The GNLC Council is the governance board for the College which runs on a “not for profit” basis.
The Council 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 Council including a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Secretary. Further to that, the Principal, the Pastor, the Business Manager and the Heads of Schools regularly act as non-voting Consultants to the Council.
The main responsibilities of the Council 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 and by-laws
- Ratify the Executive Appointments of the Principal, Heads of Schools and the Business Manager
The Council 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 Council.
Chairman – Russell Wedding
2019 was my first year as Chairman but my third year sitting on the Council. My wife’s name is Karen, and she worked as an Integration Aide at the College for 8 years. We have been married for 24 fabulous years. Our daughter Megan is in Year 12 at GNLC and our son Mark completed Year 12 at GNLC in 2019.
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 Council and as the 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.
Vice Chairman - Daniel Verrico
2019 will be my 9th year on the Council, serving as a District Church Representative. I am an active member of St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Melton, where I serve in a couple of capacities.
The 9 years on the Council, has seen a period of enormous change, growth and expansion at the College. The courage, vision and commitment of fellow Council members, over these changing years, along with the dynamic and caring environment provided by the teachers and Executive, have created a positive and open learning environment. The years ahead of us, also promise to be dynamic and changing, and I am confident that we, working in our respective roles and responsibilities, are up for the challenge.
During the week, I spend my time in a professional capacity advising and or managing Building and Development projects, across various industries.
In the year ahead, may the Lord continue to guide and bless us all.
Secretary - Graeme Simpkin
I have been serving on the Good News Council since 2009 and nominated to the Council 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.
Council Member - Jerry Gubecka
I have been a Council member of Good News Lutheran College since 2015 and am a representative from “Christ the Lord” Slovak Lutheran Church (where I worship and am a committee member). I have previously held the position of Vice-Chair on the College Council.
My background is varied with experience in Information Technology, Customer Service and Transport. I currently work as an Uber Driver. I am looking to help the College grow in the community, with knowledge gained from work and personal experiences.
Council Member - Noel Goltz
I have been involved with Good News from its beginning in 1997, as a College Council member or Council Sub-Committee member. I have been both a congregational representative of St Philip’s Lutheran Church and a District Church appointed representative. I have previously held the position of Chairman on the College Council and I have been on the College Council Business Committee as a College Council representative or co-opted member, continuously since 1997.
My background is that I have worked for the Department of Defence as both a soldier, tradesman and as a Public Servant. I have professional qualifications and experience in Engineering, Project Management and Configuration Management. My role for the last 10 years has been as an Engineering Manager and I am heavily involved in major acquisition projects, predominantly for the Australian Army.
I worship at St Philip’s Lutheran Church co-located on the College site and have been the Treasurer of the Parish/Congregation since 1997. My two children both attended Good News Lutheran College with the eldest commencing Prep in 2007 as a foundation student. It is currently, and has been, a pleasure and a privilege to serve the Church and the College in the various voluntary capacities that I have, over the past 22 years.
Council Member - Peter Renner
I have been on Good News Council for 13 years, appointed as a District Church representative. For the last 7 years, I have chaired the College’s Business Committee, which is responsible to Council for the oversight of all the financial considerations of the College.
I am retired, having been a senior executive in a major Australian bank. I worship at the Lutheran Church, Ringwood, where I am Chairman of the Congregation and the Retirement Village, which the church administers.
Council Member – Marion Nott (B.App. Sci, Grad Dip Admin, M.Ed)
It is my pleasure to return to the Board of Management at Good News Lutheran College as a District Representative this year. Over a career spanning 35 years, 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.
District Representative - Gary Jewson
Gary grew up in the southern mallee country of north-western Victoria & attended Hopetoun Primary School and Secondary School until the end of Year 10. His last two years were spent boarding at Luther College in Croydon, Melbourne. Gary studied teaching at Deakin University & his first teaching appointments were at Sandringham East (Year 3) & then Wheeler’s Hill Primary School in Melbourne, first in physical education & later as a classroom teacher.
Gary and his wife Libby (who is currently the executive officer of WRISC, an organisation in Ballarat supporting women who have been victims of family violence) lived in Melbourne before moving to Geelong in 1985 for Gary to begin teaching at St John’s Lutheran School in the following year.
Libby and Gary have three children. André is a professional actor, currently performing as ‘Zazu’ in a south-east Asian tour of the ‘The Lion King’; Melanie (whose passion was musical theatre, singing and dancing) was tragically killed in a car accident in 2004 at the age of 18; and Ashlee, a medical doctor, who is currently training to be a paediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Gary taught Year 3 and Year 6 at St John’s before becoming Principal in 1999.
To assist with the establishment of Geelong Lutheran College, Gary was then also appointed Principal of GLC in 2008 to prepare for the first day of school in 2009. Gary took up a position at LEVNT in July 2018 as Education Officer: Formation.
Since the loss of their daughter and sister in 2004, Gary and his family have worked hard to make good things come out of their grief, raising much needed funds for a hospital chapel at the Port Vila Central Hospital in Vanuatu which has now been completed. They have since established the Melanie Jewson Foundation in 2012 and now continue its work in supporting health and education in Vanuatu.
I hope this gives you some understanding of what the College Council is responsible for, and a little about the people who are involved. It is fair to say that, as a group, we are committed to providing the framework for the College to be able to flourish and grow through the Word of God. It truly is a great privilege and honour to serve you all.