School Board

The Scots School Albury operates under the auspices of the Uniting Church of Victoria and Tasmania. The Church sets out guidelines for members of School Boards.

The Board is responsible for setting corporate objectives and initiating and monitoring the activities which lead to those objectives being achieved. It also oversees the financial performance and status of the School. It monitors the performance of the Principal who is appointed by the Board.

Board members are not representatives of any group or interest. However, at present, our Constitution does require that a number of the Board are members in association with the Uniting Church in Australia. Appointments are made for an initial term of three years and are renewable.

The Board works closely with the Principal and the Business Operations Manager, meeting on a monthly basis. The range of responsibilities is broad and includes the appointment of the Principal, strategic planning, and oversight of property and finances. The Board is concerned with the long-term success and viability of the School. Policies of the Board and the Principal are evaluated each month.

The Board’s role is to ensure that the School achieves its Mission, goals and objectives and in doing so meets the legal and moral responsibilities and requirements of governance of the School.

Members of the Board do not become involved in the administrative details of the School – there is a clear line between governance and management, which is the domain of the Principal and staff.

School Board Members

Carolyn O'DwyerDr Carolyn O’Dwyer – Chair of The Board
B. A. (Hons) (Melb.Uni), PhD. (Melb. Uni), M. Teach. (Latrobe)
Carolyn has a son currently at the school. Her professional background is in literacy and pedagogical research, higher education and the design and implementation of academic enabling programs. She is currently the Senior Academic Coordinator of the Tertiary Enabling Program at La Trobe University’s regional and Melbourne North campuses.


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Mr Graham Lamond – Deputy Chair
B.Sc (Syd Uni) LLB (Syd Uni) DipBus (UTS)

Graham was appointed to the board in 2015.He became Deputy Chair in mid 2018. Raised and educated in Griffith NSW and the University of Sydney, Graham presently has three of his four children still at Scots Senior School.  His eldest finished in 2017. He has been a practising lawyer for 24 years and is an Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law. He has worked for the Western Aboriginal Legal Service, Legal Aid NSW and the NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions as well as private firms. Graham has held senior Management positions in the WALS and Legal Aid NSW. He presently runs his own firm in Albury.


Michael GobelMr Michael Gobel
B. Sc. (Monash), M. App. Fin. (Macquarie), F Fin., GAICD
Michael was appointed to The Scots School Albury Board in 2015 and and is currently Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee.  Michael is an equity fund manager who has extensive experience in financial services and economic development, has provided strategic advice to businesses, boards, major investment funds and government authorities. He is Chairman of the Hume Bank, Deputy Chair of the Ovens and Murray Regional  Partnership Board, a member of the Latrobe University Regional Advisory Board and a previous Board member of the Hot House Theatre. Michael has two of his three children at  The Scots School Albury.


Jason Robins Photography - website (41)Linda Griffiths Brown
B.Eng (Chem). CAHRI
Linda was appointed to The Scots School Albury Board in 2018. Linda has worked in a managerial and executive capacity in a wide variety of roles in Australia and overseas for multinational companies and returned to the region in 2012. She is the Managing Director of Total HRM and is currently the Chair of Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Inc. Her only child is at The Scots School Albury.



GraemeMr Graeme Sayer
Graeme has been a Board member since 2014. He was a partner in a Sydney accounting practice for many years prior to developing additional skills to become a business consultant. He is currently CEO of both Murray Hume Business Enterprise Centre in Wodonga and Riverina Business Enterprise Centre in Wagga. He is a Life Member of several Soccer Associations and has been a Rotarian for over 30 years.



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BVSc (Hons) (USyd)
Emma was appointed to the board in 2018. In her professional career, she gained extensive experience in clinical veterinary practice in Australia and the UK prior to taking up an academic position in the Charles Sturt University veterinary program. Her teaching and research interests focus on communication, professionalism and professional identity. She is thoroughly grounded in regional Australia, having grown up in country NSW and boarded in Sydney for secondary school. She and her husband Murray operate a mixed grain and livestock farming business near Culcairn. Two of their three children are current students at Scots, with the oldest completing Year 12 in 2018.



Chris T croppedMr Chris Tudor
AM Bec, Grad Dip End Amin, Dip Ed, FACE, MACEL, MAICD
In 2016 Chris retired as Head of St Philips College Alice Springs after 30years. He is a life governor of the College and an Honorary member of Round Square International, having served on it’s Board. He was Chair of the Association of Independent  Schools(NT), Chair of The Independent  Schools  Council of Australia, a member of AHISA for 25 years and Chair of Somerville  Community Sevices (NT). He is a member of the Braitling Primary  School ‘s Board (NT) and of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Council (NT). He was a member of the Interim Board of the National Institute for Quality Teaching and School Leadership.


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Mr John K D Watson
Ass. Dip. Farm Management
John was appointed to the Board in 2010, and to the role of Deputy Chair in 2013. His three sons completed Year 12 at Scots in 2014, 2011 and 2008. John attended Geelong College as a boarder from 1973 to 1978. John’s professional career has included managing the family farm operations, franchisee of a fast food operation in Albury and Wagga Wagga, and a position as a Workplace Support Officer working with clients with disabilities. John also serves as a Wodonga City councillor, and his main interests are in community projects and activities, waste management, tourism, sports planning, supporting business and community and making Wodonga a liveable city.


Geoff Wright

Mr Geoff  Wright
Dip. Ed.(Primary)
Geoff was appointed to the Board in 2014. Geoff has had children attending the School continuously since 1990 with a daughter and son graduating in 2004 and 2005 respectively. He also still has 2 sons currently at Scots. For 27 years Geoff has operated a large multinational franchise operation in North East Victoria and Southern NSW, employing over 500 people in 14 locations. He also manages the growing family property investment portfolio. Prior to this, he was previously employed at Campbell’s Soups in Shepparton for 8 years as HR Manager.


Mrs Julie WrightJulie Wright
Bachelor of Nursing (LaTrobe), Registered Nurse & Midwife, Graduate Diploma in Vocational Education & Training (CSU), Diploma in Management (Wodonga TAFE).
Julie was appointed to the Board in 2015. Julie has had a long association with The Scots School Albury with her first son graduating in 2003. Currently, Julie has two sons and a daughter at the school. Julie was raised in Albury and she studied and worked in Melbourne prior to returning to Albury. In her professional career spanning 35 years, Julie has worked extensively in the Vocational Education and Training sector and the health care industry as a nurse, midwife and manager. Currently, Julie is the Operational Director of Women’s and Children’s Services at Albury Wodonga Health.

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