The School Board
History and governance
The School was formed in 1983, commenced operating on 4 February 1984, and was formally incorporated as a non-profit company on 6 July 1984. The company is now known as The International Grammar School, Sydney, Ltd. It is limited by guarantee, and managed by a Board of non-paid directors. The current Board is made up of eight directors. Each director is a member of the company.
The Board is responsible for the overall management of the School and its assets. It operates under a 'Code of Conduct'. The aims and objectives of the company are outlined in the Articles of Association. Management of the School is delegated to the Principal. The Principal is supported in these duties by several Board Sub-committees. These are Finance, Management, Education and, when required, a Building Committee.
Enquiries to the School Board can be made by email.
Current IGS Board members
DR MARIE LEECH, Chair
Dr Leech has a wealth of experience in social justice and education. She is the Principal of the University of Sydney’s Sancta Sophia College, a role she has held since 2008. She is a member of the Executive of University Colleges Australia (UCA) and Chair of the Mental Wellbeing committee of Healthy Sydney University. Dr Leech was appointed to the Federal Government’s Stronger Families and Communities Strategy Partnership, and has served on a number of Boards and Committees. Her voluntary work has included the development of strategies to provide access to education for disadvantaged girls and women. Previous roles include General Manager, Community Services, at Mission Australia, and Senior Policy Advisor at Uniya, the Jesuit office for social justice research. She has taught at Kincoppal Rose Bay and TAFE. Dr Leech has a PhD in Social Policy from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Science and Society from the University of New South Wales.
Peter is a medical practitioner specialising in ear, nose and throat surgery from his practice in Armidale. He holds or has held senior positions on various medical related associations. Peter is a Member of the Committee, Association of Independent Schools NSW and is the longest standing NSW delegate to the National Council of Independent Schools Association, with which he has been involved in a number of executive capacities since 1982. Peter joined the IGS Board in 1996.
Rita Fin is widely recognised as one of the leading music educators and school administrators in Australia. She trained at the Sydney Conservatorium and took post graduate studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She was a founding staff member and then Principal at IGS from 1987–1990, and is currently Assistant to the Headmaster at Sydney Grammar School. She he is also a practising musician, writer, adjudicator and presenter and has played cello with groups such as the Australian Opera. Rita was elected as a parent representative to the IGS Board in 2012 and her daughter attended IGS since Preschool.
Annette is the parent of two boys at IGS, one in primary and one in high school. She is a former primary school teacher and has led community capacity and educational programs for the past 25 years in state, local and non-government organisations. As the Director Social Inclusion at the University of Sydney, she leads the widening participation programs. She is Chair of the Bridges to Higher Education initiative, has a Masters in Education and a Bachelor in Community Education as well as teaching qualifications.
Michael Heenan (GAICD) is the CEO and Principal of Allen Jack+Cottier Architects (AJ+C), based in Chippendale, Sydney with over 90 staff. Michael is currently leading the design of a number of the most significant urban transformation projects in Sydney's history. His previous projects have won State, National and International awards. He is an international speaker, and has chaired architectural juries in Sydney, London, Barcelona and Singapore. Michael was the design architect for IGS's Kerrie Murphy Building, both Mountain Street buildings (including the IGS fitout), the Gadigal mural, and numerous smaller projects at the School.
PROFESSOR LIAM SEMLER
Liam teaches, supervises and researches widely in the field of early modern English literature and is involved in collaborative research into creativity within educational systems. He was director of the Medieval and Early Modern Centre in 2012-13 and president of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association from 2009-13. He has held visiting fellowships at the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, Corpus Christi College Cambridge, the University of Nottingham and Oxford Brookes University.
Judith is a partner at Moray & Agnew Lawyers in the firm's specialist catastrophic claims practice group. Her area of expertise is in Insurance Law including catastrophic claims, compulsory third party claims and public liability. She has over 17 years’ experience in the conduct of catastrophic injury claims and specialises in claims involving complex liability and medical issues. Judith holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), and is a Law Society of NSW Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury.
Tony is an experienced strategic and financial advisor, with an established career of over 20 years across banking, corporate, infrastructure funds management, regulatory, and board roles. Since 2015, Tony has pursued a non-executive career, where he acts as an advisor, non-executive director and consultant. Currently Tony is a Senior Advisor to Regnan. Tony’s most recent executive role was Managing Director at HSBC. Tony also serves as an Ambassador for White Ribbon, has been admitted as a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds a B.Comm. (with Merit) from the University of NSW. Tony has a child in primary school at IGS.