National Conference Committee
Ian Foster (Chair)
Director of Business Operations
The Knox School
Ian commenced as the Director of Business Operations at The Knox School in October 2012, following a 8 year tenure as the Business Manager at Westbourne Grammar School. Ian’s career has been quite diverse whereby some of his key roles were working in a Chartered Accounting Practice, the Child Care Industry, the privatisation of the Victorian Rail and Tram network and particularly in the Financial Service sector, before venturing into the education sector.
Whilst working in the Financial Services sector he had some short working stints in Auckland, London and New York.
Ian is married to Michelle and has two daughters: Chloe who has provided two grandsons, Sam and Noah, and younger daughter, Paris, who is currently in her fourth year at University studying to be a secondary school teacher. The family is also comprised of a pet cat called Chardonnay.
Ian is very passionate about sports having played soccer in the NSL (now the A League) with Brisbane Lions, plays regular golf, follows Melbourne Storm in Rugby league and Richmond in the AFL.
He has been fortunate to travel extensively across the world and would love to visit Scandinavia one day.
Chief Executive Officer
Pip Thomas joined ASBA as our Chief Executive Officer in August 2014 from Fairholme College in Toowoomba , Queensland (a K-12 Girls’ boarding school) where she had been the Business Manager and CFO for 5 years and is a Fellow of CPA Australia with 30 years’ of accounting experience in commerce, treasury, tax and now education.
Pip is a Director on the Board of Womens' Health Queensland and is a member of the Australian Society of Association Executives, both of which keep her very busy and engaged.
Pip has been a keen supporter of all things ASBA since 2009, being on the Management Committee of the Queensland ASBA chapter for three years (and most recently as the Secretary of ASBAQ).
Pip is happy to assist you with any enquiries you may have regarding your membership and/or sponsorship or advertising arrangements.
Director of Business, Finance & Facilities
Ruyton Girls’ School
Ms Leanne Smith commenced her role as Ruyton’s Business Manager and joined the Board as Company Secretary in 2014. So as to nurture the educational and social needs of our girls, Ruyton must maintain a rolling programme of improvements to our facilities. Leanne ensures that the sound financial management of the School allows us to achieve our goals. Leanne has an impressive track record in business operations, including financial management, fundraising, governance, human resources, occupational health and safety, risk and stakeholder management and strategic planning. This experience has been acquired from a wide-range of schools and corporations, including, most recently, Toorak College and Melbourne Girls’ Grammar School. Leanne is excited to be taking up her role at Ruyton. ‘As a business professional with genuine passion and interest in the education and future of our young people, I am extremely privileged to be a member of a compassionate and inclusive community and a team that ensures continued success in nurturing the educational and social needs of our girls.’
Director of Business
Trinity Grammar School, KEW
Mark has been in the role of Business Manager for over 20 years working across both Catholic and Independent School settings during this time. He is currently the Business Manager at Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School in Canterbury. Mark has previously held the position of President of CEBA (Catholic Education Business Administrators) and was recently awarded life membership of that Association. He is currently a Director of ASBA Ltd and Vice-President/PD Convenor for ASBA Victoria. He also is a Director of ASCA Limited (and its associated Education Trust) which has operated as a buying agent for over 4000 schools across the country