The Foundation Board

The Foundation Board

The Foundation Board Members

  • John Slack-Smith - Chair

    The Foundation Board - Chair

  • David Charles

    The Foundation Board - Director

  • Cellina Chen

    The Foundation Board - Director

  • Guy Fowler

    The Foundation Board - Director

  • Roger Montgomery

    The Foundation Board - Director

  • Meline Nazloomian

    The Foundation Board - Director

  • Matthew Donovan

    The Foundation Board - Director

  • Aaron Black

    The Foundation Board - Director

Bio

John is COO/Executive Director at Harvey Norman. John became executive director of Harvey Norman in 2001 and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2006. He has overall executive responsibility for the operations of the business in the 8 countries that Harvey Norman operates within.

John joined the Foundation Board in 2015 and became Chair in 2017. John is married to Kate and has four sons who graduated in 2013, 2014, 2018 and 2021.

Qualification

BA LLB (Hons) LLM (Syd)

Bio

David was appointed by Synod to the Council of Barker College in 2012. He is the Chair of Council's Governance and Compliance Audit Committee and was elected Chair of the Barker College Council in March 2019.

As a legal practitioner since 1981 (practising principally in the fields of corporate law, commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution), David is now a General Member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. He hears and determines cases in the Tribunal’s Consumer and Commercial Division.

David brings to Council extensive experience in governance, risk management and corporate responsibility. From 1991, he practised as a barrister of the Sydney Bar advising and appearing in significant and complex commercial litigation (e.g. purchase and sale of businesses and building and construction disputes), as well as appearing as an advocate for individual clients in property disputes (e.g. landlord/tenant matters) or disputes involving wills and deceased estates.

Cognisant of Barker’s Values, Vision and Mission, David is wholeheartedly committed to ensuring the Head of School and staff have the resources to enliven, encourage, equip and empower Barker’s students with Christian character and sound leadership as they take responsibility and influence in our global community.

Part of a fourth generation Barker family, David has strong connections with the School. He entered the Junior School in 1967 and completed Year 12 in 1975. His grandfather Burton (1910), father Graham (1936), brother John (1972), son Lachlan (2010), and daughter Evie (2013), all attended the School. Married to Wendy, David enjoys spending time with his family, sport (particularly cricket and rugby), reading and travel.

Qualification

MCom GradDip Corporate Governance

Bio

Cellina has over 18 years’ experience in financial services and accounting. She is currently the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of FSA Group Limited, responsible for all group financial and accounting matters, business strategy and corporate governance.

Cellina is married to Peng and currently has one son and one daughter at Barker College. She joined the Barker Foundation board in 2019.

 

Qualification

BEc CA

Bio

Guy is the Co-Executive Chairman of Barrenjoey Capital Partners. He has been involved in financial markets for over 30 years.  Guy spent 27 years at UBS Australia in various roles including Head of Corporate Finance and prior to that Head of Equity Capital Markets.  Guy is an old boy of Barker having graduated in 1985, is married to Anita and is a current parent. He has been an Executive Member of the Foundation Board since 2015.

Qualification

B.comm, SFFIA

Bio

Roger Montgomery is the founder, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Montgomery Investment Management. He is also a former analyst and public company Chairman, having listed a previous company on the Australian Stock Exchange and having worked with Merrill Lynch, Ord Minnett Jardine Fleming and BT Australia. Roger has more than 25 years experience in investment markets and business development. Roger is also a best-selling non-fiction author publishing Value.able in 2010. Roger is an awarded presenter and writes regularly for The Australian. He is married to his partner Kerry and has had two sons at Barker.

Qualification

B. Bus., Finance (Hons)

Bio

Meline has over 10 years’ experience in investment banking and accounting. Focused on debt capital advisory, she has extensive experience advising on M&A financings, corporate restructurings and refinancings. Following a six year period at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Meline is currently a Vice President at Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMBC), responsible for growing the debt capital markets business in Australia.

Meline holds a Bachelor of Business, graduating with the University Medal from the University of Technology, Sydney and First Class Honours in Finance from the University of Sydney. Meline is the co-founder of Ani, a not-for-profit technology-based English learning program, and has recently been appointed as an Executive Member of the Business Advisory Committee of The Butterfly Foundation. Meline is also a proud Barker Old Girl, graduating in 2005.

Bio

Matt has returned to Sydney after 17 years in New York, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Seattle. He held executive leadership roles at Havas and McCann Erickson New York. He was a General Manager and Partner at Microsoft’s HQ in Redmond overseeing marketing for the Windows,  Office, and Microsoft 365 brand portfolios. He has recently co-founded Worldly Group to drive brand, product, and marketing innovation.

Matt joined the Foundation Board in 2021. He graduated from Barker in 1991, and he and his wife Lisa have their son at Barker.

Bio

Aaron is an M&A Advisory Partner at Deloitte, where he joined in 2017 after 19 years of Investment Banking at Macquarie and UBS. Aaron leads Private Equity nationally for Deloitte. Aaron has led many equity capital markets and mergers & acquisitions transactions across a wide range of industries during his career in Australia and the US. 

Aaron joined the Foundation Board in 2021. Aaron graduated from Barker in 1992, is married to Angie and currently has two sons at Barker.