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Guardians of the School

Tara’s School Council acts as guardian of the past, present and future of the School, and is the steward of the School’s name and reputation. In this respect, its role is like that of a board of a company or not for profit organisation. 

It acts in this manner on behalf of the Standing Committee of the
Synod of the Diocese of Sydney and is constituted under
a Sydney Anglican Diocese Ordinance. 

To do this, the Council sets the strategy and policies within which the School operates. In addition, Council is responsible for the property and finances of the School. This is done in partnership with the Principal and the School Executive and the Principal enacts the decisions of Council within the School. One of Council’s most critical roles is the selection, management and
support of the Principal.

The members of the Council are

  • Archbishop of Sydney (President of the Council)
  • Nine members elected by the Synod, of which at least 2 must be clergy
  • Two persons appointed by the Archbishop
  • Two persons appointed by the Council

For practical purposes of governance, the Council appoints a Chair and Deputy Chair from amongst its members.

All members of the Council are voluntary, part time and receive no remuneration for their work on Council.

All members of the Council are required to be actively involved in a church community, hold a valid and cleared Working With Children Check number and acknowledge the Statement of Faith.

Current members of Council and their respective date of appointment:

  • Archbishop of Sydney (President)
  • Ms Simone Gilbert (Chair of Council) BComm, LLB, Grad Dip Leg Prac, MAICD - May 2016, Chair since June 2021
  • Mrs Nola Haig - December 2014
  • Ms Alison Hammond LLB (Hons), GDLP, ThC, BCL (Dist) - November 2016
  • Mr Glynn N Evans B Arch.  Dip Build Const. - March 2019
  • Reverend Andrew Levy BSc (Psychology) Hons, BD - 29 July 2019
  • Mr Stuart Deck MBA, DipMgt - November 2020
  • Mr Nigel Woolley BA (Hons), ACA - September 2022
  • Mr James Moore BBus, AAICD
  • Reverend Jonathan Bradford BAppSc (ExSpSc), MDiv, MAMin – November 2023
  • Venerable Kara Hartley MA (Theol), BDiv, Dip Bible & Mission, BA (Applied Communications)
  • Mr Fabian Mandrini BA, Grad Dip Ed, M Ed


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