From the Chairman: 13 June 2018

Steve Baker, Chairman of Radford College Board

Steve Baker, Chairman of Radford College Board

As we close in on Term 2, I thought I would update our community on several board additions, as well as one re-appointment, that have occurred over the past several months.  

I’m pleased to announce the recent appointment of our three new Bishop-in-Council Members to the Radford College Board, starting with our new Deputy Chair, the Right Rev’d Professor Stephen Pickard. Stephen is Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Canberra, and Professor of Theology, Charles Sturt University, Canberra. He is also an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn.

Tim McGhie is a member of Bishop-in-Council for the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, the Chair of the Diocesan Finance Committee, a member of the Board of the Anglican Investment and Development Fund.

The Rev’d Dr Brian Douglas, who you may recall, has also previously served on the Radford Board for eight years. Brian is Rector of St Paul’s Church, Manuka, and Archdeacon of South Canberra. He is also a member of Bishop-in-Council and lectures in theology at St Mark’s National Theological Centre in Canberra.

Dr Katherine Gordiev joined the Radford College Board in January 2018 and is the parent of two children in our Junior School. Katherine is an orthopaedic surgeon who trained in Canberra, Sydney and overseas. Katherine returned to Canberra to practise in 2005 and has served on several boards and committees of medical professional organisations over a number of years.

Our new P&F nominee on the Board is Andrew Wyman. Andrew, a current parent, has experience as an executive in the public and private sectors, is a small business owner, senior army officer, organisational development consultant, company director and community volunteer.

I’m also pleased to announce the re-appointment by Bishop-in-Council of Mary Brennan for a second term. Mary, a former parent, has significant board experience adding to her legal and business operations experience, and has been a terrific contributor to our Board and we welcome her back.

From our campus perspective the Board continues to oversee the ongoing development of the College. You may remember I wrote in my last article about the Master Plan and our two very exciting and sizeable construction projects. The new Years 3 and 4 classrooms in the Junior School, and the Secondary School commons building and outdoor gathering space remain well on track to be open and operational by the beginning of 2019, ready to accommodate additional and current students. I am sure many have seen these buildings coming out of the ground as construction continues.

On a final note, while College operations continue to run smoothly, as a Board we believe there is always room for potential improvements and refinements as we grow student numbers, staffing numbers and the physical campus. As such, for the remainder of 2018 the Board’s focus will be an ongoing review of its current governance and I look forward to sharing more details of this review next term. 

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