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 performance and the College's standard of education and care provided to all students;
  • Ensuring that the College meets its legal and regulatory obligations;
  • Assisting with the development and monitoring of the Governance and College Policies;
  • Provide proper financial oversight;
  • Ensuring that the premises and facilities are suitable for the programs offered by the College and fully compliant; 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 DipTeaching (Secondary), Grad Theology, MAICD

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

Mrs Nina Tassell

Mrs Nina Tassell

Vice Chair and Convenor of the Governance & 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 College. 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 four young children. Together they attend Nations Church in Myaree.

Mr Luke Mason

Mr Luke Mason

Treasurer and Convenor of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee

BComm(Accounting and Finance), CPA,GAICD

Luke is a Certified Practising Accountant working for Ronald McDonald House Charities WA. His role is Executive Manager of Business Services. 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 three children. Their family worships at Oasis Church in Jandakot where Luke serves on the worship team.

Mr Judson Lorkin

Member of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee

BSc(Actuarial Science), GradDipAppFin(Corporate Finance), AIAA, FGIA

Judson is the Group Financial Controller at SRG Global where he leads the Finance and IT teams. Judson was previously the Corporate Development Manager at SRG Global where he worked on significant mergers, acquisitions, post-merger integration, debt and equity raising activities. Prior to SRG Global, Judson was an Associate Director at Torridon Partners, where he provided advice to clients in the Resources and Infrastructure sectors in relation to mergers, acquisitions and raising debt and equity. Judson also previously worked as a Manager at PWC in Corporate Finance and an Adviser at CCK in Institutional Banking. Judson and his family attend Nations Church where he serves on the Board as the Treasurer.

Mr Dean Oates

Mr Dean Oates

Convenor of the Marketing & Information Technology Committee

BSc(Cartography Curtin), GradDip (GIS Curtin), MBA(Curtin), GAICD

Dean works for the City of Perth as Coordinator of Analytics and Insight. He has worked in a number of other management roles gaining diverse experience and multiple perspectives in 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.

Mr Richard Di Perna

Mr Richard Di Perna

Member of the Marketing & Information Technology Committee

BEng(Hons), MBA,CPEng, MIEAust,GAICD

Richard is a Chartered Professional Engineer with more than 20 years of experience within the engineering and construction industry. He has held several senior and executive level roles in Perth and Munich, Germany. He has a passion for leadership and mentoring and completed his MBA in 2013. In 2016 Richard founded iConsult Solutions offering engineering management and strategic project advice within the built form sector. Richard joined the Board in 2018 and attends Nations Church in Myaree along with his wife Gabriela and their two young children.


Mrs Juliettie Somerville

Mrs Juliettie Somerville

Secretary and Member of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee


Julie was admitted as Barrister & Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Western Australian in April 2013 and in the High Court of Australia in October 2013. She completed her Bachelor of Laws from Edith Cowan University in 2011 and her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the College of Law in 2012. Julie graduated with her Master of Laws from the University of Sydney in 2016 majoring in Business Law – Corporate Governance Securities & Finance. Julie is the Director of ABMS LAWYERS Pty Ltd and practices mainly in Commercial & Family Law Litigation and Disputes. Julie holds other qualifications in Australia and abroad in different fields and is a member of several industry organisations in Australia. She also works as a volunteer at Law Access and Sussex Community Legal Centre. Julie is a member of Mount Hawthorn Baptist Church where she and her family attend. She serves as part of the worship team.

Mrs Darrilyn Dawson

Member of the Governance and Human Resources Committee

Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Teaching, MAICD

Darrilyn has over forty years’ experience in the education sector. She has taught in both government and private schools in the country and metropolitan areas. She has been a Principal and Deputy Principal in numerous primary schools, including job sharing in a large primary school. She has also served on several government school boards. She is currently an Education Consultant, providing leadership training/mentoring and chairing selection panels. Darrilyn is married to Chris and together they attend Mount Hawthorn Baptist Church. They have two married adult children and five grandchildren.