David Scott School is an independent specialist school registered with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA). The David Scott School sits within the organisational structure of the Brotherhood of St. Laurence (BSL).

The Brotherhood of St. Laurence is an incorporated association, incorporated 1971. The David Scott School is governed by a School Council formed by the BSL Board. Which is a formally constituted sub-committee of the BSL Board. The purpose of the School Council is to lead the governance of the David Scott School, ensuring the school adheres to all legal obligations, set the schools strategic direction and maintain the school’s connection to the Brotherhood of St. Laurence and its broader goals and visions.

The Council powers and responsibilities stem from the BSL constitution and are delegated to it by the BSL Board through a set of governance rules.

School Council Members

Council Member Qualifications Experience



BCom, GAICD, FCA ANZ, CPA For the last 13 years Mr Mike James has specialised in the governance of not-for-profit organisations. He was an inaugural director of Goodstart Ltd in 2010, a director/Chair of Social Traders Ltd and director/Deputy Chair of the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Mike has been Chair of the David Scott School Council since August 2022.



AM, B. ED., POSTGRAD DIP. BUSINESS MGT., DIP. PHYS. ED. Margaret had a distinguished 44-year career in education, retiring in 2007. Her last role was Principal of Toorak College, an independent girls’ school in Mount Eliza. She previously served as Deputy Principal at Caulfield Grammar School and Deputy Headmistress at St. Michael’s Grammar School. Margaret’s commitment extended to girls’ physical education, Indigenous education, national and international mentoring programs, and women’s leadership. She served as a Director of the Lyceum Club Board. Margaret is also a Director of the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School and the Council of Kingswood College. Margaret mentors with various organizations, including Teach for Australia, Leadership Victoria, and the African Think Tank. She was President of Girls’ Sport Victoria and Chair of Fit to Drive Mornington Peninsula.

For her contributions, Margaret received an OAM in 2007 for services to Toorak College and an AM in 2023 for her significant service to education governance, Indigenous students, and mentorship.



BA, B Ap. Sci., MBA, M Arch. Ms Claire Murray has worked in consulting, advisory and management roles in both the private and public sectors. She has experience in the digital, innovation, science, technology, education and creative industries. Her current role focusses on strategic and business analyses, policy and program reviews and the provision of general policy advice.

Claire has a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Applied Science, a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Architecture.



The Revd., BA BEd (Hons), BTh DipMin, DipSocSci MA MTh (Distinction), PhD The Revd Dr Alexander Ross is Vicar of Saint John’s Finch Street with Saint Agnes’ Glen Huntly. He completed his undergraduate study in Australia and graduate studies at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Dr Ross also serves as a Director on the School Council of Melbourne Grammar School, and as a member of the Trinity College Theological School Committee. He is an elected delegate to the Provincial Council of the Anglican Province of Victoria, as well as the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia. He is Sharwood Lecturer in Canon Law at Trinity College Melbourne, an Honorary Postdoctoral Associate of the University of Divinity, and one of nine Anglican theologians appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Secretary-General of the Anglican Communion to be a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC).





Following an extensive career in Education where he served as Chair of State and National sector organisations, and as a school principal for 25 years, Mr Newton chose to make his next contribution in the community welfare sector. He is a past Chair and member of the Board of Anglicare Victoria and is a communicant member of the Anglican Church. Mr Newton currently serves as Chair of the Trustees of the Hugh D.T. Williamson Foundation and as a Director of the Epworth Medical Foundation.


BSocWk, MSocWk Melinda joined BSL in 2013 as a Project Lead in the Home Integration Program for Parents and Youngsters and in 2018 moved to WESSI as the Head of Department. Prior to joining BSL Melinda worked in the child and family services sector for more than 25 years and has extensive experience in service delivery, service development and project management. Melinda hold the current position of Director – Children, Youth and Inclusion at the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

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