Expression of Interest - School Council Member Somerville House

Somerville House is one of four PMSA schools along with Brisbane Boys’ College, Clayfield College and Sunshine Coast Grammar School.

Established in 1918, the PMSA is a joint mission of the Uniting Church of Australia, Queensland Synod and the Presbyterian Church of Queensland. One hundred years on, the PMSA plays a vital role in setting the direction of these outstanding schools and is the connecting link between the schools and the two churches.

Somerville House School Council is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified members of the community to serve on a voluntary basis on the School Council. The School Council is responsible for the governance of Somerville House and works with the Principal to maintain the proper and efficient running of the School.

Essential Skills and Attributes

A new member of Somerville House School Council is required to have the following skills and attributes.

  • Proactive commitment to the PMSA’s and the school’s Christian ethos, mission, vision, values and frameworks
  • Understanding of the trends and issues in school education
  • GAICD or equivalent qualification or board governance experience
  • Community leadership or representation
  • Ability to apply sufficient time and effort to achieve the objectives of the PMSA
  • Sufficient experience in committees / associations / boards to develop a good understanding of corporate governance requirement
  • Preparedness to publicly identify with or champion independent Christian based schools.
  • Current Blue Card eligibility
  • Meet the ACNC requirements of a Company Director

Desired Skills and Attributes

In addition, the Council seeks new members with one or more of the following skills:

  • education
  • project management including building, engineering or architecture
  • fundraising
  • public relations and communication

Preference will be given to candidates who are Brisbane-based, and have a strong commitment to the School.
As a not-for-profit organisation, the PMSA does not remunerate Board or School Council members for their position. PMSA Board and School Council members are reimbursed a travel and other expenses allowance to cover expenses incurred in performing their duties.

For general information on the PMSA, please visit For general information on Somerville House, please visit For more information on the School Council position, please contact Somerville House School Council Chairman Jim Demack on 07 3248 9213.

Please email applications with a covering letter outlining your skills and attributes to Applications will close 4.00pm, Monday 27 May 2019.