We work with families to enable students to realise their God-given potential and to achieve personal excellence.
Our Executive Team are committed to supporting the Principal in the day to day operations of the College and aims to provide a caring, positive and safe environment for students of the College.
The College Board is the governing body of the College. The Board is elected by the College Association, which is comprised of voting members of the Rockingham Mandurah Lutheran Church Inc. As the governing body of LWLC, the College Board is responsible for the stewardship of the College and is accountable for its on-going success. Briefly, its role encompasses:
- Strategic Vision: A key function of the Board is to set the strategic direction of the College by formulating policy and developing a strategic plan that guides the College’s education philosophy, aspirations for student achievement, operational focus and fiscal decision-making.
- Appointment, appraisal and support of the Principal: The Board employs the Principal who assumes responsibility for the overall management of the College (including curriculum, discipline, learning, teaching and staffing). While the governing body establishes the policies under which the Principal will manage the College it has no authority concerning the internal operations of the school.
- Organisational control and accountability: The Board is accountable for effective and proper management of financial resources as well as compliance with legal obligations that apply to the school and its operation. It is also responsible for monitoring the management of corporate risks and organisational performance.
- Membership: LWLC Board comprises 6 members drawn from Rockingham Mandurah Lutheran Church and congregations of the wider WA District, 3 community members and ex officio consultants including the Principal and the Business Manager. As effective governance is the foundation of a healthy school, recruitment to the Board seeks to maintain a good balance of relevant expertise and experience across areas such as education, strategic planning, compliance and business and risk management.
Bethy is past parent and representative of the Rockingham Mandurah Lutheran Church, who has served on the Board for many years previously, including three years as Chair in the school’s early years. Since re-joining the Board in 2016, she has again taken on the role of Chair since the end of 2017.
Bethy is a biostatistician at Telethon Kids Institute, and with more than 20 years’ experience in the tertiary education sector as both a teaching and research academic and brings to her role on Board a wealth of skills and knowledge.
Frank worked for a multinational company, Alcoa, for 40 years in engineering, maintenance and planning supervisory and management roles. His people and business management, strategic planning, leadership, and auditing competence are a great asset to the Board.
He is a founding member of the Mandurah Lutheran Church and an active member of the Rockingham Mandurah Lutheran Church Inc.
Pastor Steve brings over 26 years of pastoral ministry experience to our college board. His previous two parishes in SA also included ministry into the Primary Schools attached and with that came a position on their respective school councils.
He understands the importance of the partnership between church and school very well and ensures to keep a strong Christ-centred focus in all decisions of the Board and school life. He works well in a team environment and ably assists with Vision and Governance oversight. He is also a current parent of a Living Waters student and enjoys all that the college offers our community.
Mecky is the parent of a current Living Waters student and an active member of the Rockingham Mandurah Lutheran Church.
Her background is in Nursing with a focus on Aged Care and she has been in a variety of management roles for over 10 years. She has experience in all aspects of business management, specialising in quality and compliance and Mecky aims to use her transferable skills to help the school and students thrive.
A Board member since 2014, Andy is the parent of a current Living Waters student, and a serving Police Officer.
Andy brings a practical mindset to the Board’s discussions, which serves to ground matters and ensure the real world consequences of decisions are fully considered.
Volker is an Education Consultant and an experienced educator with a strong background in Science. During his 38 year career in the WA Education System he held a range of positions including Principal of Senior High Schools. He retired in 2003 as District Director Mid-West Education District. He is an active member at St Johns Lutheran Church Perth, has served on the WA LCA District Church Council and nationally on the then LCA General Church Council for three Synodical Terms. He understands the need for schools to constantly reflect on their students’ achievements and to plan for improved student performance.
Utilising her previous experience as a Project Manager and a Business Owner, May-Lisa has been an active contributor to Board discussion and decision-making since 2016.
In a long-standing association with LWLC as a parent, May-Lisa has been a very active supporter of the College community including time spent on the Executive of the P&F. At Board level, she is always viewing things from the community perspective, which ensures all angles of debate are considered.
Jenny-Lee has been involved in financial management in the private sector for over 15 years and has worked as Manager Corporate Services at a local Independent Public School for the last four years. She brings a strong knowledge of school governance to the Board and believes in putting the wellbeing of the students first.
Stuart has lived in the Rockingham area for over 40 years where he currently runs a local business. He previously spent 30 years working in heavy industry as an Electrical-Instrument technician and was heavily involved with safety and risk management.
Due to his technical background, he is a strong advocate for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) and the broad opportunities it can provide students when they finish their schooling to enter the workforce. “I believe that our role is to provide an opportunity for each student to build a foundation through education that will give them confidence and resilience to go forward and become successful young adults.“
“I believe in working with families to enable students to realise their God-given potential to achieve personal excellence.”
With 29 years of teaching experience, 18 years of that in senior leadership roles in Lutheran and public education, Francois came to us in January 2019 with a fresh vision of renewal and development for the College. The College is thriving under Francois’ leadership and enjoying a period of rejuvenation and growth.
Having over 30 years of experience in financial and business management, with 10 of those years in independent schools in Western Australia, Wayne joined Living Waters in 2013.
As well as being responsible for the financial management of the College, Wayne also has responsibility for facilities management, staffing, IT, capital projects and health and safety.