Governance, Leadership | Coomera Anglican College

Meet our Senior Leadership Team

As a Diocesan Owned College, the governing body of the College is Diocesan Council. Diocesan Council delegates certain governance functions to the College Council via the College’s Constitution. The College Senior Leadership Team is lead by the Principal and provides leadership and management for the daily operations across the College.

Dr Mark Sly - Principal

Dr Mark Sly is the guiding light and the foundation Principal of Coomera Anglican College. Since the opening of the College in 1997, Dr Sly has been committed to leading a progressive educational environment that is future focused, mentoring and guiding the College and wider community. This great achievement is not individual by any means – as nothing worthwhile ever is. With qualifications in Marine Biology, Teaching, Educational Administration, Leadership and Theology, Dr Sly has heavily invested in his own education, personal and professional development – reinforcing his personal belief of the mindset of flourishing.Dr Sly is an active member of the Australia College of Educators, Australian Council for Education Leaders and the Anglican Schools Commission, is chair of the Queensland’s Anglican Heads Advisor Committee and is the President of Anglican Schools Australia. Dr Sly works with a number of membership based organisations to ensure that he is at the forefront of education philosophy, forever learning and continuing his own development so that he can continue to lead and mentor others. 

Dr Sly’s philosophy around education and learning is to meet learners where they are at, and believes that with the right environment and circumstances individuals can learn most things. This has been the driving force behind Coomera Anglican College since its inception, and has led to the concept of Flourishing; to become the best version of yourself by educating the whole person; mind, heart, soul and strength.This ethos has lead Dr Sly to an holistic approach to education by embedding a wide range of programs, cocurricular activities and high performing centres at the College to ensure students develop academically, culturally, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually as future leaders of tomorrow.

Mr Mark Heaney -Deputy Principal 

Mark joined the College in 2003 having taught in both the state and independent sectors of South Australia and Western Australia.He holds a Bachelor of Arts, an Honours (History) Degree and a Diploma of Education from Adelaide University. Mark sees his purpose as encouraging students to view the world around them as a place of learning and discovery thereby equipping them to become lifelong learners. In particular he hopes that they will understand that: ‘the soul of the individual eternally hungers for the heroism of genuine Being, and that the willingness to take on that responsibility is identical to the decision to live a meaningful life.’ (Jordan Peterson).

Mr Greg Golder - Head of Junior Secondary (7-9)

In 2018, Greg joined the College as Head of Junior Secondary. He is a born and bred Gold Coaster with 20 years teaching experience in both the state and independent systems, in Australia and England. He holds a Bachelor of Education and Master of Education. Greg believes a well-balanced approach to education that incorporates the arts, physical pursuits, faith and service, in conjunction with a rigorous academic programme, holds the  key to achieving success. The development of strong positive relationships between all stakeholders within the College community are fundamental to the growth of the individual and encourages stakeholders to get involved with College events when they can.

Ms Lisa Kraft- Head of Primary

Lisa joined the Coomera Anglican College in 2019 as Head of Primary with over 25 years’ experience as a Primary educator and leader. With qualifications in primary teaching, psychology, theology and leadership, Lisa is a firm believer in continuing to develop both her personal and professional learning, driven by her passion as a life-long learner. Having worked in a number of P-12 schools both in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, she has worked as a Primary classroom teacher, Primary Curriculum Coordinator, International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme Coordinator, Deputy Head of Primary and acting Head of Primary.

Lisa has a special interest in designing and implementing primary curriculum that is founded in contemporary research while developing life-long learners who are active global citizens. Her overarching philosophy is that the College, in the context of a Christian community, should seek to inspire students to learn, lead and serve as we strive for excellence together. She also believes the values which are the foundation of Christian principles should underpin the leadership of the College so the students are well prepared to serve their families and the wider world. Lisa believes that a school striving for excellence must understand that its role is not simply achieving high academic standards, but developing and nurturing the young hearts and minds entrusted to it.

Mrs Jenny Rees -Director of Early Learning Centre

In 2007, Mrs Jenifer Rees joined the College as Director of the Early Learning Centre having over 20 years Primary teaching experience in the independent system and 5 years as Foundation Director for St Mary’s Catholic Child Care Centre. She holds a Bachelor of Education, Advanced Diploma of Children’s Services, Diploma of Children’s Services and Certificate III in Children’s Services. In 2011, Jenny also accepted the responsibility as Manager of the Outside School Hours Care Service in the College. As Director Jenny has ensured that, the Early Learning Centre has achieved a rating of ‘Exceeding National Quality Standards’ in accordance with the Education and Care Services National Law and Education and Care Services National Regulations through the accreditation process.

Jenny has been a lead Director in the Education and Care Services for the Brisbane Anglican Diocese. Within this role, she has provided mentoring to fellow Directors in both parish and school based services. Jenny has a passion for high quality Early Childhood Education. She believes that children are creative, capable and intrinsically motivated to explore and discover their world and achieving great things.

As Director of the Early Learning Centre Jenny is responsible for all aspects of the management of the Centre. As part of her role Jenny supports opportunities for structured and free play experiences and facilitates an environment in which children can: explore, create, imagine, adapt, challenge, problem solve, believe and pursue their interests in order to reach their potential. As point of entry to Coomera Anglican College, Jenny aims to ensure that children and their families have a sense of ‘belonging to a Christian caring community’ that begins in the Early Learning Centre and continues through to Year 12.

Mr Alex Delaforce - Head of Teaching and Learning 

Alex is currently a member of the College Senior Leadership team and works as the Head of Teaching and Learning. He began his work at the College in 2008 as the Head of eLearning. In this role, he had responsibility for maintaining the IT infrastructure and for developing the College ICT and eLearning strategy. Before joining the Coomera Anglican College team, Alex was ‘Director of Technology’ and teacher of Technology and Mathematics at another of Queensland’s leading independent schools.

Alex seeks to support and promote innovation and excellence in teaching practice both generally and through the use of tools and technologies. His varied professional interests result from a wide range of experiences, including twenty-five years in secondary education as well as working in Australia’s electronics and computer industry. Before this, Alex worked as an aircraft simulator technician in the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF). In this role, he worked with avionics, electronics, computer hardware, software, hydraulic systems and simulated aircraft systems. During this time, Alex first experienced being an educator after he was selected and trained as a technical instructor and curriculum writer for teaching simulator technicians.

Alex achieved his first tertiary degree qualification through distance education with the UK’s Open University while working in the RAF. After migrating to Australia in 1990, following a period of working in the electronics and computer industry, he returned to university and obtained his teaching qualifications.

With a professional aim of contributing to the improvement of education within schools, Alex explores the development of teaching and learning systems that sustainably promote teacher professional growth and high-quality teaching and learning. He is currently researching teacher resilience and how schools can support experienced teachers through times of change through the Doctor of Education programme at QUT.

Alex is proud to work at Coomera Anglican College and says on his blog, "I am one of those people whose work life, personal life and hobbies overlap. My motto is Live to Learn - though I’m not saying I am any good at it!!”

Mr David Dobbie - Business Manager

David Joined the College in December 2011, with a wealth of experience gained over nearly 20 years in the education sector.  In addition to this experience, David has extensive degree and industry qualifications, including that as a Chartered Accountant, and previously worked as an auditor with KPMG, which included the audits of many educational clients and a secondment to Hong Kong.  David has had experience across a number of schools and is passionate about education, his role in the College, and proud of the enormous contribution that his team (past and present) has made to the College.

The role of Business Manager overseas the educational support functions of the College including:  Finance, Compliance, Information Technology, Grounds and Maintenance, Project Management, and is part of the Senior Leadership Team working with College Council on good governance, strategic planning and master planning.

David is a passionate South Sydney Rabbitohs supporter, as well as a supporter of the San Francisco 49ers, supporting both teams for over 30 years.  He is also an avid photographer.  David is the proud dad of Jessica and Blake, who have been part of the College Community since Prep and ELC respectively.

Mrs Mary-Anne Rulfs - College Chaplain

With 20 years’ experience as a physiotherapist in both public and private practice, Mary-Anne embarked on a new vocational journey toward ordained ministry in the Anglican Church when she joined the College in 2012 as part-time chaplain for the Primary campus. She became full-time College chaplain across all campuses when she was ordained in 2014, and now provides full-time pastoral and sacramental ministry for the College community.
Mary-Anne has since completed post-graduate study in practical theology, majoring in chaplaincy studies, since she considers the chaplain’s role to be vital in making connections for both secular people and people of faith as they seek meaning and purpose for their life.
Chaplaincy at Coomera Anglican College is vital to building community and fostering opportunities for students to deepen faith and develop a heart for serving others. Research is clear that these are valuable elements of a flourishing life.  Experiencing worship, reflection and opportunities to be with others with a view to serving  helps students to form their own values and beliefs. Mary-Anne views the chaplain’s role as facilitating opportunities for students to deepen their faith and to consider how they might live flourishing lives, while gaining appreciation for how they might contribute in large and small ways to addressing injustice in our world.
Mary-Anne also liaises closely with the Anglican Parish of Gold Coast North, and other schools and parishes in the Diocese of Brisbane.
Mary-Anne’s previous experience also includes volunteer counselling, 15 years experience serving in a governance role on the board of another Gold Coast independent school, and other community leadership roles.

Members of Diocesan Council as at 26 May 2020 
The Most Reverend Dr Phillip John Aspinall (Archbishop of Brisbane) 
The Right Reverend Jeremy Greaves (Bishop for the Northern Region) 
The Right Reverend Cameron Venables (Bishop for the Western Region) 
The Right Reverend John Roundhill (Bishop for the Southern Region) 
The Reverend Canon Gary Frederick Harch  
The Venerable Geoffrey Hoyte 
The Reverend Adam Michael Lowe 
The Reverend Gillian Moses 
The Reverend Canon Linda McWilliam 
Dr Ruth Kerr OAM 
The Honourable Justice Debra Mullins (Chancellor) 
Mr David Sneesby 
Dr Gemma Dashwood 
Mr Dan O’Connor OAM 
Mr John Kotzur 

The Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall (President)

  • Mr Stephen Knott(Chairman) (Finance Committee) (Risk & Compliance Committee) (Infrastructure Committee)
  • Ms Jan Bartlett (Finance Committee)
  • Mrs Robyn Kronenberg
  • Prof Donna Pendergast (Infrastructure Committee)
  • Ms Pam Roberts (Risk & Compliance Committee)
  • Rev Canon Gary Smith
  • Mr Michael Temperton (Infrastructure Committee)
  • Dr Mark Sly (Principal) - ex officio

In circumstances where the directors of the governing body must be provided with a report about sexual abuse or likely sexual abuse the Diocesan Council has, pursuant to Section 366B of the Education (General Provisions) Act, delegated that role to Mr Greg Milles, the Director of Professional Standards within the Diocese