The Annesley Council is responsible for the governance of the School.

We are fortunate to have a diverse and experienced group of professionals on the Annesley Council who were selected for their specific skills in their areas of expertise. Many of the Council members also have a vested interest in the School as current parents, grandparents and Old Scholars. Let us introduce them to you:

  • Bruce is a Chartered Accountant and Company Director. He presently chairs and is a director of companies involved with agriculture, wine, tourism, retail and aged care.

    He also consults to a number of businesses. He has been a member of a number of School Councils for many years as well as Treasurer and Chair. He joined Annesley College Council as Chair in 2012 at the commencement of Annesley Junior School. He enjoys family, sport and socialising. Bruce’s granddaughters are current students at Annesley.

  • Darren has been a member of the Annesley Junior School Council since 2008. He is the Director and Senior Adviser of Acuity Private Wealth a Wealth Management and Financial Advice business in Fullarton. Darren also is a member of the Annesley Finance and Business Committee. He is a regular speaker on business and economic trends and investment market commentator and holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) qualification including a member of the Financial Planning Association. He holds the Master Stockbroker designation with the Stockbrokers Association of Australia. He is also a loving husband and a father of 2 children, including Logan a student at Annesley. Darren’s son is a current student at Annesley.

  • Over nearly 20 years, Luke has taught and led in prominent Independent Schools in the United Kingdom, SA, ACT and NSW. He was a member of the Prime Minister’s National Youth Roundtable, an Australian delegate to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, is a former Elected Member of Local Government, was awarded the City of Onkaparinga’s Young Citizen of the Year and the Centenary Medal for service to Australia’s young people. Luke serves as the current Board Chair for the Association of Independent Schools in SA and on the Oversight Committee for Uniting Venues in SA. Luke’s children are current students at Annesley.

  • Ex-Moderator of the Uniting Church in South Australia, Rev Sue Ellis serves as the Moderator’s representative to the Annesley School Council. She first joined the Council as Moderator in 2016. An ordained Uniting Church minister, Sue has a prior history in Education as a K-12 teacher, with a deep love of Geography and Science and a passion for Early Childhood development. Semi-retired, Sue worships at the Seeds Uniting Church in Aberfoyle Park. She is part of the Uniting Church Covenant group with First Peoples, and a SAPOL Chaplaincy leader. In her spare time, she tends a rose garden, reads widely and enjoys family dinners with her grandchildren.

  • Sally is an Associate Professor in Bio-Inorganic Chemistry at the University of South Australia, where she is focused on delivering high quality and innovative education and on furthering knowledge in biology and medicine through the application of chemistry. On the weekends you will find her with a paint brush in hand renovating her house or driving around Adelaide as a soccer mum. Sally’s son is a current student at Annesley.

  • Chris has been an educator for 48 years and a Principal or Head of School for over 36 years. He has contributed to school boards for over 30 years. His strengths include a strong vision for student learning and staff empowerment, support for leadership teams, understanding the complexities of schools, government compliance and realistic expectations. Chris on a personal level, is a great listener, empowers others and is an optimist. He has been married to his wife Julie for 48 years and together have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.

  • Kymberley is the Insurance Specialist & Assistant Company Secretary at ElectraNet Pty Ltd. Kymberley joined ElectraNet in June 2018 and provides specialist insurance advice across the business. She has practised as a lawyer for more than 20 years in the area of insurance and corporate risk in Adelaide and New South Wales. Kym’s formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts/ International Relations from Flinders University. Kym is a Graduate of the AICD and is the current President of the Women Lawyer’s Association of South Australia. She also sits on the Architectural Practice Board of SA.  She has been a member of the Annesley Junior School Council since 2017. Kym’s son is a current student at Annesley.

  • Jill joined the Annesley Junior School Council in 2018 and is a member of the Finance Committee. After many years in senior management in Independent Schools in South Australia and Victoria, Jill is now semi-retired.  She has an abiding and heartfelt passion for the academic and social wellbeing of students and their families and for staff of schools.  Her formal work is now as a consultant, supporting schools throughout Australia with reviews of programs and in change management, and is also as a consultant to SPELD SA. Jill appreciates relaxing with family – especially her three precious grandsons. She also enjoys travel, reading and walking the many bush paths near her home in Beaumont.

  • Gill is a powerful and thought provoking communicator. Her vital work, particularly in countering violent extremism, became her focus after she was left severely and permanently injured from the actions of a suicide bomber in the co-ordinated terrorist attack on London’s transport network in July, 2005.

    ‘Designing a sustainable peace’ has become the core focus to Gill’s body of work. Under the acronym for Making a Difference ‘M.A.D.’, Gill has created both an agency, a ‘think’ and ‘do’ tank, M.A.D. Minds and a creative business, Music Art Discussion, where she brings her performance and visual art together to express her wonder and observations of life

  • Georgia is a Senior Communications and Engagement Advisor at DM Roads, a Downer Group business. She has previously worked as an advisor to a federal member of parliament, as well as at BAE Systems Australia and strategic advisory firm Bespoke Approach. Georgia’s formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Journalism, Bachelor of International Relations and a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communications from the University of South Australia. Georgia is currently a South Australian Councillor for the Public Relations Institute of Australia. Georgia is an Annesley College Old Scholar. In her spare time, Georgia enjoys catching up with family, trying new restaurants and telling really bad dad jokes.

  • Ben is the Operations Manager of Inovor Technologies – an Australian owned space and defence company developing satellite technologies – responsible for mission delivery, business development and corporate services. He is also a Director on the Board of the Space Industry Association of Australia. Ben has over 20 years’ experience leading significant and complex projects, including at the senior levels of the private and public sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Management Information Systems) and a Graduate Certificate in Space Studies from the University of South Australia. He is also a graduate of the International Space University’s Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program. Ben’s daughter is a current student at Annesley.

  • Dave carries over a decade of experience in leadership, strategic facilitation, entrepreneurship and digital innovation. Principal and MD of transformation consultancy, D. Why and Co-Founder of theNXT, a leadership development and technology startup, Dave is an award-winning entrepreneur, a forward thinker, a strategist and an architect of change. With an undergraduate in design thinking and an MBA in innovation, he has made a career out of joining the creative and the commercial, crafting strategic conversations about value, people and the impact of digital on the world around us. Dave is a basketball-mad father of three, with two daughters currently attending Annesley.

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