School Council

The Lowther Hall School Council oversees the ongoing success of the School through considered planning and strategic decision-making.

The School Council comprises representatives from the parent body, Old Grammarians, Anglican church and others, non-affiliated, who together bring a balance of expertise and wisdom to the deliberations and decision-making of the Council.

Meet the 2017 School Council

Mr Peter Cannan is the Chairman of the School Council. He is a Chartered Accountant with 30 years’ experience currently working as Chief Operating Officer at Russell Kennedy Lawyers and was formerly General Manager at Pitcher Partners. He is a member of the Finance and Development, Foundation, Nominations and Strategic Planning sub committees.


Mr David Whiting has the roles of Treasurer and Deputy Chair of the School Council. He is a Certified Practising Accountant with experience in the Banking, Manufacturing and Agricultural industries. David has also been involved with local community groups and other school councils. As Treasurer, he chairs the Finance and Development Committee and is a member of the Nominations and Strategic Planning sub committees.


Mrs Yvonne Bradley has worked for 18 years as a School Principal and is currently working as an educational consultant in independent schools around the country. She has assisted the School with executive staff appointments in recent years and in the development of the “Strategic Directions: 2013 and beyond” plan. Yvonne is the Company Secretary and a member of the Policy and Planning and Strategic Planning sub committees.


The Rev Bill Beagley is the Vicar of Holy Trinity Parish, Williamstown and Anglican Chaplain to Port Phillip Prison. Before entering ordained ministry, Bill was a social worker with people suffering homelessness, addiction and intellectual disabilities. He is the School Council representative on the Parents and Friends Association committee.


Mr Lorne Cole’s work on the School Council has included the chairing the Lowther Hall Foundation which he was instrumental in establishing. Lorne’s career has been in the aviation industry. He owns and operates a business providing aero-medical services to hospitals engaged in organ transplants and the retrieval of sick and injured Australians from overseas. Lorne is also a member of the Strategic Planning sub committee.


Mrs Linden (Lindy) Golding joined the School Council in June 2015.
With her background in law she has been providing valuable input since 2013 as a key member of the Policy and Planning Committee, particularly in contributing to the development of the Board Charter. She was a partner in an international law firm based in London for many years before returning to Melbourne where she now lectures in law at the University of Melbourne. She has been involved in a number of charitable board roles and is currently deputy chair of a company supporting aspiring singers.

Past Chair, Mr Peter Malcolm, has a background in Civil Engineering and been actively involved in the building projects at the School. He is a member of the Finance and Development, Foundation, Nominations and Strategic Planning sub committees.


Ms Josephine Ward is a member of the Finance and Development and Nominations sub committees of the Council. Josephine is a Credit Manager with Westpac and has worked in the banking industry for over twenty years.