Photo: Matthew Syres

The McDonald College is governed by a Board of highly qualified members who give their time generously to the development and future direction of the College. The Board establishes the philosophy and controls the financial budget and other constraints placed on the Colleges and develops Strategic Plans for future growth.

The College Council

Antoinette Colbran

MAICD, Diploma Cert IV Human Resources

Antoinette is Executive Director of Benchmark the Practice, a business providing expert witnesses for law firms Australia wide and in New Zealand for matters of personal injury, motor vehicle accident and medical negligence.

Prior to starting Benchmark, Antoinette was Human Resources Director for the Radisson Hotel Group in Australia and internationally and she also worked as Legislative Assistant to the Federal Member for Mackellar, the Hon. Jim Carlton who was Minister for Health in the Fraser Government. Antoinette is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Maxine Kohler


As a Founding Director of The McDonald College, Maxine has extensive experience in business development and management, education and performing arts. Maxine was instrumental in the establishment of The McDonald College and has initiated and guided the College’s growth and diversity from inception in 1984. Her passion for all genres of performance together with an understanding of Primary and Secondary education are the pillar and philosophy on which the College was developed.

Principal of The McDonald College

Richard (Rick) Watkins


Richard is a partner at Watkins Coffey Martin, Chartered Accountants. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, is an associate member of the Taxation Institute and is a registered company auditor and superannuation fund auditor.

Richard specialises in business services to small and medium sized clients and is auditor to several national based enterprises, as well a number of not-for-profit organisations.


Lauren Osbich

BA (Hons)/LLB

Lauren is a Company Secretary and Solicitor with Company Matters (part of LINK Group) and is an admitted solicitor with over 15 years of experience as a dedicated legal research and GRC specialist. She brings this experience, as well as experience bridging the gap between risk and compliance technology and practice to her work for The McDonald College.

Lauren is passionate about giving back to the community through the not-for-profit sector as well as donating time to mentor and coach young lawyers in their professional development, with a primary focus on enabling all people in society to have the same chances at success through a quality education.
Executive Management Committee

Maxine Kohler
MEd DipTch RAD

Principal – The McDonald College

David Garner
BSc, Grad DipEd, TC, MEd, ACEL

Deputy PrincipalHead of Secondary School

Peter Slattery
DipTch RECert

Director of Junior School

Peter Kraft
BA GradDipEd ATCL Grad DipBus Admin MACE

Director of Performing Arts

Neil Davis


Business Manager

Meni Contos
Bsc Grad DipEd

Director of Curriculum