The Council of St Andrew's College - St Andrew's College

The Council of St Andrew’s College

THE ROLE OF COUNCIL

St Andrew’s College was established by Act of Parliament and is governed by a Trust Deed.

The Council is the governing body for St Andrew’s College (including St Andrew’s Preparatory School), and is the de facto Board of Directors.

Council’s responsibilities include the setting of the strategy for the school, ensuring and practising good governance, managing and mitigating all known and potential risks, and the appointment of the Headmaster and Business Manager. Council has oversight of the school’s finances, operations and infrastructure.

Work currently underway with the Rhodes Business School will ensure that Council’s governance structures are aligned with the King IV Code of Corporate Governance, appropriately adapted for a school environment.

MEMBERSHIP OF COUNCIL

Members of Council serve voluntarily and give freely of their time, effort and experience. Except in exceptional circumstances, Council members do not receive remuneration for their contribution to St Andrew’s College. All elected members serve in their personal capacity.

According to the Trust Deed, Council consists of a maximum of sixteen elected members, one member nominated by the Bishop of the Diocese of Grahamstown, and two members nominated by St Andrew’s Preparatory School.

Members of Council are elected for an initial term of four years, which may be extended.

THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Certain powers are delegated to the Executive Committee of Council, so as to expedite decision making. The Executive Committee acts for Council in routine matters and those items not considered to be matters of policy. In certain cases, where additional work on a matter under discussion is required, Council may refer an item to the Executive Committee or to another Committee of Council.

COUNCIL MEETINGS

Both Council and the Executive Committee of Council are scheduled to meet on a termly basis, and members may attend either in person or virtually. Additional meetings are called as required throughout the year.

The Headmaster, the Second Master, the Business Manager and the Deputy Headmasters of St Andrew’s College and the Headmaster of St Andrew’s Preparatory School attend all the meetings of both the full Council and the Executive Committee, while other members of staff are invited for specific agenda items where appropriate.

THE ROLE OF COUNCIL

St Andrew’s College was established by Act of Parliament and is governed by a Trust Deed.

The Council is the governing body for St Andrew’s College and St Andrew’s Preparatory School, and its role is to act as the school’s Board of Directors.

Council’s responsibilities include the setting of the strategy for the school, ensuring and practising good governance, managing and mitigating all known and potential risks, and the appointment of the Headmaster and Business Manager. Council has oversight of the school’s finances, operations and infrastructure.

Work currently underway with the Rhodes Business School will ensure that Council’s governance structures are aligned with the King IV Code of Corporate Governance, appropriately adapted for a school environment.

MEMBERSHIP OF COUNCIL

Members of Council serve voluntarily and give freely of their time, effort and experience. Except in exceptional circumstances, Council members do not receive remuneration for their contribution to St Andrew’s College. All elected members serve in their personal capacity.

According to the Trust Deed of St Andrew’s College,  Council consists of a maximum of sixteen elected members, one member nominated by the Bishop of the Diocese of Grahamstown, and two members nominated by the St Andrew’s Preparatory Board.

Members of Council are elected for an initial term of four years, which may be extended.

THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Certain powers are delegated to the Executive Committee of Council, so as to expedite decision making. The Executive Committee acts for Council in routine matters and those items not considered to be matters of policy. In certain cases, where additional work on a matter under discussion is required, Council may refer an item to the Executive Committee or to another Committee of Council.

COUNCIL MEETINGS

Both Council and the Executive Committee of Council are scheduled to meet on a termly basis, and members may attend either in person or virtually. Additional meetings are called as required throughout the year.

The Headmasters of St Andrew’s College and Preparatory School, the Business Manager and the Deputy Headmasters of St Andrew’s College attend all the meetings of both the full Council and the Executive Committee of Council, while other members of staff are invited for specific agenda items where appropriate.

COMMITTEES OF COUNCIL

In order to carry out its work effectively and efficiently, Council has established a number of sub-committees, the membership of which includes both Council members and independent  members. The Committees are mandated to discuss matters in detail and to make recommendations to Council. The meeting schedule of the Committees is co-ordinated with that of Council, and the minutes of Committee meetings are included in the Council documentation.

The Committees of Council are as follows:

Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee will support Council in building its composition in experience, qualifications, diversity and skills to reflect the key stakeholders of our community and to successfully meet the challenges facing St Andrew’s College and Prep.

A priority for the Committee is to develop a robust nominations process which will be communicated to the Andrean community once it has been approved by Council.

The Nominations Committee is chaired by Ms Margie Keeton.

Risk and Compliance Committee

A Risk and Compliance Committee of Council is being established to effectively manage, mitigate and monitor all known and anticipated non-financial risks that may face College now and in the future.

The Committee will also ensure that the school has the means and capacity to comply with all legal and regulatory requirements, and that all internal processes are aligned to the relevant policies

Grounds and Buildings Committee

All major capital, development and maintenance projects on campus are prioritised and managed through the Grounds and Buildings Committee.

The Committee is chaired by Mr Neels Heunis, with Mr John Dovey as a member.

Human Resources Committee

The Committee is tasked to ensuring good governance of the Human Resources strategies, policies and procedures required to meet the school’s institutional requirements, and to fulfill its statutory obligations. The Committee is concerned with employee relations, staff development and training, and equality and diversity in respect of staff.

The Committee is chaired by Mr Tando Mkosi, while Mr Jacko Maree and Mr Ross Marriner (an independent member) are members of the Committee.

Transformation and Diversity Committee

The Committee oversees and monitors the operational aspects of the school’s transformation and diversity strategy,  and provides assurance to Council that these items are being effectively delivered.

This Committee is chaired by Mr Jacko Maree and includes two additional Council members – Mr Simphiwe Nghona and Mr Khudusela Pitje. Several members of the Old Andrean Club General Committee also serve on this Committee – Mr Uli Ratsibe, Mr Thomas Avutia and Mr Mcendisi Jekwa.

Scholarships and Bursaries Committee

The Scholarships & Bursaries Committee is accountable for the oversight of the approval and disbursement of scholarships and bursaries funding at St Andrew’s College and Prep. The Committee has oversight of the available funds from both endowed investments and current donations, and ensures that awards are allocated in the prescribed manner to deserving pupils. The Committee reviews the scholarships and bursaries procedures and makes recommendations for change where necessary.

The Scholarships and Bursaries Committee is chaired by Mr Jacko Maree, while Mr Simon White is a member.

Investment Committee

The Investment Committee is responsible for the oversight of the performance of the funds in which the school’s endowed funds are invested.

This committee is chaired by an independent professional, Mr Ed Southey. Mr Jacko Maree and Mr Simon White are members on the Committee, while other independent members are Mr Geoff Jennett, Mr Gavin Harvey and Mr Simon Ridley.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee, which is still to be established, will oversee the school’s financial risk management and internal control framework. It will ensure good governance of all matters relating to the finances of St Andrew’s College.

St Andrew’s Prep Committee

The Committee is responsible for the oversight of all relevant matters pertaining to St Andrew’s Prep.

The committee is chaired by Mr Stephen Moorcroft.

MEMBERS OF COUNCIL

Mr Jacko Maree

Chairman

Ms Margie Keeton

Vice Chair

Mr Simon White

Honorary Treasurer

Judge Beshe

Council Member

Mr Brin Brody

Council Member

Mr John Dovey

Council Member

The Very Reverend Mzinzisi Dyantyi

Council Member

Mr Neels Heunis

Council Member

Mr Malcolm Mackenzie

Council Member

Mr Tando Mkosi

Council Member

Mr Stephen Moorcroft

Council Member

Mr Simphiwe Nghona

Council Member

Mr Khudusela Pitje

Council Member

Mr James Rawbone-Viljoen

Council Member

Mr Ciko Thomas

Council Member