PLC Governance

Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Melbourne was founded in 1875 as a girls’ school and was incorporated in 1980. Under the College’s Constitution, PLC is a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee which is established in connection with the Presbyterian Church of Victoria as a charity with educational purposes.

Download a copy of the College Constituion 


The Role of Council

The Council is responsible for providing a sustainable future for PLC by adopting sound, ethical and legal governance and financial management. It appoints the Principal who is responsible to the Council for the day-to-day management of the College. Working with the Principal, the Council also ensures that PLC develops and implements strategies, policies, processes and risk assessments to fulfil the objectives set out in the Constitution, and to comply with regulatory and government requirements.

If you have any questions about PLC’s governance, please email the Chair of Council, Rev Mark Chew:

PLC’s Mission

As a Christian Independent girls’ school, Presbyterian Ladies’ College aims to provide breadth, strength, balance and quality of education in both the national and international context for the purpose of encouraging leadership, service and life-long personal development and learning.

PLC’s Motto

‘Lex dei vitae lampas’ – The law of God is the lamp of life.

PLC’s Commitment to Democratic Principles

PLC is committed to the principles of a liberal democracy.

The Structure of Council

According to the Constitution, PLC Council has seventeen voluntary members appointed in the following

  • Group A: five members are appointed by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria
  • Group B: five members are nominated by the Group B Selection Committee whose members represent the Old Collegians Association and the Parents Association. The nominees are then automatically appointed by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria
  • Group C: seven members are nominated by the College Council, and approved and appointed by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria

Group C Member Vacancy

Group C members of Council are recommended to the Presbyterian Church of Victoria following a careful selection process. Those who have an interest in serving as a Group C member of Council may submit an expression of interest, setting out their reasons for applying, connections to PLC, the skills and value they may bring to Council and a statement related to their commitment to the College's mission, values, and Christian Ethos. 
There is currently a vacancy for a member of our community to join the PLC College Council as a Group C Member.
Please send an Expression of Interest to the Chair of Council at by 5pm on Friday 16 September 2022.

Sub-committees of Council

Currently there are six sub-committees:

  • Governance and Leadership
  • Executive and Strategy
  • Finance, Risk, Audit and Compliance
  • Property and Planning
  • Group B Selection Committee
  • Remuneration Committee

Members of Council

Chair of Council


Rev Mark Chew
B.Comm (Hons) GradDipInvFin GradDipDiv MDiv MAICD
Minister of Religion, Current Parent
Mr Wing-Sheng Chang
Retired IT Professional, Past Parent
Ms Mui Chun Chew
Accountant, Past Parent
Mr Ben de Waard
Sustainability Consultant, Director, Past Parent
Ms Sze Lin Foong
Lawyer and mentor, Current Parent, Old Collegian, Past Boarder
Mr Daniel Gregor
BEng(Civ) BBus
Civil Engineer

Mrs Fiona Hare
Medical Administration, Graphic Designer, Past Parent
Mrs Christine Hopper
Actuary, Past Parent, Old Collegian

Rev Ben Johnson
Minister of Religion, Past Parent
Mrs Kate Sampson
LLB(Hons) BCom(Hons) GAICD
Deputy Chair, Old Collegian

Mrs Andrea Sim
Finance Manager, Current Parent
Dr Peter Yong
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Past Parent
Mr Adrian Spencer
BSc (Hons)
CEO, Researcher and Current Parent
Ms Debbie Barbour
LLM, LLB (Hons), BA
Lawyer, Current Parent, Old Collegian

Ex Officio (non-voting)

Mrs Cheryl Penberthy
Business Manager/Company Secretary
Mr Matthew Duke 
B.Comm(Acc), B.Comp, MBA, CA, MAICD