The Friends’ School Board of Governors (photo taken February 2023).
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.