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.

The current Board members are listed below:

Pastor Philip Bryant

Pastor Philip Bryant

Chair of the Board

MA,  HigherDipTeach(Secondary), Grad Theol MAICD

Philip Bryant was a Secondary School Teacher for four years before pursuing theological studies.  He has pastored Baptist Churches since 1978 and is using this vast Pastoral experience in his role as Director of Church Health, Evangelism and Church Planting 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 and also serves as Director for Crossover Australia, Vice Chairman for Sports Chaplaincy Australia and as a Chaplain for the Perth Wildcats.


Mrs Anina Findling

Mrs Anina Findling

Secretary

BMusTherapy(Hons), GAICD,

Anina attends Mt Hawthorn Baptist Church, where she helps oversee Prayer Ministry while 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 Relationship Manager WA for Baptist Financial Services.

 


Mr Joseph Tan

Mr Joseph Tan

BLaw (Hons, Singapore), Advocate/Solicitor (Singapore, Malaysia)

Joseph is a founding Board member of the College and his longevity of service has been greatly valued.  Prior to retirement Joseph has served as a Town Clerk, Magistrate, and founded his own Corporate Law practice.  He has also held various public company directorships, and now serves as Board Chairman of the Panorama Council and Strata Company as well as Chairing the Board of Elders at Subiaco Church of Christ.

Now retired from business and professional life, he shares his experience with organisations, and together with his wife Evelyn are founders and teachers of a ministry called “Prophecy Bible Study Ministry”.  They have three grown children and spend much of their time volunteering in church and engaging in community work.

 

 


Mrs Nina Tassell

Mrs Nina Tassell

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.


Mr Dean Oates

Mr Dean Oates

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

Dean works for the Water Corporation as Team Leader for Mapping and Geospatial services.  He is an enthusiastic manager with leadership qualities focused 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 Stephen Anson

Mr Stephen Anson

BBus(Accounting), CPA, GAICD, AIMM

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.

 


Dr Phil Ridden

Dr Phil Ridden

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 Child Protection for more than twenty years and currently attend Trinity North Uniting Church, where Phil has played a variety of leadership roles.


Mr Luke Mason

Mr Luke Mason

Treasurer

BComm (Accounting and Finance), CPA

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