Padua College is wholly owned by the Franciscan Order (Province of the Holy Spirit) and was incorporated in 1996. The College is governed by the Board of Directors of Padua College Limited. As such, it is an independent school, responsible for its own direction and performance.
The Board was formed as part of the process to transition the management and governance of the cchool to a formal legal entity. The Board is made up of eleven (11) members of the Padua community, including parents of current and past students, Old Boys, past teachers and two (2) members of the Franciscan Order. The Board meets on a monthly basis and all members volunteer their time, professional expertise and effort.
The essence of the Board’s role is to provide corporate leadership to the school, appoint the Rector and ensure a strategic approach to the College’s future by setting major objectives, policy frameworks and strategies. The Board also monitors adherence to systems of risk management, ensures compliance with legal obligations and undertakes periodic performance reviews.
The Board does not become involved in the day to day management and operations of the school. This is the responsibility of the Rector and the College’s Senior Leadership team. Ultimately, it is the Board that is responsible for governance practices and the Board takes responsibility for the processes by which the School is directed, controlled and made accountable.
The Board is always conscious of the need to recognise and manage the College’s main stakeholder groups. These main stakeholder groups are depicted in the following diagram:
The major functions of the Board are as follows:
- Oversee the major aspects of the school, including its control and accountability systems, and approve the expenditure and capital budgets.
- With the Provincial Minister of the Franciscans appoint, review and remove (if required) the Rector and provide ongoing support and supervision to the Senior Leadership Team of the College.
- Develop and maintain healthy relationships with key stakeholders and develop effective communication channels.
- Ensure a strategic approach to the school’s future by setting major goals, policy frameworks and strategies.
- Set the tone and the ethical standards of the school and review adherence to them.
- Review plans and budgets established by school management.
- Approve all material expenditure outside the budget.
- Anticipate problems as much as possible and act to diffuse issues.
- Be attentive to the matter of succession.
- Establish committees where appropriate.
- Review systems of risk management, governance compliance and legal compliance.
- Monitor the Senior Leadership team’s organisational performance.
- Conduct an annual review of the Board’s own performance (i.e. Board appraisal).
- Conduct an annual review of the school’s progress in meeting its objectives.
- Maintain the solvency of the school.
The Board ensures that the mixture of skills and professional attributes of its members are meeting the particular requirements of the school. Current board members have all made significant contributions to the important decisions associated with the school. The Board works very closely with the Rector and the Senior Leadership team to achieve the ultimate goal of making Padua College and its community one of the leading schools in Brisbane.
The Rector is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Officer of Padua College Limited. The governance policies that underpin the direction and work of the Board can be found elsewhere on the Padua College website. Although, it is an independent school, Padua College has some very significant accountabilities and affiliations.
Padua College is responsible to:
- The Archbishop of Brisbane, through the Brisbane Catholic Education Office, for its religious education program.
- The Non State Schools Accreditation Board for its statutory authority to operate as a Queensland school.
- The Queensland Studies Authority for its education programs and the certification of students in these programs.
Padua College is affiliated with
- The Queensland Catholic Education Commission.
- The Brisbane Catholic Education Office.
- The Association of Independent Colleges (for sport).
- The Combined Independent Colleges (for sport).