Board and Executive Leadership

David Bartlett (Chair)

David has worked with hundreds of organisations across the schools and not-for-profit sectors globally in the areas of governance, leadership development and financial management. 

David has co-authored the book Community Governance (impacting more than 57 countries), authored a large number of published articles and developed international training curriculum in school and not for profit business management and governance. 

David has undertaken national and international consulting projects, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and has several tertiary business and training qualifications. He also an experienced practitioner having held director, company secretary, CFO, chairman and public officer roles. David is a former parent of GPCC.

Lyndall Jones (Deputy Chair)

Lyndall was raised on Sydney’s Northern Beaches but moved to Killcare in 2017, and has been worshipping at Green Point Baptist Church since January 2021. Now retired, she remains active in mentoring and coaching, stemming from her own consulting and coaching business.

Lyndall holds a BA Dip Ed in early childhood education and has a diverse working and volunteer history. For years Lyndall volunteered with and served on the board for AFS International.  

Having worked at numerous corporate companies such as Westpac and the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Lyndall’s skills and expertise in Learning and Development, Human Resources, change management, and organisation and leadership development are a great asset to the Board.

Lyndall’s Christian faith has been her cornerstone throughout her working life, and she covers her decisions in prayer while also applying God-given skills to any situation. Lyndall enjoys golf, cooking and walking in God’s creation.

Rev Philip Blair 

Philip is the Senior Pastor of Green Point Baptist Church and has been in pastoral ministry for over 18 years, having previously worked and studied in the areas of Management and Marketing for eight years. This combination of experience enables Phil to have a good understanding of both the operational and pastoral aspects of the College.  

Phil received his Bachelor of Ministry from Morling Theological College in 2003 and has completed an MA (Theol) from Morling Theological College in 2022.

He is married to Sharon and has two boys, Joshua and Owen attending Green Point Christian College.

Ian Davie

Ian Davie has been involved in pastoral ministry for over 30 years in South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales following a 11 year career in the farming industry in South Australia.

He is married to Maggie and has 3 adult children.

He has been the pastor of Moree Baptist Church for over 20 years and has also been actively involved on the board of the of Moree Christian School during that time. He was also a parent at the school for sixteen of those years.

Mark Elkington

Mark is currently Business Manager at Norwest Christian College, Sydney and previously held the role of CFO of NT Christian Schools (comprising 6 campuses across the Northern Territory). His move to Darwin from Sydney in 2013 was in support of church planting and to enhance involvement with Christian children’s homes in Bali.

He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical), and wide-ranging management and finance experience in the public and private sector.

Mark is married to Roz (a secondary school teacher) and has three adult children, is a member of Kellyville Anglican Church, and has a conviction for Christian Education in the spread of the gospel.

Erin Kluge

Erin Kluge is the Executive Director of Finance and Operations of the Tyndale Group of Christian Schools in South Australia, having been promoted from the role of Business Manager (Salisbury East Campus) at the commencement of 2019. Erin has worked in the Christian education sector since 2002. The Tyndale Group of schools operates 4 Christian Schools in South Australia and has a similar trajectory to the Melos Group.

Erin is also the President of the Association of School Business Administrators SA&NT (ASBA SA&NT) having joined the committee in 2015 and enjoys working alongside Business Managers from different school backgrounds with an aim to continue to increase the professionalism of Business Mangers in the non-Government sector.

Erin attends Clovercrest Baptist Church, SA with her family (Husband Paul, Daughters Isabella (14) and Lily (12)) and has served in the areas of Sunday School, Church Treasurer and various outreach events.

Steve Walton

Steve is an experienced Principal in Christian Education, who seeks to develop schools that meet the needs of their community and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is passionate about increasing the opportunities for families to engage in Christian Schooling and has expanded offerings at his current school, Cedars Christian College, to include Early Years Learning, a school for students diagnosed with a disability, before and after school care, and has established a teaching school culture, training Christian teachers for the future.

Steve has substantial governance experience. He serves as Director / Chair on multiple boards. Over the years, through training and experience he has developed skills in financial literacy, risk and compliance, decision making, strategic planning, master planning and development and has a strong understanding of the legal responsibility associated with governance.

Steve is currently the Chair for the State Alliance Leadership Team with Christian Schools Australia and is also a Director for CSA. Steve is Board Chair for his church, Lighthouse, in Wollongong where he attends with his family.

Steve’s tertiary studies were all completed at the University of Wollongong where he received a Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma in Education and a Master of Educational Leadership. He enjoys watching his kids play sports, short get-aways with his wife, and fly fishing in a mountain stream.

Leadership and Business Management of the Foundation

The Executive Principal and Executive Business Manager form the senior operational leadership team of The Melos Foundation.

Executive Principal

Mr Phillip Nash

Before moving into his current role full time in January 2024, Phillip worked at Green Point Christian College as Principal from June 2019 following seven years in Indonesia as Superintendent of a group of five private Indonesian schools (2500 students) offering the Cambridge Examination program and the International Baccalaureate. Phillip has extensive training and experience as an educator and school leader, holding a Bachelor of Arts in History and English, a Diploma of Teaching and a Trained Teacher’s Certificate from Canterbury University in New Zealand. He completed his Master of Education (Leadership) degree through Morling Education, Sydney in 2013 and in April 2020 was accepted into a PhD program through Avondale University in NSW.

Phillip previously served in senior school leadership in New Zealand and Australia. He has been involved in Christian schooling for 30 years including at Bethlehem College, New Zealand for 15 years where he was Principal and also General Manager of the Christian Education Trust which operated a large K- 12 school of 1600 students, a tertiary institute of 300 students offering initial teacher education and counselling degrees as well as companies operating five pre-schools and an English language school. In Australia he worked for three years at Christian Community Schools Ltd, the largest Christian school association in Australia and was Deputy Principal at Pacific Hills Christian School in Sydney for four years. He is married to Raema, who is a full-time patch-worker and quilter and has three grown children and four grandchildren.

Executive Business Manager

Michael Lowbridge

Mr Michael Lowbridge

The Executive Business Manager | Company Secretary of the Melos Group, Michael commenced working at Green Point Christian College in 1996 for a period of nine years as teacher and then Director of IT before re-joining the College in January 2018 as Business Manager. In this role he held responsibility for areas including finance, IT, property and grounds, HR, marketing and enrolments and compliance. After several years fulfilling both functions, Michael resigned from his GPCC role at the end of 2023 and commenced fulltime with the Melos Group in January 2024.

As Executive Business Manager of the Melos Group he supports members to maintain and develop their business operations and financial effectiveness so that broader educational goals can be achieved.

In addition to educational qualifications that include a Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma in Education and Master of Science (Education), Michael also holds IT, Business and Governance qualifications. These include a Master of Networking and Systems Administration, a Master of Management and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Michael has diverse experience in business, education and information systems spanning 35 years in a variety of environments. He is passionate about good governance leading to informed and effective decision making that aligns with the organisation’s mission.

He is married to Vicki who is a qualified Early Childhood and Special Needs teacher and they have 3 grown children and two grandchildren.

The Melos Team

In addition to the Executive Principal and Executive Business Manager, the Melos Group employs a small but experienced group office team who support the Melos group of schools.

Stuart Hunter - Director of Operations

As Director of Operations, Stuart has the primary role of supporting the Executive Business Manager in managing multiple areas of business operations including property and building projects, WHS and risk management and finance systems development projects in support of the educational function of the organisation and its member schools.

Prior to joining the Melos Group as its Director of Operations, Stuart gained experience in several leadership and management positions, including Business Manager of Providence Christian College, WA and Strathalbyn Christian College, WA, in addition to roles as Accountant and Auditor with several large corporations and government entities.

Stuart is a Chartered Accountant, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting.

Martina Stiemer – Director of Finance

Martina has responsibility for leading and managing the delivery of shared financial services and implementing a range of strategies and operational processes that enhance the financial management capabilities of member schools.

Martina has joined Melos Education Limited with broad experience from higher education and private learning providers. Martina is a CPA qualified accountant (MPractAcctg) in addition to holding a BA (Psychology), DipMgt and GCertMgt (Project Management). Her career has focussed on financial management, business partnering and educational administration with a highlight being the establishment of a new Faculty. She has been member of EV Church on the Central Coast NSW for more than 15 years and enjoys serving in children and women’s ministry activities.

Brooke Slatter – Finance Officer

Brooke supports our small member schools with payroll and bookkeeping services. She has prior experience in small – medium enterprises and project administration. Brooke is also a current parent of GPCC and cherishes the Christ centred education provided by the school and teaching staff. She is an active member of EV Church on the Central Coast NSW with a passion to see many hearts won for Christ in our community.