PMSA Chair Morgan Parker resigns: Peter Barker appointed Chair-elect

PMSA Chair and BBC Old Boy Morgan Parker has announced that he will retire from the Chair role he has held for the past year. 

Morgan will be replaced by Peter Barker, who is current Chair of the PMSA's Audit, Finance and Risk Commitee. Please find a notification from PMSA CEO Sharon Callister below.

The OGA thanks Morgan for his service to Somerville House and support of the OGA during his time with the PMSA - and the Somerville House Foundation in the years prior. 

Message from Sharon Callister, PMSA CEO:

On behalf of the PMSA Board, I write to share the news that Peter Barker has been appointed as PMSA Chair-elect following the retirement announcement of current Chair Morgan Parker.

A current PMSA Board member and current Chair of the PMSA's Audit, Finance and Risk Committee, Peter is a globally experienced executive and governance officer and has outstanding credentials to lead the PMSA Board into our next exciting chapter from June 2021.

Peter has more than 30 years’ experience with multinational corporations in Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA and is currently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of ASX listed Cardno Ltd. Peter is a Brisbane Boys' College Old Collegian and was Vice-captain of his BBC year in 1985.

In other Board changes, experienced educator and current Board member Margaret Berry will take on the PMSA Deputy Chair role replacing Wayne Knapp, who will remain on the Board.

Morgan's retirement from the PMSA in June 2021 follows his recent appointment as Chair of SunCentral and expansion of his board portfolio domestically and internationally.

In a media release issued today, Morgan commented: “Since day one, I’ve understood the historic proportions of the PMSA and the role of any board member being akin to an ephemeral custodian."

“I believe a critical component of an effective Board is its ability to renew itself and this is what this transition achieves. I have given my heart and soul to this volunteer role over the past three years and it has been an enormously rewarding period.”

“Having served in this role, I am convinced, more than ever, in the bright future of the PMSA and our schools. Our focus has been ensuring the sustainability of our schools over the next 100 years and they will reap the benefits of the changes we have made.”

Morgan thanked the other members of the PMSA Board, executive team and staff for their experience and dedication to guiding the organisation through a period of unprecedented change. In the media release, Peter also thanked Morgan for his outstanding leadership of the PMSA through a period of transformation which is unparalleled in the organisation’s 100-year history.

“Under Morgan’s visionary leadership, the PMSA has undergone comprehensive reform and professionalisation that positions us strongly for the future. In all that we have achieved as an organisation, our focus has remained firmly on enhancing the experience of students at our four outstanding schools."

Since his appointment to the Board, Morgan has overseen more than 50 changes to the PMSA’s governance model that has led to greater autonomy for schools, improved compliance, transparency and commercial management across the PMSA Group.

Kind regards

Sharon Callister Chief Executive Officer PMSA Group

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