The McDonald College is governed by a Council of highly qualified and experienced Directors who give their time generously to the development and direction of the College.
The Board Council is ultimately responsible for establishing the strategic direction of the College, legal and financial compliance and sustainability, risk mitigation, and reputational risk. They also actively promote the College and leverage their professional and personal networks for the purpose of promoting The McDonald College.
The College Council
MAICD, Diploma Cert IV Human Resources
Antoinette is Executive Director of Benchmark Experts, 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.
Principal of The McDonald College
MEd DipTch (RAD) MACE
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 is the pillar and philosophy on which the College was developed.
Richard (Rick) Watkins
Richard is a partner at WCM, 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 several not-for-profit organisations.
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 in 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.
MAICD, GC Ed Leadership, GD Education, BA
Currently working in the Higher Education sector as Chief Strategy Officer and Director of Quality, Gordon provides strategic guidance and support for business intelligence and performance. His previous roles in Higher Education include Chief Student Services Officer, Academic Registrar, and Manager of Accreditation, Regulation, and E-Learning.
Prior to working in Higher Education, Gordon worked for over a decade in K – 12 education, most recently as Head of Curriculum and Regional Facilitator with Sydney Catholic Schools. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and brings nearly 20 years of experience working across numerous education sectors.