As a not-for-profit company, the NBCS’ Board adopts a corporate governance model that provides strategic direction, mentorship and accountability.
Our Board is a highly collaborative team, bringing together a wealth of professional backgrounds, including education, finance, business and government. This diversity of experience and expertise, enriches and supports our strategic planning and goal setting processes, helping us stay true to our Mission: “Excellence in Education, Christianity in Action”. The Board plays an invaluable role of keeping us accountable to our over-all vision, direction and financial management of the school.
Rosemary is Professor of Education and Culture at UTS. She is the Founding Director of the International Research Centre for Youth Futures, an interdisciplinary centre concerned with the multiple influences on the futures of children and young people. Rosemary is a Chief Investigator on three ARC Linkage Grants and one of three international CIs on a UK Leverhulme Grant investigating Children and War 1890-1919. Her recent publications include Australian Literature for Young People (2017) and Children’s Literature and Culture of the First World War (2015). Rosemary leads several major projects that are philanthropically funded and are part of the Centre’s commitment to youth futures. Rosemary’s research interests include Australian literature and children’s literature; multimodal literacy education and learning; story and technology; poetics and theory of children’s literature; indigenous education; school education; children’s drama and culture; transdisciplinarity.
Mark is a bootstrap entrepreneur who has built several successful businesses over the years. An experienced Managing Director, with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry, Mark has been developing software for 27 years. Mark launched Literatu into the global K-12 education market in 2012 after selling his successful Risk Management software company in 2009. He is passionate about forging innovation in education, transforming manual processes that are inefficient, poorly delivered and lack measurable outcomes to improve outcomes. Mark graduated from the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, and is skilled in Business Process, Requirements Analysis, Enterprise Software, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise Architecture.
B.Ed., Dip.Teach.(Mathematics), Grad.Dip.Ed.Studs, M.Ed.
Eric has spent over 30 years in senior leadership roles in leading independent schools in Sydney and as Head of The Scots School, Bathurst. He has also held senior management roles in private enterprise ventures in the property sector. As an experienced school leader Eric’s role on the Board of NBCS is to draw on his experience in education and business. He wants to share his passion for education with a desire to see students achieve their potential, learn to think critically, to live intentionally, and to be the best they can be. He believes all children have extraordinary God-given potential and the NBCS environment provides the opportunity for students to realise their potential and to respond to God’s call on their lives. Eric believes NBCS is well positioned to build on its excellent reputation for responsive, personalised and cutting-edge educational practices and to achieve outstanding character development and academic outcomes for all students.
Ghafur Barchia career has spanned 20 years working with domestic and internationally operating businesses and contributed to the local community through active leadership and governance roles with not for profit community organisations.
Currently in charge of Sheltons Australia, Ghafur has built a strong foundation in tax, accounting and audit as well as hands on leadership experience. Ghafur has focused on advising privately owned, private equity funded as well as publicly listed enterprises on a broad range of financial, operational and strategic issues.
Ghafur’s professional experience has been underpinned by maintaining an in depth understanding of the ever-changing regulatory tax, accounting and governance environment in Australia and internationally, as well as the emerging body of knowledge relating to leadership, human behaviour and domestic and global market dynamics. Qualified as a Chartered Accountant, Ghafur gained his experience from working for a number of global firms such as ING and PWC Australia, as well as boutique and mid-tier firms in Sydney.
Eskil is a senior executive and advisor with significant experience in leading and partnering with stakeholders at all levels within private and public organisations. He has held executive and management roles in government and senior positions in private legal practice at a top tier law firm, having practiced as a lawyer for 20 years. Eskil has had extensive involvement in not for profit organisations including as a board member of a regional church and as the congregation’s chairperson. He holds degrees in law and science and certification in corporate governance. Eskil seeks to empower individuals and teams to achieve their goals utilising a values based framework. He is committed to seeing staff and students of NBCS fulfil their potential.