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St Leonard’s College Council Members: Back L-R: Alistair Jack, Kate Bennett Eriksson, Paul Gower (Vice), Kim Visek-Johnson, Paul Lasky, Ken Lark (Chair of the Succession & Board Development Committee), Stephen Evans. Front L-R: Katya Pellicano, Jen Neate (Chair, Chair of the Foundation), Melissa Marcus, Darryl Inns.
The St Leonard’s College Council is constituted by a board of directors (known as the Council) and is responsible for the setting of strategic goals consistent with the vision, values and mission statement of the College.
The Council’s overarching duty is to ensure the highest standards of corporate governance prevail in all aspects of the College’s operation, from strategic planning to daily activities, and to oversee and maintain the long term viability of the College as a provider of the highest standard of coeducational primary and secondary education.
The Council’s responsibilities include:
Appointing the Principal
Evaluating the performance of the Principal
Setting the annual financial budget of the College
Determining the long term financial and operational strategy of the College
Setting the level of fees each year
Planning buildings and equipment according to the needs of the College
Determining the Terms of Business of the College
Approving fundamental policies to apply throughout the College
Ensuring that adequate systems of internal control are in place to manage the financial transactions of the College
Reviewing risk management and mitigation procedures of the College
Reviewing regulatory compliance
The College is a registered Company limited by Guarantee.
The Council consists of at least nine and up to 12 members. The Council endeavours to ensure that at least half of the Council members are drawn from parents (or guardians) of current or past students of the College. The Principal, Deputy Principal and Finance Manager are not members of Council, but attend meetings of Council in their capacity as the Executive Officers of the College.
Candidates for the Council are selected according to criteria including their particular professional expertise and experience, the current mix of skills already available from current members, their interest in the overall long term development of the College and their personal involvement with the College. Potential Council members may indicate their interest to the Council either directly or in response to a call for expressions of interest.
Members of Council give freely of their time and do not receive any remuneration. Most are current or past parents and/or alumni of the College.
The Council meets each month except for December and January and at other times as required. Committees meet regularly. The Council establishes the following committees of Council to carry out detailed tasks and report the results to Council for its approval:
Chair’s Committee (Chair, the Deputy Chairs, the Principal and the Deputy Principal): Day to day communication with the Principal, determines the agenda of Council meetings and provides a sounding board to the Principal on key issues.
Finance, Risk, Audit and Compliance Committee (Members of Council, the Principal, Deputy Principal and Finance Manager): Reviews the financial performance of the College against budgets and forecasts on a monthly basis, develops recommendations to the Council on finance matters, reviews the Statutory Compliance and Risk Management programs of the College and acts as the main interface with the College’s external auditor.
Succession and Board Development Committee (Members of Council): Reviews the skill and experience needs of the Council, manages the succession planning for the Council, interviews potential new members of Council and makes recommendations to Council as to membership of the Council. Coordinates professional learning and the board appraisal process.
Building and Property Committee (Members of Council and the Principal, Facilities Manager, Finance Manager, Director of Academic Development, Director of Technology Innovation): Considers the needs of the College for physical facilities, reviews all major capital expenditure proposals, reviews the progress of all building projects and advises Council on these projects.
Jen brings expertise in school governance and fundraising having chaired kindergarten and primary school boards prior to joining the St Leonard’s Board in 2016. She has been finance manager of a start up telecommunications company now listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and is the mother of former students.
Paul is a partner at EY and was appointed to the St Leonard’s Board in 2013. He is the Deputy Chair of College Council and a member of the Finance, Risk, Audit and Compliance Committee. Paul is the father of current St Leonard’s students, and his wife, Katie, also attended St Leonard’s.
Ken is a Corporate Lawyer and Company Director who joined the Board in 2012. He is Chair of the Succession and Board Development Committee and father to former and current students of the College.
Kate is a specialist in digital innovation and future business trends and models across a range of industries and startups. Kate has experience living and working in Europe and the USA. Kate joined the Board in 2015 and is a member of the Succession and Board Development Committee. She is the mother of a current student.
Stephen is a fund manager, specialising in Australian small companies and joined the Board in 2018. He is a former student of the College graduating in 1995 and is the father of four boys at the College. He is a member of the Finance, Risk, Audit and Compliance Committee.
Darryl is a Chief Financial Officer and joined the Council in 2018. He is a member of the Finance, Risk, Audit and Compliance Committee and the father of current students at the College.
Alistair is a registered building practitioner in the residential and commercial building sectors. He joined the Council in early 2018 and is a member of the Building and Property Committee. Alistair is the father of two boys at the College.
Melissa is a Barrister at the Victorian Bar. She joined the Board in 2017 and is a member of the Succession and Board Development Committee. Melissa is the mother of current students at the College.
Kim brings expertise in corporate governance, superannuation, investments, and insurance and has been on a number of Boards in the Not For Profit space. She joined the Board in 2013 and is a parent of a former student. Kim is a member of the Succession and Board Development Committee.
Paul is a Senior Lecturer and Astrophysicist at Monash University. He is a former student of St Leonard’s having attended ELC through to year 12, graduating in 1990. He and his wife, Bronwyn, have two children at the College. Before joining the Council, Paul was an Ambassador for the Foundation’s Inspiring Innovations Project. Paul very much enjoyed the role of Ambassador and gaining a deeper understanding of the College. He joined the Council in February this year and is a member of the Building and Property Committee.
Katya is a registered architect and Company Director. Joining the Council in 2020, Katya is a member of the Building and Property Committee. She attended St Leonard’s from ELC through to year 12, graduating in 2002. Katya and her husband, Nathan, have two children with their eldest in Junior School this year.