The Iona College Council and Board of Trustees (BOT)  

Iona is an extraordinary school with a unique heritage of innovation and scholarship. This is exemplified by our talented and optimistic students, dedicated expert staff, and a supportive community of parents, alumnae and friends who value the finest traditions and aspirations in education.  Iona College has enjoyed a long tradition of sound and stable governance. Many parents of students and Iona Old Girls, who have become recognised leaders in their field, have generously shared their time, expertise and influence in contributing to Iona's growing future.  

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In 2018, the College Council and BOT signed an updated Memorandum of Understanding regarding the governance of the College which has underpinned the close working relationship between these two governance bodies. 

The Iona College Council  

The College Council is the school's proprietor. The College Council owns the school land and buildings, and is responsible for supervising the maintenance and preservation of education within Iona's special character provisions.  

The 2023-2024 College Council Chair is Mrs Lisa Townshend. 

The College Council Members 2023 are pictured left :

Back row (L-R): Mr Brent Greig, Mr Willy Kersten (Trustee), Mr Angus Mabin, Reverend Wayne Tolefoa, Mr Richard Brown.    

Front row (L-R):  Mrs Claire Bancks, Principal Helen Armstrong, Maryanne Robertson (IOGA).

Absent: Ms Felicity Benge (Trustee), Mrs Sally Cranswick (Trustee, Foundation), Ms Paula Richardson (IOGA). 

The Board of Trustees 

The BOT is responsible for all educational matters. It sets the strategic direction in consultation with parents, staff and students, and ensures the College provides a safe environment and a quality education.   

The 2024 members of the BOT are:   

Mrs Claire Bancks - Presiding member   
Ms Felicity Benge
Mr Matt Carney
Mr Andrew D'Ath
​​​​​​​Swarleen Kaur - Student representative 
Mr Matthew Lawson 
Mrs Jodi Neill  
Mrs Heidi Oliver
​​​​​​​Mrs Maryanne Robertson 
Mrs Sarah Thorpe - Staff representative 
Mrs Lisa Townshend