ELTHAM is one of Australia’s few truly independent schools led by a Company Board responsible to parent members. It is not affiliated with any religious or government organisations and has the freedom to dream and set its own strategic directions. The College Board is ultimately responsible for the overall educational and financial policy of the College. One parent of each family is required to take up membership, which entitles them to vote or stand for the College Board.
Governance at ELTHAM
ELTHAM is a not-for-profit public company, Eltham College Ltd. Its Members are those parents nominated on enrolment as the Company Member. They are entitled to attend and vote at the AGM. If you are not sure who is the Company Member in your family, please email email@example.com. The Board has the responsibility, the same as any public Company Board, to ensure the corporate integrity of the Company and to set strategic and overall policy directions. The Board delegates operational responsibility to the Principal. Directors govern the school under the Corporations Act (2001) and ASIC regulations and must carry out their fiduciary duties accordingly.
Each Company Member will receive the Annual Report, information on the AGM, a call for nominations for Director and proxy voting forms during March each year. Please put the date in your diary or plan to give your proxy to Reception so that we have a quorum. You may nominate any Member as a proxy.
There are twelve elected Directors who are elected for three years. Four retire each year. They are eligible for re-election.
The Principal is appointed as a director each year. The Principal is chosen first and foremost because of his/her capacity for educational leadership and, through this, the capacity to provide the vision and leadership for an executive team, staff, students, families and the wider community.
However, we also see that leadership is a role expected of all staff and, as they develop and learn, of all students. Our staff work in self-managing teams with leadership roles allocated appropriately to the leadership task and the team members. Students have a wide range of leadership opportunities as individual students, in collaboration with peers and working together with staff.
Jim Grant, Chair
Ruth Bailey, Vice Chair
Cynthia Gebert, Vice Chair
Dr Bradley Shrimpton
Simon Le Plastrier, ELTHAM College Principal
Stuart Wenn, Board Secretary and ELTHAM College Director of Business and Operations
Annual General Meetings