Governance Information

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In late 2009, Mount Barker Waldorf School ratified a new Constitution and appointed a new nine-member Board as part of a broad renewal process underway across the school’s administration.  The appointment marked the end of an era at MBWS, which has been administered by a College of Teachers since it was founded in 1979. The College has been solely responsible for the school’s governance, management and educational administration.  The new Constitution and Board provided a foundation for a new beginning at the school and signalled a significant shift in the way the school is governed and managed. School community members have played a key role in the design of the new Constitution and were closely advised by external consultants with expertise in school governance, Waldorf Education and financial management.

oard is responsible for strategy formulation, policy making and compliance with requirements imposed by Commonwealth and State authorities. It also ensures the school is well run in the interests of all stakeholders.  Each Board Member has been selected from a large number of nominations from across the school community and beyond. The current Board Members are: Richie Khoo and Sally Amazon Co-Chair, Don Frakes (Secretary), Tony Houey, Doreen Mellor, Ritchie Marshall, Dan Hockin.

The makeup of the board represents a strong blend of skills including financial management, the governance of Waldorf and mainstream educational institutions, strategic planning and marketing, communications and stakeholder engagement.

Profiles Board Members

To serve until the 2020 AGM

  • Tony Houey - Tony is former Deputy Principal of Pembroke School with qualifications in education and law. His teaching areas are in Legal Studies, Economics, Commerce and Theory of Knowledge. He has over 30 years’ experience in senior and human resource management.  Tony has worked extensively in education law and compliance, the writing and review of policies and procedures, delivering training to schools, staff recruitment and development, risk management and academic leadership, as well as over 20 years’ as a member of Pembroke’s finance committee.  Involvement in community organisations include:  Deputy Member of the Teachers Registration Board of SA, Chair of South Australian Chapter of the Australia & New Zealand Education Law Association (ANZELA), Chair of the Board of Debating SA, Council member of St Mark’s College in North Adelaide, Justice of the Peace and an active Ambassador for the Cancer Council SA. Tony retired at the end of 2015, moved to Mt Barker and joined our Board in 2016. He is also the current chair of our Finance Committee. 
  • Richie Khoo - Richie is an accountant who is both a CPA and a CFP.  He has been board chair for Empowering Communities, an Australia-wide social enterprise assisting Cambodian women, and a member of CPA Australia’s SA Public Practice Committee.  Richie believes strongly in the importance of Steiner education in an age of globalisation and technology-driven change. His two children attend the School. 
  • Sally Amazon - Sally has been involved with the school for over 16 years both as a parent and staff member.  She has worked in early childhood education for 6 years and has a deep personal and professional understanding of Steiner education, supported by study at the Sydney Rudolf Steiner College.  Sally has experience in legislative reform and trained with Families SA as a youth worker, working with children in residential care.  Sally brings to the Board passion and experience as a parent, educator, youth worker, small business owner and social justice advocate, combined with knowledge of Waldorf education.     

To serve until the 2021 AGM

  • Don Frakes - Don has had 30 years experience in starting, running and managing businesses in the United States and Australia. He has managed teams of various sizes and is currently helping to organise the running of a health clinic in Unley where he has practised acupuncture and Chinese medicine for the last 17 years. Don has two children in Waldorf education and believes that Steiner based education produces the strongest and most well rounded adults. 

  • Doreen Mellor - Doreen is an Indigenous Australian with Ngadgan heritage from the Atherton Tablelands of North Queensland. She has extensive experience in both school and tertiary education and in management and governance in the education, government and non-profit sectors.  Doreen has been involved with Steiner education since 1979 as one of the co-founders of Mt Barker Waldorf School and an active member of the College of Teachers during the school’s first decade. As Director of Development at the National Library of Australia in Canberra for 9 years, she established the corporate relationship and philanthropy program at the Library, following her management of the national Bringing Them Home Oral History Project for the previous 3 years. Doreen was appointed the inaugural Director of Flinders University Art Museum in Adelaide, after four years as visual arts manager and curator at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, and a 2 year stint in the Business faculty of the University of South Australia. She has prepared major reports on Indigenous arts and cultural issues at national, state and community levels and served on several Boards and committees of major cultural institutions (eg Art Gallery of South Australia and Queensland Museum) as well as professional organisations and agencies (eg NAVA the National Association for the Visual Arts, ICOM the International Council of Museums and The Australia Council for the Arts). She has curated many art exhibitions, curated historical displays and written and edited book publications, articles and essays.

To serve until the 2022 AGM

  • Dan Hockin - Dan has been a parent at the school for over 12 years, with two children progressing from Playgroup into High School. He has actively been involved with various fundraising activities, school camps and working bees during this time. His professional background is in Mechanical Design, specialising in the water sector, more recently running his own business based at home in Nairne. He is passionate about environmental sustainability and is involved in local Landcare & Trees For Life groups.  He hopes to assist the Board in these areas, whilst promoting the next generations voice of change.    
  • Ritchie Marshall - Ritchie is a self-employed management and financial accountant and a member of CPA Australia. He provides advice and services to businesses in various areas such as compliance with tax laws and accounting standards, strategic planning, cash flow management, costings, budgets and forecasts. Previously he managed the IT department in South Australia for a large national company. Ritchie is a long-term parent of the school and his two sons are currently in the High School.