College Board

Mandurah Baptist College is governed by a Board. The responsibilities of the Board include:

  • Ensuring that the College remains true to its Mission, Strategic Plan, Policies and Values,
  • Appointing the Principal and monitoring his/her performance and the College’s educational standards,
  • Ensuring that the College meets its legal and regulatory requirements,
  • Assisting with the development and monitoring of the Governance and Risk Policies of the College,
  • Ensuring the College’s physical facilities are constantly updated, and
  • Planning for the future to ensure the College’s sustainability and continued success.

Contact us if you have any questions about our College Board.

You can read about our growth and successes in our Annual Reports.

College Board Chair

Rev Philip Bryant
MA, Higher Dip Teaching (Secondary), Grad Theology, MAICD
Board Chair

Philip Bryant was a Secondary School Teacher for four years before pursuing theological studies. He has pastored Baptist Churches since 1978 and served in denominational roles leading Church Planting for the Baptist Union of Victoria and Church Planting, Evangelism and Church Health for Baptist Churches WA. He attends Mount Hawthorn Baptist Church with his wife Kathleen and together they have three adult children and five grandchildren. Philip has been serving on the Board since 2004. He serves as Vice Chairman of Sports Chaplaincy Australia and as the Chaplain for the Perth Wildcats Basketball team.

College Board Member

Mrs Nina Tassell
BComm (Human Resources & Marketing, UWA), BA (Asian Studies, UWA)
Vice Chair and Convenor of the Governance & Human Resources Committee

Nina Tassell joined the Board in 2009 in order to offer her human resources expertise to the governance of the College. Nina has worked in the field of human resources almost solely in the resources sector, working for employers such as Rio Tinto, Clough, St Barbara Mines and most recently DOF Subsea, a global oil and gas services company. In the capacity of Human Resources Manager and as a member of the senior management team, Nina oversaw the human resources function for DOF Subsea’s Asia Pacific region for 5 years until commencing maternity leave mid-2011. She is married to Adam and now a full time carer of their four young children. Together they attend Nations Church in Myaree.

Mr Luke Mason
BComm (Accounting and Finance) CPA, GAICD
Treasurer and Convenor of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee

Luke is a Certified Practising Accountant and a Partner at BusiNav, a boutique accounting firm specialising in small business & not-for-profits. His professional journey includes experience working in Perth, London, Norway, and Scotland. Luke has been a member of the Board since 2016. He and his wife Naomi are proud parents to three children. The family attends Oasis Church in Jandakot, where Luke serves on the worship team.

Mr Dean Oates
BSc (Cartography Curtin), GradDip (GIS Curtin), MBA (Curtin), GAICD
Convenor of the Marketing and Information & Technology Committee

Dean works for the City of Perth as Coordinator ICT – Insights & Technology Solutions. He has worked in a number of other management roles gaining diverse experience and multiple perspectives in large corporate organisations in Perth and the United Kingdom. He is an enthusiastic manager with leadership qualities focussed on facilitating and empowering team members. Dean started serving on the Board in 2013 and is married to Catherine; together they have three children and attend Nations Church in Myaree.

Mrs Juliettie Somerville
Secretary and Member of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee

Julie was admitted as Barrister & Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in April 2013 and in the High Court of Australia in October 2013. She completed her Bachelor of Laws from Edith Cowan University in 2011 and her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the College of Law in 2012. Julie graduated with her Master of Laws from the University of Sydney in 2016 majoring in Business Law – Corporate Governance Securities & Finance. Julie is the Director of ABMS LAWYERS Pty Ltd and practices mainly in Commercial & Family Law Litigation and Disputes. Julie holds other qualifications in Australia and abroad in different fields and is a member of several industry organisations in Australia. She also works as a volunteer at Law Access and Sussex Street Community Law Services. Julie is a member of Mount Hawthorn Baptist Church where she and her family attend. She serves as part of the worship team.

Mr Richard Di Perna
BEng(Hons), MBA, CPEng, MIEAust, GAICD
Member of the Marketing and Information & Technology Committee

Richard is a Chartered Professional Engineer with more than 20 years of experience within the engineering and construction industry. He has held several senior and executive level roles in Perth and Munich, Germany. He has a passion for leadership and mentoring and completed his MBA in 2013. In 2016 Richard founded iConsult
Solutions offering engineering management and strategic project advice within the built form sector. Richard joined the Board in 2018 and attends Nations Church in Myaree along with his wife Gabriela and their two young children.

Mrs Darrilyn Dawson
Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Teaching, MAICD
Member of the Governance & Human Resources Committee

Darrilyn has over forty years’ experience in the education sector. She has taught in both government and private schools in the country and metropolitan areas. She has been a Principal and Deputy Principal in numerous primary schools, including job sharing in a large primary school. She has also served on several government school boards. She is currently an Education Consultant, providing leadership training/mentoring and chairing selection panels. Darrilyn is married to Chris and together they attend Mount Hawthorn Baptist Church. They have two married adult children and five grandchildren.

Mr Judson Lorkin
BSc(Actuarial Science), GradDipAppFin(Corporate Finance), AIAA, FGIA
Member of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee

Judson is the Group Financial Controller at SRG Global where he leads the Finance and IT teams. Judson was previously the Corporate Development Manager at SRG Global where he worked on significant mergers, acquisitions, post-merger integration, debt and equity raising activities. Prior to SRG Global, Judson was an Associate Director at Torridon Partners, where he provided advice to clients in the Resources and Infrastructure sectors in relation to mergers, acquisitions and raising debt and equity. Judson also previously worked as a Manager at PwC in Corporate Finance and an Adviser at CCK in Institutional Banking. Judson and his family attend Nations Church where he serves on the Board as the Treasurer.