School Council - Cranbrook School

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School Council

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

School Councillors

  • President of School Council Jon B North BA (UNSW) LLM (SYD)
    • 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 a Director of Delta Electricity from 2012 to 2017. He has a keen interest in the arts and education and is a director of the Sydney Youth Orchestras.

    He has two sons who attended Cranbrook.

    Jon was appointed to the School Council in 2010. 

  • Vice-President of School Council C J Patrick Forth DPhil (Oxon), BScAeroEng (Manchester)
    • Vice President of School Council
    • Member of the Finance Committee
    • Member of the Governance Committee

    Patrick Forth is a Senior Partner at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). He led the Australian business for five years, and the global technology, media and telecoms business for seven years. He was a founder of BCG's global Digital Ventures business. His interest in education stems from being a Lecturer and Research Fellow in engineering at Oxford, where he served on the Governing Body at Lady Margaret Hall. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Australian School of Business at UNSW.

    Patrick completed his schooling in Zimbabwe, has a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Manchester University, and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford.

    His son attended Cranbrook.

    Patrick was appointed to the School Council in 2010. 

  • Vice-President of School Council Katrina Rathie FAICD, B Com/LLB (UNSW)
    • Vice-President of School Council
    • Chair of the Cranbrook Foundation
    • Member of the Governance Committee

    Katrina Rathie is a Non-Executive Director.

    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 serves as a non-executive director of Starlight Children’s Foundation of Australia, NSW Rugby Union, Waratah's Rugby, Healthy Bones Australia and the Advisory Board of Media Diversity Australia. She 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 was 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 as Vice-President in 2020. 

  • School Councillor Craig V Carroll BEc (Hons) (Syd), MBA (Dist) (Harvard)
    • 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 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, with his youngest son still a current student.

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

  • School Councillor Seumas Dawes
    • Director of the Cranbrook Foundation
    • Member of the Finance Committee

    Seumas Dawes is a professional investor and director and shareholder of Pepper Group, a financial services company which has a global portfolio of banking and finance businesses. Prior to managing his own investment vehicles, Seumas was a Senior Portfolio Manager and member of the Investment Committee of Ashmore Group plc, based in London.

    Earlier in his career, Seumas was a credit and derivatives trader with various international investment banks. He also spent three years as an adviser to the then Treasurer of Australia (later Prime Minister) the Hon PJ Keating.

    Seumas and his family have various interests in Falls Creek in the Victorian Alps and he is also a backer of Ireland's premier professional football club Shamrock Rovers.

    Seumas’ son attends Cranbrook School.

    Seumas was appointed as a director of the Cranbrook Foundation in 2017 and to the School Council in 2020.

  • School Councillor Hugh Dowling BA (Econ) (UNSW) Grad Dip FinPl
    • 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.

  • School Councillor Bishop Robert C Forsyth BA, BD, ThL, MTh, Dip A (Theol)
    • 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.

  • School Councillor Susan Fuller BArch (UTS), AIA, GAICD
    • President of the Cranbrook School Parents' Association

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

    She has been on the Cranbrook School Parents' Association Executive Committee since 2015. Susan has three sons, two of which are still students at 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.

  • School Councillor Jason Graham-Nye MA JAP (UNSW), Dip Ed (UNE), BA (UON)
    • President of the Old Cranbrookians’ Association

    Jason Graham-Nye is a recognised green business leader with extensive business experience, and is the co-founder, CEO and Chairman of gDiapers, a US/EU-based eco-friendly baby nappy company. He is the current Social Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Wollongong's iAccelerate incubator and is a PhD candidate at UTS researching Generation Y and sustainability. 

    Jason attended the School from Kindergarten through Year 12, and after graduating he worked as a teacher in the Senior School. In addition, he has served on the Old Cranbrookians' Assocation Committee several times in the past 20 years. He has two sons currently at Cranbrook.

    Jason joined the School Council in 2019 as a nominee through his election as President of the Old Cranbrookians' Association at the 2018 Annual General Meeting. 

  • School Councillor Michael P Jensen BA (Hons), BD (Hons), MTh, MSt, DPhil (Oxon)

    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 writes a monthly column for Eternity magazine, and appears on ABC TV's The Drum.  He was a member of the Archbishop’s Fellowship for Education from 2010 to 2012.

    Michael was appointed to the School Council in 2014.

  • School Councillor Gillian Larkins BCom, Grad Dip, MBA, GAICD, FCA
    • Chair of the Finance 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.

    She has a son at Cranbrook.

    Gillian was appointed to the School Council in 2019.

  • School Councillor Donald Markwell BEcon (Hons) (Qld), MA, MPhil, DPhil (Oxon)

    Don Markwell is the Head of St Mark’s College, Adelaide, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Adelaide.

    He has also served as the Warden of St Paul's College at the University of Sydney, and previously as the first Rhodes Scholar to be Warden of Rhodes House, Oxford, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) of the University of Western Australia, Warden of Trinity College at the University of Melbourne, and Fellow and Tutor in Politics at Merton College, Oxford. Don has also served as Senior Adviser on Higher Education to the Federal Minister for Education, and Senior Adviser to the Attorney-General and Leader of the Government in the Senate. A political scientist, he has also published several books on international relations, constitutions and other political issues, higher education, and leadership. 

    Don has served on several governance bodies and currently serves on the Council of the National Library of Australia, and on the board of the Constitution Education Fund Australia (CEFA).

    Don has been an active Anglican layman for many years, including serving as a Lay Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, and St George’s Cathedral, Perth.

    Don was appointed to the School Council in 2019.

  • School Councillor Ben Ritchie BBCM (UNSW)
    • 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.

  • School Councillor Suzanne Williams BSc Hons (Syd), LLB (UNSW), FAICD
    • Chair of the Governance Committee

    Suzanne Williams' professional career encompasses 18 years with the international talent management solutions business Korn Ferry. Prior to joining 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.