2016 Audited Financial Statements

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School Board

Consistent with the constitution of the school, a School Board comprising not less than six or more than twelve persons shall have custody and control of its funds and property. 

The members of the Board shall be known as Board members and shall consist of not more than six elected Board members and six appointed Board members.

Troy Heenan - Board Chairman

A parent of 2 children at Southern Cross Grammar and a member of the school community since 2012, Troy joined the School Board in 2013 and has served as Chair since the 2016 AGM. He has previously held the role of Finance and Governance Committee Chairperson.

With over 20 years of industry experience in management and commercial accounting gained in large FMCG manufacturing companies within Australia, Troy possesses wide-ranging business experience, and is a logical, practical problem-solver, with a continuous improvement mindset. Troy holds a Commerce Degree and is CPA qualified.

Troy is passionate about the community and creating opportunities for children, having previously coordinated the Caroline Springs Auskick Centre, catering for over 350 children each Saturday in winter for four years, coaching U12 junior football at Burnside Heights Football Club, and being an active member of the Hillside Tennis Club.



Glenn Fernandez - Board Deputy Chairman
Glenn was co-opted on to the Southern Cross Grammar Board in November 2013.
Most recently working in a sales management role he has 25 years experience in the food & beverage manufacturing sector in areas of strategic business planning, brand development, customer and operations management. 
Glenn has developed a highly engaging and agile leadership style working across multiple internal and external stakeholders, which included the Executive Board of Directors and major retailing groups such as Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and Metcash. He has successfully facilitated and leveraged collaborative working relationships across organisational and geographical boundaries. He is recognised as an exceptional and experienced change leader with integrity, strong communications skills and a bias to action through high performing teams.
Currently, Glenn works as a Business and Project Consultant on start-up and scale-up social enterprises for not-for-profit organisations, SecondBite and ygap. 
Robert Vingerhoets - Board Deputy Chairman, Chair of the Education Committee

Rob joined the Board in 2012. He is an experienced and highly regarded educator with wide ranging experience as a primary school principal, curriculum coordinator and classroom teacher.

Rob is the author of the Maths Course Advice – Primary, a comprehensive Prep to Year 6 program for all primary schools (state, catholic and independent) in the state of Victoria as well as the author of 8 maths resource books including - 'The Maths Workshop', 'Maths on the Outside', 'Earn and Learn', 'Money, Money, Money', 'Maths In Space', 'Planning For Mathematics', 'Green Maths', 'Maths On The Go'.

As a presenter of Mathematics professional development for teachers for over 18 years on a diverse range of mathematical topics, Rob has presented throughout Australia, acted as the keynote presenter on a number of occasions and more worked in New York City as a maths consultant in Brooklyn schools.

Andrew Borg - Board Member, Chair of the Infrastructure Committee

Andrew joined the Southern Cross Grammar Board in April 2016.

Andrew has been involved in the commercial construction industry since graduating from RMIT University in 2002 with a Degree in Architecture.  During this time Andrew has been involved in a variety of iconic building projects with experience in the delivery of commercial office towers, commercial fit-outs for leading Australian organisations, educational facilities and residential apartment towers.

Andrew has a broad range of experience in architectural design and planning, subcontracting experience as an importer of furniture and joinery and as a Project Manager from a Head Contracting perspective and as a client consultant and Superintendent.

Andrew has the experience and ability to liaise and consult with building consultants, contractors and authorities but more importantly the experience and drive as a dedicated Project Manager ensuring projects remain on budget and on programme.  


Karen Browne - Board Member, Chair of the Finance and Governance Committee


Karen is a Certified Practicing Accountant with in excess of 15 years of commercial experience across a number of industries. 

Currently the Chief Financial Officer for one of Australia’s largest privately owned Freight Forwarding and Logistics organisations, Karen is responsible for legal and corporate governance, risk management, financial and management reporting, human resource management and industrial relational relations across multiple legal, tax and financial jurisdictions.

Karen is well skilled at quickly assimilating highly technical and complex information. She has extensive merger and acquisition experience, and has actively participated in many due diligence exercises and assessments of financial viability both professionally and voluntarily as part of her associations with other educational and community organisations. Karen is an independent thinker who enjoys challenges.

Brian Buxton - Board Member



Brian joined the SCG Board as an appointed Board member in March 2011. He has a Master of Business Administration degree, is a Chartered Secretary, a member of the Governance Institute of Australia and of the Australian Mediation Association. Brian has had 44 years’ experience serving on school boards and councils both in the State and private sectors.

He is currently engaged as a corporate consultant to a group of companies where he has held general management responsibilities since 1985 in finance, business administration and corporate governance. He is also treasurer of a theatre company for actors with a disability, and is a Justice of the Peace.


Frank Filippone - Board Member, Chair of the Marketing Committee


Frank joined the School Board in 2016 as an appointed Board member. He has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing gained from working with global brands in FBCG industry.

He is currently the Australian Sales Director for a global beverage business and was previously a National Business Manager for Coca-Cola Amatil specialising in the entertainment, leisure and tertiary education sectors.

Frank's strengths are brand marketing and strategic thinking, and in 2017 was was appointed Chair of the Southern Cross Grammar Marketing Committee. He is an advocate for sustainable work practices and making a difference in local and global communities. He is highly involved in junior sport and held the role of President at the Caroline Springs Tennis Club from 2011 to 2015.

Mark Jones - Board Member

Mark joined the School Board in 2013 as an appointed Board member. Mark has 15 years experience in Information Technology specifically focused on the delivery of information security and technology risk management services to clients in the financial services, government, utilities, higher education and commercial sectors across the Asia-Pacific, United Kingdom and North America.

Mark is a Director at RMSEC Pty Ltd, and is responsible for the strategic and operational management of the company and the day to day management of projects and resources.

Mark is an active community member, having co-coordinated the Caroline Springs Auskick Centre since 2011 until 2014, and is now assistant coach at the local football club.

Relevant experience that Mark brings to the board is complex information technology project management, deep appreciation for technology and its application within the education environment, and event and fundraising coordination.

Petra Moravek- Board Member

Petra has been a solicitor for the last two decades. The last 15 years were spent practising in the Caroline Springs area. Her areas of practice have included Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Civil Litigation, however she now concentrates on Family Law, Business & Property Law and Litigation. She is the Director and Practising Manager of a boutique law practice in Caroline Springs.

She has many years of experience as a business owner both in Australia and overseas in the Czech Republic where, for a period of four years, she operated a successful business importing Australian wines.

She holds both an Economics Degree and a Law Degree from Monash University and is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Victoria. Petra has been a long standing member of the Law Institute of Victoria.

Petra brings experience in areas of law, property and economic management to the Southern Cross Grammar School Board.

Alexie O'Brien - Board Member

Alexie is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over two decades of experience in global senior leadership roles in high growth, fast-paced entrepreneurial environments. Working in Finance or general management roles across the retail, HR and fire industries, she has a proven ability to hire and develop talent, and manage and lead teams through change and uncertainty.

With her financial background, Alexie applies commercial acumen to ensure growth strategies are support at a strategic and operational level to deliver sustainable growth. She has proven capacity to build businesses from start up, identify new opportunities and initiatives, build an accountable and customer-centric culture and create opportunities to enhance performance and develop talent.

A former foundation student at Trinity Anglican School, she is familiar with the starting and building stage of a school environment. Alexie's daughter will be in the third graduating class at Southern Cross Grammar, so she is keen to offer her leadership and business experience to support the next phase of the school's development.

Peter Sykes- Board Member

Peter was elected to the board at the AGM in 2015.

With a Degree in Business Management Peter has been leading and developing sales and marketing teams for over 25 years. His roles have seen him working in Capital Equipment, Industrial Manufacturing and Pharmaceutical Technology. Peter’s current role with the Chemmart Pharmacy Group has him overseeing retail operations, brand compliance and a continuing focus on service level performance.

Peter is highly involved in Junior Sports holding coaching roles with both the Burnside Heights Football Club and Footscray Hockey Club.

Peter is also a member of the local CFA with 15 years of Service. In 2014 Peter was awarded the National Emergency Medal for his frontline work in protecting life and property along with victim recovery tasks at the devastating 2009 Black Saturday Fires.

Ex- Officio

Andrew Ponsford - Foundation Principal


Prior to his appointment as the Foundation Principal of Southern Cross Grammar in January 2011, Andrew has had extensive experience as a primary and secondary school teacher including the positions of Head of Junior School (P-6), Head of Middle School (Years 7-9) and Deputy Principal (P-12) across 4 schools within the independent education sector. From September 2007 – December 2010, Andrew was the Founding Principal of a new independent school.

Concurrently, he has represented the independent school sector at the state and national levels as a member of their Senior Executive for 8 years between 1998 and 2004. 

In 2005, Andrew was made a Life Member of the Independent Primary School Heads’ Association of Australia. Andrew brings significant practical knowledge and strategic and operational expertise to Southern Cross Grammar.

Anthony Clark - Company Secretary and Corporate Services Manager


Anthony is a CPA with over 18 years’ experience working with not-for-profit organisations across a range of industries in both financial and management accounting roles. Past roles have included being the Finance Manager for a large, not-for-profit company in the health sector.

A large component of Anthony’s work over the past 10 years has been in developing financial models that range from annual budgets to 25 year funding submissions to the Victorian Government.