Cranbrook School
School Council

School Council

The Cranbrook School Council is responsible for the governance of the School.

  • Member of the Governance Committee

Jon is the Managing Director and Founder of J.B. North & Co, a company which specialises in corporate advisory services. He was previously a Managing Director of Gresham Advisory Partners and a Senior Partner of Allens Arthur Robinson where he acted on a wide range of mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions.

Jon was formerly a director of Delta Electricity and the Sydney Youth Orchestra. He has a keen interest in the arts and education.

He has two sons who attended Cranbrook.

Jon was appointed to the School Council in 2010 and was Chair of the Building and Development Committee from 2017 to 2020. In 2020 he was elected as President of School Council.

  • Vice President of School Council
  • Chair of the Finance Committee
  • Member of the Governance Committee

Gillian Larkins is currently the Chief Financial Officer of the ASX.

Gillian has over 25 years of experience in finance strategy and management roles across a number of industries. Previously, she was at Perpetual as Chief Financial Officer where her role encompassed finance technology, legal, compliance and risk responsibilities, Chief Financial Officer of Westpac’s Institutional Bank, and Chief Financial Officer for Citigroup’s operations in Australia and New Zealand.

Gillian has also served on numerous boards including Hastings Funds Management and The Trust Company (Sydney Airport), and currently serves on the board of The Australian Theatre for Young People.

Her son attended Cranbrook School.

Gillian was appointed to the School Council in 2019 and as Vice-President in mid-2022.

  • Director of the Cranbrook Foundation
  • Chair of the Building and Development Committee
  • Member of the Governance Committee

Craig Carroll is an investor and entrepreneur in the field of higher education technology and services. Over the past two decades he has founded and sold three higher education-related businesses: Cegment, Egrad and Youth Media & Marketing Networks. Previously he worked as a management consultant for the strategy consulting firm Bain & Co. in Australia, the United States and South East Asia. 

Craig completed his education at Cranbrook in 1987 and has previously served as Secretary and Vice-President of the Old Cranbrookians’ Association and as a member of the School Council from 1995 to 1997. He was selected as Old Cranbrookian of the Year in 2007. He has two sons who have attended Cranbrook.

Craig was appointed to both the School Council and the Cranbrook Foundation in 2010.

  • Director of the Cranbrook Foundation
  • Member of the Building and Development Committee

Hugh Dowling has worked in the finance industry for more than two decades and is currently a Private Client Adviser with Bell Potter Sydney.  He has previously held roles as a stockbroker with Merrill Lynch and Cazenove & Co London.

Hugh attended UNSW where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and German before going on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning from the Securities Institute of Australia.  He is Captain of the Ski Club of Australia, and a Trustee of the Thyne Reid Foundation.

Hugh is an Old Cranbrookian, who attended Cranbrook from 1972 to 1984.  He was a School Prefect and Head of Chelmsford. He has two sons, one who left School in 2018 and one still attending Cranbrook.

Hugh was appointed to the Cranbrook Foundation in 2013 and to the School Council in 2017.

  • Member of the Governance Committee

Robert Forsyth is the retired Anglican Bishop of South Sydney, a position which he served with distinction for 16 years. In his capacity as Anglican Bishop of South Sydney, Robert worked with Cranbrook in a spirit of partnership, recognising Cranbrook’s strong Anglican foundations while acknowledging its diversity.

Prior to becoming the Bishop of South Sydney, Robert served as Rector of St Barnabas, Broadway for 17 years, having previously served the community of Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains; at Holy Trinity in Adelaide; and the Sydney University Chaplaincy. He was a member of the Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney from 1983. Robert is now a Senior Fellow with the Centre for Independent Studies. Although retired, Robert retains his status as a clergyman and is employed as a part-time Assistant Minister at Church Hill Anglican in the CBD.

Robert was appointed to the School Council in 2016.

  • President of the Cranbrook School Parents’ Association

Susan Fuller is the Principal architect of Susan Fuller Architects, and has worked as an arcitect in both Australia and the UK, with a focus on off-grid sustainble housing.

She has been on the Cranbrook School Parents’ Association Executive Committee since 2015. Susan has three sons, one is still attending Cranbrook, and her husband is an Old Cranbrookian.

Susan joined the School Council in 2020 as a nominee through her election as President of the Cranbrook School Parents’ Association at the end of 2019.

Michael Jensen is the Rector of St Mark’s Darling Point and teaches theology at the Sydney College of Divinity. Prior to his appointment at St Mark’s, he taught on the faculty of Moore College for ten years.  He previously taught English at Sydney Grammar School, and was the Chaplain of St Andrew’s Cathedral School from 2000 to 2003. 

He is the author of several books, including You: An Introduction and My God, My God – Is it Possible to Believe Anymore? He was a member of the Archbishop’s Fellowship for Education from 2010 to 2012.

Michael was appointed to the School Council in 2014.

  • President of the Old Cranbrookians’ Association

Joe Karsay is a Partner of Mason Wilhelm, a leadership advisory and executive search firm. For over a decade, Joe has been an advisor to companies on senior talent and leadership issues, including a period where he was based in Hong Kong with Russell Reynolds Associates. He trained as a lawyer specialising in technology law at Gilbert + Tobin.

He attended Cranbrook for the entirety of his schooling.

Joe joined School Council in 2022 as a nominee director through his election as President of the Old Cranbrookians’ Association.

  • Chair of the Cranbrook Foundation

Katrina Rathie is a non-executive director of SBS, Bubs Australia, Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia and NSW Rugby Union/Waratah’s Rugby. She was formerly Partner in Charge, Sydney of lawfirm King & Wood Mallesons. 

Katrina was named as the overall winner is the Board and Management Category of the most recent AFR’s 100 Women of Influence Awards acknowledging her significant contributions to the law, business, gender and cultural diversity. She is a member of Chief Executive Women and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Katrina is an Alumni Leader of UNSW Sydney Business School, a member of the Advisory Board of UNSW Sydney Law School and a member of the Culture Advisory Committee at the University of Sydney. She is the NSW Patron of the Asian-Australian Lawyers Association, an advisory board member of Media Diversity Australia and a former member of the Law Society of NSW’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Katrina was formerly Partner in Charge, Sydney of law firm King & Wood Mallesons where she recently completed a distinguished career of 35 years in the law. 

Katrina attended St Michael’s Pre-School, before attending Ascham School. She has three sons and has been a parent at Cranbrook for 22 years – two sons attended from St Mark’s Pre-School to Year 12 with her youngest son a current student. Her brother is an Old Cranbrookian. 

Katrina was appointed as Chair of the Cranbrook Foundation in 2019 having been a Director of the Foundation since 2017. She was appointed to the School Council in 2019, and served as Vice-President from 2020 until mid-2022.

  • Member of the Building and Development Committee

Ben Ritchie is a director and co-founder of MPA and has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry.

Ben is an Old Cranbrookian and has a son currently attending the School.

Ben was appointed to the Building and Development Committee in 2018, and to the School Council in 2020.

  • Chair of the Governance Committee

Suzanne Williams’ professional career encompasses 18 years with the international talent management solutions business Korn Ferry. Suzanne was the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games; a Partner in a national law firm and, early in her career, a medical researcher and computer analyst.

In 2019 she retired after nine years as a non-executive director of Opportunity International Australia. She was also the Deputy President of Kambala School for ten years. Currently Suzanne is a Non-Executive Director of Hagar Australia and the Lucas Tooth Trust and she consults on governance and talent management. Additionally, she is a Warden of St Michael’s Anglican Church, Vaucluse and is a member of the Selection Panel, Old Newingtons Union Centennial Trust Scholarship.

Her son attended Cranbrook from Kindergarten to Year 12 and her grandson is currently a boarder at the School.

Suzanne was appointed to the School Council in 2016.