Mrs Cathy Cole
Chair of the Board
Mr Andrew Beattie
Board Member
Ms Catherine Wilkinson
Board Member
Mr Todd Williams
Board Member
Mr Benjamin Young
Board Member
Mrs Chris Giles
Board Member
Mark Flynn
Board Member
John Candy
Board Member
Mrs Cathy ColeChair of the Board

Mrs Cole is the Chair of the Board, starting in the position in 2018 and has been a member of the Board since 2005. Mrs Cole holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) with skills in engineering, project management, strategic planning, corporate governance and community engagement.

Mrs Cole also holds a Diploma from the Institute of Company Directors. 

Mrs Cole is the Chair of the Governance committee and a member of the Property and Development committee of the School.

Mrs Cole's two children both attended Newcastle Grammar School.

Mr Andrew BeattieBoard Member

Mr Beattie joined the Newcastle Grammar School Board in 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and has over 18 years’ experience in accounting, business advisory and banking professions.

Mr Beattie is a Partner at PKF and leads the Newcastle Business Advisory Services Team and Newcastle Corporate Finance Team. His specialist experience and knowledge is predominantly in the areas of governance, business improvement, management consulting, strategic planning, succession planning, mergers & acquisitions and business valuation. Mr Beattie is a registered tax agent, a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants and CPA Australia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Mr Beattie is the Chair of the Property and Development committee and a member of the Audit, Finance and Risk committee of the School.

Mr Beattie’s children currently attend Newcastle Grammar School.

Ms Catherine WilkinsonBoard Member

Ms Wilkinson joined the Newcastle Grammar School Board in 2012 and holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law.

Ms Wilkinson is a Partner at Sparke Helmore Lawyers in the Workplace team and is the national manager of that speciality practice at Sparke Helmore, providing advice to corporate and government clients on a range of work health and safety and employment related matters. Ms Wilkinson has also served as the Newcastle Managing Partner for 3 years and has been part of numerous internal committees and projects at the Firm including her ongoing role with the Firm’s program which provides support to the women at the Firm and within the Firm’s client communities through mentoring, leadership, education and knowledge sharing.  

Ms Wilkinson is the Chair of the Audit Finance and Risk committee of the School.

Ms Wilkinson's daughter attended Newcastle Grammar School.

Mr Todd WilliamsBoard Member

Mr Williams joined the Newcastle Grammar School Board in February 2017. He holds qualifications in Business from Harvard University, INSEAD and Newcastle University.

His expertise include business growth, economic development, regional innovation, STEM and strategic planning. He has presented internationally on a range of topics including Economic Development, Innovation, Infrastructure and High Speed Rail.

Mr Williams is a member of the Audit, Finance and Risk committee of the School.

Mr Williams’ child currently attends Newcastle Grammar School.

Mr Benjamin YoungBoard Member

Mr Young joined the Newcastle Grammar School Board to fill a casual vacancy in 2017. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Social Change and Development.

Mr Young established KDC Pty Ltd in 2011 and is currently the Managing Director. He provides specialist planning and development consultancy advice and project management services to clients in the property development sector. He has over 14 years’ experience in planning.

Mr Young is a member of the Property and Development committee of the School.

Mrs Chris GilesBoard Member

Mrs Giles joined the Newcastle Grammar Board in 2018 and holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Master in Organisational Leadership.

Mrs Giles has specialist knowledge and skills in leadership, workforce design and strategic planning. She has a strong track record and expertise in innovation and business development having held executive roles at a local, regional and national level.

Mrs Giles is a member of the Audit, Finance and Risk committee of the School.

Mrs Giles has five children who all attended Newcastle Grammar School.

Mark FlynnBoard Member

Professor Flynn joined the Newcastle Grammar School Board in 2019. He holds a PhD in Medicine and was awarded an MBA jointly by Ramon Lull University (Spain) and Georgetown University (USA).

Professor Flynn is is the Executive Director of the Global Impact Cluster for Better Health, Healthcare and Treatment at the University of Newcastle. He has significant experience and leadership in education, health and medicine, and innovation and commercialisation. He has led a career that has provided on the ground experience in Australia, China, Denmark, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden and Latin America. He has held executive leadership positions in both the University and Industry sectors (e.g. Cochlear Ltd).

Professor Flynn has a child who attends Newcastle Grammar School.

John CandyBoard Member

Mr Candy joined the Newcastle Grammar School Board in August 2019 and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Newcastle, is a Chartered Accountant and is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Candy is the Chief Financial Officer of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and in that role manages the finance function as well as overseeing the organisation's procurement, facilities and technology, whilst having extensive involvement in government tender processes. John has expertise in managing budgets, strategic planning, infrastructure and asset management, fundraising, risk management and corporate governance.

Mr Candy currently has a child who attends the Newcastle Grammar School.