College Council

Each Council member brings his/her own set of skills and knowledges to assist in implementing new plans and strategies for the College.


Mr Tony McDonald (ON 1976) Chairman of Council

Appointed to Council in November 2007, Tony McDonald attended Newington College from 1970–1976. His four sons have all graduated from Newington – Fergus (ON 2006), Barnaby (ON 2008), Finlay (ON 2011) and Darcy (ON 2018). He is a professional non-executive company director and previously a lawyer and founder/Managing Director of a listed financial services company.


Mr Mario Isaias (ON 1978)

Appointed to the Council in August 2007, Mario Isaias moved into the role of Deputy Chairman and Chair of the Investment Sub-Committee in January 2018. Previously, he was the Appointed Treasurer to the Council, Chairman of the Finance and Investment Committee and the Council Executive, roles which he served since joining the Council. Mario attended Newington College from 1973–1978 before graduating from Sydney University and then qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. He has in the past been involved with the ONU as Treasurer and the ONU Centennial Trust as Trustee and Chairman. His two sons Alexander (ON 2008) and Antony (ON 2011) both attended the College from Kindergarten at Lindfield Prep to Year 12. He is Managing Director of financial services company, Harvest Financial Group.


Mr Justin Papps

Appointed to the Council in 2014, Justin is the current Secretary of the College Council. He is a Partner at PwC and is the former Global Head of Communications for QBE Insurance Group. Justin brings to the Council his expertise in communication, leadership development, brand and organisational culture. Justin’s two sons, Xavier and Charlie, are both students at Newington College.


Mr Tony King (ON 1982)

Appointed to Council in 2015, Tony King (ON 1982) is the Vice President of Apple Australia making him responsible for Apple’s business in South Asia and Australasia. Tony joined Apple in 2003 after working as the Director of Sales for IBM Asia Pacific’s Personal Computer Division. Tony has held executive positions at DELL, Ricoh and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia.


Mr Chris Collings (ON 1984)

An ONU nominated member of the Council since 2014, Chris has served as Chair of a number of Sub-Committees previously and was appointed as Honorary Treasurer of the College and Chair of the Finance & Investment Committee in 2018. Chris was educated at Newington from 1980-1984. Currently working as an advisor to a number of charities as well as private and public companies, Chris brings to Newington extensive experience in finance and risk management, as well as hands-on experience of having led businesses through rapid expansion, external crisis and cultural change. He was a Managing Director of Deutsche Bank from 2007-2012.

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Mr Tony Bosman (ON 1972)

Appointed to Council in October 2015, Tony is Chair of Council’s Governance and Risk Committee. Tony attended Newington from 1963 to 1972 and was Senior Prefect in his final year. Tony has operated his own commercial consultancy services company for some 25 years, having previously practised as a solicitor, which included a period in the major projects group of Freehills.

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Associate Professor Sharon Tindall-Ford

Appointed to Council in late 2012, Sharon was a secondary school teacher in South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales and has a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of New South Wales.

Sharon is currently an academic at the University of Wollongong (UoW) where she has been Associate Dean of Teacher Education and Director of Teaching and Learning, she teaches and researches in the areas of cognition and instruction and teacher education.

Her son Jackson attended Wyvern and graduated from Newington (ON 2016) and her nephew Lachlan commenced at Newington in 2019.


Mr David Smyth (ON 1978)

Appointed to the Council in 2015. David also sits on the Property & Assets Committee. Son of old Newingtonian Colin Smyth (ON 1944), David attended the College from 1971 -1978. He has two sons, Sam (ON 2014), & Charlie, (ON2016). David is a Registered Architect graduated with a B. Architecture from University of Technology, Sydney and has experience in both Consultancy practice & International Corporate Property management . Along with his wife Lisa, he currently runs their Design practice, Smyth & Smyth Pty Ltd (est. 2004). David is a Member of the Australian Institute of Architects.


Ms Barbara Stone AM

Appointed to Council in 2015, Barbara Stone started her teaching career in Melbourne’s government secondary schools, then at tertiary level at RMIT. She became Deputy Headmistress of Fintona, an Independent Girls’ School in Balwyn, Victoria in 1982, then Principal of MLC School, Burwood from 1990 until April 2011. In 2004, she was awarded an AM for her services to education. She has served on several state, national and international educational bodies.


Dr Declan Roche

Appointed to Council in 2015, Declan Roche is a barrister with Banco Chambers in Sydney. He has a Doctorate in Philosophy (in Law) from ANU and has lectured at the London School of Economics and worked as an attorney in New York. Declan has two sons at Lindfield Prep.


Ms Melinda Snowden

Appointed to Council and Governance and Risk Committee in 2014, Melinda Snowden is a non-executive director with Kennards Self Storage and a former director of MLC Limited, the wealth management division of NAB and Vita Group Limited, an ASX listed telecommunications and computer retailer. In her executive career, Melinda held corporate finance roles with Grant Samuel, Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs in Australia and New York and worked on numerous strategic advisory and financing assignments. She was also a solicitor with the corporate division of Freehills between 1991 and 1994. Melinda’s son Hugo is in the Secondary school.


The Hon Robert Webster (ON 1969)

An ONU nominated member of Council since 2012, Robert Webster attended Newington from 1963–1969, commencing at Wyvern House. During his parliamentary career as a National Party member, he served as Minister for a variety of portfolios and is now Director of Korn Ferry International. His son Angus is in the Secondary school.

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Ms Rhys Kelly

Appointed to Council in March 2016, Rhys is currently the Head of Communications at The Smith Family. She is a Newington mother and previously was a member of the Communications sub-committee of the Newington P&F and former Vice President and member of the P&F sub-group, New Women. Rhys’ skills encompass communications, marketing, leadership, fundraising and business strategy.


Rev Ian Diamond (ON 1961)

Ian Diamond has returned to Newington as a Council member, having attended the College from 1956-1961. He was Senior Prefect in his final year. Ian has had extensive experience as a Uniting Church Minister in urban and rural Australia and brings a wealth of unique experiences from his work to his position on the council.


Rev Punam Bent

Appointed to Council in 2014, Rev Punam Bent has been a Minister in the Uniting Church of Australia since 1996. She was the Parish Minister of St Clair, St Mary’s and Rooty Hill Uniting Churches and has been the School Chaplain at MLC School and is currently Chaplain at Pymble Ladies College. She is also a member of the Sydney Central Coast Presbytery. Punam is married to Andrew and has two children, Neal (ON 2010) and Andrea.

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Mr David Torrible

Appointed to Council in 2018, David Torrible has three sons at the senior school and one at Wyvern. David is a retired partner of Goldman Sachs after spending 19 years in finance in Hong Kong, Indonesia and New York. David is currently an advisor and board member for a number of hedge funds, charities and private companies.

Rev Jason Kioa

Rev Jason Kioa was appointed to the Council in 2019. He was born in Tonga and ordained as Uniting Church Minister in 1990 in Melbourne Victoria where he has served in the inner city of Melbourne. Rev Kioa is a former Moderator of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania (2006-2009). He is a  Minister of Mascot Wesley Uniting Church and a current member of the Assembly Standing Committee of the Uniting Church.