The Board, with the Principal, sets the strategic direction for the School, initiates and reviews policies, monitors the School's performance in line with the School Aims and ensures compliance with the School Constitution and all legislative requirements.
The Board comprises up to twelve skilled, astute and committed members. There are four Board appointed committees which assist the work of the Board. These are Finance, Risk & Audit, Foundation Board, Governance and Planning & Properties. These committees have specialist expertise and make recommendations to the Board. The Foundation Board Committee also has specific delegations with respect to philanthropy and investment management.
Members of the School community who would like to be considered for membership of the School Board or Board appointed committees are encouraged to contact Wendy Wills, the School’s Business Director and Board Secretary.
Meet our School Board Members
Jane Miller (Chair)
Jane was appointed to the Board by the Pembroke Old Scholars’ Association in 2014 and was elected Chair in June 2018. She is an old scholar (1995) and a parent of three current students in the Junior and Middle School. Jane is a Barrister and an Accredited Specialist in Family Law. She is a Foundation Fellow, a member of the Board Governance Committee and of the Pembroke Old Scholars’ Association Committee. Jane is also a graduate of the Australian Company Directors course.
Cathy Oster (Deputy Chair)
Cathy was elected to the School Board by the then Trustees in 2016 and was re-elected at both the 2018 and 2021 Annual General Meetings. She is a parent of two old scholars and is a Foundation Fellow, Deputy Chair of the School Board and Chair of the Board Governance Committee.
Cathy is a corporate lawyer and company secretary. Her career spans partnerships with private law firms and in house counsel roles in the ASX listed and private company sectors. Currently, she is Consultant – Legal, Governance and Reporting at private equity financial services firm, Duxton Capital (Australia). Cathy also serves on the board of The Burnside War Memorial Hospital Inc. and on industry management and advisory committees. Cathy is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Melissa is a parent of two current students, a Foundation Fellow, and was appointed to the Board in 2021 by the Parents’ and Friends’ Association. She is also a member of the Board Governance and Finance, Risk and Audit Committees, and the Parents’ and Friends’ Association Committee. She has board and committee experience in governance, healthcare, regulation, and innovation. Melissa works with others towards better, safer, person-centred care. Additionally, she is the director of her family company, a boutique services firm.
Melissa has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Mathematics, Systems Development, Business Management, Medical and Health Leadership, Health Service Safety and Quality, is a certified health informatician and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.
Andreas, a current and past school parent, was appointed to the Board in 2019 and is a Foundation Member. Having been a member of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee since 2019, Andreas was appointed Committee Chair in May 2022. Following a successful executive career, concluding with an eight year term as the CEO of Wine Australia, Andreas now holds a range of non-executive director and Chair roles across a broad range of sectors and is a consultant with KMPG.
He holds a Master of Laws from the Australian National University and Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from Flinders University and is admitted to practice in South Australia. He has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia and the Authentic Leadership Program at Harvard University. He is also a Graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course.
Peter is an elected Board member who commenced on the School Board in January 2020. During his career Peter served as Principal of three Catholic co-educational schools, most recently for 15 years at Mercedes College until his retirement in July 2019. Peter has also served on a number of Catholic Education SA and SACE committees with a focus on finance and governance. In the role of Principal Consultant for Catholic Education SA, Peter worked with and supported 25 metropolitan and rural Catholic secondary, combined and standalone primary schools.
Peter is a past member of the International Baccalaureate Organisation and also the Council of International Schools where he has co-chaired school accreditation visits.
Melissa was appointed as a School Board member by the School Board, in 2015. She is a parent of one current student and two old scholars. Melissa is a chartered professional engineer and a registered professional engineer in Queensland, Director of MFY Pty Ltd (traffic engineers) and an accredited road safety auditor. In 2015 Melissa was awarded the grade of Fellow with the Institution of Engineers Australia and is a member of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planners and Managers, the Urban Development Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Melissa is a Foundation Fellow and Chair of the Board Planning & Properties Committee. In 2010 she was the Telstra South Australian Business Woman of the Year and went on to win the National Award for the Business Owner Category. Melissa is also Chair of the Young Adelaide Voices Board and has previously held positions on the Lincoln College Council and a sub-committee of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation Board.
Ali was appointed to the School Board in 2016 by the Pembroke Old Scholars Association. She is an old scholar ('98) and a current parent. Ali is a member of the Pembroke Old Scholars Association Committee and a past member of OzHarvest's SA Advisory Committee.
Ali is an authorised Marriage Celebrant and has previously worked as a business operations director; public relations, marketing and digital media consultant, as well as a journalist. Ali has tertiary qualifications in journalism and communications.
Jo was first appointed by the Board in 2019. She is a past parent as well as a Foundation Member. She currently also contributes her professional expertise as a member of the Board Planning and Properties committee. Jo is a construction management professional with an extensive background in the infrastructure, defence and facilities management industries. Jo’s extensive business knowledge and experience in leadership, governance and strategy is founded on 5 years as General Manager of an ASX listed company and over 10 years in senior management roles in Tier 1 Construction Companies.
Jo brings a passion for aligning sustainability and innovative solutions to meet evolving business needs. She is an advocate for advancing women in construction and has held a career long passion for developing and delivering mentoring, education and training programs to enable emerging construction professionals to thrive.
Julia Steele Scott
Julia is parent of two old scholars 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 Grant Toolbox. She has also served on the boards of several not-for-profit organisations.
Darren was first appointed to the Board by the Parents’ & Friends’ Association in 2016 and he is a current parent of two students and one old scholar. Darren is a specialist Orthodontist and tutors in the Postgraduate Orthodontic Program at The University of Adelaide. He is a Foundation Fellow and member of both the Foundation Board Committee and the Parents’ and Friends’ Association Committee.
Mark Staker (ex officio)
Mark commenced as Pembroke Principal in July 2022. In accordance with the School Constitution he is an ex officio non-voting Board Member. Mark is also a member of the four Board appointed committees.
Mark is an experienced educational leader, with undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in English, History, Communications and Educational Leadership. Most recently, Mark was Senior Deputy Principal at Wenona School in North Sydney where he worked closely with the Principal and School Board of Governors on all matters of school leadership and management, with particular emphasis on leading the innovative staff culture of learning.
Throughout Mark’s extensive career he has held many leadership roles across diverse areas such as Student Wellbeing, Professional Learning and Teaching and Learning. He is thoroughly committed to developing a school culture that values relationships and fosters personal excellence through continual improvement within a respectful and caring community.
Mark is passionate about all things Pembroke and is looking forward to advancing the School into the future, and co-designing strategy that supports Pembroke being at the forefront of education and one of Australia’s leading independent schools.
Wendy Wills (Board Secretary)
Wendy commenced as Business Director at Pembroke in 2000. Wendy manages the School’s finance, business, administration, risk and governance functions, is Secretary to the School Board, a member of the four Board appointed committees and a Foundation Fellow.
Prior to joining Pembroke Wendy worked across manufacturing, banking, finance, housing and multimedia. She has qualifications in economics, finance, investment, management, governance and superannuation. She is currently a Trustee Director of NGS Superannuation, a member of the AISSA Finance Committee and Chair of Kathleen Lumley College Inc. Wendy is a Justice of the Peace (SA) and a fellow of CPA Australia, Australian Institute of Company Directors and Governance Institute.
Life Membership is bestowed upon individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the School.
To view all Pembroke Life Members, please click here.