Governance at Nambour Christian College

Professional, Inclusive, Experienced and Committed

Nambour Christian College is currently governed by a Board of Directors.

In 1989, the church Pastor saw the need for a more professional and planned approach to the oversight and development of the school and established the School Board. It immediately set about creating a development plan for the future called ‘Towards 2000’. This marked the end of the formal connection between the church and the school.

Since that time, Nambour Christian College has been governed by a Board of Directors, making the school an independent organisation to the church that founded us and re-focusing the school to welcome all Christians. You can read more about our history here.

Our board comprises professional men and women who give of their time and are very experienced in education at many levels. Collectively, they adopt a professional approach to set strategic direction for all business units owned and operated by Nambour Christian College Ltd which currently comprises of:

Meet our Board

Jesma O’Hara – Chair


Jesma has been a foundational board member of the College Board since 1989 and her five children have all graduated from NCC. She has held the position of Board Chair since 2001. Jesma has a BA major in Religious Studies, a Masters in Early Judaism and Early Christianity and is a highly respected author and lecturer. She is also the Founding Director for Neighbours Aid Community Stores Inc since 2002 and a Senior Global Project Officer for Neighbours Aid Community Stores Inc. Jesma brings visionary leadership to the Board and a passion for outreaching to the local Sunshine Coast and international community.

Kerry Evans


Kerry has seen his three children graduate from NCC and has been a member of the College Board since 1998. With many years as a Youth Pastor in the Baptist Church and more recently head of the local Scripture Union, Kerry has been able to contribute significantly to the various College Service Trips and Outreaches involving our students. Kerry’s business background in the media and advertising industry has enabled him to oversee the promotion and marketing function of the College for a number of years.

Stephen Marshall


Stephen has been actively involved with Christian schooling since the early 1980s. He brings his accounting background and financial and stockbroking experience to the Board, and to the Finance and Governance committees. Stephen retired from active business life in February 2015 but continues to be well involved in not-for-profits in Community banking, Christian schooling, and Christian mission. Past experience in not-for-profits includes 22 years leading in community radio and church boards.

Lynne Doneley


Lynne is currently the Executive Officer/Principal Research Officer (Qld) of Associated Christian Schools and is the Board Chair of Gulf Christian College and CEN Qld State Executive Officer. She commenced in this position in 2007 after completing ten years as Principal of Genesis Christian College in the Pine Rivers Shire north of Brisbane. Lynne’s extensive experience as a classroom teacher, her various co-ordinating and managerial roles in schools in NSW and Queensland and her passion for Christian schooling all contribute significantly to the expertise level of the College Board.

John Collins


John first became a parent of NCC students back in 2000, with both his boys since graduating from the College. He was the President of the NCC P&F for eight years and spent ten years on staff at NCC as Director of Marketing & Community Relations. He now has his own consulting business assisting Christian schools and Not-for-Profits throughout Queensland. John brings to the College Board a significant level of expertise and experience in business development, governance, community engagement and strategic planning.

Tim McNamara


Tim has worked on the Sunshine Coast since 1996 as a Medical Pathologist. He was the Director of Clinical Pathology at Nambour General Hospital and subsequently Sunshine Coast Public Hospital until 2019. He currently works in Private Practice with QML Pathology. He is a former parent of two children who graduated from NCC. He brings to the College Board experience in quality systems, computing, large department management, organisational accreditation and small business management.

Andrew Lind

B.Com, LLB (Hons), Grad Dip CS, Master CS

Andrew is a specialist charity and not-for-profit lawyer.  He serves on charity law policy and law reform committees.

He has had a long involvement in Christian education as an advisor and a governor of two other Christian Colleges.

Matt Hope

Matt Hope is the CEO of Colour Capital, which he founded to streamline resources required to develop and support operations for his franchise investments. Colour Capital is currently the operating entity for G.J. Gardner Homes (NSW/ACT, WA), Golds Gym (Aus/NZ) and Raw Energy Cafes.

Matt is also a Director of Opportunity International and an ambassador for Compassion. Matt has a passion for helping the poor and has visited and supported not-for-profit projects in India, Kenya, Rwanda and Indonesia.

Matt is married to Jessica and they have two children (Lucia and Josiah).

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