SCEGGS acknowledges the importance of good governance in all our undertakings. We aim to provide broad, comprehensive and modern governance of the school.

The School is owned and operated by SCEGGS Darlinghurst Limited, a company limited by guarantee. It has over 150 members. All adults within the SCEGGS community are eligible for membership including parents, Old Girls, staff, friends and benefactors.

The cost of a six-year membership is $100. This may be made in the form of a payment or donation. All members receive a copy of the Annual Report and may vote at the AGM. Applications for membership are sent to every person who donates to the voluntary Building Fund or the Trust.

If you wish to become a company member please contact the Company Secretary, Ms Sarah Walters, on (02) 9332 1133 or sarahwalters@sceggs.nsw.edu.au

The SCEGGS Darlinghurst Limited Constitution complies with the Corporations Act. It sets out the objects of the company and contains provisions about membership, general meetings, voting, the appointment and removal of directors, the powers and duties of directors, audits and accounts and many other matters.

Copies of the Constitution are available to the SCEGGS community.

The business of SCEGGS Darlinghurst Limited, (“the Company”), is managed by its Board of Directors.

The role of the Board of Directors is to determine and maintain the mission and vision of the School and set long-term strategic directions and governing policies whilst supporting the Head in enacting the mission, vision and strategy of the School.

The School Constitution provides that there will be no fewer than three and no more than twelve directors unless the Company, in a general meeting by special resolution, changes the maximum number. Generally there are 11 Directors on the Board.

The constitution requires that the Board comprise nominees from:

  • The Company itself
  • The SCEGGS Old Girls’ Union
  • The Sydney Diocese of the Anglican Church

The Company has elected six members of the Board. They are all parents or past parents of SCEGGS girls. At each AGM one third of the Directors elected by the members of the Company retire from office. They are eligible for re-election.

Two members of the Board are nominees of the Old Girls’ Union and four are nominees of the Diocese. The Constitution contains provisions for their appointment and removal.

Board Members

Chair

Mr Peter Hicks

BTP, MTEc, FAICD

Peter is an independent company director. He has previously held positions including CEO of Moorebank Intermodal Company and CFO of Leighton Contractors.

He possesses deep commercial, building and financial experience and more than 20 years’ experience as a board member on several not-for-profit and commercial boards. Peter is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds tertiary qualifications in economics, planning and management. He is a Director of Anglicare, Chairman of the Sydney Anglican Church Growth Corporation and attends St Matthew’s Church  Manly. He has been a member of the Board since 2005, Peter’s wife and both daughters are Old Girls of the School. 

Deputy Chair

Dr Ruth Shatford AM

JP, D de l’U MA, DipEd, FACE, MACEA, FRSA

Ruth has had a long career in education. Now retired, she was principal of Tara Anglican Girls’ school for almost 20 years and still maintains a strong interest in the current research on how girls learn and the educational environments which suit them best. 

Ruth is also involved in the professional leadership of middle managers in schools who are aspiring to be principals. An active member of the Anglican Church, Ruth has been a diocesan representative on the Board for over 10 years.

Board Members


Mr Tom Aligounarias

BEc DipEd

Tom is a director of TESA Pty Ltd and Adjunct Professor of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. He was previously the Chair of NESA from 2016-19 and has held a variety of leadership roles in the sphere of education.


Ms Sally Auld

BEc (Hons), DPhil, GAICD

Sally is the Chief Investment Officer at JBWere. Previously, she was Chief Economist and Head of Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange Strategy at J.P. Morgan Australia and New Zealand. Sally is a highly regarded financial markets professional, recognised for her thought leadership on the Antipodean economies and financial markets. She is Deputy Chair of the Council of The Women’s College, within the University of Sydney and she also sits on the board of Equality Australia. Sally has one daughter at SCEGGS, and another starting at the School in 2021. She is a SCEGGS Darlinghurst Limited company nominee to the Board.


Ms Elizabeth Butcher AM

Elizabeth is one of Australia’s leading performing arts administrators. Now retired, she was General Manager of NIDA, where she earned a reputation for political acuity and strong financial management. Elizabeth has been a member of the Australia Council and Chairman of the Theatre Board. She was Chairman of the Sydney Opera House Trust from 1989-95, and Deputy Chair of the Playing Australia Committee, the Australian Government’s national performing arts touring program. In 1984 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the theatre and in 2006 joined the Theatre Board of the Australia Council. Elizabeth is an Old Girl of the school and is a nominee of the Old Girls’ Union to the Board.


 

Ms Alison Deans

BA, MBA, GAICD

Alison Deans is an experienced director and businesses leader with a focus on technology enabled business and transformation. She was the first Managing Director of eBay Australia and was Chief Executive Officer of two technology focused venture capital funds – ecorp and netus. She is currently a director of Cochlear and Westpac Banking Corporation, on the Investment Committee of Main Sequence Ventures and is an advisor to McKinsey and Company. In November 2018 Alison joined the Ramsay Health Care Board as a non-executive director.


Mr Richard Kuo

BCom, LLB, FAICD

Richard is the co-founder and CEO of Pier Capital, a boutique investment banking firm. He is the Chairman of LiteracyPlanet Holdings Limited, a director of iCar Asia Limited and has been a director of a range of companies in Australia and Asia in the technology, digital media, pharmaceutical, and not-for-profit sectors. Previously, Richard practiced as a lawyer specialising in corporate law before moving into investment banking and then as a member of the senior management team of what grew to be Australia’s largest software company. Richard has two daughters at the School and is a SCEGGS Darlinghurst Limited company nominee to the Board.


Ms Tina Lee

BSc, LLB, GAICD

Tina Lee is Special Counsel at Prolegis Lawyers, a specialist legal firm advising charities, not-for-profits and philanthropists exclusively. In particular, Tina advises in respect of charity and not-for-profit restructures including mergers and also disaggregations. She also advises on corporate governance matters, including preparing constitutions for charities and not-for-profits. She advises a number of clients in the schools and disability sectors. Prior to this, Tina was a lawyer at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) for more than 10 years. Tina is also a director of Inala, a charity providing accommodation and day services to persons with mental disabilities. Tina is the parent of a SCEGGS Old Girl. Tina is a member of Christ Church Gladesville and a diocesan representative on the Board.


 

Ms Amanda Lintott

Dip Law, LPAB

Amanda Lintott is currently Manager – People, Culture and Strategy at Autosports Group Limited and has more than 20 years of high level commercial experience. A lawyer by qualification, Amanda worked in corporate finance before moving to her family automotive business, where she was appointed the first female Dealer Principal of an Australian Porsche franchise. She then founded well respected automotive recruitment agency Career Driven, which she eventually sold. Amanda has extensive, legal, HR and frontline commercial experience, and has spent many years promoting career paths within the Australian automotive industry. She has mentored many new business founders and is actively working with several start-ups. Amanda is a current and past SCEGGS parent, an Old Girl and has been an active member of the OGU Committee for many years. In 2018 she was appointed as an OGU nominee to the Board. Amanda is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Mr Ian Narev

BA, LLB (Hons), LLM

Ian Narev is the Chief Operating Officer of SEEK. Prior to joining SEEK he spent 11 years at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, where he was the Chief Executive Officer from 2011 until 2018, and nine years at McKinsey & Company, where he was a partner. Ian is the Chair of Sydney Theatre Company, the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Gonski Institute of Education at UNSW, and the Chair and co-founder of Springboard Trust, which works with school principals in New Zealand.


Mr Paul Oppenheim

BCom, ACA, F Fin

Paul is a co-founder of Plenary Group and was the initial CEO from 2004 until 2019. Plenary is an independent sponsor, investor and manager of public infrastructure in Australasia and North America. Prior to Plenary, Paul had a career in chartered accounting and investment banking. Paul is a member of the Advisory Council for the University of Wollongong SMART Infrastructure Facility, and spent 9 years as a member of the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia Advisory Board. Paul currently has two daughters at SCEGGS and is a SCEGGS Darlinghurst Limited company nominee to the Board.


Ms Gillian Wood

BA(Hons), GradDipInfMgmt, GradDipPA

Gillian is currently the Director of Information Management at the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation. A highly experienced senior public servant, her background in IT has been focused on the use of digital content, and innovation in technology supporting new working practices. She is passionate about encouraging more women to work in higher levels in IT. An Old Girl of SCEGGS, she is a diocesan representative on the Board.