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 is to oversee 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, 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
Mr Geoff Wright – Chairman
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.
Mr John K D Watson – Deputy Chair
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 workplace support officer working with clients with disabilities. John also serves as 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.
Mr Michael Gobel
B.Sc.(Monash), M.App.Fin.,(Macquarie), F Fin.,GAICD
Michael was appointed to Scots School Albury in 2015. Michael is an equity fund manager who has extensive experience in financial services and economic development, having provided strategic advice to business, boards, major investment funds and government authorities. He is Chairman of Hume Bank, Deputy Chair of the Ovens and Murray Regional Partnership Board, a member of the Latrobe University Regional Advisory Board and previous Board member of Hot House Theatre. Michael has two of his three children at Scots School Albury.
Mr Graham Lamond
B.Sc LLB Dip.Bus
Graham was appointed to the Board in 2015. Graham presently has three of his four children at Scots Senior school. Raised and educated in Griffth NSW, he has been a lawyer for 22 years working for the Western Aboriginal Legal Service, Legal Aid NSW and the NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions as well as private firms. In addition to being an Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law, Graham has held senior Management positions in the WALS and Legal Aid NSW. He presently runs his own firm in Albury, Lamond Legal.
Mr David McCourt
DSM OAM GAICD
David was appointed to the Board in 2016. After a lengthy career as a naval officer featuring two ship commands, including active service and a period with the United Nations, David made the transition to civilian life working as Director in TAFE NSW and has served on the Board of a number of not-for-profit organisations. He lives on a farm in the area and works as a Captain in the Naval reserve on a number of strategic capability projects. David has one child currently at the School and another who recently graduated.
Dr Carolyn O’Dwyer
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.
Mr Graeme Sayer
Graeme was appointed a Board Member in 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.
Mr John Sidgwick
BSc (Reading), MSc (Oxford Brookes), MBA (Swinburne)
John was appointed to the Scots board in 2016. John has extensive experience working in the development sector at a number of private sector consultancies in the UK, before moving to Melbourne in 2004. Since arriving in Australia, John has worked in a number of private and public sector roles moving to the region in 2012 to take up his current role with Wodonga Council.
Mrs Julie 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, she studied and worked in Melbourne prior to returning to Albury. In her professional career Julie has worked extensively in the Vocational Education and Training sector and the health care industry as a nurse, midwife and manager spanning 35 years. Currently Julie is the Operational Director of Women’s and Children’s Services at Albury Wodonga Health.