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. 

 L-R: Rich Brown, Lisa Wilson (Principal), Melanie Ruchel, Sue Pelka (Chair), John O'Shea (Public Officer), Esther Wambui Migwe (Treasurer), Elaine Henry & Jan Thomas (Deputy Chair).

L-R: Rich Brown, Lisa Wilson (Principal), Melanie Ruchel, Sue Pelka (Chair), John O'Shea (Public Officer), Esther Wambui Migwe (Treasurer), Elaine Henry & Jan Thomas (Deputy Chair).

Current members are:

  Susan Pelka  Chair    Independent Director and Trustee on several boards including The Australian World Orchestra. Originally trained and worked as a teacher. Fellow Australian Institute Company Directors, MBA and M Ed Admin.  RNS Board Member since 2011. 

Susan Pelka
Chair

Independent Director and Trustee on several boards including The Australian World Orchestra. Originally trained and worked as a teacher. Fellow Australian Institute Company Directors, MBA and M Ed Admin.

RNS Board Member since 2011. 

  Janice Thomas  Deputy Chair    Senior Director Engagement, Health, The University of Melbourne.  Rich and varied career. Studied to be a kindergarten teacher before transitioning into graphic design and later merchant banking.  Has owned several businesses and been Director Advancement in both the independent school and university sectors.  Holds a range of board and ministerial appointments in the education and health sectors.  RNS Board Member since 2017. 

Janice Thomas
Deputy Chair

Senior Director Engagement, Health, The University of Melbourne.  Rich and varied career. Studied to be a kindergarten teacher before transitioning into graphic design and later merchant banking.  Has owned several businesses and been Director Advancement in both the independent school and university sectors.

Holds a range of board and ministerial appointments in the education and health sectors.

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.

  Melanie Ruchel   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

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

  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
 

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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