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


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

Mr John Poynton AO Cit WA FAICD FAIM Sf FIN


John is Chairman of Jindalee Partners, Strike Energy Limited and SC8 Limited. He is a board member of the Future Fund Board of Guardians, a Director of Crown Perth and the Security Research Institute Advisory Board and the Chairman of Giving West.He has previously served as the Chairman, Deputy Chairman or Non-Executive Director of a number of ASX listed companies, Federal Government boards, education institutions and not-for-profit enterprises.

Three generations of the Poynton family have attended the School; John, his father Hartley and his son Blair.

John holds a Bachelor of Commerce and an honorary Doctor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia.

Mr Matthew McNeilly

Vice chair

Matthew McNeilly is Managing Director and a partner of Sirona Capital, a West Perth based private equity firm that focuses on real estate investment and development.Matthew has previously served as the Executive Director to the manager and trustee companies of a number of property investment entities both locally and internationally, having lived, studied and worked in London for more than a decade.

Matthew is currently Chair of the School’s Foundation. He is a former treasurer of the Old Boys’ Association (OBA) and former committee member of the Parents’ Association and together with his wife Tonia, has three sons, Myles, Elliot and Emerson, all attending Christ Church. Matthew was awarded an academic scholarship to Christ Church and graduated in 1983.

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

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.

Currently a member of the Old Boys’ Association Committee and 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 in Year 11 at St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls.

Mr Robert Crossing

Rob Crossing attended Christ Church as a boarder from 1973 to 1978. Before becoming a lawyer, Rob was a registered nurse, working in Perth and Los Angeles. Rob is now the Principal of Crossing Family Lawyers, practising exclusively in family law.

Rob is a member of Collaborative Professionals WA and is a committee member of the 2/2 Commando Association. He is on the Council as a nominee of the CCGS Old Boys’ Association (OBA), of which he is a past president. Rob is also a trustee of the OBA scholarship funds.

Rob is married to Chris Longwill and they have three children, Louis, Adelaide and Amelia. His son Louis graduated from Christ Church in 2011. Rob holds a Bachelor of Laws from Murdoch University.

Dr Caroline Goossens

Caroline is a Child Psychiatrist and the Director of Clinical Services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Perth Western Australia. She has experience as a Child Psychiatrist in varied settings in Sydney, France and Perth.

Caroline brings experience in health leadership, service innovation and redesign and a commitment to improving the socio-emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and adolescents.

Caroline and her family returned to Perth in 2005. Caroline has two sons who 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.

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.

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 Harrison in Year 5 at Christ Church Grammar School and a daughter Milla in Year 2 at Methodists Ladies’ College.

Mrs Lynn Matthews

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

Lynn is a registered physiotherapist and certified life coach. 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.

Lynn is an appointment of the Diocesan Council of the Diocese of Perth and a registered physiotherapist with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Cape Town.

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 – 1982. His three daughters have been educated at MLC.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Education from Curtin University.

Ms Jemma Newton


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 & 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.

Ms Zoe Yujnovich

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 is married with three children.

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

Ex-Officio Member of Council

Principal, Mr Alan Jones

Secretary to Council

Director of Finance, Mr John Price