Chair of the Board
Mr John Puleo
Mr Daniel O’Brien
Mr Russell Garnett
Br Chris Gorringe
Mr Michael O’Brien
Br Sir Patrick Lynch
The College was incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee in 2008 and corporately named “Oakhill College Ltd”. Under legislative and regulatory guidelines the College transitioned to a new leadership model where the De La Salle Brothers invested the governance of the College in a Board of Directors led by a Chair of the Board. In turn the delivery of educational outcomes is managed by the Principal (acting as the corporation’s Chief Executive Officer), who is accountable to the Board.
The Board of Directors has two main functions:
- ensuring compliance (Oakhill College complies with relevant legislation, regulations and policies), and
- promoting performance (Oakhill College delivers on its purpose: the human and Christian education of our students, including their care and well-being).
The Board of Directors is a voluntary (pro bono) body and has nine duties: preserve the mission of the College; set the strategy of the College; delegate the execution of the strategy to the Principal; monitor outcomes and performance standards; be responsible for reputation, branding and strategic messaging; secure resources needed by the College; oversee financial management; ensure legality and compliance; and improve strategic leadership.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) notes that school Boards contribute to the community by lending strong leadership and governance to a school’s mission, ensuring financial viability and sustainability, and improving the quality of educational programs, which lead to improved student outcomes. Boards add further value by providing a mentoring role for the school’s senior executives, building brand and reputation, managing risk, contributing to the culture of the organisation, and monitoring organisational performance. This is done by questioning management, listening and advising, providing leadership in a crisis situation, and measuring performance in a meaningful way.
This is the standard set by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), and the Association of Independent Schools (AIS). The Oakhill College Board of Directors is committed to these standards.