Back row: L to R: Andy King, Martin Dowson, Tim Barnaby (Deputy Chair), Dave Smith (Chair Finance/Property), Justin O'Sullivan
Front Row, L to R: Denise Trent (Staff Trustee), Kevin de Jong, Robyn van der Sande (Chair), Matt Coombe (Student Trustee)


The Board of Trustees at Long Bay College welcomes you to our school and community. We are very proud of our college, our dedicated staff and our amazing students. 


The Board of Trustees has a governance role and is responsible for setting the school’s strategic direction and ensuring that the school provides a safe environment and quality education for all its students. The Board is responsible for overseeing the management of personnel, curriculum, property, finance and administration.

Time Requirements:

Regular monthly Board meetings are generally held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.00pm. 

Our meetings are open for public attendance, however they are not public meetings. Speaking rights must be requested from the Chairperson. 

The Finance/Property Sub Committee generally meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 6.30pm (prior to the full Board meeting).

Skill Requirements:

  • Communication skills – At Board level you are required to communicate your thoughts and ideas to the Board. You need to have the ability to work within a group and to work with other individuals on the Board. 

  • Governance – A need to understand the difference between governance and management. The Board needs to be able to see the “bigger picture” and be forward thinking. 

  • Finance and Business – It is not essential that every Board member has these skills. The Board needs to have some members with these attributes however we also need to have members who have other life skills and expertise to bring to the Board. The school financial statements are managed and presented monthly by the Business Manager/Executive Officer.

Do I need to have a child at the school?

One does not need to have a child at the school to be a Board member. Community members are welcome on the Board.

Appointment of staff:

The Board is required to appoint the Principal. All other appointments are the responsibility of the Principal.

Chairperson role:

The Chairperson is a Board member like all the other trustees however the role involves a greater level of commitment. The Chairperson is also the individual who will liaise with outside organisations, give the end of the year speeches and front any significant issues at the school. The Chairperson needs to lead the Board, chair the meetings and organise the annual Principal Appraisal.

Board election:

The Board of Trustees must hold elections for parents and staff trustees every three years (triennial election). Within a Board’s term, casual vacancies can arise so if you wish to express your interest, should this arise, please do not hesitate to contact Board Chairperson, Robyn van der Sande (contact details available from the Executive Assistant to the Principal). 

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