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GNLC Board

The GNLC Board is the governance board for the College which runs on a 'not-for-profit' basis.

The Board is appointed by Lutheran Education Victoria, NSW and Tasmania (called “LEVNT”) and is accountable to the Lutheran Church of Australia Victorian District (called the “District”), and the District has the ultimate responsibility for all financial commitments of the College.

There can be up to 10 voting members on the GNLC Board including a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Secretary. Further to that, the Principal, the Pastor, the Business Manager and the Heads of Years regularly 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 (Business Manager, Deputy Principal, Heads of Years and Head of People and Culture)

The Board is blessed with a group of volunteers, all of which have great character. However, we are always looking for talented individuals with specific skill sets that could potentially provide renewal and different insights to the governance of the College.

Please read on to discover more about the current team on the GNLC Board.

Chairman - Neil Leek

Neil 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 in the Western Australian Government in 1986, to take up a new career at an independent Christian school in Darwin.

Over the years, he 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

I first joined the GNLC Board in 2017. My wife's name is Karen and she previously worked as an Integration Aide at the College for eight years. We were married in 1994 and have had many fabulous years together.

My day job is working for Mondelez International as a National Account Manager. Mondelez is a global snackfood company based in the US, and owns brands such as Cadbury, Oreo and many others.

I was born in Hamilton in Western Victoria and grew up on a sheep and cattle farm and moved to live in Melbourne in 1990 to follow my dream of playing cricket for Australia, which unfortunately didn’t quite work out!

I am a member of the Wyndham Hobson’s Bay Lutheran Church and worship at St Phillips Lutheran Church here on the grounds of the College. I also lead the church youth group every second Friday during school terms, which is a whole lot of fun! I was baptised and confirmed in the Lutheran Church at Hamilton.

It is an honour and a blessing to be appointed to the College Board and as the Vice Chairman 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 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 GNLC Board Secretary at Good News Lutheran College, where he combines his business skills and passion for education. 

Board Member – Marion Nott

It was my pleasure to return to the Board of Management at Good News Lutheran College as a District Representative in 2020. My career has spanned in excess of 35 years, and I have 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.

During this time, I 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 to reconnect with the Good News Community (I have acted as Secretary to the Board previously), to acknowledge the wonderful development of the College in recent years, and to have this opportunity to serve God and the Lutheran and educational communities in the Werribee area.

Board Member - Graeme Simpkin

I have been serving on the Good News Board since 2009 and nominated to the Board as a representative of the local congregation, Wyndham Hobson’s Bay Lutheran Church. My professional background is in engineering and computer science. I have been involved with the College since before its inception when we were surveying potential properties around Wyndham, where the College could be located.

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 journey in technology began with a solid foundation in computer science, which she pursued with passion, earning her degrees and certifications along the way.

 Her career has spanned various roles, from software development to IT management, giving her a comprehensive understanding of the industry’s challenges and opportunities. Throughout her career, Esther has remained committed to using technology for positive change and empowering others through innovation and education. 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

I am honoured to be given the opportunity to serve at Good News to which I was elected in 2023. I have previously served as a treasurer and counsel member in churches and was previously heavily involved in youth as a youth leader and leading on CLWs.

My professional experience is rooted in accounting and finance having worked as an auditor for 4 years and now as a business analyst at Village Roadshow Entertainment.

I have always held a passion for developing young minds and for our Lutheran mission, so it is a real blessing to be involved with a school driven to achieve these goals.

Board Member - Daniel Wood

It is a great privilege to advise the GNLC Board on education and other matters. I am a career educator with 15 years of experience in Lutheran schools in South Australia. I currently serve as the Senior School Leader at Concordia College in Adelaide, where I also continue to teach senior English. I live with my wife, Laura, and our miniature schnauzer, Frankie.

My passion for the wellbeing and learning of young people has spurred me to seek the opportunity to learn as much as I can about how schools operate, and thus I was drawn to the chance to work with the highly talented and dedicated GNLC Board as we shepherd the ongoing growth of this incredible faith community.

I am trained as an English and Politics teacher, with Honours in English. I have also had the opportunity to complete Lutheran Education Australia’s Leadership Development Program. Most recently I have developed my appreciation for the heart of Lutheran schooling through the completion of a Master of Education and Theology at the University of Divinity, and I am currently working on a Graduate Certificate in School Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School Online.

I look forward to continuing to serve God and the GNLC community.

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