Leadership

Leadership which focuses on improving teaching and learning has a significant impact on student achievement. At Launceston Grammar, we use evidence informed teaching and learning practices coupled with highly qualified staff who show a genuine interest in each child’s development to ensure the delivery of outstanding education with excellent results.


Our School continues to thrive with solid foundations of financial security and sound enrolments. Our Headmaster works with the Launceston Grammar Board of Governors to achieve the School’s objectives.

2020 Launceston Church Grammar School Board

Back Row (left to right)

Rev James McKee, Mr Tim Breward, Mr Tom Dowling, Mr Heath Clayton, Mr Dallas Frost

Front Row (left to right)

Mrs Sabrina Runnalls (Minute Secretary), Miss Sarah Murgatroyd (Board Secretary), Mrs Lesley Freak, Mr Richard Ford (Headmaster), Mr Nigel Bailey (Board Chair), Mrs Fiona Woolcock (Deputy Chair), Mrs Claire Gregg

Absent: Ven Dane Courtney

School Board

The Launceston Church Grammar School Board is responsible for the wellbeing of the School, taking or endorsing strategic and financial decisions, and monitoring the School’s finances. The Board is governed by the Christ College Act 1926.

The Board has the following major roles:

  • The setting and overseeing of the strategic plan and educational philosophy of the School;
  • The care of the School’s physical fabric, both existing and future;
  • The care of the School’s finances and risk framework;
  • The care of the spiritual welfare of the School; and
  • In addition, the Board is responsible for the appointment of the Headmaster.

The School Board consists of ten members: the Bishop as Visitor, three members appointed by the Visitor, five members by the Old Launcestonians Association and one by the Board of the Christ College Trust.

The Headmaster attends all Board meetings (except in special circumstances) and the Executive Director of School Services, as Secretary to the Board, also attends. The Headmaster’s Executive Assistant attends meetings as Minute Secretary.

Each Board member is appointed for a term of five years and will continue thereafter until their successors are appointed but for no longer than 12 consecutive years.

The Board is supported in its work by three committees composed of members of the Board. The committees include Finance, Risk and Compliance, and Facilities Management.

Current Board Members come from a wide range of backgrounds, including Information Technology, Design and Construction, and Community Development, and are deeply committed to the School’s continuing success. They are regular visitors to the School, meeting staff and students in order to be in tune with developments and current sentiment.

The current Chair is Mr Nigel Bailey who can be contacted c/o Launceston Grammar, 36 Button Street, Mowbray Heights, Tasmania 7250 or via chair@lcgs.tas.edu.au

Nigel Bailey

(Chair) MBA GAICD

Nigel Bailey

(Chair) MBA GAICD

Nigel has More than 25 years’ experience throughout Australasia In the media sector: established and operated a successful consultancy practice, followed by senior executive, general management, operations and ICT roles across Australia and New Zealand.

Returned to Tasmania with his family in 2014.

Currently Leader, Information Technology (CIO) at TasNetworks, the State-owned transmission and distribution GBE

A Qualified Board Director (GAICD) and holder of an MBA from the University of Tasmania.

Appointed to the Board by the Christ College Trust in 2017 and to the role of Board Chair in 2019. Current Vice President of TasICT, and a former board member of the Launceston Tornadoes, and the Asia Pacific Atex User Group where he served as Chair.

Parent of two current and two former Launceston Grammar students.

Fiona Woolcock

(Deputy Chair)

Fiona Woolcock

(Deputy Chair)

An Old Launcestonian, Fiona is a current parent of the School. Fiona is also a current committee member of the Old Launcestonian Association.

Fiona has a background in Nursing working at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney and as a Specialist Oncology Nurse in Launceston at the WP Holman Clinic.

She also has had considerable experience in the Advertising Industry where she worked at The Campaign Palace in Sydney and Bates in London, working with national and global accounts Australian Meat & Livestock, Bonds, Nokia, Marks & Spencer, Royal Mail and Energizer Europe.

Fiona is a passionate Launcestonian and has recently worked alongside her husband to successfully manage their own business and was integral to merging that business into Knight Frank Tasmania.

Fiona joined the School Board in 2016 appointed by the Old Launcestonian Association.

She has a diverse background working closely with people in many industries across all levels of these businesses.

Parent of two current students.

Tim Breward

CA B.Bus

Tim Breward

CA B.Bus

Tim is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Tax Advisor and Managing Principal of Launceston based Chartered Accounting firm, Johnson Breward Brown.  A locally owned accounting firm with a diverse client base covering: service and professional businesses, mining, manufacturing, retail and primary production.

Appointed to the Board in 2010 by the OLA and Chair of the Finance Committee since February 2011 in addition to previously undertaking the role of Deputy Chair during his time of service as a Board member.

Parent of one current student and one former Launceston Grammar student.

Heath Clayton

RAIA

Heath Clayton

RAIA

A Registered Architect, with extensive experience in design, construction and project management with a particular interest and passion in Education design.  Heath holds a post-graduate qualification in Environmental Planning and has completed a Diploma of Management and Leadership.

Appointed to the Board in 2015 by the Christ College Trust and member of the Facilities Management Committee and Master Plan Sub Committee.

Parent of three current students, Heath is actively involved in coaching a number of sporting teams.

Tom Dowling

Tom Dowling

Tom operates an established primary production business currently specialising in irrigated fodder and livestock production systems.

Tom is an Old Launcestonian, Class of 1985 with networks in a variety of different industry sectors throughout the State.

Appointed to the Board in 2010 by the OLA and Chair of the Facilities Management Committee and member of the Master Plan Sub Committee.

Parent to one current student and two former Launceston Grammar students.

 

Lesley Freak

B. Soc. Sci. (Com. Dev.), Dip. TAA, C IV TAA, CMP, CRCS

Lesley Freak

B. Soc. Sci. (Com. Dev.), Dip. TAA, C IV TAA, CMP, CRCS

Lesley has a background in Community Development, Vocational Education (Training and Assessment) and the management and audit of a school-based Registered Training Organisation. She brings diversity to the Board having lived and been involved in public and private schools, as well as the VET sector in South Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania.

Appointed to the Board in 2010 by the Bishop of Tasmania, Lesley has been involved in the development of the school’s Strategic Plans, Strategic monitoring, a review of the Teaching of Sustainability, and is a member of the Strategic Plan Committee and Master Plan Sub Committee.

Parent of two former Launceston Grammar students.

 

Claire Gregg

Claire Gregg

Claire is a private practice town planner currently serving as a Tasmanian Planning Commissioner.

Claire is an Old Launcestonian, Class of 1997 and has served as the Honorary Secretary of the Old Launcestonians’ Association since 2015.

Appointed to the Board in 2018 by the OLA and Chair of the Risk and Compliance Committee.

Parent of one current student.

Rev James McKee

Rev James McKee

James has held a wide variety of senior professional and board positions across a range of sectors and in not-for-profit organisations, government, university and private companies, most recently as the Chairman of Tourism Northern Tasmania and the Launceston Airport CACG. He is current board director of the Launceston Church Grammar School, Anglicare and Cycling Tasmania. He has been a Trustee of the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania and a past board director of St Giles and Launceston City Mission amongst others.

In his roles as a board director James has a particular interest in strategy, risk and community engagement. His original background is in agricultural science, he is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (MDB), and has been part of community development programmes in the USA and India. James is an ordained Anglican Minister and is a member of the All Saints Network in Launceston.

Appointed to the Board in 2018 by the Bishop of Tasmania and Chairs the Master Plan Sub-committee.

Ven. Dane Courtney

B.A., B.Th., Dip Arts (Theology), Dip Ed.

Ven. Dane Courtney

B.A., B.Th., Dip Arts (Theology), Dip Ed.

Dane is Rector of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Launceston, and Archdeacon for the Northern Ministry District, Diocese of Tasmania. Having previously served on the Council of Trinity Grammar School in Sydney (1994-2017) and as Chairman of Rouse Hill Anglican College Council (2000-2007), Dane is also a member of the Anglican Church of Australia’s Liturgy Commission and a Board member of Broughton Publishing. Prior to ordination, Dane worked briefly as a Teacher (Mathematics).

Appointed to the Board in 2018 by the Bishop of Tasmania and member of the Finance Committee.

The Right Reverend Dr Richard Condie

(Visitor) B Soc Sc, B Th, Dip Min, D Min, GAICD

The Right Reverend Dr Richard Condie

(Visitor) B Soc Sc, B Th, Dip Min, D Min, GAICD

Bishop of Tasmania
Visitor to Launceston Church Grammar School

Richard is the 12th Bishop of Tasmania, commencing in this role in March 2016. Prior to coming to Tasmania, he was the Vicar of St Jude’s Church in Carlton for 14 years, one of Melbourne’s largest Anglican churches. Richard was also Archdeacon of Melbourne, responsible for 17 Parishes in the inner city. He has served as a Director of Ridley College, an Anglican training college, and President of the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion, Victorian Branch. He was Lecturer in New Testament at Ridley College in Melbourne from 1995-2002. 


School Executive

Richard Ford

Headmaster

Richard Ford

Headmaster

Nick Foster

Head of Senior Campus

Nick Foster

Head of Senior Campus

Jessica Kernan

Acting Head of Junior Campus

Jessica Kernan

Acting Head of Junior Campus

Sarah Murgatroyd

Executive Director of School Services

Sarah Murgatroyd

Executive Director of School Services

Michelle Stocks

Director of Teaching and Learning (Grades 7-12)

Michelle Stocks

Director of Teaching and Learning (Grades 7-12)

Felicity Hewitt

Deputy Head of Junior Campus

Felicity Hewitt

Deputy Head of Junior Campus

Claire Calvert

Primary Years Programme Coordinator

Claire Calvert

Primary Years Programme Coordinator

Audra Anderson

Human Resources Manager

Audra Anderson

Human Resources Manager

Brigid Rawlings

Director of Community Engagement

Brigid Rawlings

Director of Community Engagement

Steve Donaghy

Property Manager

Steve Donaghy

Property Manager

 

 

Carolyn Roney

Registrar

Carolyn Roney

Registrar

 

 

Ash Keatch

Head of Boarding

Ash Keatch

Head of Boarding

Ashley Keatch starting in 2021 is the Head of Boarding Launceston Church Grammar School

My vision for a healthy boarding community is to promote open, transparent and honest relationships between staff, students and parents where ultimately every person who lives, works or visits the boarding community feels like they belong to a special community within Launceston Church Grammar School.

Ash has more than 17 years’ experience in education, teaching boys and girls from Grades 6 – 12 in Design and Technology. He has been a Curriculum Leader – Technology and a Project Leader Round Square in South Africa and Nepal where he led 50 international students and staff in building 5 classrooms.

He has 16 years’ experience in boarding at one of Western Australia’s leading independent schools, his roles in boarding have included Assistant Residential Head of Year 6 – 8, Residential Head of Student Wellbeing and Recreation Grades 6 – 12 and Residential Head of Grades 10, 11 and 12.

This is Ash and Lisa’s first time living in wonderful Tasmania. They are parents to two beautiful children Katherine 20 years old in her final year of nursing at Notre Dame University in Fremantle WA and Joshua 18 years old, just finished at Scotch College with 2 Honours, 12 Colours and Captain of Keys House. Josh is studying Sport Science and Exercise and Health at UWA.


Student Leadership

Leaders enable people towards a vision, and we are proud of our students who take on leadership roles at our Junior and Senior Campuses.

Junior Campus

Our Grade 6 cohort embrace the responsibility of being a leader to our Junior Campus students. Their leadership is underpinned by lines of enquiry as well as the School’s Identity of being Courageous, Curious, Creative and Compassionate. Our Junior Campus leaders are:

  • Knowledgeable: helping to facilitate the development of expertise and knowledge and understanding the needs of others.
  • Communicators: demonstrating commitment through effective communication and as a result building strong and healthy relationships across the campus.
  • Trustworthy: displaying integrity, honesty and empathy. They serve with organisation and good time management.
  • Enablers of change: they troubleshoot with confidence and resilience.

Our Junior Campus Leaders are Sports Leaders, Charity and Events Leaders, Community Service Leaders, Sustainability Leaders and Performing Arts Leaders.

Senior Campus

Our School Prefects provide guidance and leadership to the School.

2020 Leaders

  • Tobias Buzzai Wilson
  • Lily Crawford
  • Thomas Foster (Co-Captain)
  • Benjamin Hill (Co Vice-Captain)
  • Eleanor McLean
  • Nicole Patrick (Co-Captain)
  • Elsie Quinn
  • Coco Thyne (Co Vice-Captain)
  • Molly Woolcock

House Leaders

Fraser Co-Captains Jessica Johnston and Chelsea Savage
Gillett Co-Captains Lily Faulkner and Thomas Ferrall
Roff Co-Captains Lucy Alexander and Bradley McGee
Savigny Co-Captains Maggie Ralph and Alec Pitt
Wilkinson Co-Captains Sarah Adkins and Jack Colgrave
Hawkes Co-Captains Kiara Fisher and Warrick Hall
Co Vice-Captains Natalie Lau and Manny Ellis