College Board

Kennedy Baptist College is governed by a Board. The responsibilities of the Board include:

  • Ensuring that the College remains true to its Mission, Strategic Plan, Policies and Values;
  • Appointing the Principal and monitoring his/her performance and the College's educational standards;
  • Ensuring that the College meets its legal and regulatory requirements;
  • Assisting with the development and monitoring of the Governance and Risk Policies of the College;
  • Ensuring the College's physical facilities are constantly updated; and
  • Planning for the future to ensure the College's sustainability and continued success.

Meet our Board

Rev. Philip Bryant

Rev. Philip Bryant

Executive Chairman of the Board

MA, Higher Dip Teaching (Secondary), Grad Theology, MAICD

Philip Bryant was a Secondary School Teacher for four years before pursuing theological studies.  He has pastored Baptist Churches since 1978 and served in denominational roles leading Church Planting for the Baptist Union of Victoria and Church Planting, Evangelism and Church Health for Baptist Churches WA.

He attends Mt. Hawthorn Baptist Church with his wife Kathleen, and together they have three grown children and five grandchildren.  Philip has been serving on this Board since 1996. He serves as Vice Chairman of Sports Chaplaincy Australia and as the Chaplain for the Perth Wildcats.


Dr Phil Ridden

Dr Phil Ridden

Deputy Chairman and Convenor of the Governance and Human Resources Committee

EdD, MEd, BEd, TC, FACEL, AFACE, GAICD

Phil Ridden is an author, speaker and consultant with more than 40 years of experience as an educator in the government and independent sector, as teacher, deputy principal, principal, curriculum writer and consultant, professional learning consultant and board member.

Phil previously served on the Mandurah and Kennedy College boards for almost four years as Executive Officer, then after a short break re-joined the boards as Director in July 2016. Phil is married to Kylie and they have four adult children and four grandchildren. They have been volunteer pre-adoptive foster carers with the Department of Communities for more than twenty years and currently attend Trinity North Uniting Church, where Phil has played a variety of leadership roles.


Mrs Anina Findling

Mrs Anina Findling

Board Secretary, Member of the Governance and Human Resources Committee

BMusTherapy(Hons), GAICD

Anina attends Mt Hawthorn Baptist Church where her husband Harry is an Elder.  They have two grown children.  She has been working in various Banking roles since 1996 and started serving on NFP boards in 2011.

Anina has been on this Board since 2013 and enjoys using her background in music, finance, management, business development, customer service, training and development to help further Christian ministry.  She now works as the National Networking Manager for Baptist Financial Services.

 


Mr Luke Mason

Mr Luke Mason

Board Treasurer, Convenor of the Finance and Audit Committee

BComm (Accounting and Finance), CPA, GAICD

Luke is a Certified Practising Accountant working for DOF Subsea, a global oil & gas services company. His role there is to head up the project accounting, planning & analysis function. Luke’s professional background has seen him spend time working in Perth, London, Norway & Scotland. Luke started serving on the Board in 2016 and is married to Naomi; together they have two children. Their family worships Riverview Church where Luke serves on the worship team.


Mr Stephen Anson

Mr Stephen Anson

Convenor of the Marketing and Information & Technology Committee

Stephen is the founder and CEO of Vortala Media, a company serving healthcare practitioners worldwide.  His professional background includes leadership roles in the human resources, healthcare, and media sectors.

Stephen started serving on this Board in 2015, and together with his wife Sonya parents four school-aged children.  Their family worships at Lifestreams Christian Church in Como.  Since 2000 Stephen has been working with NFP Boards including Bethseda Hospital and Mission Australia.

 


Mr Dean Oates

Mr Dean Oates

Member of the Marketing and Information & Technology Committee

BSc(Cartography), GradDip(Geographic Information Systems Curtin), MBA GAICD

Dean works for the Water Corporation as Team Leader for Mapping and Geospatial services.  He has also acted in a number of other management roles gaining diverse experience and multiple perspectives in a large corporate organisation.  He is an enthusiastic manager with leadership qualities focussed on facilitating and empowering team members to achieve high standards.

Dean started serving on the Board in 2013 and is married to Catherine; together they have three young children and attend Nations Church in Myaree.  He completed his MBA at Curtin Business School in early 2016.


Mrs Nina Tassell

Mrs Nina Tassell

Member of the Governance and Human Resources Committee

BComm (Human Resources & Marketing UWA), BA (Asian Studies, UWA)

Nina Tassell joined the Board in 2009 in order to offer her human resources expertise to the governance of the Colleges. Nina has worked in the field of human resources almost solely in the resources sector, working for employers such as Rio Tinto, Clough, St Barbara Mines and most recently DOF Subsea, a global oil and gas services company. In the capacity of Human Resources Manager and as a member of the senior management team, Nina oversaw the human resources function for DOF Subsea’s Asia Pacific region for 5 years until commencing maternity leave mid 2011.  She is married to Adam and now a full time carer of their three young children.  Together they attend Nations Church in Myaree.