Council

The School is governed by a council of twelve who meet monthly in full council and focus on strategic direction, policy making and review.

The nominations for council positions are as follows:

  • one nomination each by the Archbishop and the Parents’ Association
  • two nominations each by the Diocesan Council and the council itself
  • three nominations each by the Anglican Synod of Perth and the Old Boys’ Association

Each year the tenures of at least three members expire. Members are eligible for nomination and renomination for up to three consecutive terms.

The Council Charter can be found here.

Council members

Visitor

The Most Reverend Kay Goldsworthy AO
Archbishop of Perth and Metropolitan of the Province of Western Australia

Mr Matthew McNeilly

Chair

Matthew McNeilly owns and is Managing Director of Sirona Capital, a leading private Western Australian based real estate investment and development company.

He is an Executive Director to the manager and trustee companies of a number of property investment entities and has significant international experience, having previously lived, studied and worked in the United Kingdom for a decade.

A former Chair of the School’s Foundation, Treasurer of the Old Boys’ Association (OBA) and committee member of the Parents’ Association, together with his wife Tonia, Matthew has three sons, Myles, Elliot and Emerson, all currently attending Christ Church.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Business Administration from London Business School.

Matthew was awarded an academic scholarship to attend Christ Church and graduated in 1983.

Ms Zoe Yujnovich

Deputy Chair

Zoe has over twenty years’ experience in the mining industry, including a number of senior leadership positions with Rio Tinto and Shell, and has worked internationally in the USA, Canada, Brazil and the United Kingdom.

Zoe is currently Shell’s Executive Vice President Australia/New Zealand and Country Chair Australia. In this role, she is responsible for managing the company’s portfolio of LNG projects in Australia including Shell’s role in the development of the Arrow resource and QGC. She also managed a broad range of senior stakeholders for the smooth deployment of Prelude, the company’s first deployment of floating LNG technology.

While managing Shell’s Oil Sands business in Canada, Zoe drove transformational changes in the business, delivering notable improvements in safety and environmental performance as well as positive cash returns in a period of sustained low crude prices.

Zoe holds an engineering degree from the University of Western Australia and an Executive MBA from the University of Utah.

Zoe is married with three children.

Mr Toby Browne-Cooper

Toby Browne-Cooper has 20 years’ experience in the construction and infrastructure sector, including as a legal executive and company director. He is a managing partner and co-founder of boutique infrastructure advisory consultancy, Ubique Partners. Toby is also a co-founder and director of innovative aged care accommodation provider Oryx Communities.

Former secretary to the Old Boys’ Association and current Chair of the School Foundation, Toby holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Western Australia, Bachelor of Law from Bond University and a Master of Public Infrastructure from the University of Melbourne. He is also on the board of the West Australian Music Industry Association Inc (WAM).

Toby and his wife Nita Peploe have a son attending Christ Church in the Senior School and a daughter at St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls.

Dr Caroline Goossens

Caroline is an Australian trained Child Psychiatrist who has worked in varied settings in Perth, Sydney and France. Caroline brings clinical expertise and experience in health governance and leadership, service innovation and redesign, and a commitment to improving the socio-emotional wellbeing and mental health of all children and adolescents.

Caroline is the former Chair of The Faculty of Child Psychiatry (WA) and Director of Clinical Services for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in Perth. She returned with her husband and three children to Perth in 2005. Caroline’s two sons have enjoyed Christ Church with the eldest graduating in 2013.

Caroline holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Western Australia and a Fellowship from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Professor Colleen Hayward AM

Professor Colleen Hayward AM is former Head of Kurongkurl Katitjin, Edith Cowan University’s Centre for Indigenous Education and Research and former Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equity and Indigenous) at the University. Colleen comes from a teaching family with both her parents and two siblings having been teachers, and her father was the first Aboriginal teacher, and Principal, in Western Australia.

For more than 30 years, Colleen has provided significant input to policies and programs on a wide range of issues, reflecting the needs of minority groups at community, state and national levels. She has an extensive background in a range of areas including health, education, training, employment, housing, child protection and law and justice, as well as significant experience in policy and management.

As a senior Noongar woman, she has been recognised for her long-standing work for and on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.

Professor Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Australia for five years from January 2012, after serving as Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University in Victoria from 2007. In 2017 he was appointed Director of the Forest Research Foundation at the University of Western Australia and Warden of Forest Hall. Paul is a member of the Australian Research Council. Paul has been a director of UniSuper and has served on a number of professional councils, learned societies and professional bodies in the United Kingdom.

Paul is an Expert Adviser on Pension Reform and the Economics of Demographic Change to the World Bank, the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, the British Government and the House of Lords.

Paul holds a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Oxford.

Hamish Jolly

Hamish Jolly is a seasoned senior executive and board member with extensive public and private sector experience including investment development, finance and innovation, renewable energy and technology commercialisation. He is also a member and former President of the School’s Old Boys’ Association.

Hamish and his wife Shereen have three boys, Taegan and Donovan who have graduated from Christ Church and Angus who is currently at the School.

Mr Ben Lisle

Ben Lisle is a Director and founder with Linc Property, Western Australia’s largest locally-owned private industrial land developer.

Ben has extensive experience in all facets of property development including due diligence and acquisition structuring, planning and environmental approvals, development management and financing of commercial and industrial property.

Ben was previously a Director and co-founder of Azure Capital and a Director of Poynton and Partners. His work included management of numerous significant capital raisings and IPOs, the structuring and execution of large project finance packages, the management of mergers and acquisitions and provision of strategic corporate advisory services.

Ben and his wife Gina have an involvement in and ongoing commitments with a range of not for profit organisations including Youth Focus and the Ride for Youth, the Black Swan State Theatre, the Noongar Charitable Trust and the SAS Resources Fund.

Ben holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Australia, a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Financial Services Institute of Australia and has completed the Management Development program at Harvard Business School.

Ben has a son at Christ Church Grammar School and daughter at Methodist Ladies’ College.

Mrs Lynn Matthews

Lynn Matthews has been actively involved as a parent at both Christ Church and MLC.

Lynn is a registered physiotherapist and certified life coach with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Cape Town. She specialises in the area of orthopaedic manipulative therapy, and has worked as a physiotherapist in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Perth. As a coach her focus is human behavioural strategies and shifting the perception of pain. She is passionate about the general wellbeing of our youth and is a strong advocate of The Wynne Centre for Boys’ Health and Wellbeing, founded in 2015.

Lynn is married with three children, Bianca, Libby and Mark. Mark graduated as a ‘Lifer’ from Christ Church in 2015.

Mr Peter Murray

Peter Murray is the Learning and Development Manager for Apple, leading an education-focused team across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. He works with school and universities in the region with a focus on education technology.

He has previously served on staff for 11 years at Christ Church Grammar School with eight years as part of the executive team. His positions included Director of Studies and Director of ICT services.

Peter is a member of the Old Boys’ Association (OBA) and attended Christ Church from 1972 to 1982. His three daughters have been educated at Methodist Ladies’ College.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Education from Curtin University.

Ms Jemma Newton

Treasurer

Jemma Newton is a qualified chartered accountant providing audit, accounting and other reporting advice to her clients, which have included ASX 50 listed entities, large proprietary companies, trusts, government departments and not-for-profit organisations from a diverse range of industries.Jemma is a partner in Ernst & Young’s Assurance and Advisory Division in Perth and was previously part of the Ernst and Young Technical Consulting Group. Jemma holds a Bachelor of Commerce from The Australian National University in Canberra and a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting from the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.

Jemma is a registered auditor, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a member of the Curtin University, School of Accounting Advisory Board.

Ex-Officio Member of Council

Principal, Mr Alan Jones

Secretary to Council

Director of Finance, Mr John Price