As a former Tintern student, and now a parent of a daughter in Year 2, Jessica Davies is looking forward to giving back to the Tintern community through her appointment to the Board. Professionally she has completed a Bachelor of Geomatic Engineering, Bachelor of Computer Science and a PhD in location based services (completed at a time before everyone had maps on their mobile phones). She has worked as a spatial solutions consultant (in Business Analyst and Project Management roles) over the last decade, and these skills have proved valuable to the House and Grounds Committee which she joined this year. She has also held leadership positions in industry organisations and is currently acting as a mentor to girls participating in the ‘TechGirls are Superheroes’ program. Grateful for the sense of community, exposure to a range of interests and the subsequent empowerment to pursue one’s own interests which were instilled during her days as a Tintern student, Jessica would like to see these aspects continue to be promoted to current students.
Michael is married to Stephanie and recently became a grandfather. He has been in education throughout his working life teaching across both primary and secondary levels. He has taught in single gender and coeducational settings. His teaching methods are Mathematics, History and Physical Education. His passion is in design and working with wood. Work in independent schools began in 1981 at Caulfield Grammar as a foundation staff member at the Wheelers Hill campus where he was responsible for the setting up of the sports program for both boys and girls.
Tintern figures significantly in Michael’s life. In 1985 Michael began at Tintern as Year 7 Coordinator and over the next fifteen years took on a number of senior leadership roles culminating in being appointed as the foundation Head of Campus for Southwood Boys Grammar School in 1998. He continued with this role through until 2006. Upon departure, after 22 years of service, Michael was approached by St Margaret’s School in Berwick to set up a second campus for boys: Berwick Grammar School. Michael worked with the school in both administrative and teaching roles.
Michael believes that education is fundamental to the orderly operation of society and on an individual basis, to a meaningful and compassionate life. Education should be broad in outlook and provide opportunities for all to flourish.