Governance of Fairholme College Toowoomba
The Board of Directors in its governance of Fairholme College Toowoomba and in accord with its charter as a College of The Presbyterian Church of Queensland is responsible for setting the strategic direction, monitoring the financial management and performance of the College generally and ensuring appropriate risk management and compliance controls are in place to meet those responsibilities.
The Board is comprised of up to nine members nominated annually by the outgoing Board, two members nominated by The Parents’ and Friends’ Association, and appointed by the Assembly of The Presbyterian Church of Queensland; the Moderator, Clerk of Assembly and Treasurer of The Presbyterian Church of Queensland; and the Principal.
The Board sets policy, approves the annual budget and appoints the Principal who is responsible for the day to day operations and management of the College, within these policies and the budget. The College Chaplain and the Business Manager are also appointed by the Board.
Back Row (L to R) Mr Graham Burt, Dr Katie Murray, Mr David Johnston, Right Reverend Phil Strong, Mr Mark Freeman (Secretary), Mr Jamie Cross.
Front Row (L to R) Mrs Jeanette Loxton, Dr Linda Evans (Principal), Mr Ian Andersen (Chairman), Reverend Peter Barson, Mrs Jeanette Loxton.
Absent – Mr Ian Walton (Deputy Chairman), Ms Alaina Macdonald, Mr George Harris.
Chairman: Mr Ian C Andersen
Deputy Chairman: Mr Ian D Walton
Principal: Dr Linda Evans - EdD. MA, BEd. Studies, DipTeach, MACE, MACEL
Moderator, The Presbyterian Church of Queensland (1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020): Rt Rev. Philip John Strong
Treasurer, The Presbyterian Church of Queensland: Mr George R Harris
Clerk Of Assembly, The Presbyterian Church of Queensland: Rev Peter J Barson
- Mr Graham L Burt
- Mr Jamie Cross
- Mr David Johnston
- Mrs Jeanette M Loxton (Nee Clewett) BEng (Hons), MIEaust, AAICD, PGD Divinity & Mission
- Ms Alaina Macdonald - MAAPD, BA Archaeology/Anthropology
- Dr Katie Murray (Nee Sutton) LLB (Hons)
- Mrs Debbie Weber
Secretary to the Board
Mr Mark Freeman FCPA, MAICD
Meetings of the Board
The Board discharges its responsibilities through the conduct of its regular meetings, and the meetings of its Committees. The Board normally meets ten times per year, February to November.
In addition, each year the Board of Directors meet for a weekend retreat where they engage in professional learning directly associated with their governance role in areas such as strategic planning, risk management and compliance. Further professional learning opportunities are undertaken throughout the year as part of the Board meeting agenda and also through short courses offered through external organisations such as Independent Schools Queensland.
The 2019 Meeting Dates are:
Several Board Committees are in operation and report on a regular basis to the Board. These include:
Executive Committee: Chair Mr Ian Andersen
Compliance and Risk Management Committee: Chair Mrs Katie Murray
Nominations Committee: Chair Mr Ian Andersen
The Executive Committee and the Compliance and Risk Management Committee generally meet 10 times per year. Other committees meet as needed. The recommendations and reports of these committees are tabled and discussed at each Board Meeting.
Directors with Special Portfolios
From time to time the Board appoints members to oversee specific portfolios that are relevant to current issues in education or governance.
Audit and Finance Director: Mr Ian Andersen