Board and Committees2018-12-10T14:03:36+00:00

The Board, 2018 – 2019

Primary role of the board

The primary role of the board is to resource and sustain our children’s education by providing:
• good governance
• strong financial and risk management
• strategic planning
• effective curriculum and teaching practices, and
• a safe environment for the children, adults, and animals.

The board’s 2019 priorities

2019 priorities

  • to meet at least eight times during 2019 – 2020
  • to advocate for and raise funding for programs, building and development
  • to develop, implement and audit the 2019-2020 budgets
  • to manage and employ educators and administrators
  • to review and develop the business plan
  • to review and develop the strategic plan
  • to secure a permanent site for our campus
  • to manage, maintain, and develop the property
  • to manage, resource, and develop the programs of Maxwell Creative School, Farm Preschool and The Tribe, and
  • to methodologically assess the effectiveness of the board and the committee.

Board members

Chair (Company Director): Ian Parsons
(Aquila Acres owner, builder, social worker)
Vice-chair and Secretary (Company Director): Kelly Winters
(business owner, parent)
Treasurer (Company Director): Dan Mathers
(manager Bendigo Community Bank, visual artist)
Business Director (Company Director): Terry Crane
(manager Harris Scarf, parent)
General Director (Company Director): Cr Tim Heenan
(councillor Yarra Ranges Council)
General Member (Company Member): Dr Peter Cock
(co-founder Moora Moora, sociologist, environmentalist, retired lecturer)
General Member (Company Member with non-voting rights): Jane Macdonald
(founder of SoCE, Chief Creative Director, educator, parent)

Board meeting dates


Monday 21st January

Monday 25th March

Sunday 24th March… AGM

Monday 29th April (combined board and committee)

Monday 27th May

Monday 1st July

Monday 5th August

Monday 16th September

Monday 21st October

Monday 2nd December


Monday 20th January (combined board and committee)

Monday 24th February

Sunday 29th March… AGM

The Working Committee, 2018 – 2019

Primary role of the working committee

The primary role of the working committee is to enhance our community development and communications.

The working committee’s 2019 priorities

  • to be chaired by the Chief Creative Director
  • to participate in monthly meetings with agendas
  • to co-create the school with our local and broader community
  • to fulfill the communications plan
  • to fulfill aspects of the strategic plan
  • to fulfill the goals of individual committee roles
  • to report to the board.


The chair of the committee reports the committee’s activities to the board at every board meeting and informs the committee of board decisions that impact upon the activity of the committee.

Committee members

Chair: Jane Macdonald
Secretary: Amy Keysers (parent)
Publicity and Marketing Coordinator: Cassandra Crane (educator, parent)
Media Communications Coordinator, Website Developer: Jacqui Holt (artist, parent)
Farm and Ecology Coordinator: Sari-jane Larikka (environmentalist, parent)
Events and Fundraising Coordinator: Beck Muzek (artist, parent)

Committee meeting dates


Monday 21st January

Monday 16th February

Sunday 24th March… AGM

Monday 29th April  (combined board and committee)

Monday 27th May

Monday 24th June

Monday 29th July

Monday 26th August

Monday 23rd September

Monday 21st October

Monday 18th November

Monday 16th December


Monday 20th January (combined board and committee)

Monday 17th February

Sunday 24th March… AGM

Board and Committees Prospectus

Click on the PDF below to read about the key roles on our board and committees, including their functions, duties and responsibilities.

SoCC's board and committees prospectus 2018 - 2019

SoCE’s Constitution

Click on the PDF below to read SoCE’s constitution.


SoCE’s Strategic Plan

Click on the PDF below to read SoCE’s strategic plan.

Key Functions

Five principles

The board and committees are founded upon five principles:

  1. collaboration
  2. response-ability
  3. democracy
  4. accountability, and
  5. transparency.

“This entails doing business ethically and sustainably by having regard to SoCE’s economic,
social, environmental [and aesthetic] impact on the community”. Deloitte, 2013. Duties of Directors


  • to act with reasonable care and diligence
  • to act in good faith in the best interests of the charity and for its purposes
  • to not misuse their position as a responsible person
  • to not misuse information they gain as a responsible person
  • to disclose any actual or perceived conflict of interests
  • to ensure that financial affairs are managed responsibly, and
  • to not allow the charity to operate while insolvent.

Organisational structure

Democratic environment

Our board and working committee will give its members the unique opportunity and challenge of working in a fully democratic environment… it’s a philosophy that is carried from our programs right down to our board and committees!

Democratic education compliments and enhances creative education. It teaches students to employ and further enable their creative practices in a community setting. Creative practices begin with the self. They include self-direction, self-regulation, self-governance, self-contemplation, self-evaluation, self-awareness. To offer them in a community setting means the group must also be self-directed, self-regulated, self-governed, self-contemplative, self-reflective, self-evaluative and self-aware… equaling a democratic learning environment.

Creative and democratic schools implement democracy in various ways. The ways in which they implement democracy are depended upon the nature (the experience and culture) of the school that the students, educators, committees and board are continuously building.

In effect, when members want to solve a whole school issue, come up with projects including new buildings and other facilities, or make changes to policy, they must be proposed at a democratic meeting. This model is challenging, however we are fortunate to be role modelling over 600 schools from around the world.

Being a democratic community, our organisation will imitate a flat democratic organisation, however from the point of view of the organisational structure, we should aim for an upside-down pyramid to ensure the board’s and committee’s primary roles of resourcing the children’s ideas is fulfilled.