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Effective Governance Practice: Twilight Seminar Series 2024112W

Jul 23, 2024 - Dec 31, 2024


Full course description

Date and time

Day 1: Tuesday 23 July 2024, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm

Day 2: Tuesday 27 August 2024, 5.00 pm to 6.45 pm

Day 3: Tuesday 3 September 2024, 5.00 pm to 6.45 pm

Day 4: Tuesday 8 October 2024, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm

Delivery mode

​​Online – a Zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event​


School Board/Council Members


School Board Members are faced with myriad challenges as they navigate the role and responsibilities associated with governing a school. 

To make this less daunting, Independent Schools Victoria is holding a twilight seminar series to unpack the roles, responsibilities and liabilities that face school board members. 

Session 1: Introduction to School Boards - Tuesday 23 July 2024, 5.00 pm am to 7.00 pm

  • Role and responsibilities of the Board
  • Board structure
  • Indicators of good governance
  • Financial Literacy for Boards
  • Financial sustainability and solvency

Session 2: Governance vs Management - Tuesday 27 August 2024, 5.00 pm am to 6.45 pm

  • Role of the Chair
  • Role of the Principal
  • The relationship between the Principal and the Board
  • The distinction between governance and management

Session 3: Governance and Risk Management - Tuesday 3 September 2024, 5.00 pm am to 6.45 pm

  • Risk governance structures
  • Risk assessment processes
  • Role and responsibilities
  • Supporting resources
  • Communicating in a crisis

Session 4: Child Safety - Tuesday 8 October 2024, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm


  • Child Safe Standards
  • Guide to Minimum Standards/Ministerial Order 1359
  • ISV Support and Resources


‘Thank you for a wonderfully informative and engaging day. I really learnt a lot and am looking forward to taking this new knowledge back to my boardroom.’  - 2023 Forum participant. 

Key takeaways 

  • Understand governance roles and responsibilities
  • Understand risk management obligations
  • Unpack the role requirements of the Chair and the Principal
  • Examine the financial literacy required to meet governance obligations
  • Hear how to address a crisis within your school.


Presenter information 

Marianne Stillwell 

Marianne is currently the Chair of the Board of Management for Independent Schools Victoria (ISV). Marianne is also the President of the Wesley College Council, and has been a member since 2006. She is Chair of their Strategy, Ethics and Governance, and Remuneration Committees. As part of ISV's governance program delivery, Marianne is a regular presenter to Member Schools and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In her professional career, Marianne spent 12 years in finance management roles with Ford Credit Australia Limited, and has 10 years of secondary teaching experience in Catholic and Independent schools. Marianne is currently Chair of Stillwell Motor Group, a family company specialising in prestige motor vehicle retail. 

Adam Berryman 

Adam Berryman is the founding principal of Risk Management Advisors and has been advising businesses for over 25 years on risk management. He currently assists organisations to conduct their own Risk Management Reviews with a view to developing their risk management framework and understand their organisational risk profile. Adam has also consulted for two major global insurance broking firms. Adam holds a Bachelor of Economics, Graduate Diploma – Insurance and Graduate Diploma – Risk Management. 

Philip Grutzner 

Philip Grutzner was elected onto the Board of Independent Schools Victoria in May 2011. Philip commenced as the 15th Headmaster of Melbourne Grammar School in 2020. Philip’s experience includes roles as Headmaster of Braemar College in Woodend, Victoria, Headmaster of St Peter’s College in Adelaide and Principal of Carey Baptist Grammar School, where he oversaw a significant programme of innovation and development. Philip is also the ISV representative on the Board of Independent Schools Australia (ISA). 

Nigel Bartlett 

Nigel Bartlett has 25 years of experience in providing support and advice to Member Schools in the areas of school finances and data. His particular areas of focus are government funding and accountabilities to government.