Our School Council
St Stephen’s School is a body corporate incorporated under the provisions of the Uniting Church in Australia Act 1976 (WA) and is greatly blessed by a committed and generous School Council.
The Chair of Council is appointed by the Synod of the Uniting Church on nomination of the Council.
Our Council is responsible for the governance of St Stephen’s School and appoints the Principal to take responsibility for the leadership and management of our School.
St Stephen’s School Council members are volunteers who passionately contribute their exceptional professional skills to the good governance of the School. The Council members provide a broad range of corporate skills and experience at a senior level – including financial, governance, educational, legal, planning, and technical.
Meet the Council
Kevin SmoutChair of Council
B.COMM, HONOURS ACCOUNTANCY, CA, CPA, CHARTERED INSTITUTE MGMT ACCOUNTING (UK), CERTIFIED TREASURY PROFESSIONAL, GAICD
Kevin is the KPMG Asia Pacific Lead partner for Governance, Risk and Internal Audit and a national partner in the Risk Strategy and Technology team. He provides risk consulting services to clients ranging from small corporates to large national and international companies.
Kevin’s extensive commercial managerial experience includes being a CFO, Superfund Trustee, Chair of a not-for-profit organisation and holding numerous Director and Committee positions.
Kevin is married to Colleen and they have three daughters. The youngest currently attends St Stephen’s School while his older two have graduated from St Stephen’s School.
Tim CornishCouncil member
GRAD. DIP OF CHARTERED ACCOUNTING (CA ANZ)
Tim joined Council’s Finance Committee in 2019 as a member and as an independent member of Council in November 2021.
Tim is an Alumni of Duncraig, studying from 1996-2000. He was captain on the rugby and baseball teams as well as Carana House Captain.
He has spent extensive time in China and throughout Asia qualifying and managing FFF’s partner suppliers over a 10-year period. Tim has entrepreneurial and ICT expertise having successfully built start-up Internet provider company – Pentanet.
He is currently serving on the Australian Indonesian Business Council as a Councillor and as Executive Director on several other small Pty Ltds.
Tim is married to Brianna and has three daughters.
Brett DorneyCouncil member
MNGT CERT (FLINDERS), MNGT DIP, AICD
Brett joined Council’s Governance Committee in 2017 as a member.
Brett is the General Manager at North Metropolitan TAFE who oversees a diverse team of professionals who are responsible for the College quality management, customer service, planning, reporting and marketing.
During Brett’s tenure at West Coast Institute of Training as an Executive Director, his primary focus was on the strategic positioning, business and strategic planning, board governance, business development, marketing, quality assurance and continuous improvement of the Institute.
With Brett’s extensive experience in the various aspects of the management and administration of a TAFE college, these skills are directly transferable to a school setting and an asset to St Stephen’s School.
Brett is married to Kim (Secondary Administration Officer – Duncraig) with children who are St Stephen’s School Alumni.
Sheel GorCouncil member
UCL SCHOOL OF PHARMACY – LONDON MPHARM HONOURS
Sheel joined Council’s Planning Committee in 2019.
Sheel is a registered pharmacist in Australia (AHPRA and SHPA) and is currently working on projects including research and co-authoring on a paper for review on the current practices in clinical rotation in the field of laboratory medicines.
As Head of Faculty for Health Sciences, and Lecturer at Curtin University, Sheel managed and coordinated focus groups in various fields of medicine and organisations ranging from the Department of Health to Telethon Kids Institute.
Sheel is a Member of the Athena Swan Charter, committed to the encouragement, recognition and advancement of the participation of women involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine in higher education and research and is also a member of HERDSA – Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.
Sheel and her partner Kushal have two children attending St Stephen’s School at Carramar campus.
Anneke KlopperCouncil member
B.COMM, HONOURS ACCOUNTING, CA
Anneke joined the School Council in 2018 and has been a member of the Finance Committee since 2017.
Anneke is a Finance Manager at South32 Limited and is responsible for the group’s annual financial report, financial policies, governance and internal controls, consolidation systems and financial accounting processes for its corporate and treasury entities.
Prior to her role at South32, she worked for KPMG in South Africa, the Cayman Islands and Australia. During her career at KPMG Anneke gained extensive experience providing auditing and accounting services to clients in the mining, financial services and not-for-profit sectors.
Anneke is a graduate of the 2017 Chief Executive Women Leadership Development program.
Anneke is married to Theuns and they have two children attending St Stephen’s School. The family worships at Woodvale Baptist Church.
Daniel WrightCouncil member
Daniel joins Council in 2023 having been a member of the Governance Committee since late 2021. Daniel is an officer in the Australian Defence Force and an experienced management professional, specialising in strategy and risk. He has worked in a number of sectors including defence, oil and gas, mining and health. He is currently the Commanding Officer of the 10th Light Horse Regiment in the Australian Army. He is also Director of Strategy for Executive Risk Solutions and a board member of Soldiers and Sirens, a not-for-profit organisation supporting police and defence veterans.
BSC MECH ENG, MBA (UWA), AICD
Mike joined Council’s Governance Committee in 2016 as a member.
Mike is the founding principal of 80 Twenty, a leading business improvement consultancy based in Perth.
Mike is an experienced professional with over 12 years senior operational experience in both large and medium sized companies. In addition to holding senior operational and general management positions within large and SME businesses in both the UK and Australia, Mike has also owned and operated a niche manufacturing business in Australia.
Mike has over 10 years consulting experience in the area of Business Improvement and Turnaround serving various size companies across a range of industries.
Mike is married to Plum and they have two children, the youngest is still attending St Stephen’s School.
Susy ThomasUniting Church WA Moderator
The Moderator of the Uniting Church WA is the pastoral head of the church. Their role is to be a spokesperson for the church, and to also guide the church throughout their three-year term. Moderator, Susy Thomas was installed as Moderator of the Uniting Church WA during the opening worship of the 44th Annual Meeting of the Synod of Western Australia on Friday, 11 September 2020.
Susy was born into a Christian family in Kerala, India, raised to act justly, with mercy and to walk humbly with God, never being ashamed of the gospel. She completed a Bachelor of Economics in India and met her husband Philip, before she relocated to London to be with him and begin a family. In 1982, Susy, Phillip and their two daughters migrated to Perth.
After working as a teacher in Perth, Susy took on the role of CEO of Drug Arm WA, now called Hope Community. In this challenging role, Susy supported disadvantaged people in the suburbs of Perth.