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GNLC Board

The Good News Lutheran College Board (the Board) is responsible for conducting the affairs of the College. 

The Board is appointed by Lutheran Education Victoria, NSW and Tasmania (LEVNT) and is accountable to the Lutheran Church of Australia Victorian District (the District). The District has the ultimate responsibility for all financial commitments of the College. Each dedicated member is committed to providing a framework for the College to be able to flourish and grow through the Word of God.

There can be up to 10 voting members on the Board including a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Secretary. The Principal, Pastor or Head of Ministry, Business Manager and other Heads of College regularly attend meetings and act as non-voting consultants to the Board.

The main responsibilities of the Board are to…

  • Meet on a monthly basis to review the day-to-day administration of the College
  • Maintain and monitor the financial records of the College
  • Ensure the College’s compliance with the policies and procedures of LEVNT and the District
  • Ensure compliance to the College’s constitution, by-laws and all relevant government regulations
  • Appoint the Principal and ratify Executive appointments

The Board is blessed to be served by a group of volunteers, all of whom have great skills, abilities and insight into the College. GNLC is regularly seeking talented individuals with specific skill sets that could potentially provide renewal and different insights into the governance of the College.

Chairman - Neil Leek

Neil Leek has spent the past 36 years in Business Management at independent schools in Darwin, Alice Springs, Perth, and Adelaide. He completed his business degree in 1983 and left his employment with the Western Australian Government in 1986, to take up a new career at an independent Christian school in Darwin. He has gained significant experience in the many aspects of school operations, including financial management, strategic planning, master planning and the development of new schools. Neil has been actively involved in the Associations of Independent Schools in the NT and WA, Block Grant Authority NT Board and Treasurer/Board member of Baptist Care NT Ltd and Foodbank NT. He served on the LESNW Finance Committee for several years and is currently a Board member of Narwarddeken Academy Ltd, which establishes and runs independent Aboriginal schools in Arnhem Land. Neil worships at Victor Harbor Baptist Church and serves on the Leadership Team as the Church Treasurer. Neil has a passion for Christian Education and good governance and is delighted to serve the College as a Board member.

Vice Chairman - Russell Wedding

Russell Wedding first joined the GNLC Board in 2017. His wife Karen previously worked as an Integration Aide at the College for eight years. They married in 1994 and have had many fabulous years together. Aside from being a member of the GNLC Board, Russell’s profession is working for Mondelez International as a National Account Manager. Russell is a member of the Wyndham Hobson’s Bay Lutheran Church and worship at St Phillips Lutheran Church on the grounds of the College. Russell was baptised and confirmed in the Lutheran Church at Hamilton. As Vice Chairman, Russell believes it is an honour and blessing to be appointed to the College Board. “I will continue to do my very best to ensure the College continues to grow students academically, while also helping them develop good values and a sense of community, under the leadership of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” 

Secretary - Anthony Vassallo  

Anthony Vassallo has a broad background in Business, Information Technology, and Education. He has worked in various countries, including Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, the UK, and Germany. He holds a Masters of Management from the University of London, is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders, as well as a Sloan Fellow of London Business School. After 20 years in international banking, he pursued his passion for teaching. He has written and conducted numerous training courses on international banking operations, volunteered as a Cub Scout leader, and provided standardized test preparation training and dance classes. He is now the Business Manager and Board Secretary where he combines his business skills and passion for education. 

Board Member – Marion Nott

Marion Nott has been involved in education working directly with students across Kindergarten to Year 12 in a range of capacities including teaching, faculty leadership, campus leadership and regional consultancy and administration. Marion has spent a number of years in the Lutheran Education system, some of these as the Assistant Director of Lutheran Education in the South Eastern Region. It is a pleasure for her to reconnect with the Good News Community (having acted as Secretary to the Board previously), to acknowledge the wonderful development of the College, and to have this opportunity to serve God and the Lutheran and educational communities in the Werribee area.

Board Member - Graeme Simpkin

Graeme Simpkin has been a serving member of the Board since 2009 and was nominated to the Board as a representative of the Wyndham Hobson’s Bay Lutheran Church. His professional background is in Engineering and Computer Science. He has been involved with the College since before its inception when the steering committee were surveying potential properties around Wyndham to locate the College. “It has been a privilege to watch the community of Good News develop over the years, and I pray that both the staff and the families who attend Good News will be blessed by their involvement with the College.”

District Representative - Esther Roy

Esther Roy is a seasoned technology leader and a devoted community member with over 22 years of experience in the field. As the daughter of a pastor, she learned the importance of integrity, service, and community engagement from an early age. Esther’s career has spanned various roles from software development to IT management, giving her a comprehensive understanding of the industry’s challenges and opportunities. Her leadership extends beyond the corporate realm, as she actively volunteers in her local church and community, aligning her professional expertise with her personal values. 

Esther’s passion for technology, along with her unwavering dedication to serving others, makes her an ideal candidate for the school board. She believes that every student deserves access to quality education and the skills to thrive in the digital age. Esther is ready to bring her vision, experience, and enthusiasm to the school board and work collaboratively with all stakeholders to enhance the learning outcomes for all students.

Board Member - Jesse Spike

Jesse Spike's professional experience is rooted in Accounting and Finance having worked as an auditor for four years, and now as a Business Analyst at Village Roadshow Entertainment. He has always held a passion for developing young minds and for Lutheran mission. He claims it to be a real blessing to be involved with a school driven to achieve these goals. “I am honoured to be given the opportunity to serve at GNLC, to which I was elected in 2023. I have previously served as a treasurer and Council member in churches and have a passion for youth being heavily involved previously as a youth leader and leader CLWs.”

Board Member - Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood is a career educator with 15 years of experience within Lutheran schools in South Australia. Daniel currently serves as the Senior School Leader at Concordia College in Adelaide, where he continues to teach senior English. Daniel lives with his wife, Laura, and miniature schnauzer, Frankie.

Passionate about wellbeing and the learning of young people, Daniel seeks the opportunity to learn as much as possible on how schools operate, and thus joined the GNLC Board as we shepherd the ongoing growth of this faith community.

Daniel trained as an English and Politics teacher, with Honours in English. He has also had the opportunity to complete Lutheran Education Australia’s Leadership Development Program. Most recently, he completed a Master of Education and Theology at the University of Divinity and is currently working on a Graduate Certificate in School Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School Online.

Good News Lutheran College acknowledges that our loving Creator God
first gave the land on which we are placed to the peoples of the First Nations, who have walked and cared for this land since before recorded time. We thank God for the land’s Traditional Custodians and pay our respects to Elders as we travel this journey of reconciliation in Australia.