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The Foundation Board works closely with the School’s Development Office and is responsible for strategically developing and overseeing the School’s philanthropic program.

The Foundation Board brings together the skills and expertise of our wider community, including current and past parents and old scholars who work to ensure that all decisions are made with integrity and with the student experience as central.

The Foundation Board is appointed by the 91Ƭ Board.

Meet our Foundation Board

Julia Steele Scott (Chair)

Julia is a past parent of two old scholars (2021, 2022) and was appointed to the 91Ƭ Board in 2018. She joined the Foundation Board in 2016 and succeeded David Minns as Chair of the Foundation in 2020. She is also a Foundation Member. Julia holds an MBA and is a Graduate and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is the Chief Executive Officer of JM Philanthropy and Grant Toolbox. She has also served on the boards of several not-for-profit organisations.

Jason Huang

Jason is the parent of two Pembroke students and joined the Foundation Board in 2020. He is a member of the Parents’ and Friends’ Association Committee. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia, Chartered Tax Advisor, Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate. Jason is founder of C&J Accountants and Advisors, current divisional councillor of CPA South Australia.

David Minns

David joined the Foundation Board in 2010 and was elected as Chair in 2012. He is a parent of two old scholars. David is a Chartered Accountant and Director at Jaquillard Minns. He served on the School Board from 2012-2019, is Chair of the Foundation Investment Sub-Committee and is a Foundation Fellow. David is Chair of the Wyatt Trust, Chair of Ukaria, Chair of Fay Fuller Foundation, Founder & Director of SuperGuardian Pty Ltd and board advisor to a number of private company groups.

Nicholas Ross

Nicholas joined the Foundation Board in 2014. He is an old scholar ('74). He is the parent of two old scholars (2019 and 2022). He is Chair of the Foundation Capital Campaign Sub-Committee and is a Foundation Fellow. Nicholas is a founding Partner of Knightsbridge Wealth Management, an Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate and holds tertiary qualifications in economics and finance. He is Chairman of the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation and sits on the board of several other charitable foundations.

Mark Staker (Principal)

Mark commenced as Pembroke Principal in July 2022. In accordance with the School Constitution he is an ex officio non-voting Board Member. Mark is also a member of the four Board appointed committees.

Mark is an experienced educational leader, with undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in English, History, Communications and Educational Leadership. Most recently, Mark was Senior Deputy Principal at Wenona School in North Sydney where he worked closely with the Principal and School Board of Governors on all matters of school leadership and management, with particular emphasis on leading the innovative staff culture of learning.

Throughout Mark’s extensive career he has held many leadership roles across diverse areas such as Student Wellbeing, Professional Learning and Teaching and Learning. He is thoroughly committed to developing a school culture that values relationships and fosters personal excellence through continual improvement within a respectful and caring community.

Mark is passionate about all things Pembroke and is looking forward to advancing the School into the future, and co-designing strategy that supports Pembroke being at the forefront of education and one of Australia’s leading independent schools.

Ben Wilson

Ben joined the Pembroke Foundation Board in 2023 and is a current parent. In November 2023 Ben was also appointed to fill a casual vacancy on the 91Ƭ Board.

Ben has senior executive experience, most recently with Macquarie Asset Management specialising in asset finance, M&A and debt markets, and prior to that at Qantas where he had responsibilities in the treasury team for aircraft fleet financings. He has an Economics degree from the University of Adelaide, is a Chartered Accountant, Fellow of the Financial Services Institute and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ben has prior experience as Governor and Chair of Finance and Investment at St Peter’s College in Adelaide, along with other corporate directorships.

Advisors

Director of Development and Philanthropy: Vincent Ciccarello
Finance Manager: Angeline Naylor
Director of Community Engagement & Indigenous Education: Amanda Bourchier
Philanthropy Manager: Catriona Neil-Dwyer

Founding Patron

Mrs Margaret H Bennett (Sellars) 1924-2017, Girton (1939), Life Member of the School