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Board of Governors

Governance of the College

As a company limited by guarantee, 49ͼ Limited is a non-profit organisation. Membership of the Company is open, upon application, to parents, staff and friends of Oxley. The membership elects the Board of Governors for specific expertise they might bring to governance. Elections to the Board are held annually and members retire by rotation.

The Board is responsible for determining the overall policy of the College, for exercising financial control and for the appointment of the Headmaster. Management of the College and appointment of the staff are delegated to the Headmaster.

The Board of Governors

Mrs Jane Crowley – Chair of the Board of Governors

Mrs Crowley is the joint founder and Managing Director of Dirty Janes (Permanent vintage markets) across two locations, Bowral and Canberra. Working in retail for over 25 years, her experience and expertise extends beyond antiques into small business, commercial interior design and sourcing.

She is passionate about preserving the beauty of the environment we enjoy in the highlands while undertaking mindful development. Mrs Crowley is also an avid advocate for charities, including The Hamlin Foundation, Pop-In and the Vinnies CEO Sleepout. MrsCrowley has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Canberra University where she majored in Organisational Communication.

Mrs Crowley joined the Board of Governors in 2021 and has three children, one of whom is currently at Oxley.


Mr Roderick McAllery – Deputy Chairman of the Board of Governors, Chairman of the Building Committee

Mr McAllery joined the Board of Governors in December 2017. A graduate in Computer Science from Brown University in the United States, Mr McAllery was the former Chief Executive of Trading Post Australia, the Australian subsidiary of the Paris-domiciled global classified advertisements company Trader.com.

After the sale of the Australian business to Sensis, Mr McAllery relocated to London in 2005, and for five years until 2014 was the Chief Executive of Pamoja Education, an online International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme course development and delivery company.

In 2015, he returned to Australia and moved to the Southern Highlands where he now resides with his wife, Diane. He brings to the Board extensive management and business skills and experience in education.


Ms Kirsten Keith

Originally from Scotland, Ms Keith is a lawyer with a background in international criminal law, having worked for the Prosecution at various international criminal tribunals. More recently, she lectured as a casual academic at Southern Cross University. Ms Keith joined the Board of Governors in 2021.

Her community work includes membership of the Australian Red Cross NSW IHL Advisory Committee and Adviser to the African Australian Advocacy Centre. Ms Keith holds Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies, a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws in Public International Law.

Ms Keith has two children at Oxley.


Mr Brian Kirsch

Mr Kirsch joined the Board of Governors in September 2022.

He has more than 25 years’ experience as a company director and has a strong background in strategic planning, compliance, risk management, finance, human resources, marketing, engineering, technology, and corporate culture development. Mr Kirsch is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Since 2008, he has held various director level roles at several companies in Fiji. He is the current President of the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association and former Chairman of the International School Nadi. Mr Kirsch was born and raised in Germany before moving to California to attend Stanford University where he received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in biomechanical engineering.Mr Kirsch and his wife (an old Oxleyan) relocated to Bowral in early 2020 primarily for the purpose of enrolling their two children in 49ͼ.


Mr Andrew Sanderson

Mr Sanderson joined the Board of Governors in June 2023.

He gained a higher technical certificate which led him into roles as a Junior Quantity Surveyor and Quantity Surveyor for large construction companies in the UK. Upon arriving in Australia, Andrew joined a tier one company as Commercial Manager eventually partnering with like-minded colleagues to start Buildcorp. Post the successful sale of his shares in Buildcorp, Andrew joined Grindley in 2009 as Commercial Manager. In 2011, he started Grindley interiors taking on the role of Director.

Andrew is retired and is an ex-parent of 49ͼ with his two sons Matthew and Timothy graduating from 49ͼ in 2008 and 2010 respectively.


Mr Malcolm Noad

Mr Noad joined the Board of Governors in December 2017.A graduate in marketing of the University of Technology Sydney, Mr Noad had a longstanding career with News Limited in various executive and seniormanagement positions, including membership of the News Limited Board of Directors. Between 1998 and 2003, he was a member and later, Chairman, of the Board of the National Rugby League. His close association and interest in sport led to culminating his working life as the Chief Executive Officer of the Canterbury-Bulldogs Rugby League Football Club from 2004 to 2008.

He has been active in community, sporting and charity organisations, including Chairman of the Centenary Institute of Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the International Triathlon Union’s World Triathlon Series. He is currently a member of the Bowral Blacks Rugby Club Committee. He was a voluntary Coach of the 49ͼ Girls A Soccer Team when his daughter attended theCollege.


Mrs Christine Windeyer

Mrs Windeyer joined the Board of Governors in July 2016.

A local resident, Mrs Windeyer is a Principal of Spectrum Asset Management. She has over thirty years’ experience in finance, with leading domestic and international banks and holds a Bachelor of Science from The University of Sydney and a Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Management from The University of New England.

She represented the National Australia Bank on the Australian Financial Management Association debt markets committee, served as a Director on the Board of Adult and Community Education and was a member of the World Junior Athletics Championships Organising Committee.


Dr Tess van Duuren

Dr van Duuren joined the Board of Governors in February 2024.

Tess has worked as a general practitioner in the Southern Highlands since 2001. She has an interest in medical education and has been involved in teaching GP trainees and medical students for many years. She is currently Censor-in-Chief of the Royal Australian College of General practitioners (RACGP). Through this she has gained experience in Educational Governance as well as being a RACGP Board director.

Tess is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a former Oxley parent.