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Korowal School Board

The ongoing growth and success of Korowal School is built on a foundation of responsible and accountable governance. The governing body of the School is the Korowal School Board (KSB). Korowal School is a not-for-profit company incorporated in NSW. We encourage parents and carers to become voting members of the Company when they enrol their child.

Governance

The daily running of the school is in the hands of the School Principal and the Executive. The Principal is the School’s Chief Executive Officer and reports to the Board. Our current Principal is Barb Fitzgerald, a long-time teacher at the School. 

The Executive consists of the Principal (Barbara Fitzgerald), the Deputy Principal (Rebecca Finch) and the Business Manager (Melanie Williams).

The Directors of the School Board are elected every two years and are currently composed of elected members, being four parents and two teachers. This arrangement allows for the consensual and efficient operation of the School, both administratively and educationally, and also encourages a constructive partnership between parents/carers and teachers. We strive for consensus in all decisions.

Parents and teachers are encouraged to take an active interest in school governance through voting or nominating for election to the School Board. There is an Annual General Meeting in May each year.

 

Korowal School Board of Directors 

KSB Co-Chair - Greg Lucas
KSB Co-Chair - Greg Lucas

Greg Lucas
Co-Chair

B.Comm., MBA (Dist.), CFP. 

Greg Lucas is a Certified Financial Planner and a Lecturer in Financial Planning at the
University of South Australia. Prior to moving into academia, Greg was a practising
Financial Adviser and principal of a financial planning practice for 22 years.

Greg has served as a Director of Korowal School since 2010, and has been the school's Cochair and Chair of its Finance and Resources Committee since 2011. He is known for his dedication and commitment to education. He has developed a reputation for providing
governance leadership and innovative solutions along with his ability to communicate with clarity, calmness and objectivity.

Greg has two school-age children who are in their final years of high school at Korowal.
When not working, Greg loves to work in his garden at Katoomba; enjoy time with his
family and pretend to understand cattle-raising on his hobby farm.

 
KSB Co-Chair - Chris Lee
KSB Co-Chair - Chris Lee

Chris Lee 
Co-Chair

B.A (BA (Hons) UNSW; M Env Mgt (Macq)

Chris has degrees in Economics and Environmental Management. With a career spanning
30 years Chris, brings extensive experience from work in the public sector, university
research and the private sector. Chris is the CEO of Climate-KIC Australia, a NonGovernment Organisation linking business, research and Government to drive climate
change and innovation. 

 
KSB Director - Louise Dungate
KSB Director - Louise Dungate

Louise Dungate 
Director 

Dip. Teaching (ECE), B.Ed (ECE), Master Ed (ECE), Ph.D Early Childhood

With a Career in Child Development and Education spanning 42 years, Louise has served on a Federal Advisory Board for Quality Education, lectured at several universities, conducted research into young children’s wellbeing and involvement in education settings and been part of the writing team for the National Teaching Standards. 

In her 11 years at Korowal she has taught Learning Support, Year 6 and currently teaches Japanese across the school from Kindergarten to Year 10. She has been a high school year Coordinator and Coordinates professional development and research projects. She has been a board member since 2010. 

 
KSB Director - Talulah Vane
KSB Director - Talulah Vane

Talulah Vane 
Director 

B.A Fine Arts (First Class Hons), Grad Dip Ed (Secondary Art)

Talulah is the Primary School Coordinator and Primary Art Teacher at Korowal School.
Over twenty years Talulah has been a primary school classroom teacher and specialist art
teacher in primary, secondary and tertiary schools. She has a long connection with Korowal as a staff member, parent and alumni. 

 
KSB Director - David Wright
KSB Director - David Wright

David Wright 
Director 

BA, DipEd, MA, PhD

David Wright is currently an academic staff member of the School of Education at Western Sydney University. He has worked in the Social Ecology program for over 20 years and teaches units in Social Ecology and Transformative Learning. He is an experienced supervisor of research student and has occupied a variety of administrative roles including Associate Head of School and Director of Higher Degree Research. 

David's research has extended into community based alternative education systems and he has visited leading schools of this kind in Australia and North America and worked with those who have designed and inspired these schools. David completed a PhD titled ‘Creativity and Embodied Learning’ in 1998. He has two children at Korowal: one in primary and one in secondary school.

 
KSB Director - Eleanor Phelan
KSB Director - Eleanor Phelan

Eleanor Phelan 
Director 

B.Ed (Secondary Humanities) 

Eleanor is an experienced high school language teacher and mother of two. She loves the
way Korowal nurtures and values the individuality of children and she appreciates the
community that her family are part of at Korowal. When not teaching or mothering,
Eleanor sings, dances, crafts and participates in various local communities and groups. 

 
KSB Director - Fionna Russo
KSB Director - Fionna Russo

Fionna Russo 
Director 

Fionna is a writer, health and wellness consultant and a long term home educator.  In the past Fionna has owned and operated a dance studio, she has held the position of CEO for a Peak Medical Organisation and volunteered as a youth worker and a member of the Braidwood and District Education Foundation Board. 

During her fourteen years of home educating she gained skills across many learning modalities and philosophies as well as strategies for progressing students with special needs and participating in community education program development.

Fionna has her youngest of 4 in Year 9 at Korowal. She loves crochet, gardening, cooking and spending time with her family, including her three grandchildren

 
KSB Director - Mat Spiteri
KSB Director - Mat Spiteri

Mat Spiteri
Director 

BCom, CPA, CTA

Mat Spiteri has over 20 years experience as a tax accountant and runs an accounting practice based in the upper Blue Mountains, servicing small to medium sized businesses all over the east coast of Australia. He is a CPA Australia qualified accountant and registered tax agent, a fellow of the National Tax & Accountants’ Association, a Chartered Tax Adviser and a fellow of the Tax Institute of Australia. Mat and his family relocated from Sydney to the Blue Mountains in 2007 and they have three children attending Korowal School.