Governance

The River Nile School [RNS] is a not-for-profit incorporated association, recognised by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient.

RNS is governed by a Board with a diverse mix of capabilities, experiences and networks including leaders from the education, business and African and multicultural communities with a shared vision and passion for the difference we can make. 

 RNS Board enjoying an Ethiopian meal prepared by two of our students. L-R: Lisa Wilson (Principal), Lina Marijan, Elaine Henry, Melanie Ruchel (Deputy Chair), RNS student, Natasha Norton, Jane Kanizay (Chair), Rich Brown, Wambui Migwe (Treasurer), Peter Brent (RNLC Board), John O'Shea (Public Officer). Absent: Winnie Waudo.

RNS Board enjoying an Ethiopian meal prepared by two of our students. L-R: Lisa Wilson (Principal), Lina Marijan, Elaine Henry, Melanie Ruchel (Deputy Chair), RNS student, Natasha Norton, Jane Kanizay (Chair), Rich Brown, Wambui Migwe (Treasurer), Peter Brent (RNLC Board), John O'Shea (Public Officer). Absent: Winnie Waudo.

Current members are:

  Jane Kanizay  Chair    Practising visual artist of portraiture and abstract work.  Former civil, structural & architectural drafter and business owner.  CELTA (Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) graduate.  Xavier Social Justice Network Committee Member.  President of St James Primary School Parents Assoc.   Active RNLC volunteer tutor since 2016.   RNLC Deputy Chair – 2017-18.  RNS Member since 2017

Jane Kanizay
Chair

Practising visual artist of portraiture and abstract work.  Former civil, structural & architectural drafter and business owner.  CELTA (Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) graduate.  Xavier Social Justice Network Committee Member.  President of St James Primary School Parents Assoc. 

Active RNLC volunteer tutor since 2016. 

RNLC Deputy Chair – 2017-18.

RNS Member since 2017

  Melanie Ruchel  Deputy Chair    Retired Principal of Collingwood College, a multi-campus P-12 school, running many innovative programs catering for ethnically diverse communities and delivering a multiplicity of TAFE accredited programs.  Extensive experience in all aspects of school governance, finance and personnel management.  Taught English and EAL in international Schools and a wide variety of schools in Victoria and the Northern Territory.  Has organised academic conferences and presented in schools for the Refugee Council of Australia.  Long association with the Iranian community of Melbourne. Has worked with a wide variety of recently arrived immigrants who have been refugees from Africa, Afghanistan and all over the Middle East.  An active RNLC volunteer English tutor since 2015.  RNS Board member since 2017

Melanie Ruchel
Deputy Chair

Retired Principal of Collingwood College, a multi-campus P-12 school, running many innovative programs catering for ethnically diverse communities and delivering a multiplicity of TAFE accredited programs.  Extensive experience in all aspects of school governance, finance and personnel management.  Taught English and EAL in international Schools and a wide variety of schools in Victoria and the Northern Territory.

Has organised academic conferences and presented in schools for the Refugee Council of Australia.

Long association with the Iranian community of Melbourne. Has worked with a wide variety of recently arrived immigrants who have been refugees from Africa, Afghanistan and all over the Middle East.

An active RNLC volunteer English tutor since 2015.

RNS Board member since 2017

  Esther Wambui Migwe  Treasurer    More than 15 years experience in business strategy, financial management and accounting, with Masters Degrees in International Finance and Diplomacy.   Financial accounting with the Brotherhood of St. Laurence. Graduate Leadership Victoria’s  New & Emerging Communities Leadership Program .  Involved in initiatives that promote financial literacy and empowerment of disadvantaged women, such as  SisterWorks, Stepping Stones  and  Herconomics . Formative years in Kenya. Speaks fluent Swahili.  RNS Board Member since 2017. 

Esther Wambui Migwe
Treasurer

More than 15 years experience in business strategy, financial management and accounting, with Masters Degrees in International Finance and Diplomacy.   Financial accounting with the Brotherhood of St. Laurence. Graduate Leadership Victoria’s New & Emerging Communities Leadership Program.  Involved in initiatives that promote financial literacy and empowerment of disadvantaged women, such as SisterWorks, Stepping Stones and Herconomics.
Formative years in Kenya. Speaks fluent Swahili.

RNS Board Member since 2017. 

  John O'Shea    Secretary & Public Officer    Retired teacher and school Principal. Formerly Head of Pastoral Care moving on to become Principal of Mowbray College. Set up English language School in Ningbo, China. Interests in several business ventures in China, now retired.  RNS Board Member since 2008. 

John O'Shea
Secretary & Public Officer

Retired teacher and school Principal.
Formerly Head of Pastoral Care moving on to become Principal of Mowbray College.
Set up English language School in Ningbo, China.
Interests in several business ventures in China, now retired.

RNS Board Member since 2008. 

  Lisa Wilson    Principal    Established company director and general manager. Extensive experience in strategic planning, governance, stakeholder engagement and general business management. Strong track record of voluntary service in community leadership, women's advancement and Horn of Africa communities.  Graduate and Fellow Australian Institute Company Directors, Australian Graduate School of Management and Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.  RNS Board Member since 2014. Voluntary RNLC Director.

Lisa Wilson
Principal

Established company director and general manager.
Extensive experience in strategic planning, governance, stakeholder engagement and general business management.
Strong track record of voluntary service in community leadership, women's advancement and Horn of Africa communities.

Graduate and Fellow Australian Institute Company Directors, Australian Graduate School of Management and Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

RNS Board Member since 2014.
Voluntary RNLC Director.

  Elaine Henry   An English teacher, who has taught a range of TAFE programs including VCE and VCAL. For 8 years she managed the Further Education Programs in the School of Education at RMIT. Retired from RMIT in 2015.  An active RNLC volunteer English tutor since 2016.   RNS Board Member since 2017.

Elaine Henry

An English teacher, who has taught a range of TAFE programs including VCE and VCAL. For 8 years she managed the Further Education Programs in the School of Education at RMIT. Retired from RMIT in 2015.  An active RNLC volunteer English tutor since 2016. 

RNS Board Member since 2017.

  Lina Marijan    Currently a Principal within Deloitte’s Treasury Advisory business, focussing on treasury risk management for corporates, government and financial institutions.  Prior to this, worked in a risk management role with a major Australian Bank for 16 years.  Throughout her 29-year career within the financial services sector, has always been involved in Community, Mentoring or NFP roles.  Over the past 5 years she has worked directly with refugee and migrant women as part of Brotherhood of St Laurence’s  Stepping Stones to Small Business Program , and has a passion to contribute further in this area.  The Refugee and Migration story has been a strong theme throughout her life – her parents are post-World War II migrants and her husband also sought a better life in Australia due to war in his home country.  Member since 2018.

Lina Marijan 

Currently a Principal within Deloitte’s Treasury Advisory business, focussing on treasury risk management for corporates, government and financial institutions.  Prior to this, worked in a risk management role with a major Australian Bank for 16 years.  Throughout her 29-year career within the financial services sector, has always been involved in Community, Mentoring or NFP roles.  Over the past 5 years she has worked directly with refugee and migrant women as part of Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Stepping Stones to Small Business Program, and has a passion to contribute further in this area.  The Refugee and Migration story has been a strong theme throughout her life – her parents are post-World War II migrants and her husband also sought a better life in Australia due to war in his home country.  Member since 2018.

  Winnie Waudo   Having worked for various organisational entities, Winnie brings significant strategic thinking, business development, diplomacy and leadership experience to the role.  As CEO of PlugIn Pulse a start-up energy technology service in Kenya, her company won the Young Innovation Award – United Nations Development Program, presented at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit during President Obama’s 2015 Kenya visit as well as the World Bank’s Negawatt Challenge.  She has a passion for empowering and enriching communities by sharing her knowledge and skills, volunteering in community and not-for-profit organisations roles with a strong focus on supporting migrant youth.  PhD in Renewable Energy (UQ). Formative years and education in Kenya.   Speaks fluent Swahili – one of the most widely spoken languages of Africa.  Member since 2018   

Winnie Waudo

Having worked for various organisational entities, Winnie brings significant strategic thinking, business development, diplomacy and leadership experience to the role.  As CEO of PlugIn Pulse a start-up energy technology service in Kenya, her company won the Young Innovation Award – United Nations Development Program, presented at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit during President Obama’s 2015 Kenya visit as well as the World Bank’s Negawatt Challenge.  She has a passion for empowering and enriching communities by sharing her knowledge and skills, volunteering in community and not-for-profit organisations roles with a strong focus on supporting migrant youth.  PhD in Renewable Energy (UQ). Formative years and education in Kenya.   Speaks fluent Swahili – one of the most widely spoken languages of Africa.  Member since 2018   

  Rich Brown  Previously managed CPA Australia’s professional programs including the CPA Program and, before that, was involved in a range of policy and planning roles with Federal and State Government departments. Founding committee member for Impact100Melbourne, a group that aims to provide high-impact grants and increase involvement in philanthropy across Melbourne - RNLC was the inaugural grant recipient in 2013. RNS Board member since 2014.RNLC Chair since 2017  

Rich Brown
Previously managed CPA Australia’s professional programs including the CPA Program and, before that, was involved in a range of policy and planning roles with Federal and State Government departments.
Founding committee member for Impact100Melbourne, a group that aims to provide high-impact grants and increase involvement in philanthropy across Melbourne - RNLC was the inaugural grant recipient in 2013.
RNS Board member since 2014.RNLC Chair since 2017
 

  Natasha Norton   Born and educated in the UK, Natasha has a wide range of experience including a period as technical and financial journalist in London and Tokyo.  She’s lived in Tokyo, New York and Hong Kong where her three children were born, and move to Australia in 1998.  For the past 15 years she has volunteered twice weekly with Vision Australia recording talking books and presenting on Vision Australia Radio. She has always believed very strongly in the power of education to overcome disadvantage.  BA Honours Degree in Metallurgy, Economics and Management, University of Oxford.  Member since 2017

Natasha Norton

Born and educated in the UK, Natasha has a wide range of experience including a period as technical and financial journalist in London and Tokyo.

She’s lived in Tokyo, New York and Hong Kong where her three children were born, and move to Australia in 1998.

For the past 15 years she has volunteered twice weekly with Vision Australia recording talking books and presenting on Vision Australia Radio. She has always believed very strongly in the power of education to overcome disadvantage.

BA Honours Degree in Metallurgy, Economics and Management, University of Oxford.  Member since 2017


Charitable, Tax Exempt and DGR Status

The River Nile School [RNS] is a not-for-profit incorporated association and is recognised by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient. RNS was incorporated on 21 March 2006 under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (Vic) (the Act); registration no. A0048482L, as RNLC and the name was changed to RNS in September 2016.

  • Effective from 18 July 2006, RNS is registered for GST with the Australian Taxation Office [ATO] and, as a public benevolent institution, accorded the status of GST Concession, Income Tax Exemption, FBT Exemption and Deductible Gift Recipient.
  • RNS's ABN is 20 382 591 724