The School is governed by the Arden Anglican School Council which allows for ten persons elected by the Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney and two other persons appointed by the Archbishop.
Council seeks to serve the Arden community by ensuring long term planning is undertaken, appropriate policies are implemented and that finances are managed in a prudent manner. Council meets on the first Wednesday of each month during term time. There are three Committees of the Council:
- Property Development and Planning
The day-to-day operations of the School are managed by the Principal who is appointed by, and reports to, the Council. The School provides a Christian education according to the doctrines and principles of the Anglican Church of Australia.
The Council of Arden Anglican School
President of the School Council – The Archbishop of Sydney, the Most Reverend Dr Glenn N Davies
Mr David Sietsma BCom, Grad Dip App Fin & Inv, MAICD David has served on Arden Anglican School Council since 2007 and has held the position of Chair of Council since 2011. David has a history as a senior executive in banking, financial markets and investment management. He is currently serving as a non-executive director on the Glebe Administration Board and the Tasmanian Finance Corporation as well as Arden Council. Previously he has been an adviser to Vicinity Centres and a Parish Council member for All Saints Anglican Church, North Epping. David is married to Buff and their three children have attended Arden. They attend All Saints Anglican Church, North Epping.
Mr Alan Harper OAM, JP, BA (Hons), MA, MEd, DipEd, PG, DipEdStudies, FACE, FTGN
Alan has served on the Arden Anglican School Council since 2001 and is Convenor of the Governance Committee.
Professionally, Alan retired in 2015 after a career of some 40 years in education, which saw him work in Government, Catholic and Independent schools. His broad contributions to the educational sector led to his being created a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators in 1995 and a Life Member of the Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales in 2012; and in 2013 he was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia (OAM).
Alan worships at St. Stephen’s Uniting Church in the City of Sydney, and in retirement has become more involved in work for the Church, as a lay preacher and in adult education. He also serves there as a Chair of Congregation and Elder.
Alan is married to Lauris. They have three adult children who are all Arden Alumni.
Mr Andrew Gibbons BAppSc (LandEconomics) Andrew has served on Arden Anglican School Council since 2014. Andrew has been a property advisor in the property industry since 1986. Currently he is Managing Director of Endeavour Property Advisory, Previous roles have included Principal at Gibbons Consulting and National Executive Director at Colliers International responsible for Corporate Advisory. He has also held the position of Board Member at Uniting Financial Services for the past 14 years. Andrew is married to Merryn and they have four children. They attend All Saints Anglican Church, North Epping. Andrew has previously represented Australia both in Triathlon (Age Group) at the Hawaiian World Ironman Championship and Duathlon (Age Group) at the World Championship as well as various other international marathons.
Mrs Penelope Thompson Penelope joined the Arden Anglican School Council in 2016. For over 14 years Penelope has worked as Import Manager at Colourwise Nursery (NSW) with her husband and father-in law. Penelope’s role varies and includes facilitating and coordinating the import of plants, tissue culture, pots and ceramics. She liaises with Department of Forestry and Fisheries on an ongoing basis and is required to stay up to date with government regulations and requirements. WH&S and HR matters as well as the hiring of new staff also fall under her auspices, as does managing the company’s merchandisers and undertaking (when necessary) general office administration and customer support. Prior to that Penelope held part time lecturer positions at Williams Business College and Sydney Technical College and was also a Cosmetics Buyer for David Jones (Australia). Penelope has previously been President of Abbotsleigh’s Year 12 Committee and School Parent Association and President of the Parent Association, Australian International School, Singapore. Penelope is an active member of St. Alban’s Epping where she serves on Parish Council and is a member of the Development Team, Strategic Planning Committee and Servers Guild. Penelope is married to Malcolm.They have three adult daughters, Phoebe who is married to Niall, Beatrice and Prudence.
Reverend Alistair Seabrook MA (Oxon), MTh, Cert Min Alistair joined the Arden Anglican School Council in 2018. Alistair has been the Senior Minister at Dundas Telopea Anglican Church since 2012. His role is to lead the staff team, oversee the vision and mission of the church, and co-ordinate the Bible teaching programme. He trained for ministry at Oak Hill College in London and has worked in several churches in the United Kingdom and Sydney. Before training for Christian ministry Alistair studied law and worked briefly as a researcher. Previously Alistair was a Member of the Advisory Board for the Priscilla and Aquilla Centre, Moore College. Alistair is married to Sarah and they have three children.
Mr Lachlan May BE, MIEAust Lachlan has served on the Arden School Council since 1997 and has been convenor of the Property Development Committee since 2007. Lachlan has worked as a mechanical engineer across a range of process related fields with a focus on waste and recycled water, as well as Fast Moving Consumer Goods food production. This work has taken him to a number of locations around Australia. He is currently Director of Cocopara P/L. Lachlan has also served the community with a 20 year involvement in the Beecroft – Cheltenham Scout Group and is an irregular attendee of The Kings Community Church. Lachlan is married to Cathy. They have three adult children who are Arden alumni and are now pursuing successful careers in teaching and architecture.
Dr Michael Swanton PhD (Sydney), MAppSc (UTS), Grad DipSc (Birkbeck) Michael has served on the Arden Anglican Council since 2012 and is a member of the Governance Committee. Having trained in biochemistry, he has worked in public and private research organisations, including the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, as well as commercial enterprises. Michael has previously served as a Council Member for Katoomba Men’s Convention and as a Parish Councillor for St. Alban’s Lindfield Michael is married to Diana and their three daughters attend Arden. They worship at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Carlingford.
Ms Sharmini Benjamin BFinAdmin, LLB, LLM Sharmini joined the Arden Anglican School Council and its Governance Committee at the start of 2019. Sharmini is a lawyer working at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) in Sydney with 20 years of post-qualification experience in litigation and superannuation law. She is a member of APRA’s superannuation and banking practice groups within APRA’s legal team. Sharmini and her husband, Paul, attend St. Stephen’s Anglican Church at Normanhurst and are current Arden parents. They have twin boys in Year 8, who have been at Arden since Pre-School in 2009.
Reverend Paul Sampson BComm (IR), GradDipMgt, BDiv, DipMin Paul joined the Arden Anglican School Council in 2017. Paul is the Rector at All Saints Anglican Church, North Epping. From 2009 – 2017 he served in Nairobi, Kenya as a CMS Missionary, Director Academic Affairs/Vice Principal, Bible and Missions Lecturer Carlile College, Itinerant Bible Lecturer and Preacher and Executive Assistant Gafcon Bishops Training Institute. Prior to this he held various ministry roles including the position of Rector at Sylvania Anglican Church and Assistant Minister at Caringbah Anglican Church. He moved to ministry following a career in mechanical engineering, industrial relations and human resources. Paul currently serves as Board Member for the Safe Ministry Board, Sydney Anglican Church and is a Board member and Committee member of CMS NSW General Committee. Previously he has been Chairman Renew Conference, and Academic Board member for Carlile College, both in Kenya. Paul is married to Cathy and they have three children.
Mrs Robyn Donohoo BEc (Accounting), BA Robyn has served on the Arden Anglican School Council since 2016 and is the Convenor of the Finance Committee. Professionally Robyn has worked in the financial services sector for over 25 years, specialising in the approval and management of commercial credit risk. She is currently Team Leader Commercial, Risk Management, Commonwealth Bank. Robyn is currently a Synod representative for her church and previously held the position of Treasurer for Eastwood Before and After School Care Inc. Robyn worships with her family at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Carlingford where she is also involved in leading Bible Studies and music ministry. Robyn is a married to Andrew and their two children are current and future students of Arden.
Mr Santino Dimarco BEc, CA Santino has served on Arden School Council from 2014. He serves as Executive Pastor at St Andrew’s Anglican Church Roseville, where his role includes leading the music ministry, financial management of the Parish and ensuring the smooth operation of the church as a whole, including the Sunday worship services. Santino is also currently a Director/Treasurer for the Crusader Union of Australia. Previous roles include Director at Northcross Christian School, Elder at Macquarie Chapel Presbyterian Church, Principal of Dimarco Financial Advisers P/L, senior consultant at the Commonwealth Bank and several Tax Manager positions. Santino is married to Meredith and their three children have attended Arden.