School Board

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School Board

The Board is responsible for all aspects of the governance of the school.

The Board of Christ Church Grammar School is responsible for all aspects of the governance of Christ Church Grammar School, as a not-for-profit organisation, and a company limited by guarantee. 

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Succession planning with respect to the Principal and the Board and Committee members
  • Liaising with the Parish Council of Christ Church South Yarra, the Diocese of Melbourne, and other statutory and regulatory bodies, as required
  • Ensuring the school meets its obligations with respect to all aspects of compliance and accreditation
  • Collaborating with senior management on strategic and master planning processes
  • Undertaking risk assessment and management
  • Maintaining the school’s financial sustainability
  • Working with the Trustees of the Christ Church Grammar School Foundation and senior management to attract philanthropic support for scholarships and capital projects
  • Assisting senior management to promote, market, and position the school within the education sector; and
  • Supporting the Principal and the senior management team in exercising their delegated responsibilities with regard to the day-to-day running of the school

Board Structure

The Board comprises up to 12 Directors and is Chaired by Paul Sheahan AM. The President of Friends of Christ Church Grammar School is an ex officio member of the Board.

The remaining Directors are appointed with reference to a skills matrix as follows:

  • Two Christ Church Grammar School community nominees
  • Three Director nominees
  • Three Parish Council nominees
  • Two Vicar’s nominees
  • Paul Sheahan, Chair
  • Emma Allen (President, Friends of Christ Church Grammar School, current parent)
  • Melissa Graham
  • Barbara Grant
  • Ian Hockings (current parent)
  • Sandra Ivory
  • Amanda Powell
  • Jenny Proimos (former parent)
  • Nick Sankey (current parent)
  • Damon Stynes (former parent)
  • Melissa Vallence (current parent)

The Company Secretary is Mark Licciardo, Managing Director of Mertons Company Services.

Standing Committees

Four Standing Committees support the work of the Board:

  • Governance
  • Finance, Audit and Facilities
  • Risk
  • Strategic Planning Steering

Each Standing Committee is chaired by a Director, and includes co-opted members from the wider community, of whom there are currently seven.

Ad hoc committees or working groups are created from time-to-time to meet particular needs.

Board and committee members have professional skills and experience in the fields of education (primary, secondary, and tertiary), business, finance, strategic planning, law, risk management, health sciences, corporate and not-for-profit governance, project management, marketing, pastoral care, and public policy.

The Board regularly undertakes reviews and training with the assistance of Independent Schools Victoria (ISV).