College Council

The majority of Council members are elected by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, with three further members appointed by the elected members.The Scots College Council is responsible for general policy decisions and the financial administration of the College, with the general administration of the College delegated to the College Principal. The business and finance side of the administration of the College is in turn handled by the Director of Finance.



Dr Gillian Heard

council-member-4-dr-gillian-heard.jpg Dr Gillian Heard, BSc, PhD, Grad Cert (Univ L&T), Dip Qual Auditing, Cert IV TAA. Gillian has had more than 25 years experience in education, much of that time spent at the University of New South Wales working in both food science and technology and staff development. She is now a partner in The Learning Community, supporting organisations in planning, compliance, capability and leadership development. Gillian is married with three children, two of whom are Old Boys of the College. She has been a member of the College Council since 2005 and was elected Deputy Chairman in August 2012 before becoming Chairman in August 2014.

Deputy Chairman
Mr Rod Simpson

120x105-college-council-member-rod-simpson.jpg Rod Simpson, BEc, LLB, FCIS, FGIA, FFin. Rod is the Managing Partner at the law firm Simpson Partners Lawyers. He was previously the Head of Legal and Risk at Steinhoff Asia Pacific, the operator of the Freedom Furniture and Snooze brands. He is married to Caroline and has three young children. Rod has been a member of Council since 2010 and Secretary from 2011 to 2014 before becoming Deputy Chairman in August 2014.

Mr Greg Simitian

screen-shot-2015-08-24-at-2.56.05-pm.png Greg Simitian, BE (Mech) (Hons), MBA (Hons), M.ASME, MIEAust. Greg is an executive director of Australian Stevia Mills Pty. Ltd., a specialist food ingredients company. He was previously the head of strategy for Macquarie Bank Limited and the managing partner for Towers Perrin's strategy and organisation consulting practice in Asia. Greg is married to Haisun Park. He became a member of the Council in 2013 before taking up the position of Secretary in August 2014.

Council Members

Mr Philip Mitchell 126x103-council-member-2-philip-mitchell.jpg

Philip Mitchell, BA (Asian Studies) (Hons), LLB (Hons). Philip is a Partner, member of the Board and Head of the International Business and Corporate Finance Group at the law firm TressCox. He has two sons currently enrolled at the College and one son who is an Old Boy. He has been a member of Council since 1998 and was Chairman from 2008 to 2012.

Mr Ben Graham 126x84-college-council-member-ben-graham.jpg Ben Graham, BCom (Finance & Economics), CFP. Ben ('93) is the Director of Blue Summit Financial Solutions, a boutique financial planning practice located in Sydney. Ben is an Old Boy of the College. He is married to Angela and has three young children. Ben has been a member of council since 2008.
Mr Andrew Leithhead college-council-member-andrew-leithhead.jpg

Andrew Leithhead, BCom, FFin, JP. Andrew is a senior executive in the International & Institutional Banking Division of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. He has worked in the financial services industry for over 30 years, in Sydney and in New York. He is a director of ANZ Equities Limited and is President of the Australian Racing Drivers' Club. He is married to Irene and has two sons currently enrolled at the College. Andrew became a member of Council in 2009.

Mr Bill McLaren council-member-5-bill-mclaren.jpg

Bill McLaren, BBus (Accounting). Bill is an advisor to the Aged Care Industry having working in the Health Services for over 10 Years. Bill, with his accounting qualifications, has worked in many varied businesses from Metal Trades and Aviation to Retail. Bill is an Old Boy of The Scots School, originally established as a branch school of the College during WWII. He is married to Erica and has two adult children and four wonderful grandchildren. This is Bill's second time as a member of Council.

Mr Jeof Falls council-member-1-jeof-falls.jpg

Jeof Falls, BEc, MBA. Jeof is a director of the Organisational Research, Strategy and Leadership consultancy, Measured Insights. In a voluntary capacity, he is also Chairman of Trustees of the Presbyterian Church of Australia in NSW and sits on a number of the church's school councils and boards including Presbyterian Aged Care. Jeof has been an ex-officio member of Council since 2001.

Rev Bruce Meller council-member-6-bruce-meller.jpg

Bruce Meller, BD (Hons), ThL (Hons) MA (Theol). Bruce is married to Lorraine and has three adult children. He has been a Presbyterian minister since 1980, serving the Church in country NSW and at Hurstville before becoming the Superintendent of the Ministry & Mission Committee in 1999. As the founding Chairman of the Ballina Christian School and then a Director and Chairman of the St George Christian School, Bruce has 20 years' experience in school governance and a deep personal commitment to best-practice in that area. He also has a long-standing concern for, and a research interest in, Biblical conflict resolution.

Rev Dr Martin Spadaro college-council-member-martin-spadaro.jpg

Martin Spadaro, BA, MDiv, ThM, PhD, Cert IV TAA. Martin is the minister of St. Andrew's Scots Presbyterian Church in Rose Bay. He has been in pastoral ministry for 25 years and has lectured in Biblical Studies at Westminster Theological College (WA) and Melbourne School of Theology. Martin is married to Katherine and has two teenage children. Martin joined the Council in 2012.

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Peter Kaldor, B. Comm (Hons), LLB. Peter is the Managing Director of City Bible Forum, a non-denominational Christian ministry to business people across Australia. After graduating he worked in project and acquisition finance for UBS in Sydney and Zurich, before undertaking theological study. He serves on a number of charitable boards and has experience in school governance as a member of the Council of Claremont College. He is married to Bettina and they have three children, one of whom is currently at the College.

Mr Murray Smith murray-smith_gblue_150427_d4_9890_large.jpg

Murray Smith BA, GradDipEd, MA, MA, MDiv. Murray lectures in Biblical Studies (Greek and New Testament) at Christ College Sydney. He also serves as the Moderator for New Testament Diploma Units in the Australian College of Theology, and as a Director of Groundwork, a non-denominational Christian organisation which creates training resources for churches. Murray previously served as a pastor at a Presbyterian church in Sydney's south, and prior to that taught Religious Education at the Presbyterian Ladies College, and Ancient History and Religious Education at Newington College. Murray is married to Lynette and they have five young children. He became a member of the Council in 2014.

Rev Mark Powell

Rt. Reverend Mark Powell, Dip Min, B.A. (Anthropology), B.D, M.A (Theol). Mark is married to Angie and have six children (five of whom are boys) and has been a Presbyterian minister for the past 15 years. He has served in congregations at Wee Waa (North-West NSW) as well as Concord and Strathfield. From 2014 to 2015 he was the Moderator for the Presbyterian Church of NSW & ACT. He is passionate about seeing excellence in education within a Christian framework.