The School Council is the governing body of The King David School. The Principal is responsible for the implementation of educational philosophy and policy as discussed and approved by the Council.
The Council has overall responsibility for policy and effective management of all aspects of the School, including careful financial and strategic planning. Many of those who serve on the School Council are parents, as well as professional business people who invest much of their personal time in the welfare of the School.
School Council members also lead various sub-committees, made up of interested parents and community members with specific areas of expertise. The group of current sub-committees comprises Finance, Security, Property and and Building and Nominations among others. School Council encourages anyone who is interested in being part of a sub-committee to email the Council President on email@example.com.
Meet our School Council
As the Principal of Lahra Carey Media & Communications – a full-service public relations and reputational management consultancy, Lahra’s expertise is crafting appropriate messages to reach specific target audiences.
A former broadcast journalist, she is also a Partner of Newsflash Media – conducting presentation and media training across Australia’s C-suite executive market.
Lahra holds a Masters degree in Criminology, and a Graduate Certificate in Electronic Commerce. She is also a Director of Foodbank Victoria, a member of the Melbourne Press Club, the Public Relations Institute of Australia, a member of RMIT’s Public Relations Industry Advisory Board, and a graduate of the News Ltd creative Advertising AWARD School.
Lahra has a son Mitch and twin girls Charlotte and Alexandra who all attend The King David School.
Rochelle is the Director of a successful legal executive search company, Rothfield Legal Recruitment. Rochelle works closely with law firms and organisations across Melbourne to appoint senior Lawyers.
Prior to setting up the business, she spent over 10 years as a Partner in another boutique legal recruitment company and before that, she practised as a Lawyer with Gadens Lawyers.
Rochelle has served on the KDSPA as a general committee member since 2009 and took on the role as President from 2012 to the end of 2016.
Rochelle and Daniel’s children, Jordyn and Bailey, have both attended the School since Kindergarten.
Michael is the CEO of CSBC P/L and Clear Edge Offices P/L, a Serviced Office and Coworking group based in Melbourne. Prior to joining CSBC P/L Michael was a member of the local executive of Regus and the CFO of Corporate Executive Offices.
Michael is also a Chartered Accountant with many years’ experience in the financial sector both in Australia and in South Africa. Michael also holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a post graduate Bachelor of Accounting degree from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
Marc started his role as Principal of The King David School in 2014.
Marc holds a Bachelor of Laws/Arts as well as a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Melbourne.
He was previously Assistant Principal – Curriculum at Bialik College where he worked for the past 4 years and prior to that spent 5 years at Mount Scopus Memorial College.
Having attended The King David School in his primary schooling, Marc is the first alumnus to become Principal of a Jewish School in Melbourne, and is well known throughout the Jewish community.
With proven experience in culture setting, change management and strategic goal setting, Marc has been an active member of the Senior Management Team across the K-12 continuum of Melbourne’s top performing Jewish Schools.
Marc and his wife Emma have three children, Daniel, Layla and Raphy.
Immediate Past President
Mark is the Joint Managing Director – Property, at Melbourne based investment and advisory firm, Wingate Group.
Prior to joining Wingate, Mark spent 10 years with Ashe Morgan Winthrop, as the director responsible for their commercial lending business.
Carrie is an alumna of the School having attended in the early years for her primary schooling. She completed her medical degree at Monash University in 1997.
She has extensive experience in various fields including Paediatrics, Psychiatry and Obstetrics and has worked in General Practice since 2003.
Carrie is married to Josh and they have three daughters at the School, Jemma, Abigail and Hannah who have been at the School from Kindergarten.
Jason is currently General Counsel of Orora Australasia, the Australian and New Zealand operating entity of ASX listed global packaging company, Orora Limited.
Prior to taking up his current role in 2006, Jason was Corporate Counsel & Company Secretary for H.J. Heinz Company Asia Pacific. Jason chairs the Risk and Governance Sub-Committee of Council. He is a board member of the Amcor Superannuation Fund and was previously Vice-President of the Victorian Division of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association. Prior to joining Council, Jason was a member in the Council’s Governance Sub-Committee.
Jason is married to Debbie (who is a former committee member of TKDSPA) and their two children are students of the School, Gabrielle and Jacob.
Jason is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and has a Master of Laws from Monash University. Jason is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance with the Governance Institute.
Originally trained as a banking and property lawyer with Melbourne-based law firms SW Lawyers and Thomson Geer Solicitors, Adam is currently principal and founder of boutique real estate investment and advisory firm IDA Property Group.
In addition to his day-to-day role with IDA, Adam is also co-founder and director of Melbourne-based IT incubator Papercloud Ventures as well as several subsidiary companies including Vivi International Pty Ltd – a manufacturer of world-leading wireless mirroring solutions designed exclusively for use in the education sector.
Adam and his wife Lexi have two sons, Oscar and Luca and a daughter Claudia.
Rabbi Gersh Lazarow
Gersh Lazarow is Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth Israel, our founding Synagogue and the institution that prides itself as being the driving force behind the establishment of The King David School.
Prior to joining TBI in 2013, Gersh served as our School Rabbi and was a member of our Senior Management team. In this capacity, Gersh conceived and established the much-heralded Centre for Living Judaism that is quickly changing the face of Progressive Judaism in our region.
Gersh is a passionate educator with a strong commitment to Progressive Jewish values, tradition and community. He is married to Michelle (a graduate of TKDS) and they have two children, Livia and Sam who both attend the School.
Jeffrey joined the Council in 2020 and has degrees in both law and economics. He has nearly 30 years of experience as a solicitor. For the last 20 years Jeffrey has worked in an in house role – with 15 of those years being in the position of Corporate Counsel for the Quest Serviced Apartment Group.
Jeffrey has maintained his association with the accommodation industry and is now involved with the operation of multiple accommodation businesses operating throughout Australia.
He prides himself on his commercial approach to business.
Jeffrey has 2 children in primary school and is looking forward to making a contribution to the School.
Peter and his family have been associated with the School since 1985, when Mark, the first of his and Jenny’s sons started in Junior Kinder. Jonny followed four years later.
Peter has extensive business experience and is Executive Director of Colorific Australia, a family owned, international children’s products developer and marketer. Colorific started in 1990 and has sold millions of toys around the world. It is a former Australian Family Business of the Year. Colorific has won numerous design, customer and government awards for its work. Both Mark and Jonny are Directors of Colorific.
Peter and Jenny’s families have both been members of Temple Beth Israel for over fifty years. Peter has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Marketing.
Peter was previously on the School Council in the 1990s and has more recently been on the Finance Committee since 2013.
Rick Tudor OAM
After 15 years, Rick retired as Headmaster of Trinity Grammar School, Kew in December 2013. Previously he was Deputy Headmaster and Head of Senior School of Melbourne Grammar School, and Headmaster of Beaconhills College for eight years.
He co-authored Understanding the Human Body, and was Course Developer of HSC Group 2 Subject ‘Human and Social’ Biology. Rick was also previously on the Council of St Margaret’s School, Berwick, and took the role of Deputy Chair for two years.
He has also sat on the Board of Anglicare Victoria, and previously as a member of the Ethics Committee at the Royal Women’s Hospital. Other leadership roles have included Victorian representation on the Australian Anglican Schools Network, Chair of the Indigenous Education Focus Group of the Centre for Strategic Education, and Chair of the Victorian Branch of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. He is also a Member of: the St Paul’s Cathedral Chapter, the Board of the Anglican Diocesan School’s Commission, the Board of the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority, the Boards of Ivanhoe Girl’s Grammar School and the Board of the Melbourne Learning and Living Centre. He is also a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and a Fellow of The Australian Council of Educational Leaders.
In 2013, School Council conducted extensive community surveys with an independent consultant.
After analysing the results of this research utilising strategic workshops and consultations, the School Council released this “Strategic Framework” document.
This document articulates what School Council believes The King David School stands for and outlines the School’s vision and purpose for being. The document provides a deliberate and strategic reference by which operational decisions are determined and implemented.
Our Principal, Marc Light and the Senior Leadership Team now implement the Operational Plan that ties in to this Strategic Framework. The Leadership Team continues the important work of delivering on each of the five key pillars identified by School Council in this document.
Proposed new governance arrangements – constitutional changes
The King David School Council has completed a substantive review of its governance structure over the past several years. This was largely as a result of Council wanting a modern and functional constitution, to ensure that the School implements best practice corporate governance and to protect the interests of all stakeholders.
Over the past 40 years the School has grown substantially and Council recognised that the current governing arrangements (largely through an unincorporated association) are outdated and does not fit where the School is at in 2020 and beyond. Council recognised the importance of modernising the governance structure and enshrining in the constitution the fundamental principles and objectives of the School that have been set and refined by stakeholders over the last 40 years.
Accordingly, Council has recently adopted a draft new constitution that it will seek to implement this year through the sponsorship of a resolution to adopt at an upcoming extraordinary general meeting (‘EGM’).
The proposed draft constitution is designed to:
- ensure that the School has a modern constitution;
- ensure that the activities of the School are contained within a corporation (rather than an unincorporated association);
- enshrine into the constitution that the School is based upon the values of Progressive Judaism;
- have a limited number of members (up to 18) that will vote on the composition of Council and any future amendment of the constitution.
The proposed 18 members are:
- the Directors as Members of Council (up to 12);
- two individuals who shall be members of eligible members of PJV appointed by the Council (2);
- three individuals (one of which must be a PJV member) who shall be parents jointly appointed by the President and the Principal after consultation with The King David School Parents’ Association (‘TKDSPA’) (3); and
- one individual who shall be a graduate of the School appointed by the President and the Principal after consultation with TKDSPA (1).
Council is of the view that the draft new constitution will protect the interests of key stakeholders and allow the School to continue to develop and grow, whilst retaining the important founding principles and objectives that guide the School. I shall keep you informed of the progress of adopting the new constitution and invite you to attend the EGM at which the draft new constitution will form part of a resolution to adopt. Given the current COVID-19 restrictions on indoor meetings, the timing of the EGM is to be advised.
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