Our board - Cheryl, Ruth, Bianca, Mel and Fred
Hello parents and friends! We would like to introduce ourselves as your Board of Directors. Some of us may already be known to some of you, but as our school has grown so much in 2019 we may not be familiar faces to many of you. Please feel free to say hello and introduce yourselves if you happen to see any of us around the school campus, if you haven't already.
Melodie Ayriss – our President, and Secretary of the Board
Mel is one of the three founding mothers of the school and is also a parent of Sid in the Kindergarten. Some playgroup families also know Sid's younger sister, Olive. Mel is very dedicated to the School and committed to seeing Steiner Education being an option for the Port Macquarie community.
Bianca Bateman – our Vice-president, and Director of Community Relationships and Marketing
Bianca is another founder and is mum of preschooler, Matilda and her younger sister Indi. Bianca teaches drama to children and runs the family concreting and excavation business with her partner, Andy.
Cheryl Meyer Millican – Meeting Chairperson and Director of Culture, Ethics and Diversity
Cheryl is a keen supporter of Steiner Education, having been a founder with husband, Kevan and other community members of Manning River Steiner School in Taree (closed). Her own two sons were graduates of MRSS and are now living happy, independent lives in Newcastle. Cheryl is also a 20-year member of the Anthroposophical Society in Australia, and gives cello lessons to beginners in both Taree and Port Macquarie.
Ruth Gallagher - Director of Human Resources
Ruth has a background in both education and human resources at TAFE NSW. Ruth moved to the Camden Haven area in 1991 with her husband, Mark who developed the family organic (and later Bio-dynamic) farm. Ruth is a member of the Anthroposophical Society in Australia and lives in Kendall.
Fred Buys - Director of Planning and Infrastructure
Fred is father to twins in Class 1 - Lisa and Chris - and is husband to Elma. Fred is a civil engineer with a background in planning and project management. He and Elma migrated to Australia from Namibia and now live in Port Macquarie. Fred is a small business owner and works from home.
The board meets monthly. More board news in the next newsletter!