The Friends’ School in Hobart was founded in 1887, jointly by Friends in Hobart and in London. It has always been coeducational and accepts both residential and day students.

Overall responsibility for the school’s Board governance and structure has rested with the Australian Yearly Meeting since 1924, which receives nominations to appoint a Board of Governors from The Friends’ School Association (the Association). The Association enables the Board of Governors to oversee the governance of the School, and in turn, the Board appoints a Principal to be responsible for the implementation of the Strategic Priorities of the Board and the day-to-day operations of the School.

The Association membership consists of Quakers who are current or former members of the Board of Governors and current or former members of the Quaker Values Committee, which is a Committee of the Board. The Board of Governors appoints the Quaker Values Committee, which consists of a Quaker nominee from each Australian Regional Meeting, together with the three nominees from Tasmania Regional Meeting who are members of the Board of Governors, the AYM Presiding Clerk and the Principal. The Quaker Values Committee is supported by the Quaker Coordinator in the School.

More than half of the members of the Board of Governors are Quaker and includes the Presiding Clerk of AYM, and other Quakers and members of the community whose nominations through the Association are recommended to AYM for appointment. The School, with the foundational support of AYM, seeks to appoint a Quaker as its Principal and the Presiding Member or Deputy of the Board of Governors.

The school was incorporated in 2000 under the Tasmanian Associations Incorporation Act 1964.

The Board of Governors

Qualifications

  • BSc (Eng) Imperial College, London University
  • PGCE Sussex University
  • Msc (Sc Ed) Curtain University of Technology

Skills & Experience

  • Well site Petroleum Engineer, UK & Qatar
  • Primary health care development worker, India & Somalia
  • Primary and Secondary teacher, UK, Melbourne, Torres Strait in Australia
  • The Friends’ School Hobart: High School and Clemes Teacher, Quaker Coordinator

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

  • Member of Victoria and Tasmania Regional Meetings
  • Tasmania Regional Meeting clerk
  • Currently presiding Clerk of Australian Quakers

Qualifications

  • BCom
  • GAICD
  • Chartered Accountant

Skills & Experience

  • Managing Partner, BDO Tasmania
  • Chair, the Public Trustee
  • Chair, Theatre Royal Management Board

Qualifications

  • BA, LLB (Hons), University of Tasmania
  • Grad Dip, RMIT

Skills & Experience

  • Admitted to practise as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, 1994
  • Solicitor, Blake Dawson Waldron
  • Managing consultant, Mahlab Recruitment
  • Establishing Owner and Board Member, Hill Street Grocer
  • Board Member, Public Officer and Chair of Projects Subcommittee, Sprout Tasmania

Qualifications

  • BArch, University of Queensland
  • Associate Royal Australian Institute of Architects
  • FRAIA
  • Registered Architect in Tasmania
  • Registered Building Practitioner CC141Q
  • Member of MAICD
  • Certificate in Architectural Practise

Skills & Experience

  • Principal of CDA Architects
  • Past President Tas Chapter RAIA
  • Director of Board Theatre Royal
  • Member, Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee
  • Senior Honorary Fellow, LH Martin Institute, University of Melbourne

Qualifications

  • MA, LLB University of Tasmania

Skills & Experience

  • Member, The National Council of Women in Tasmania
  • Counsellor, Australian Breastfeeding Association
  • Engish as a Second Language Tutor, The Humanitarian Program
  • Member, Fees Assistance Committee, The Friends’ School

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

  • Member and Convener, Committee of Care, Tasmanian Regional Meeting

Skills & Experience

  • Managing Director, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
  • Founder, Pennicott Foundations
  • Founder, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Nature Conservation Fund
  • President, Bruny Tourism Inc
  • Board Member, Brand Tasmania Council
  • Board Member, Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania
  • Board Member, Port Arthur and Tasman Tourism Association
  • Member, Rhodes Scholar Selection Committee

Qualifications

  • MA, Brown University
  • BA, John Hopkins University
  • Fullbright Scholar, University of the Americas

Skills & Experience

  • Principal, The Friends’ School
  • High School Principal, The American International School of Muscat, Oman
  • Assistant Principal and Teacher, The American Embassy School, New Delhi
  • High School Teacher, The American School of Kinshasa, Zaire
  • Teacher, Friends’ Central School, Philadelphia

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

  • Born into a Quaker family
  • Attended Abington Friends School (Year 7 – 12), Jenkintown, PA USA
  • Member, Byberry Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia, PA USA
  • Sojourning member, Tasmanian Regional Meeting

Qualifications

  • Chartered Accountant (Fellow) J
  • Justice of the Peace
  • BCom, University of Tasmania
  • GCert EBL, Deakin University
  • Dip, Australian Institute of Company Directors (Fellow)
  • Cert, Governance Institute of Australia (Affiliate)
  • Institute of Managers and Leaders (Fellow)

Skills & Experience

  • Director, Association of School Business Administrators Ltd
  • Trustee, Anglican Diocese of Tasmania
  • Member, Finance Committee, Uniting AgeWell (Victoria & Tasmania)
  • Member, Chartered Accountants Charities & Not-For-Profit Advisory Panel
  • Board Member & Treasurer, Anglicare Tasmania Inc
  • Facilitator, Chartered Accountants Program
  • Senior Manager, KPMG