Christine Arnott has retired as Chairperson of the Scotch Oakburn Board of Governance after five years in the role.
The past-student (Hewitt ’77), past-parent and now past-Chairperson has made an extraordinary contribution to Scotch Oakburn College. Appropriately, Mrs Arnott will officially open the new Centre for Science and Mathematics on June 2, the major infrastructure project completed by the College with her as Chair. Mrs Arnott’s family has had a long association with the College. Her mother Mary (née Wivell) was a student of Methodist Ladies College and her two older sisters, Jillian and Joscelyn, attended Oakburn College as boarders. Her father, Bruce Hewitt, was a member of the Oakburn College Board in the 1970s and she is married to Geoffrey, who is a past student of Scotch College (‘76). They have three children, Jenny, Robbie and Scott, who all attended Scotch Oakburn College.
Mrs Arnott attended Oakburn College from 1971-1977 as a boarder and day student. After leaving school she completed a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Tasmania, worked in private practice as a family lawyer and as a Sessional Registrar in the Federal Magistrate’s Court. Mrs Arnott is an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Manager of the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania, and a former member of the Commission’s Board. She has served on several Federal Government advisory councils and boards.
But it is Mrs Arnott’s time serving the College community that is saluted. In 2001 she was appointed to the Capital Planning Committee and represented the Scotch Oakburn Old Collegians Association on the Board of Management. In 2003 Mrs Arnott was appointed Chairperson of the Archives Committee, a role she held until 2010. She has been a great supporter of the Parents and Friends, and her and her husband are life members of the College Foundation.
Mrs Arnott served as Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Governance from 2009 to 2012 and then as Chairperson of the Board of Governance from 2012 to 2017. As Chairperson, Mrs Arnott and the Board have overseen a number of major developments including the construction of the Centre for Science and Mathematics, the redevelopment of the John Morris Centre and additional classrooms in the Jean Gardner building, to name a few. As Chair of the Board in 2012, Mrs Arnott led the recruitment process for the appointment of Principal, Mr Andy Müller and during recent times led the Board through the College’s incorporation process.
All of this has been achieved while at all times remaining a positive force, her love of the College and her passion for helping young people driving her to make an incredible contribution to the College, its staff and students. The College is greatly indebted to Christine Arnott for her extraordinary service.