College Council

The College Council has ultimate responsibility for the governance of the College.

Council works with the Principal to determine the strategic direction for the College and monitors the College’s operations so as to ensure the effective management of its affairs and its ongoing viability. The Principal is delegated responsibility for the day to day management and operation of the College.

Council members act in a voluntary capacity and bring a variety of professional skills and experience to the service of the College.


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Dr Kate Hadwen is the ninth Principal of Pymble Ladies’ College, commencing in Semester 2 2019 after a three-year tenure at Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Perth. 

For a period, she worked as a Senior Research Fellow at The Child Health Promotion Research Centre while also working as a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Health and Safety Law at Edith Cowan University. Dr Hadwen was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research in 2011 and remains an Adjunct Research Fellow. She has authored a number of policies and curriculum resources related to technology, wellbeing and anti-bullying.

 Dr Hadwen’s doctorate was on transitioning challenges faced by boarding students and families, and she has since written a handbook along with co-authored book chapters for parents on boarding, international students, cyberbullying and supporting young people transitioning to Middle School. She has an ongoing book contract with Hawker Brownlow Education.

She is currently a Non-Executive Director with the Australian Youth Orchestra, an Honorary Fellow of the Telethon Kids’ Institute and the Child Health Promotion Research Centre and an Ambassador for Australia’s Biggest Mental Health Check-in.

 Dr Hadwen believes in collaborative leadership, is passionate about evidence-based and data-driven personalised education and is a strong advocate for academic excellence. She has always championed student voice and leads with her personal philosophy which centres on the girls’ development and success.

Chair of College Council

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Mr James Hunter BSc (UNSW), DipEd (UNE), MBA (AGSM), MAICD

As Chairman of the College Council, Mr James Hunter’s expertise in leadership and education stems from his extensive background in the private sector, education and defence. After serving as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy, Mr Hunter’s focus shifted to education; working as a teacher and Housemaster at Shore School, while completing an MBA and subsequently working at a range of major companies including Boral and Origin. Mr Hunter is currently national managing partner at KPMG, is a White Ribbon ambassador and is married to Katrina. They have three children; Charlie, Harry and Lexie, who graduated from Pymble Ladies’ College in 2015.

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Deputy Chair

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Mrs Meredith Scott, BEc, FCA, GAICD

Mrs Scott is Deputy Chair of Council, and Chair of the Audit Risk Finance Committee. Her finance and audit career has spanned the technology, publishing, telecommunications, not-for-profit, media and education sectors. Mrs Scott is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Opportunity International Australia, a charity that addresses poverty in the developing world. She moved to Opportunity after more than three decades at Ernst & Young, where she was a partner for 19 years. Mrs Scott also serves as Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chair of the Wesley Mission Board and was made Honorary Fellow of the Senate of Sydney University for her service on its Audit and Risk Committee. Her daughter graduated from the College in 2017.


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The Reverend Stephen Aynsley, Ass Dip Soc Welf, B Th

Reverend Stephen (Steve) Aynsley serves as Minister of Gordon-Pymble Uniting Church and is Chairperson of the Pastoral Relations Committee within the Sydney Central Coast Presbytery. Rev Aynsley has worked in Uniting Church ministry for 23 years. Before that, he worked in welfare and community services, at North Shore Hospital and various community services in northern and western Sydney.

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Mr Christopher Fydler OAM LLB (Hons), BComm, GAICD

Mr Chris Fydler is Chief Executive Officer of technology solutions provider Tambla, having previously headed the Microsoft Gold-partnered Oriel Technologies. A former competitive swimmer, Mr Fydler represented Australia at three consecutive Olympic Games, three World Championships and three Commonwealth Games. For his efforts he was awarded Medal of the Order of Australia in 2001 and was Deputy Chef de Mission for the Australian Olympic Team in the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympics. Mr Fydler is Swimming New South Wales President, board member of the NSW Institute of Sport, and is Patron of Swimming Metro North East. Mr Fydler has two daughters, who are both Pymble girls.

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Ms Melinda Graham LLB (Hons)

A parent of two Pymble graduates, Ms Melinda Graham is a member of the College Council and partner at corporate law firm Thomson Geer. has been admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and Queensland. She has been recommended by her colleagues for inclusion in Doyle’s Guide and Best Lawyers Australia and was recognised by The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2017 – 2019). She is a member of the Property Council of Australia, Corenet Global, and associate member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Australasia).

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Dr Kate Highfield BTeach, BEd, MEd, PhD

Dr Kate Highfield is General Manager Professional Learning and Research Translation at Early Childhood Australia. Prior to this, she spent more than ten years teaching, followed by a decade-long tenure at Macquarie University and more recently at Swinburne University. Dr Highfield’s PhD explored robotics in the early years. Her current research relates to smart devices and their impact on student learning and teaching in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).

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Prof Gurjhinder (Gin) Malhi MBChB, BSc (Hons), MD, FRCPsych, FRANZCP

Professor Gurjhinder (Gin) Malhi is Royal North Shore Hospital’s Executive and Clinical Director of the CADE Clinic and Psychiatry Chair at the University of Sydney School of Medicine. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. Professor Malhi also provides advice to the College as part of the Pymble Wellbeing Reference group. Professor Malhi’s two daughters are Pymble graduates.

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Mr David Myers B.Build, MRICS, MCIOB

A KPMG partner, Mr David Myers specialises in building pathology and is the company’s National Leader for Property Due Diligence. Mr Myers was formerly Managing Director of SGA Property Consultancy. Mr Myers’ daughter graduated from Pymble in 2015.

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Mr Simon Rothery BEcon GDipAppFin (SecInst) SF Fin

An experienced leader and company director, Mr Simon Rothery is Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs in Australia and New Zealand and serves on the boards of the Australian Financial Markets Association, European Australian Business Council, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Swimming Australia. He is also a member of the Business Council of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation Chairman’s Panel, and Knox Grammar School. A Pymble parent of two daughters, Mr Rothery is also a Male Champion of Change, a collective of corporate leaders focused on the improvement of gender equality in the private sector and government.

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Ms Fiona Roughley BA (Hons), LLB (Hons), LLM (Hons), GAICD

Fiona Roughley joined the Council in 2019. A barrister at Banco Chambers, Ms Roughley is ranked by Chambers & Partners and Doyle’s Guide to the Legal Profession as one of Australia’s leading junior counsel for commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Before being called to the Bar, Ms Roughley was Associate to Justice Hayne AC of the High Court of Australia, a Principal Research Officer in the Department of the Senate of the Parliament of Australia and a solicitor at Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters). She received her LLM from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Scholar funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Ms Roughley received her BA and LLB from the University of Sydney, graduating with the University Medal in Law, the University Medal in English, and the University’s Convocation Medal. She is currently completing a doctoral thesis at the Australian National University on the role of the Attorney-General for the Commonwealth. Ms Roughley is an ex-student of Pymble.

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Mrs Kristen Wydell, BBus (Accounting) FCA

Mrs Kristen Wydell has been on the Pymble board since December 2018, in addition to her role as General Manager Professional Standards at Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Mrs Wydell previously held senior roles at Deloitte and Ernst & Young and has provided advice to the Australian Government’s Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, until her retirement from the role in December 2013.

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Exofficio Member:Ms Anne Empson BCom (UNSW) GDipTh (CSU), ATCL, CPA, GAICD

The Uniting Church’s Schools Relationship Manager, Ms Anne Empson is ex-officio member of the Council. In her role at the Church, Ms Empson is the conduit between New South Wales schools and the New South Wales / Australian Capital Territory Synod of the Uniting Church. Ms Empson is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) with extensive experience in both large multinational companies and the not-for-profit sector. She has extensive board experience and is the Treasurer of the Sydney Presbytery of the Uniting Church in Australia.