The School is governed by a council of twelve of whom one is elected by the Archbishop, three by the Anglican Synod of Perth, two by the Diocesan Council, three by the Old Boys’ Association, one by the Parents’ Association and two by the Council itself. It meets monthly in full council and focuses on strategic direction, policy making and review.
Most Reverend Roger Herft AM, BTh, BD (Serampore)
||Mr John Poynton AO Cit WA FAICD FAIM Sf FIN
John is Chairman of Jindalee Partners and SC8 Technologies.
He is a board member of the Future Fund Board of Guardians, a Director of Crown Perth, Orbital Corporation Ltd and the Security Research Institute Advisory Board. John is also the Chair of Council of Christ Church Grammar School and 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.
John is an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia and is a past recipient of the WA Citizen of the Year Award in the industry and commerce category.
John holds a Bachelor of Commerce and an honorary doctorate of Commerce from the University of Western Australia.
|Mr Matthew McNeilly
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 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.
||Emeritus Professor Jeanette Hacket AM
Jeanette served as Vice-Chancellor at Curtin University from 2006 to 2013 and was Deputy Vice-Chancellor from 2004 to 2006. She led Curtin’s development as one of Australia’s most internationalised universities with campuses in Sarawak, Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore, as well as extensive collaborative activities in China and South-East Asia.
Jeanette has provided leadership in a range of areas including chair of the Australian Technology Network Group of Universities and Chair of the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association during 2013 and has served as a board member on a range of higher education related boards as well as contributing to governance in schools education.
Jeanette holds undergraduate and masters degrees in Law and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Strategic Management. Jeanette is also a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and a member of the Chief Executive Women of 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 Forrest 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.
||Professor Peter J Leedman, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FAHMS
Peter Leedman is a physician scientist, Director of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (Perkins), Laboratory Head of the Laboratory for Cancer Medicine, a Professor of Medicine at the University of Western Australia and an endocrinologist at Royal Perth Hospital. Peter is also Chairman of Linear Clinical Research Ltd, a company owned by the Perkins Institute.
Peter brings extensive experience in teaching, education, academia and working with multiple committees ranging from national selection panels to international editorial boards. A direct link between the Perkins Institute and Christ Church has been developed via the Biodiscovery Program. This program provides many Christ Church boys with the opportunity to be stimulated by cutting edge medical science.
Peter attended Christ Church (1965 -1974) and was Dux in Years 10 and 11. Peter has two sons who have attended Christ Church, Samuel graduated in 2009 and Nicholas in 2013.
||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.
||Dr John van Bockxmeer
John van Bockxmeer is a Pilbara emergency department doctor dedicated to improving the health of all Australians. For over 10 years, John has led numerous voluntary local, national and international initiatives representing excellence in the fields of medicine and community development. Through his charity Fair Game he helps mentor and foster positive change in remote Aboriginal communities through the donation of recycled sports equipment.
John is passionate about ensuring Australia’s future generations are educated holistically and are socially aware, as he was at Christ Church Grammar School. John has completed a Fellowship in Remote Emergency Medicine and previously worked in London, Washington DC, Timor Leste, Tajikistan and numerous rural communities. John was named the Young Australian of the Year (WA), Junior Doctor of the Year and Primary Health Leader of the Year in 2014.
John graduated from Christ Church in 2002 in Jupp House and maintains a strong community connection with the School.
John holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia and a Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine from James Cook University.
Ex-Officio Member of Council
Principal, Mr Alan Jones
Secretary to Council
Director of Finance, Mr John Price
Selection of Council members
Each of the 12 members of Council are appointed for a term of up to three years. Each year the tenures of at least three members expire. Members are eligible for nomination and renomination for up to three consecutive terms.
The constitution of the School provides that the Council consists of:
- One member nominated by the Anglican Archbishop of Perth;
- Three members nominated by the Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Perth;
- Two members nominated by the Diocesan Council of the Diocese of Perth;
- Three members nominated by the Old Boys’ Association, with candidates nominated by the committee of that association and ratified by a general meeting of the association;
- One elected by the Parents’ Association, with candidates nominated by the committee of that association and elected by a general meeting of the association; and
- Two members nominated by the Council itself.
The Council meets monthly in full council and focuses on policy making and review.
The Anglican Church customarily seeks guidance, in the form of a formal recommendation from the Chairman of Council, when determining its appointments to the Council. To formulate a recommendation, the Council usually appoints a nominations subcommittee. The subcommittee considers the occupational and life skills required by council and suggests candidates who may satisfy these requirements. Before delivering its recommendation, Council also prepares a table that sets out background details on all current members of Council for the benefit of the Church. The table includes information about the occupational skills, connection to the School and the level of community involvement of current members.
The same procedures are employed when Council nominates its own members.
The Old Boys’ Association and the Parents’ Association make decisions on their council appointments through their own committees and general meetings. Council has the opportunity to speak to office bearers of both organisations if it wishes to highlight particular attributes and experience that it is seeking to add to its membership at the time the appointments are being considered.