Board


The St Michael’s Collegiate School Board is governed by the Christ College Act 1926 and is responsible for the governance of the School.

Established in 1974, the St Michael’s Collegiate School Board is responsible for the governance of the School.

The Board has four major roles:

  • the care of the spiritual welfare of the School
  • the setting and overseeing of the strategic plan and educational philosophy of the School
  • the care of the School’s physical fabric, both existing and future
  • the care of the School’s finances and risk framework

In addition the Board is responsible for the appointment of the Principal.

To help achieve its objectives the Board meets monthly and also has three committees that meet regularly – the Finance and Internal Audit Committee, the Property and Development Committee and the Governance and Risk Committee.

The board consists of eleven members.

The Bishop as Visitor to the School is ex officio as a Member of the Board. As the Chief Executive Officer of the School, the Principal attends all Board meetings, except in special circumstances, and the Chief Operating Officer, as Secretary to the Board, also attends. The Deputy Principal is a current guest of the Board.

Individual Board profiles can be accessed by hovering over each image below.

To contact the Board, please email board@collegiate.tas.edu.au

Board Members

The Right Reverend Dr Richard Condie

Visitor

B Soc Sc, B Th, Dip Min, D Min

Bishop of Tasmania
Visitor to St Michael’s Collegiate School
Chairman, Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (Australia) Pty Ltd
Director, Anglican Relief and Development Fund (Australia)

Richard is the 12th Bishop of Tasmania, commencing in this role in March 2016.
Prior to coming to Tasmania he was the Vicar of St Jude’s Church in Carlton, one of Melbourne’s largest Anglican churches, for 14 years. Richard was also Archdeacon of Melbourne, responsible for 17 Parishes in the inner city. He has served as a Director of Ridley College, an Anglican training college, and President of the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion, Victorian Branch. He was Lecturer in New Testament at Ridley College in Melbourne from 1995-2002. His formal educational qualifications are in Social Science, Theology, and Ministry.

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Ms Heather Francis

Chair of the Board

B.Com (Hons), MAICD

Chair of the Board
Member of the Governance and Risk Committee
CEO of the RHH Research Foundation
2013 Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year (Community/Government Sector)
Chair of the judging panel for the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women 2014 – 2018
Parent of a current student

Heather has enjoyed a diverse career in the not-for-profit sector, with a focus on adding value to the broader community. While undertaking roles in the areas of health and education across Tasmania over the past thirty years, Heather has also contributed at a governance level to a number of organisations including through her Ministerial appointment to the Tasmanian Women’s Council, as a Board Director of Crime Stoppers Tasmania and also upon the National Board of the Australian Marketing Institute where she was Deputy Chair for two terms.

Heather is currently on the Board of Primary Health Tasmania and was appointed by the Governor to the Board of the Tasmanian Community Fund in 2013. Heather was also delighted to accept a Ministerial appointment as Chair of the judging panel for the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women 2014 – 2018.

After commencing as CEO of the RHH Research Foundation in 2011, Heather was acknowledged as the Telstra Business Woman of the Year (Community/Government Sector) for Tasmania in 2013. She is inspired about the potential for women and girls to join together in making a difference to communities across Tasmania and sees her role as Chair of Board as offering valuable future opportunities to assist with this.

Heather’s most rewarding role is, of course, as a mum. She has two children, Emily and Will, who both commenced their association with Collegiate from their days at the Early Learning Centre. Heather is honoured to have this chance to become more closely involved in the strategic direction of St Michael’s Collegiate and its broader community over coming years.

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Mr Mike Blake

Deputy Chair of the Board

B.Com, FCA, FCPA, FGIA, IPA, FIPAA and GAICD

Deputy Chair of the Board
Chair of the Governance and Risk Committee
Member of the Finance and Internal Audit Committee
Former Auditor General of Tasmania

While Mike has not had daughters at Collegiate, he has a keen interest in private girls’ schools with his and Jenny’s two daughters Mary and Jess successfully completing their studies at St Mary’s in Perth prior to completing tertiary studies in the USA.

Mike’s contribution to the Collegiate Board is complimented by his membership of the Board of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a membership body with more than 110,000 members throughout the world. He is active in standard setting in public sector financial accounting in both Australia and internationally.

He is a keen sportsman having met wife Jenny playing in tennis tournaments although knee injuries now confine his sporting pursuits to the golf course.

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The Very Reverend Richard Humphrey

Board Member

BD, BSc (Arch) (Hons), Dip Min, GAICD

Chair the Property and Development Committee
Dean of St David’s Cathedral, Hobart
Parent of Old Girl of the School

Although born in London, Richard was raised in Hobart, attending The Friends’ School. He pursued studies in Architecture at the University of Sydney, obtaining a BSc (Arch) with the Building Science Prize. This led to work in London in architectural computing, whilst being the part time road manager for a Christian rock band.

After marrying Georgina, he joined her at Moorlands Bible College in Dorset before moving back to Sydney to study at Moore Theological College as an Anglican Candidate. Completing his studies in 1996 with BD(Hons) and DipMin he worked as an Assistant Priest in Killara and then as Rector of Cronulla from 2000-2009.

Returning to Tasmania as Dean of Hobart he is keen to proclaim Jesus as Lord in the heart of Hobart, to build a community of living faith, profound hope and practical love. He also serves on the Boards of St. Michael’s Collegiate and The Hutchins School and has been a soccer coach at both schools as well.

Richard loves being with his four children, listening to music, especially prog rock, and reading, and doesn’t like going to the gym!

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Mr David Clerk

Board Member

B.Com, ICA

Board Member
Chair of the Finance and Internal Audit Committee
Chief Operating Officer, University of Tasmania
Parent of current student and Old Girl

Mr David Clerk has been the Chief Operating Officer with the University of Tasmania, since November 2010. His early career was with Price Waterhouse Coopers and he later held senior roles in strategy, business development, finance and commercial with Alinta/Jemena and TXU Australia.

David is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Securities Institute of Australia and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Tasmania.

He is also non-executive Director of UniMutual and board member for University Foundation, Australian Maritime College Search and St Michael’s Collegiate School.

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Mr Kent Medwin

Board Member

B.Com, MAICD

Board Member (Bishop’s Appointment)
Member of the Property and Development Committee
Director, Rock Property
Director, Compassion Australia
Parent of a current student

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Mrs Clare McShane

Board Member

Diploma of Teaching, FAICD

Member of the Collegiate Board (Bishop’s Appointment)
Member of the Property & Development Committee
Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year 1996
Tasmanian Women’s Honour Roll 2008

Clare was educated at the Conservatorium of Music High School Sydney and St Michael’s Collegiate when her family moved to Hobart. She became a teacher, married and had 5 sons.

As the founder of Casaveen Knitwear, Clare has been successful in the business world for 27 years and she has participated on a variety of boards including Brand Tasmania, the Australian Regional Development Board and Tasmanian Quality Wool Trading Board.

She has also been the recipient of many awards including The Tsuneichi Fujii Award, the Telstra Small Business of the Year Under 20 Employees and was inducted into the Australian Business Women’s Hall of Fame in the year 2000.

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Professor Eleanor Ramsay

Board Member

Doctor of the University, University of SA

Member of the Property and Development Committee

Professor Eleanor Ramsay has worked in education almost all of her career, initially as a secondary teacher in this country and an adult educator in others, as an officer in a teachers’ union, in senior public policy positions in the state education systems and on the boards of senior secondary education in South Australia and Queensland, as a Pro Vice Chancellor in a university, as a researcher, consultant, and policy analyst, and as the chair or member of a range of government boards and expert advisory bodies at the state and national levels. Much of these activities have been at the forefront of social, educational, industrial and policy change aimed at the achievement of greater equality of educational access and outcomes, equal employment opportunities, and gender equity in our public and private lives, emphases also reflected in her research, publications and consultancies.

Professor Ramsay has been awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian Government for her contribution to education and an honorary doctorate by the University of South Australia for her contribution to educational equity at the state and national levels.

Prior to moving to Tasmania almost a decade ago, Professor Ramsay held a senior leadership position at the University of South Australia as the Pro Vice Chancellor responsible for Equity in the inaugural senior management team, also leading a range of other cross-institutional portfolio responsibilities.

Currently she is attached to the University of Tasmania as an honorary professor within the Division of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students and Education). As well as continuing her research and consultancy activities, Professor Ramsay is engaged with community-based and public policy interventions aimed at increasing educational attainment levels across the schooling sector in Tasmania. Throughout her career she has been invited to contribute internationally, most especially in the field of women and leadership development. This includes almost a decade’s engagement with New Zealand’s national higher education leadership program for women as well as international policy and research activities re gender equality in higher education in both Europe and China.

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Mr Tim Rutherford

Board Member

MBA, MA, BA(Hons)

Board Member
Member of the Finance and Internal Audit Committee
Member of the Governance and Risk Committee
Foundation Trustee
Chair of the Foundation Investment Committee
Director of KPMG Hobart
Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Parent of a current student

Tim is a Director in KPMG’s Hobart office, specialising in providing a range of commercial advisory services to private, corporate and government clients. Prior to joining KPMG he was the Acting Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer at MyState Limited, a publicly listed national financial services company.

Tim has extensive international corporate and consulting senior management experience having worked in Australia, Switzerland, United States, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and India on large organisational investment and transformation projects covering mergers and acquisitions, strategy development and implementation, market development, organisational restructuring and performance optimisation.

Tim holds an MBA from the AGSM, MA and BA (Hons) from The University of Melbourne and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is married to Gaye and their daughter Sarah is a student at the school. On weekends he enjoys spending time with family and cycling.

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Mrs Susannah Windsor

Board Member

BA LLB

Board Member
Member of the Governance and Risk Committee
Lawyer
Old Girl of the School

Susannah is a Hobart based lawyer who graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2006. Susannah commenced her legal career with a national law firm and for the last six years worked as corporate counsel for an ASX listed company. During that time she also acted as Company Secretary for the company. Susannah has a strong background in corporate and commercial law, with a particular interest in corporate governance.

Susannah grew up in the Derwent Valley and now lives in Hobart with her family. They like to spend their time at Susannah’s family farm and boating in Tasmania’s beautiful waterways.

As an old girl and boarder at Collegiate, Susannah is pleased to reconnect to the school as a member of the Board.

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    The Right Reverend Dr Richard Condie

    Visitor

    B Soc Sc, B Th, Dip Min, D Min

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    Ms Heather Francis

    Chair of the Board

    B.Com (Hons), MAICD

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    Mr Mike Blake

    Deputy Chair of the Board

    B.Com, FCA, FCPA, FGIA, IPA, FIPAA and GAICD

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    The Very Reverend Richard Humphrey

    Board Member

    BD, BSc (Arch) (Hons), Dip Min, GAICD

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    Mr David Clerk

    Board Member

    B.Com, ICA

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    Mr Kent Medwin

    Board Member

    B.Com, MAICD

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    Mrs Clare McShane

    Board Member

    Diploma of Teaching, FAICD

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    Professor Eleanor Ramsay

    Board Member

    Doctor of the University, University of SA

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    Mr Tim Rutherford

    Board Member

    MBA, MA, BA(Hons)

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    Mrs Susannah Windsor

    Board Member

    BA LLB