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
The Board comprises up to 12 Directors and is Chaired by Michael Urwin.
The remaining Directors are appointed with reference to a skills matrix as follows:
- Three Christ Church Grammar School community nominees
- Three Director nominees
- Three Parish Council nominees
- One Vicar nominee
- Michael Urwin, Chair
- Alicia Sellars-Jones (current parent)
- Sandra Treadwell-Monk
- Amanda Powell
- Professor Jenny Proimos (former parent)
- Nick Sankey (current parent)
- Melissa Vallence (current parent)
- Anjali Woodford (Current parent)
- Duncan Webster (current parent)
- Li Weber (current parent)
The Company Secretary is Mark Licciardo, Managing Director of Mertons Company Services.
Four Standing Committees support the work of the Board:
- Finance, Audit and Facilities
- 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).
Prof Jenny Proimos
BA (MEDIA & COMM) LLB (HONS) (MELB)
Anjali joined the Board in February 2023. She is a member of the Governance Committee and is currently the Secretary of Friends of Christ Church Grammar School.
She is a Partner at global law firm Kennedys, practising in healthcare. She represents medical practitioners and medical defence organisations in malpractice litigation, Medical Board investigations and Coroners inquests. She is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria’s Public Liability and Medical Negligence Committee.
Anjali is married to David and they have a daughter, Cosette, in Year 2.
Appointed Chief Financial Officer of Mars Wrigley Australia in August 2020, Duncan leads both the operational and financial management of the treats and snacks business.
Not your everyday “bean counter”, Duncan embraces his role as a modern CFO. Principles-driven and forward-looking, Duncan is known for his ability to deliver effective change and sustainable growth by playing a dual role of COO/CFO.
Duncan brings over two decades of financial leadership experience working with some of the world’s largest consumer goods companies in Australia and abroad. He first joined the Mars business in 1998, joining the Petcare division, and has since worked across various Mars segments at a global and market level.
Duncan’s strategic foresight, ability to create long-term value creation plans and a belief that Finance plays a critical operational role within businesses is what saw him awarded CEO Magazine’s CFO Of The Year Award in 2022.
Most recently, Duncan spent three years in Chicago as the Global Chocolate Business Unit Finance Director of Mars Wrigley where he played a lead role in the development of value creation plans for our iconic brands.
Prior to this, Duncan was the Chief Financial Officer for Mars Chocolate Australia delivering strong performance and record successive growth over that time.