Tintern Governance Matters

New Board Member

Each year at its annual meeting the Tintern Board farewells outgoing directors and welcomes new directors.  This year we farewelled Sumitra Rudra (mother to Jayan in Year 12 and Vishnu in Year 10) and welcomed Rosemary Bennett (mother to Georgina in Year 11). 

Sumitra is an expert corporate risk management consultant, and has helped take Tintern from good to great in this area, both as a member of the Board’s Governance Committee and as a member of the Board.  We are grateful to Sumitra for her significant contribution over her three years as a Board member.

Rosemary Bennett

Rosemary has also been a member of the Governance Committee, and retains that role whilst taking on membership of the Board.

Rosemary lectures at Monash University across Early Childhood and Primary Education in the area of Physical Education, Health and Wellbeing. She has supported the development of a program in the Cook Islands and regularly lectures in Singapore. Her research is in the field of early childhood creativity through music, movement and dance. Rosemary has a strong commitment to experiential learning, education for sustainability and arts-based education.

New Committee Members

The Board has three committees: House and Grounds; Finance and Risk; and Governance. Each of these has external (non-Board) members alongside members of senior staff and Board members. 

The Board has recently appointed four new external members to its committees: Robert Dark, Simon Scherer, Alexander Danne and Andrew Wilcox. You can learn more about these new committee members below.

The Chair, Greg Hoxley, and the whole Board are very grateful for the expert contributions of the external members of the committees.

You may note that the four new committee members are male.  Unfortunately, the three women we spoke to were not able to continue to membership.

Robert Dark

Robert (father of Oliver in Year 7) believes that strong schools are the cornerstone of healthy communities, and has spent the last seven years working towards this goal for his community. Over those years he has been lucky to serve as a school councillor for a local primary school – five of those years as school council president. During that time Robert was involved in the process of rebuilding the entire school: from design to budgeting to lobbying for government funding, and finally construction. During this time he was also involved in the process of sourcing and securing a new principal (twice).

Robert is looking forward to being one of the many dedicated people who make Tintern such a great school and great community. 

Simon Scherer

Simon is the General Manager of a national health service provider specialising in Physiotherapy, Aged Care, OH&S, and Employee Wellness. He is a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute and an Advisor for a New York Medical Research and Marketing firm. Over the last 15 years, Simon has worked in the Medical Device Industry working in Sales and Marketing Management and brings a wealth of knowledge of Strategic Planning, Marketing, Business Development and Leadership. 

Simon is passionate about Tintern Grammar, its students and staff and is looking forward to contributing to the Finance and Risk committee. Simon is married to Nicole (YG 1990) and has two children studying at Tintern, Amelie in Year 3 and Aston in Year 2.

Alexander Danne

Alexander is a Partner at top tier law firm Gilbert + Tobin, practicing in the Banking + Infrastructure group in Melbourne.  Prior to joining the Gilbert + Tobin partnership, he practiced as a Senior Associate at Allens in Sydney. Alexander primarily works with leading Australian corporates and financial institutions on market defining projects within the infrastructure sector.

Alexander has a Master of Laws (International) from Monash University, an Applied Finance Graduate Diploma from FINSIA/Kaplan and recently completed the Infrastructure in a Market Economy course at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Alexander has a 5 year old son. He believes passionately in private education and the values of Tintern, and is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at Melbourne Law School.

Andrew Wilcox

Andrew Wilcox is a finance manager with a career history spanning Deloitte, ANZ and Downer Group, with whom he currently works.  Andrew has honed his skills in the areas of strategy, governance, risk analysis, and driving continuous improvement.  Andrew has degrees in politics and Commerce/Economics and Graduate qualifications in Accounting.  He belongs to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. 

Alongside his family, Andrew has interests in triathlon, football, golf and film-making.

For more information

If you have an interest in being involved in the governance of Tintern Grammar, please email board@tintern.vic.edu.au  to talk further or to put your name on the list for the next governance information session.

by John Capper, Deputy Chair of Board and Chair of Governance Committee



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