COLLEGE BOARD

College Board

Meet the Board

Mr John Oates OAM, B.Sc.Agr., Cert.Mgt.

John Oates graduated from Sydney University with an Agricultural Science degree and spent the next 37 years as officer in charge of the Sydney University Plant Breeding Institute at Castle Hill and then at Cobbitty, NSW. More recently he has developed his own business, Valley Flora Solutions, and has become a qualified person under the Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994. As a consultant, he conducts plant breeder’s rights trials for clients in Australia and overseas, and he conducts plant breeding experiments and research in its own right. He also consults with horticultural and agricultural clients on matters in which he has experience and expertise.

John continues his relationship with Sydney University as an appointed Honorary Research Associate. He has been responsible for a number of personal research programs as well as resource support for the Plant Breeding Institute’s research program which centred on disease resistance for winter cereal crops. In 1989/90, John was instrumental in the design and relocation of the whole facility from Castle Hill to Cobbitty – a total project cost of some $13m.

John was elected chairman of the board of the Presbyterian Ladies College, Sydney in 1985 – a position he held until his retirement in 2005. During this period, enrolments at the college increased from 700 to over 1300 students with 140 full time staff. Other achievements included the establishment of a PLC Foundation in 1987. This initiative provided valuable funds and resources for the development of many new buildings, as well as providing new educational opportunities for students.

In 1996, John was elected chairman of the Board of the Association of Independent Schools; from this role, he gained valuable insight and experience regarding negotiations with the various levels of government.
Mr Trevor Ament FCPA
Trevor Ament was appointed to the South Coast Anglican Schools Board in September 2013. Trevor is the Registrar and General Manager of the Canberra/Goulburn Diocese, a role he has undertaken since January 2011. Prior to his current role, Trevor worked in the insurance, reinsurance and funds management sectors with the Territory Insurance Office. He also held the role of Chief Financial Officer for the Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation. Trevor has a Bachelor of Business (Economics/Finance) and a Masters in Accounting. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a fellow of CPA Australia.
Mrs Jane Matthews
Jane Matthews lives in Long Beach at Batemans Bay with her husband and three children, two of whom currently attend St Peter’s Anglican College. Jane is an early childhood teacher; she graduated from the University of Canberra with a Bachelor of Education in 1998. Jane has been a teacher in the Batemans Bay area for the past 18 years. Jane’s teaching experience includes employment as the kindergarten teacher at St Peter’s Anglican College during the foundation years. Jane and her husband, Stephen, own and operate the Northside Early Learning Centres in Batemans Bay and Moruya. Jane also serves on the Board of Muddy Puddles – Eurobodalla Education and Therapy Services, whose mission is to improve the accessibility of therapy and educational services for children and young people with a disability. Jane is committed to high quality education and care for children within our Shire.
Mrs Gudrun Stylianou
Mrs Gudrun Stylianou graduated from the RMIT in Melbourne with a Bachelor of Business in 2001. She worked in banking (CBA) and finance (Ford Motor Co.) until she and her husband John moved to Bega in 2005 as the new owner/operators of Tarra Motors. From its humble origins as a sole Ford franchise, the business has now grown into a four-franchise organisation that employs 25 people.

Gudrun commenced her membership on the board in 2009 and is the oldest serving member of the current South Coast Anglican Schools Board. She also serves on the Finance Committee. Her two children are students at Sapphire Coast Anglican College.
Dr Beth Heyde
Dr Beth Heyde has a professional background in scientific research (biochemistry) that began in 1963. She was an officer with the Australian Science and Technology Council that advised the Prime Minister (1981-1987) and went on to become a senior executive in the corporate centre of CSIRO until her retirement. Other activities include long terms on Diocesan bodies (Synod, Bishop-in-Council, Ministry Executive, Council of St Mark’s National Theological Centre), Diocesan school boards (Radford College 1983-1996, Foundation Chair for Burgmann Anglican School 1996-2007), the Diocesan Schools Council (since 1998) and National Anglican Church bodies (General Synod and its Public Affairs Commission). She also serves as a weekly volunteer at an emergency relief centre and at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, and she enjoys interacting with her four grandchildren, aged 10 – 22.
Mr Tim McGhee
Tim McGhee spent his early years in Tasmania and moved to the ACT in 1973. He has been an active member of the Anglican Church in the Canberra/Goulburn Diocese for a number of years. He is currently chair of the Diocesan Finance Committee and a member of Bishop-in-Council. He worships at St Matthew’s Anglican Church in Wanniassa in the ACT. Prior to retiring in 2012, he worked in the private and public sectors in Canberra.
Mrs Karyn Starmer
After studying for a Bachelor of Economics at the University of Sydney, Karyn spent ten years working at HSBC as a financial markets trader. Deciding that city life was not for them, Karyn and her husband Neil escaped from Sydney in 1995, arriving in Moruya in 1999. Karyn has been an active member of the Eurobodalla community including long serving senior roles with Broulee Dolphins Rugby Union, Moruya Surf Club, Mirrabooka Riding Club and the Moruya Jazz Festival. Karyn’s two children were educated at St Peter’s Anglican College, her youngest attending from kindergarten through to year 12. Karyn has been an active member of the St Peter’s community since the foundation years, including five years as president of the St Peter’s Parents & Friends Association and two years on the St Peter’s Anglican College Board. While supporting two active children and a GP husband, Karyn completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Arts (Journalism) at Charles Sturt University. Karyn now works as a freelance journalist and is a producer at ABC Radio in Canberra.
The Venerable Carol Wagner BTh., Adv.Dip.Mus.Ed., L.T.C.L.
Carol, a former high school music teacher, graphic artist and business owner, has served in the Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn since 2000. She was student minister and then curate at St Nicholas North Goulburn from 2000 – 2002, Rector of Taralga from 2002 – 2005, Rector of Berridale & Snowy Mountains and Area Dean from 2006 – 2010 and Rector of Bodalla & Narooma from 2010 to the present. She has served as a board member of Synergy Youth, a member of the Diocesan Mission Task Force and a member of the Electoral Synod Organising Committee. She is currently on the board of South Coast Christian Schools, a member of Bishop in Council and is the Archdeacon for the Coast.
Bruce Kennedy CPA
Bruce graduated from the UNSW with a Commerce Degree. He then commenced his career as a finance trainee at Amoco Australia in North Sydney, an oil refiner and retailer (now part of BP). Due to a strong interest in mining plus a desire to travel, Bruce headed to Perth and there commenced a 27-year mining career in finance and management roles. Overseas secondments to Fiji, Sweden, Russia and Indonesia occurred plus domestic residential roles in Mt Magnet, Three Springs, Kalgoorlie, Perth, Newcastle and Cobar. Bruce met his wife whilst travelling in Africa and has three children, one who is currently at St Peter’s and two who have recently finished there. Bruce is currently employed in a project capacity assisting Eurobodalla Shire Council to implement an integrated business system.
Anthony Mayne
Anthony joined the Board in 2015. He has spent over 20 years in HR and management, having worked for some of Australia’s largest organisations, including BHP and Aurizon. A graduate in business from Deakin University and a certified member of the Australian Human Resources Institute, he is also a Councillor and Deputy Mayor with the Eurobodalla Shire Council. Anthony is married to the Reverend Linda Chapman, the rector of St John’s Anglican Church, Moruya.
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