Council of Governors

The Council of Governors ensures the School develops and implements strategies and activities to enable it to fulfil the objectives of the School’s Act and Statutes, make prudent financial decisions and monitor the School’s investments for the future.

Together with the Headmaster, the Council of Governors supports the School’s Senior Leadership Team to oversee decisions of strategic significance for the future.

Meet Our Governors

  • Archbishop Geoffrey Smith

    Archbishop Geoffrey Smith was appointed President and Visitor in 2017.

    He was ordained a deacon in 1982 and priest in 1983 and served in the Anglican Diocese of Grafton (1982–1987 and 1990–2000), the Diocese of Aipo Rongo, PNG (1987–1990), the Anglican Board of Mission (2000–2005) and the Diocese of Brisbane (2005–2017).

  • Joe Thorp

    Joe was appointed in 2015 and was elected Chairman in May 2016. He is a current parent and is a member of the Emergency Committee, the Executive Remuneration and Review Committee, and the Finance Committee.

    With a BA in politics and history, an MBA and a Company Directors Course Diploma, Joe is a Fellow of the AICD, CEOI and AIM. He is Hon Lay Canon in the Cathedral Chapter. Joe is also Chief Executive of TechInSA supporting the high tech early commercialisation ecosystem for South Australia. He is Chair of Guide Dogs SA/NT, Director of Royal Guide Dogs Australia, chairs the Council of St Peter's Cathedral, and is a Director of A Noble & Son.

  • The Reverend Dr Matthew P Anstey

    Matthew is an ex officio nominee of the Archbishop to the Council of Governors and commenced in 2012. He is a current parent and a member of the Facilities Committee.

    Matthew is Principal of St Barnabas College and Canon Theologian in the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide. He is Senior Lecturer in the Old Testament at Charles Sturt University and a Visiting Research Fellow at Adelaide University.

  • Mark Balnaves (MAC ’87)

    Mark was appointed as the member of the St Peter's Collegians' Association to the Council of Governors in 2011. He is a current parent, old scholar and a member of the Executive Remuneration & Review Committee, and Chair of the Finance Committee.

    Mark is a director of advisory firm, Evans & Ayers. He has a Masters in finance from London Business School as well as degrees in economics and law from Adelaide University.

  • Richard Bryant

    Richard was appointed in 2016. He is a current parent and Chair of the Facilities Committee and the Project Control Group.

    Richard has held senior leadership and general management positions in a career spanning 32 years. He has a Bachelor of Engineering and an MBA. Richard is currently General Manager SA for Metricon Homes and is also the Master Builders Association President in SA.

  • Marcus Clayton (YNG ’81)

    Marcus was appointed in 2016. He is a current parent, old scholar and is a member of the Facilities Committee, and Audit and Risk Management Committee.

    Marcus is General Counsel and Company Secretary of Adelaide Brighton and is a member of the executive management team for this S&P/ASX100 company. An experienced commercial lawyer, he has previously held positions as General Counsel of FH Faulding & Co, Senior Legal Counsel – Pharmaceuticals with Mayne Group, and he was a partner with solicitors Finlaysons.

  • Fiona Hele

    Fiona was appointed in 2016. She is a current parent and is a member of the Finance Committee.

    Fiona has a Bachelor of Commerce, is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    Fiona is a professional non-executive director and business consultant. Current board roles include the SeaLink Travel Group, Adelaide Venue Management Corporation and the South Australian Tourism Commission.

  • Suzanne Mackenzie

    Suzanne was appointed in 2012. She is a current parent and is a member of the Finance Committee, and Audit and Risk Management Committee.

    She has degrees in law and commerce, both from the University of Melbourne. She is currently a principal and founding partner of business law firm, DMAW Lawyers. She has significant board experience including more than 10 years as a board member of the South Australian Lotteries Commission.

  • Jim McDowell

    Jim was appointed in 2016. He is a current parent and is a member of the Facilities Committee.

    Jim has a law degree from the University of Warwick (England). He joined British Aerospace in 1996 and was Chief Executive Officer of BAE Systems Australia from 2001 to 2011 and from 2011 until 2013 he was Chief Executive Officer of BAE Systems Saudi Arabia. He is a Chair on a range of boards including the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Defence CRC for Trusted Autonomous System and Total Construction. He is also a non-executive director of Micro-X, Codan and Austal and a board member of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute Council, the Royal Automobile Association and the Adelaide Football Club.

    Jim is the Chancellor of the University of South Australia.

  • Andrew McLachlan (DAC ’83)

    Andrew was appointed in 2015. He is a current parent, old scholar and is a member of the Finance Committee.

    Prior to taking up executive appointments, Andrew worked as a lawyer specialising in superannuation, banking and finance law. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Laws from Adelaide University, a Master of Laws from the University of Edinburgh and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (universities of Sydney and New South Wales).

  • Chris McMichael (W&A ’74)

    Chris was appointed in 2006. Chris is a past parent, old scholar and is a member of the Executive Remuneration and Review Committee, the Emergency Committee, and Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

    Chris is a Certified Practicing Risk Manager and is the National Practice Leader for Energy Aon Risk Services. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Leeston McNab

    Leeston was appointed in 2011. She is a current parent and a member of the Facilities Committee.

    Leeston has a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Bachelor of Arts. She has worked as a speech pathologist in education, health and private settings, specialising in early childhood and autism. She is a freelance editor, research officer and tutor with UniSA. Leeston has considerable school council and management experience.

  • Dr Richard Sawers AM (ATH ’66)

    Richard was appointed in 2017. He is a current parent, old scholar and is a member of the Facilities Committee.

    Richard is an experienced dental surgeon. He currently holds board positions in health, education and not-for-profit organisations within private and public sectors, including a long involvement with philanthropic organisations. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Ben Wilson (DAC ’86)

    Ben was appointed by the Diocesan Council to the Council of Governors in 2014. He is a current parent, old scholar and is a member of the Facilities Committee.

    Ben has been a chartered accountant for over 20 years and is a senior executive with Macquarie Bank. He has previously held ASIC and ASX accreditation as an adviser for securities and derivatives, and has experience across a wide range of industries both in Australia and overseas.