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The Foundation Board works closely with the School’s Development Office and is responsible for strategically developing and overseeing the School’s philanthropic program.

The Foundation Board brings together the skills and expertise of our wider community, including current and past parents and old scholars who work to ensure that all decisions are made with integrity and with the student experience as central.

The Foundation Board is appointed by the Pembroke School Board.

Meet our Foundation Board

Julia Steele Scott (Chair)

Julia is a parent of two current Pembroke students and was appointed to the Pembroke School Board in 2018. She joined the Foundation Board in 2016 and succeeded David Minns as Chair of the Foundation in 2020. She is also a Foundation Member. Julia holds an MBA and is a Graduate and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is the Chief Executive Officer of JM Philanthropy and an Impact100 SA board member. She has also served on the boards of several not-for-profit organisations.

Luke Thomson (Principal)

Luke has been Pembroke Principal since July 2010 and is an ex officio member of the Foundation Board. He is a parent of two old scholars. Luke is an experienced educational leader and teacher with tertiary qualifications in Social Science, the Arts and Education. He is a Foundation Fellow and a member of all the School Board Committees. Luke is current Chair, Heads Council International Baccalaureate Organisation, current ex officio member of the International Baccalaureate Organisation Board, the immediate past Head of Trinity College Gawler (2002-2010), past President Association of Independent Schools of South Australia and a past board member of the Independent Schools Council of Australia.

Amy Bredon

Amy is an old scholar ('97) and joined the Foundation Board in 2016. She is currently the Foundation Director and Chair of the Work Health and Safety Committee at St Andrew’s Hospital. Formerly she held the roles of General Manager Operations and National Partnerships & Fundraising Manager with the Julian Burton Burns Trust and she has also worked for the Research Fund at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Amy is a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia and holds a Bachelor of Arts Majoring in anthropology and philosophy.

Nick Dunstone

Nick is the parent of four Pembroke students - 2 in the Junior School and 2 in the Middle School. Nick, Sophie and the kids came to Adelaide and the School in 2018. Nick is formerly a lawyer and spent a decade as a law firm partner and the last 8 years working in the finance industry based in Hong Kong. Nick sits on a number of company boards, but would rather be a musician.

David Minns

David joined the Foundation Board in 2010 and was elected as Chair in 2012. He is a parent of two old scholars. David is a Chartered Accountant and Director at Jaquillard Minns. He has served on the School Board since 2012, is Chair of the Foundation Investment Sub-Committee and is a Foundation Fellow. David is Chair of the Wyatt Trust, Chair of Ukaria, Chair of Fay Fuller Foundation, Founder & Director of SuperGuardian Pty Ltd and board advisor to a number of private company groups.

Nicholas Ross

Nicholas joined the Foundation Board in 2014. He is an old scholar ('74) and current parent of two students. He is Chair of the Foundation Capital Campaign Sub-Committee and is a Foundation Fellow. Nicholas is a founding Partner of Knightsbridge Wealth Management, an Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate and holds tertiary qualifications in economics and finance. He is Chairman of the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation and sits on the board of several other charitable foundations.

Darren Townsend

Darren is a current parent of three students and joined the Foundation Board in 2016. Darren is a specialist Orthodontist and tutors in the Postgraduate Orthodontic Program at The University of Adelaide. He is a Foundation Fellow, member of the School Board and the Parents’ and Friends’ Association Committee.

Wendy Wills (Business Director)

Wendy commenced at Pembroke School in the role of Business Director in 2000 and joined the Foundation Board in 2013. She is a Fellow of CPA Australia, Governance Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors with tertiary qualifications in economics, accounting, management, and governance. Wendy is a Foundation Fellow and a member of all the School Board Committees. Wendy is Past National President of Governance Institute of Australia and current Council Chair and Finance Committee member of Kathleen Lumley College Inc.

Advisors

Finance Manager: Angeline Naylor
Director of Development and Communications: Hannah Bone
Director of Community Engagement & Indigenous Education: Amanda Bourchier

Founding Patron

Mrs Margaret H Bennett (Sellars) 1924-2017, Girton (1939), Life Member of the School