College Governance

Under its Constitution, the Board of St Mark’s College is responsible for overseeing the operations of the College and its strategic direction and plans.  The Board is constituted to control and manage the affairs of the College.
In 2018, the College Council appointed a new Chair, Ms Linda Matthews.

The Board

The members of the interim Board are:

  • Ms L Matthews (Chair)
  • Dr A M Evans
  • Mr A C Lee
  • Mr A S Murray
  • Mr M H Penniment



Over the past three decades Linda has worked in senior leadership positions in three states, South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales.

She is currently the Chair of St Mark’s College and Scosa, an organisation supporting people with disabilities.  She is also a Board member of Catherine House and the Adelaide Benevolent Society.

Linda has held Executive positions in South Australia as the Commissioner for Equal Opportunity and a Director at the SA Intellectual Disability Service Council. Interstate positions include appointment as Queensland’s first Privacy Commissioner and Executive Director of Women NSW.

Linda has managed a number of organisations in South Australia, including the Parks Community Legal Service, The SA Domestic Violence Prevention Unit, and the SA Rape and Sexual Assault Service. More recently Linda was CEO for Survivors of Torture and Trauma Rehabilitation Services (STTARS) and Catherine House, a service for women experiencing homelessness.

Linda is an experienced mentor, leader, manager and problem solver, and has advised on managing complex negotiations with diverse stakeholder groups and conflict management to business, government and community organisations.


Angela currently combines the roles of Consultant Clinician at Marion Podiatry, Honorary Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University, and Research Lead and volunteer with NGO Walk for Life Clubfoot in Bangladesh.

Angela is Chair for the 2019 Australian Podiatry Association national scientific conference committee, and on the Australian Podiatry Association Professional Credentialing committee. She has previously served on committees with Sports Medicine Australia, Ashford hospital and Diabetes Australia.

Angela is a member of the St Mark’s College Board and Chair of the College’s Nominations Committee.  She is the Chair of The Magdalene Centre committee of management (AnglicareSA), People’s Warden at St Peter’s Anglican Cathedral in Adelaide and Deputy Chair of the Cathedral Council, and a member of St Barnabas Theological College Council.

Angela is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is familiar with contemporary Board structures and has practical financial literacy from varied executive and finance committee roles, in addition to practice management, as the sole Director of Marion Podiatry from 1990 – 2018.

Angela holds a Diploma of Applied Science in Podiatry and a Graduate Diploma of Social Science in Child Development. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy (research by thesis), and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Angela received a Ritchie Trust Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, is widely published, and has given 70 Keynote or Invited lectures at national and international conferences.

The recipient of the Excellence in Delivering Primary Care Award in South East Asia from British Medical Journal, Angela is an Officer (OLJ) of the Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem, and a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia.


Alister has worked in Australia and the US for over 20 years in operations and business improvement.  He worked for a large global company, Cooper Standard Automotive, and progressed through a variety of roles culminating in CEO of the Australian operations.

Since leaving the automotive industry in 2006, he has assisted numerous organisations with improvement in a diverse range of industries including manufacturing, banking, insurance, scientific research, data / IT, energy and mining, healthcare, defence, and Government.  His clients include organisations such as Suncorp, ANZ, Coopers Brewery, Haighs Chocolates, Santos, BHP,                                                                                                                      ATO and Geoscience Australia.

Alister specialises in the business improvement systems developed by Toyota and other world leading organisations.  Known as “Lean thinking and practice”, these methods encompass strategy deployment, process improvement, capability development, leader behaviour, management systems and cultural change.

He works full time for Lean Enterprise Australia as a coach and facilitator and is a guest lecturer at the University of South Australia.  He holds qualifications in Executive Management, Chartered Accounting and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide.


Simon is the Director of Up School Consulting and provides expert advice to schools globally in the fields of leadership, strategic planning, wellbeing, academic enhancement, financial management, mentoring and innovation in education. Previously a Headmaster across three schools for 27 years, and an educator for over 40 years, he most recently served as the 14th Headmaster of St Peter’s College, Adelaide from 2010 until July 2017.

He is a past National Chairman of the Association of Heads of Independent School of Australia and a past Board member of the Independent Schools Council of Australia.  Simon is a founding member and inaugural Chairman of the Australia’s Positive Education Schools Association and a founding member of the Board of the International Positive Education Network.

Simon has co-edited two scholarly books on evidence-based applications of positive psychology and future directions in wellbeing and published scientific articles, book chapters and presented on positive psychology at numerous conferences.

He was appointed a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators in 2008 and early in 2018 he was appointed as Chief Advisor to the Positive Education China Academy, a peak body bringing Positive Education to China. Simon is a member of the Advisory Board for the School of Education at the University of Adelaide, and in June 2018 was appointed to the Board of the Centre for Positive Psychology, The University of Melbourne. In August 2018 he was appointed to the Board of St Mark’s College, Adelaide.

In June 2018 Simon was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to secondary education and professional associations.


Mark brings over 40 years of professional accounting and commercial experience. He is a strategic manager and been involved with many complex commercial transactions involving numerous parties. Since 2003 he has been the Chief Financial Officer of a large private family group of companies and has worked through a period of significant rationalisation of the group operations and ownership interests.

He gained over 25 years professional experience with KPMG in various roles including as an audit partner, Finance and Administration Director for the Adelaide office from 1992 and as National Finance Manager for Facilities and Services for the national practice from 2000. His nearly 15 years of professional experience included a diverse client base of public, private and not for profit entities covering finance and banking, manufacturing, retail, property development and private schools.

Mark Penniment commenced as a Board member in September 2015 and has been the St Mark’s College Bursar from March 2000 to 2011 and subsequently from September 2015. He has managed oversight of the College’s financial operations including financing of major building projects and management of the College investment funds. Mark has also been a Board member of the St Mark’s College Foundation since 2011.

Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has a Bachelor of Economics from Adelaide University.