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Council of Governors

Council of Governors

Council of Governors

Scotch College Council of Governors are responsible for the governance of all affairs of the College. 



They operate in accordance with the Scotch College Adelaide Incorporation Act 1922 (the Statutes).

The Council utilises advisory committees which include:

  • Finance Committee
  • Education Committee
  • Infrastructure Committee
  • Development Committee
  • Investment Committee
  • Wellbeing Advisory Committee

The membership of advisory committees includes members of the College community as well as Members of Council. Committee members are appointed either to provide specific expertise, or to represent a section of the Scotch community.

Council members are elected for terms of three years and positions become vacant at varying times.

Members of Council

Raymond Spencer

Chair of Council (since 2013)
Member of Council (since 2010)

Current and past parent Raymond Spencer joined the Council in 2010 after returning to Adelaide following a career spanning some 35 years and various places around the globe including USA, India and Europe.

Mr Spencer was born in Adelaide in 1950 and attended law school at the University of Adelaide. Among his numerous board positions he is Chair of the South Australian Economic Development Board and Chairman of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.

John Newton (Principal)

Member of Council
Member of all Council Committees

Dr John H. Newton has been appointed as the Principal of Scotch College Adelaide from January 2015. He joins Scotch from Taunton School, an independent, coeducational boarding school based in Somerset, UK, where was Headmaster since January, 2005.

Educated at Manchester Grammar School (UK), John was then a graduate of Merton College Oxford with a degree in French and Russian. John also has a PhD in the 'Organisational Culture of Independent Schools' and has immersed himself in the British public school system for the last two decades.

Prior to his position as Headmaster of Taunton School, John was Director of Studies and Housemaster at Eastbourne College, having previously been Head of Modern Languages at Bradfield College in Berkshire.

Philip Paterson

Member of Council (since 2005)
Chair of Finance Committee

Philip joined the Council in February 2005, at which time he also became Chair of the Finance Committee. His association with the College is as a past parent and active member of the community. His children Andrew and Amy completed Year 12 at Scotch in 2005 and 2007 respectively.  He is married to Sandra who has spent many hours volunteering her time at the College in a range of capacities including as photographer and President and Member of the P&F.

Philip was a partner with Grant Thornton - Chartered Accountants for 29 years. In 2013 Philip changed direction, establishing a private consultancy providing planning, project evaluation, advisory and governance services.

Fairlie Delbridge ('84)

Member of Council (since 2010)

Fairlie is a Director of Cminus sustainable spaces a business that facilitates strategic, innovative & sustainable outcomes in the built environment through a range of development and consultancy capabilities.. Fairlie career has traversed a range of sectors & industries and includes thirteen years as a Director/owner of numerous McDonalds Franchises, five years with Citibank in Perth as Business Development manager & five years with Coca-Cola, Adelaide & Perth in sales & marketing management roles. Fairlie also recently spent eighteen months with South Australia's Urban Renewal Authority as the General Manager of Strategy & Innovation with specific responsibility for the state's social housing portfolio. She is also a former non-executive director of Unity Housing the State's largest community housing provider. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Graduate Fellow of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship in Ethics & Leadership.

Fairlie is an advocate of Scotch's commitment to whole person development and the impact it has on contributing to well balanced, flexible, happy and outwardly focused graduates. She is also a champion of the College's commitment to diversity and inclusiveness particularly through the support and commitment to our Yalari students. She is also a great believer in the continued enhancement of the College's focus on business, innovation and entrepreneurial curriculum as our students enter a rapidly changing workforce where disruption is the norm and traditional roles are being re-defined.

Peter Tulla ('83)

Member of Council (since 2011)
Chair of Infrastructure Committee

Peter Tulla ('83) is a past student and parent of Rachel ('15) and current students Jessica and Brianna, and active member of the community joining the infrastructure committee in 2010. With his background in the construction industry, ensuring the continued improvement of the built environment at Scotch will be a focus of Peter's input to the College.

Mr Tulla has had a 27 year association Quantity Surveying / Cost Management consultants, Rider Levett Bucknall and is the Managing Director of the Adelaide and Darwin offices and sits on the Rider Levett Bucknall global board. Peter is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors.

Angus Jaffray

Member of Council (since 2019)

Angus is the Executive Vice President People and Sustainability at Santos. He has previously held a number of roles at Santos during its transformation including EVP of Strategy and Technology.

Prior to joining Santos Angus was a Director at Azure Consulting and a Partner at the Boston Consulting Group. He advised clients in Australia and globally helping many of them transform their performance focussing on strategy, operational efficiency and organisational design.

Angus and his wife Rebecca chose Scotch for its focus on nurturing rounded young adults ready for the world with very high academic results complemented by an extraordinary breadth in extra-curricular opportunities.

Jody Burton

Member of Council (since 2019)

Jody is a parent of both the Senior School (Jack) and the ELC (Charlie). Moving back to Adelaide after 10 years living away, Jody and husband Troy believed Scotch was a school that was forward thinking and keen to nurture the potential of each individual while recognising the importance of the school’s role in contributing society’s future.

Jody is the Executive Chief Risk Officer for Deloitte Australia and former Managing Partner of Deloitte in Adelaide. She is responsible for developing strategies to protect and strengthen the firm’s brand, reputation and risk profile. Her experience is derived widely across a broad industry base both within Australia and from international markets, bringing both a national and global perspective with 25 years experience in risk management, corporate strategy and operations, financial due diligence, internal and external audit.

Bronte Wilson

Member of Council (since 2020)

Bronte Wilson joined as the Moderator as of 1 Feb 2020. He grew up in rural South Australia, spending most of his life as a farmer around Mount Gambier with dairy and beef cattle. In 2015 the family moved to Adelaide and Bronte worked doing maintenance and farm work around Adelaide and Yorke Peninsula.

Bronte has been involved in the Methodist and Uniting Churches since childhood, becoming an Elder in The Mount Gambier Congregation as a 20 year old. Over the years, he has been Treasurer of the South Australian Dairyfarmers’ Association, a member of the Limestone Coast Regional Development Board, a member of the Uniting Church Synod Standing Committee, and during 2019 Bronte acted as the Region Minister for Rural and Remote SA in the Uniting Church.

Bronte is married to Cheryl, who is the Minister at Ascot Community Uniting Church. They have three young-adult children. To relax, Bronte enjoys reading and gardening, as well as escaping to the family bush block in the southern Fleurieu Peninsula.

Emma Ewer ('83)

Member of Council (since 2017)
Chair of Advancement Committee
Member of Scotch College Foundation

Emma has been a Director and Executive Director of 24 carat nominees / jewellery group for 25 years. A retail chain store business spanning interstate and trading under 2 different brands and market segments. Emma was responsible for the overall business operations overseeing 450+ staff in 40+ stores in Adelaide and interstate. Emma has extensive experience in business, sales and marketing, HR, strategic planning, leadership development, negotiating and financial planning. Emma has served and is currently on a number of Boards. She is a benefactor of the Arts community. She is actively involved with the Adelaide Festival, Carrick Hill Foundation, ASO, Art Gallery of SA, Helpmann Academy and enjoys the Opera.

Emma is a member of TeamInvest and manages her own portfolio in the ASX200 and she is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Emma believes that Scotch offers a well-rounded education for children. She likes the emphasis that Scotch places on wellbeing and the balance of academia, sport, the arts and community. The care and the commitment of the teaching staff is exemplary and Emma believes that Sophie will be well prepared for the ever changing world that she steps out into after completing her education at Scotch.

Todd Roberts

Member of Council (since 2020)

Todd joined Credit Union SA in June 2020 as the Chief Executive Officer having spent over 11 years as an Executive at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Todd is passionate about leading a highly effective, performance-driven team of finance professionals who are dedicated to achieving outstanding results for their members and customers.

With over 25 years working in finance and professional services across Australia and the UK, Todd has developed a strong understanding of a wide range of financial and commercial disciplines from accountancy, audit and insolvency to Institutional Corporate, Commercial and Retail banking.

Todd has held a significant number of Chair and Director roles with various not-for-profit organisations and charities throughout his career including the National Heart Foundation of Australia where he is both currently a Director and Chair of the Investment Committee.

Governance & Risk Committee

Raymond Spencer (Chair)

Current and past parent Raymond Spencer joined the Council in 2010 after returning to Adelaide following a career spanning some 35 years and various places around the globe including USA, India and Europe.

Mr Spencer was born in Adelaide in 1950 and attended law school at the University of Adelaide. Among his numerous board positions he is Chair of the South Australian Economic Development Board and Chairman of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.

Fairlie Delbridge

Fairlie is a Director of Cminus sustainable spaces a business that facilitates strategic, innovative & sustainable outcomes in the built environment through a range of development and consultancy capabilities.. Fairlie career has traversed a range of sectors & industries and includes thirteen years as a Director/owner of numerous McDonalds Franchises, five years with Citibank in Perth as Business Development manager & five years with Coca-Cola, Adelaide & Perth in sales & marketing management roles. Fairlie also recently spent eighteen months with South Australia's Urban Renewal Authority as the General Manager of Strategy & Innovation with specific responsibility for the state's social housing portfolio. She is also a former non-executive director of Unity Housing the State's largest community housing provider. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Graduate Fellow of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship in Ethics & Leadership.

Bronte Wilson

Bronte Wilson joined as the Moderator as of 1 Feb 2020

Ross Haslam ('63)

Ross was previously a partner of Ernst & Young, Adelaide and a founding partner of Ferrier Hodgson Adelaide. Ross is an experienced Director and has particular interest in risk management and governance. Ross is an advocate of Scotch as he believes it has a great culture and has the appropriate systems for the future and the future of its students.

Warren Newbegin

Warren is an Adelaide based Management Consultant traveling interstate regularly dependent on client needs. He was in the Royal Australian Air Force for 24 years before joining the Australian Public Service, and now consults to Defence in areas including project and program management, and organisational change. Warren fully supports the world class diverse and challenging coeducational offering provided by Scotch which develops strengths in strategic thought and engagement in global issues. He is an advocate of our co-curricular program that works hand in hand to provide opportunities such as leadership development, with the Scotch Community a wonderful feature unique to the Scotchie experience.

Jody Burton

Jody is a parent of both the Senior School (Jack) and the ELC (Charlie). Moving back to Adelaide after 10 years living away, Jody and husband Troy believed Scotch was a school that was forward thinking and keen to nurture the potential of each individual while recognising the importance of the school’s role in contributing society’s future.

Jody is the Executive Chief Risk Officer for Deloitte Australia and former Managing Partner of Deloitte in Adelaide. She is responsible for developing strategies to protect and strengthen the firm’s brand, reputation and risk profile. Her experience is derived widely across a broad industry base both within Australia and from international markets, bringing both a national and global perspective with 25 years experience in risk management, corporate strategy and operations, financial due diligence, internal and external audit.

John Newton (Principal)

Dr John H. Newton has been appointed as the Principal of Scotch College Adelaide from January 2015. He joins Scotch from Taunton School, an independent, coeducational boarding school based in Somerset, UK, where was Headmaster since January, 2005.

Educated at Manchester Grammar School (UK), John was then a graduate of Merton College Oxford with a degree in French and Russian. John also has a PhD in the 'Organisational Culture of Independent Schools' and has immersed himself in the British public school system for the last two decades.

Prior to his position as Headmaster of Taunton School, John was Director of Studies and Housemaster at Eastbourne College, having previously been Head of Modern Languages at Bradfield College in Berkshire.

Morag Greenwood (Director of HR)

Geoff Abbott (Business Operations Manager)

Abhra Bhattacharjee

Finance Committee

Ian Southwood ('81, Chair)

Ian is an Executive Director of the JBWere Ltd, an Investment Firm. Ian advises a broad range of clients including a number of Non for Profits in the Education Sector. Ian was previously State Manager and National Partner of Goldman Sachs JBWere Australia and has always lived and worked in Adelaide.

Philip Patterson

Philip joined the Council in February 2005, at which time he also became Chair of the Finance Committee. His association with the College is as a past parent and active member of the community. His children Andrew and Amy completed Year 12 at Scotch in 2005 and 2007 respectively. He is married to Sandra who has spent many hours volunteering her time at the College in a range of capacities including as photographer and President and Member of the P&F. Philip was a partner with Grant Thornton - Chartered Accountants for 29 years. In 2013 Philip changed direction, establishing a private consultancy providing planning, project evaluation, advisory and governance services.

Richard Willson ('89)

Richard is an experienced, Non-Executive Director, Company Secretary and CFO with more than 20 years’ experience predominantly within the mining and agricultural sectors for both publicly listed and private companies. Richard has a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of South Australia, is a fellow of CPA Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Richard has previously been CFO, Company Secretary and Non-Executive Director of a number of ASX Listed Companies.

Justin Hyde ('85)

Justin has spent most of his career as an Investment Banker with Macquarie Bank and JP Morgan specialising in global commodities trading and investment. Having lived and moved over the past 25 years with his family between London, Sydney, Chicago, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore, he chose to retire from investment banking and relocate the family back to his hometown of Adelaide primarily to allow his children to be educated at Scotch.

Lisa Davis

Lisa Davis joined as of 4 Mar 2020.

Marcus Staker ('00)

Marcus is an Associate at South Australian professional services firm Hood Sweeney. As an accountant and business advisor, he is passionate about helping his SME and not-for-profit clients to grow and achieve success. Marcus has a keen interest in embracing technology as a key enabler to growth. He is a passionate advocate for youth affairs and brings a dynamic and innovative perspective from his board experience at Fresh 92.7, one of the largest not-for-profit radio stations in Australia.

John Newton (Principal)

Geoff Abbott (Business Operations Manager)

Mandy Green (Finance Manager)

Ieva Hampson (Head of Mitcham Campus)

Teresa Hanel (Head of Teaching & Learning)

Richard Stone (COO)

Kelly Sharp (Head of Middle School)

Investment Committee

Ian Southwood ('81, Chair)

Ian is an Executive Director of the JBWere Ltd, an Investment Firm. Ian advises a broad range of clients including a number of Non for Profits in the Education Sector. Ian was previously State Manager and National Partner of Goldman Sachs JBWere Australia and has always lived and worked in Adelaide.

Philip Patterson

Philip joined the Council in February 2005, at which time he also became Chair of the INVESTMENT Committee. His association with the College is as a past parent and active member of the community. His children Andrew and Amy completed Year 12 at Scotch in 2005 and 2007 respectively. He is married to Sandra who has spent many hours volunteering her time at the College in a range of capacities including as photographer and President and Member of the P&F. Philip was a partner with Grant Thornton - Chartered Accountants for 29 years. In 2013 Philip changed direction, establishing a private consultancy providing planning, project evaluation, advisory and governance services.

Tony Mitchell

Bio Coming Soon.

Justin Hyde ('85)

Justin has spent most of his career as an Investment Banker with Macquarie Bank and JP Morgan specialising in global commodities trading and investment. Having lived and moved over the past 25 years with his family between London, Sydney, Chicago, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore, he chose to retire from investment banking and relocate the family back to his hometown of Adelaide primarily to allow his children to be educated at Scotch.

Lachlan Harvey

Bio Coming Soon.

John Newton (Principal)

Mandy Green (Finance Manager)

Richard Stone (COO)

Infrastructure Committee

Peter Tulla ('83, Chair)

Peter Tulla ('83) is a past student and parent of Rachel ('15) and current students Jessica and Brianna, and active member of the community joining the infrastructure committee in 2010. With his background in the construction industry, ensuring the continued improvement of the built environment at Scotch will be a focus of Peter's input to the College. Mr Tulla has had a 27 year association Quantity Surveying / Cost Management consultants, Rider Levett Bucknall and is the Managing Director of the Adelaide and Darwin offices and sits on the Rider Levett Bucknall global board. Peter is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors.

Mary Ash

Bio coming soon.

Jock Merrigan ('87)

Jock is the founding owner and managing director of Urban Habitats Australia Pty Ltd, an award-winning Adelaide based residential design and construction business. With over 20 years’ experience, Jock is a design and construction industry specialist with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the Development Act, Building Code of Australia, Australian Standards, South Australian and Federal legislation, new products and on-site practices. He undertakes business development and investment analysis, considers planning and environmental issues, negotiates contracts, designs and drafts projects, as well as maintains an onsite project management and scheduling role.

Sam Nairn ('89)

Sam is a registered Architect, currently employed at Lendlease as a Senior Design Manager, where responsibilities include coordinating, managing and prioritising design deliverables to ensure value, program and budget risks are effectively managed, on major projects. Sam previously worked for Woodhead for 13 years, a national architectural practice, as the Practice Director and was responsible for the day to day leadership and management of the Adelaide Studio.

Paul Neighbour

Bio Coming Soon.

Brett Nilsen

Brett joined Aurecon in Adelaide 22 years ago as a Civil Engineer. Following a career designing and project managing infrastructure projects across ANZ, he returned to Adelaide and is now responsible for overseeing Aurecon’s Infrastructure Market comprising transport, water and land development projects.

John Newton (Principal)

Tania Darling (Director of Early Years)

Geoff Abbott (Business Operations Manager)

Georgia Bradford

Richard Stone (COO)

Advancement Committee

Emma Ewer ('83, Chair)

Emma has been a Director and Executive Director of 24 carat nominees / jewellery group for 25 years. A retail chain store business spanning interstate and trading under 2 different brands and market segments. Emma was responsible for the overall business operations overseeing 450+ staff in 40+ stores in Adelaide and interstate. Emma has extensive experience in business, sales and marketing, HR, strategic planning, leadership development, negotiating and financial planning. Emma has served and is currently on a number of Boards. She is a benefactor of the Arts community. She is actively involved with the Adelaide Festival, Carrick Hill Foundation, ASO, Art Gallery of SA, Helpmann Academy and enjoys the Opera. Emma is a member of TeamInvest and manages her own portfolio in the ASX200 and she is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Brandon Edwards

Bio coming soon.

Monique Littlejohn

Monique Littlejohn has been a professional fundraiser and top level development and marketing executive for more than 15 years. In June, 2016, she relocated to Australia and supports businesses in their marketing and communications needs. Monique has written 10 books that are available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other notable booksellers. Her online courses are available through Udemy, Curious, and Skillshare.

Catherine Llewellyn-Smith

Bio coming soon.

Danielle Lucas

Bio coming soon.

Ric Mollison

Ric is a past parent, Nicholas ('88) and Grant ('90) and a current grandparent Toby (Year 7). He has long admired the ethos of the College particularly it’s capacity to nurture, support and develop the students to make them “world ready” upon graduation, which was his experience with his two sons. Ric was an inaugural member of the Scotch Foundation, when under Chair Andrew Saies, together with John Kramer they developed and implemented the strategy to raise the funds to build the Webb Science Centre. Since the late 90’s in the capacity of Chairman, Executive Director and Non- Executive Director concurrently of a number of listed and non listed companies, Ric has been directly involved in successful capital raisings, business strategy developments and implementations, evaluation of investment opportunities and the disposition of businesses in IT, investment finance, energy, viticulture, and textile processing sectors in Australia and the USA.

Hamish Archibald ('00)

Bio coming soon.

Karyn Thomas

Bio coming soon.

Melanie Bailes

Bio coming soon.

Samantha Young

Samantha is a clinical psychologist and MD of Human Psychology, one of Adelaide’s largest psychological services and corporate training providers. She has previously worked as a consultant with Boston Consulting Group and in various senior marketing and strategy roles for companies like The Body Shop, Myer GraceBros and Mattel Toys. Samantha holds post-graduate qualifications in business, psychology and corporate governance.

John Newton (Principal)

Dale Bennett (Head of Senior School)

Abhra Bhattacharjee (Director of Philanthropy)

Natalie Felkl (Head of Community & Marketing)

Education Committee

Dr Susie Robinson (Chair)

Susie is the CEO of the Higher Education Consulting Group, a strategy consulting practice, serving the university, research and innovation sectors in Australia and abroad. Susie’s strengths in this practice are industry engagement and positioning, and policy. Susie was formerly Director, International and Industry Engagement for the Australian Technology Network of Universities and has experience working at senior levels in the UK and South Australian Governments in portfolios including innovation; research and development; higher education; skills and employment; treasury and finance; and public sector performance. She was also formerly a member of the Governing Council of the University of Adelaide.

Dr Chris Wilson

Chris is an Orthopaedic Surgeon and Clinical Academic in Flinders University. He has worked previously in Scotland at the University of Glasgow. He is the Director of Orthopaedic Research in the Department of Arthroplasty at Flinders University. He manages the innovation and implementation of new processes and technologies and the coordination of training for medical students. He has special interests in Revision surgery, Computer Assisted surgery, Custom implant design and Robotic surgery. Other roles include Asia Pacific Advisor in research & development for revision arthroplasty surgery and National Advisor to the Australian Joint Registry and Australian Orthopaedic Association.

Rhys Williams

Bio coming soon.

Dr Neil Gordon

Neil is a principal research scientist in the Department of Defence where he currently leads the Data and Information Fusion research group. Before emigrating to Adelaide he spent 14 years working in the UK government Defence research laboratories in Farnborough and Malvern. Neil has authored three books and over 70 research publications. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland.

Jane Webb-Williams

Jane is a leading social researcher and a highly experienced educator with a career spanning over 20 years in a variety of educational settings. Originally from the UK, Jane moved to Adelaide in 2012 to take up her current role as a teaching and research Academic at the University of South Australia. Jane holds a PhD in Psychology & Education and a Masters in Educational Research from Cambridge University.

Jane leads courses in undergraduate and postgraduate teacher education programs, managing over 500 student teachers annually. Jane’s research expertise is in children’s engagement in learning through play-based discovery pedagogy, children’s self-efficacy and identity, with a focus on wellbeing and academic attainment. Jane has been the Chief Investigator on numerous research projects tackling a diverse range of global issues including the low uptake of girls in science, best practice STEM focused pedagogy, connecting disadvantaged multicultural communities and the role of technology to improve young people’s mental health.

John Butler

Bio coming soon.

Annette Fidge

Bio coming soon.

Quinn Martin

Bio coming soon.

Rose Nyaramba

Bio coming soon.

John Newton (Principal)

Tania Darling (Director of Early Years)

Teresa Hanel (Head of Teaching & Learning)

Ieva Hampson (Head of Mitcham Campus)

Dale Bennett (Head of Torrens Park Campus)

Georgia Bradford (Staff)

David Scholz (Staff)

Anne Fromholtz (Staff)

Wellbeing Advisory Committee

Dr Marty Ewer (Chair)

Bio coming soon.

Dr John Callary

Bio coming soon.

Brooke Finlayson

Bio coming soon.

Fran Kelly

Bio coming soon.

Alexandra Stillwell

Bio coming soon.

Lachlan Archibald ('00)

Caroline Bates

Ieva Hampson (Head of Mitcham Campus)

Shawn Kasbergen (Director of Student Wellbeing)

Bio coming soon.

Rob O'Toole

Chloe Hooper (Student)

Sophie Laycock (Student)

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