Manager´s responsibilities are extensive, forming an important link between Board Committees, the Principal, the Chair of the Board and wider College groups.
Any large organisation embracing so many committees and sub groups needs clear guidelines for good and orderly communication. The point of contact between the College and Board of Governance is through the Principal and the Chair of the Board. Their working relationship is necessarily close, trusting, regular and where necessary confidential.
Chairperson: Christine Arnott
Deputy Chairperson: Judy Terry
Other Board members (in alphabetical order):
Ian Chesterman, Lou Clark, Sally Darke, Simon Foster, Rod Fraser, Andy Gray, Andy Müller, Richard Price, Andrew Seen, Allan Thompson.
The Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School, Anne Dunstan, attends all Board meetings.
Secretary to the Board: Richard Price