10 Oct 2016
The end of 2016 ushers in a new era for the Ruyton Board. President Ms Kathryn Watt has announced she will be stepping down from the Board at the end of the year in order to pursue a new career direction. Kathryn has served on the Board since 2009 and as President since 2012. The School is indebted to Kathryn for her astute leadership, in particular her involvement in the development and implementation of the School 10-year Masterplan, approved in 2013, the Strategic Plan in 2011 and 2017, and the recruitment of Principal, Ms Linda Douglas, in 2010.
Kathryn’s legacy includes the depth and breadth of the Ruyton Board. She brought best practice governance principles to Ruyton, including refining the skills matrix to clearly identify skills gaps at the Board table and she opened up the Board application process to the entire School community and beyond, to ensure greater diversity and inclusiveness.
‘We are privileged at Ruyton to have such a connected and supportive community,’ said Kathryn. ‘We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and expertise of those who have offered to serve on the Board.’
Kathryn has contributed enormously to the School and established a strong culture of governance that will stand the School in good stead in the future. Her familiar and smiling face will still be seen around the School, as she will continue as a member of the Ruyton Foundation, supporting and further developing philanthropy at Ruyton.
New Board Roles
Mr Peter Kanat will take on the role of President of the Board from 1 January 2017. Peter, husband of Old Ruytonian, Robyn Kanat (Bate ‘80) and father of two Old Ruytonians, Zoe (’11) and Sarah (’14), has had a long history of supporting Ruyton. Peter has been on the Board and also has been the President of the Ruyton Foundation since 2007, where he has spearheaded the School’s fundraising efforts.
Board member Ms Kylie Taylor was appointed to be Deputy President from 1 January 2017, to fill the role previously carried out by Peter.
As reported earlier this year, in 2016 we welcomed four new Directors to the Board: Ms Fiona Griffiths (’87), Ms Melanie Higgins (Blomquist ’92), Mr Bruce Bayley and Mr Cameron Price. The expertise and passion they each bring to their roles is invaluable to the School and, as a community, we are grateful for their generosity in giving their time and energy.
Farewell to Departed Board Members
In 2016 we bid farewell to Old Ruytonians Mrs Fleur Coldwell (Summons ’90) and Mrs Freya Marsden (’89) who completed their term of office on the Ruyton Board, and Education specialist Ms Margery Evans who stepped down from the Board to take up a new professional role in Paris. Once again we sincerely thank Fleur, Freya and Margery for their valuable contributions to the School community.
Appreciation to all our Board
Mr Bruce Meehan, Chair of Finance and Audit Committee, Mr Tim Hogg, Chair of Property and Building Committee, and Mr John Gillam all continue in their Board roles into 2017 and we express our appreciation to all our ongoing Board members.
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