MEET OUR COLLEGE BOARD
The Hamilton and Alexandra College Board is responsible for overall governance of the College, and together with the Principal, setting the strategic direction. The Board includes several sub-committees, such as Strategic Planning, Governance and Finance which contribute to their overall governance. The College Principal is appointed by and is responsible to the College Board and as Chief Executive Officer, the Principal is responsible for the leadership and management of the whole College.
Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
Rosie Merrin is the Board Chair, she joined the Board in 2017. Rosie and her husband David run a beef cattle and fine wool merino business near Penshurst along with a large scale conservation venture in NSW. Rosie has a keen interest in education and the arts, particularly the fields of music, history and literature. She has maintained this interest through board and other voluntary positions with a number of educational and cultural organisations.
Rosie is an Old Collegian and her three children William, Sophie and Rupert, attend the College.
Bachelor of Business; Master of Education, Dip Vet, FAICD
Bill joined the Board 2012. He is currently Deputy Chair, Chairman of the Finance Committee and is the former Chairman of the College Foundation. Bill is Chief Executive Officer of Rural Industries Skill Training (RIST), a leading national agricultural training organisation based in Hamilton. Bill grew up in rural Australia and has maintained this connection with the agricultural sector through senior management and board positions with a range of national organisations servicing country Australia.
Bill and Kathryn’s three children, Calder (2008), Conrad (2010) and Anastasia (2012) all attended the College.
B.Sc (Hons), B. Bus Acc, Grad Dip Financial Planning FCPA (FPS) CTA
Tony joined the Board in 2016. He is a Director of Murray Nankivell Accountants in Naracoorte South Australia and is the sole Director and advisor for Murray Nankivell Financial Planning. He is also an Accredited Athletics Coach and has been a keen supporter of Athletics at the College over the past 8 years.
Tony and his wife Jill have two daughters who attended the College, Kate (2014) and Nikki (2017).
M.Phil (Economics), BCom(Hons), LLB(Hons)
David joined the Board in 2021. Originally from Digby, David now lives in Melbourne. He is a Partner with McKinsey & Company, where he leads the Melbourne Office and serves resources, finance and public sector clients in Australia and Asia. He has studied at both Melbourne University and Oxford University in England and brings expertise in strategy, organisation, reputation and sustainability.
David has a strong interest in education and mental health, and also serves on the Steering Committee for Beyond Blue’s ‘Be You’ mental health initiative for schools and early learning services. David is an Old Collegian (1992) and has a niece and nephew in the Junior School.
Bachelor in English and Politics; Diploma in Education
Roslyn joined the Board in 2017 and is Chair of the Strategic Planning committee. She has a degree in English and Politics from University of Melbourne and a Diploma in Education. Roslyn taught senior English and History in country Victoria, Melbourne and Sydney, and lived in Perth for a number of years. In between teaching appointments, Roslyn worked in the airline and beef cattle industries.
Roslyn has a son (James) and daughter (Sarah), and the family retains farming interests at Mortlake.
Master of Pharmacy
Nigel joined the College Board in 2012 and is a member of the Finance Committee and Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee. With a background in retail pharmacy ownership and management he is now a farmer with a commercial beef herd. His farming interests also include some cropping activities and several conservation projects to provide habitat and retard degradation. Nigel is a member of the local CFA, the Heywood Community Health audit committee.
Nigel and his wife Elizabeth have two children who attended the College, Henry (2015) and Claire (Year 2017)
Bachelor of Business (Ag Commerce); Bachelor of Laws.
Sam joined the Board in 2017 and is a farmer in Harrow specialising in wool, sheepmeat and cropping. He is a member of the local CFA, and has held the role of Secretary/Treasurer for 15 years. Sam has a strong interest in local education, having served on the Harrow local school council for 10 years. He has also been involved in many roles in the local sporting clubs and associations, having a particular interest in Cricket, playing at both College and Pigeon Ponds.
Sam and his wife Sarah have three children that have attended College - Claudia graduated in 2018, Fergus in 2021 and Lucy will finish in 2022.
B.Arch (Hons) Registered Architect
Bianca Scaife joined the Board in 2016. Bianca is a Director of Cooper Scaife Architects, which was established in Hamilton in 2003, together with her husband Daniel Cooper. Bianca worked in a number of reputable architectural practices both in Australia and overseas prior to moving back to Hamilton in 2009. She is a member of Hamilton Regional Business Association and is a keen member of the Hamilton Symphony Orchestra and Hamilton Strings as a violinist.
Bianca is an Old Collegian (1991) and her son Milo graduated Dux of College in 2021.
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
David Thornton joined the Board in October 2021. David was raised in Penshurst and Hamilton and is the Managing Director of Thornton Engineering Australia Pty Ltd. David’s father founded the business in 1975 as a Penshurst based engineering workshop servicing rural industries. Since moving the business to Geelong in 2000, it has grown to be a market leader in structural steel, pressure vessels, heat exchangers, heavy wall pipe, stress relieving and heavy plate fabrication. The company supplies nationally and internationally to some of Australia’s largest companies and employs over 180 staff, including 15 full time staff at the original workshop in Penshurst.
David is an Old Collegian (1990), is married with four children and has a strong community focus, as an active member of Apex Geelong, coaching junior football and an avid member of a cycling group that he founded.