Methodist Ladies' College is governed by a Board of Directors. The Principal reports to the Board of Directors and, with the College Management Team, oversees all aspects of the College. This structure ensures the ongoing sustainability of the College and the delivery of exceptional academic and co-curricular programs.

MLC Constitution and Stakeholder Members

In June 2015 the College adopted an updated Constitution. Accompanying the Constitution is the Relationship Agreement between MLC and the Uniting Church.Under the Constitution there is a membership base consisting of both Stakeholder Members and Directors.

MLC Directors and Members – Call for Nominations

I would like to invite members of the MLC Community to indicate their interest in a position as a Stakeholder Member of the College, or for a position on the MLC Board of Directors.

In accordance with the MLC Constitution, the membership of the College consists of 20 persons as follows:
 

  • 10 Stakeholder Members
  • 9 Ordinary Directors
  • The Chair of the Board

Stakeholder Members can be:
  • Parent Members (parent or guardian of a student at the College at the time of application)
  • Alumni Members (a former student of the College)
  • Additional Stakeholder Members (parent, guardian, alumni, or person with a connection to the College)

Further details regarding the composition and eligibility of membership can be obtained from the Constitution (located above).

The Constitution has provisions that require regular renewal of all positions (effectively an equal number each year). The following positions are open for nomination for 2021:
  • 3 Ordinary Directors (3 year term, commencing 1 January 2021 and expiring 31 December 2023)
  • 1 Chair of the Board (5 year term commencing 1 January 2021 and expiring 31 December 2025)
  • 1 Parent Member (3 year term)
  • 1 Alumni Member (3 year term)
  • 1 Additional Stakeholder Member (3 year term)

Further details are available in the Constitution, Clause 11. Existing members whose initial terms have expired are eligible to re-nominate, in accordance with the Constitution.

The terms of 4 directors (including the Chair) come to an end this year and another director is retiring, giving rise to a further vacancy (which would have a 2 year term).  As a result, five board positions will be vacated at the end of 2020, with at least 2 of the existing directors indicating that they will re-nominate for the Board. 

As always, we are pleased to receive a range of nominations and welcome all parties interested in applying.  Following an updated review of the Board’s skills and noting the rotations that might apply, we would be particularly encouraging candidates with experience in the education sector, and those with experience in leading businesses, or significant teams in key functions such as IT and change management, to consider nominating for a role on the Board.  Experience as a director and AICD qualifications is not a necessity but would be considered favourably.

The Process for Nomination

To nominate, please complete the nomination form located here, indicating the category of membership you are applying for (can be more than one). Please include:
  • Your completed nomination form;
  • A one - two page curriculum vitae outlining your connection with the College and, for Director nominees, the skills, experience, qualifications and personal characteristics you would bring to the Board.

Please submit these documents via email to the Nominations Committee via mlcboard@mlc.vic.edu.au by Friday, 9 October 2020.

All submissions will be acknowledged and treated in confidence.

The Nominations Committee will consider all nominations and conduct a preliminary consideration of the potential candidates in advance of the College Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to be held in November 2020.

Expectations of Members and Directors

All Member positions (i.e. both Directors and Stakeholder Members) are honorary.

Members are required to attend and participate in General meetings of the Company. There are usually two General meetings a year, usually held in March and November.

Board members (Directors) are required to attend at least two Board meetings each term, with other adhoc meetings as required.  At a minimum, there would be an expectation of at least eight Board meetings for the year.

Directors and Members will have the opportunity to give further time in support of the College and this will include support of the philanthropic work of the MLC Foundation. The Board also has a number of Committees that meet between Board meetings and Directors will be invited to sit on at least one Committee.

Being a Director of any organisation, including MLC, is a serious undertaking that has personal responsibilities and obligations at law. Nominees should seek professional advice if they are uncertain as to what these obligations are.

It is a requirement for all members to have a valid Working with Children Check and Directors will be required to undertake a Police Check in line with MLC’s various registrations.

Tony Peake, Chair, MLC Board of Directors

The following are the elected Stakeholder Members of the College:

Alice Chiew (current parent, Strategic Consultant)
Elizabeth Crosthwaite (Old Collegian, Clinical Researcher)
Fiona Curry (current parent, Not For Profit Director)
Anne Daly (current parent, Physiotherapist)
Angela Dally (current parent, Corporate Lawyer)
Davida Forshaw (Old Collegian, Airline Pilot)
Daniela Katsiamakis (current parent, Financial Analyst)
Sarah Moller (current parent, Old Collegian, Corporate Lawyer)
John Nicopoulos (current parent, Company Director)
Simon Olive (current parent, Company Director)
Anne Turner (Old Collegian, Senior Lecturer)

MLC Directors and Members

Tony Peake, Chair
Victoria Atkinson
Kate Axup
Elida Brereton
Gabrielle Lim
Simon Martin
Carmel Mulhern
Brian Sands
Annie Tiso
Diana Vernon, Principal
Leah Waymark

Board of Directors Profiles

College Management Team