Partnership - Meet the Christian Schools Tasmania Board Members

Lance Conry

Lance has business qualifications specialising in computing and marketing from the University of Southern Queensland as well as graduate qualifications in science from the University of Tasmania. In addition he is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He runs his own software development and consultancy business, which affords him the ability to live in paradise – Margate – while working on significant projects throughout Australia.

Lance was on the Channel Christian School Council for six years, and is currently in his eighth year on the Christian Schools Tasmania Board.

Lance and Maja have three children at Channel and Calvin Christian schools.


Jackie Baines

Jackie is a New Zealander who moved to Australia to pursue theological studies. In 1997 she moved to Tasmania to undertake a youth work role at the Christian Reformed Church of Kingston. This led to her studying for a teaching qualification and she is currently teaching at New Norfolk High School.

Jackie’s husband Simon was one of the first students at Emmanuel Christian School, and he completed his education at Calvin.

Their two children, Brooke and Joel, attend Northern Christian School where Jackie is on the school council.

Jackie and her family attend Hope Christian Centre in Hobart.


Tim Davies

Tim is married to Bernadette and their four children, Bonnie, Mia, Harry and Jacob, go to Calvin Christian School.

They attend Hillsong Connect Hobart.

Tim is a legal practitioner at Baker Wilson Lawyers, working in the area of commercial, property and estate law.  

He graduated in Law from University of Tasmania with first class Honours. He was a student at Calvin Christian School from 1987 to 1994.


Vernon Swanepoel

Vernon graduated from the University of Natal with Masters qualifications in agriculture, followed by an MBA from the University of Pretoria.  

He also has a Financial Services diploma from the Australian Financial Markets Association and is currently working at Hydro Tasmania as Manager Wholesale Energy Transactions.

He and his wife Renée have two children, Nikki and Marcel. The family moved to Tasmania in 2006 and they attend St Clements Anglican Church in Kingston. 


Chris Rayner

Chris is a lecturer in Inclusive Education at the University of Tasmania. He has taught a range of subjects in teacher education courses at the Bachelor and Masters level, and is overseeing the Faculty of Education’s new postgraduate courses in inclusive education. 

Chris and his wife Naomi have three children, and he is an active member and leader at Lighthouse on Federal, having been part this local church since the age of ten.


Brett Galbraith

Brett and his wife Tracey live in Rokeby and their home backs on to the Emmanuel Christian School which is attended by five of their six children.

The family attend the Grace Christian Church which began meeting in Emmanuel’s new Performing Arts Centre in early 2016. Brett has served on the Grace board for over ten years.

Brett is the Manager of Marketing at Anglicare Tasmania and believes his expertise in marketing and communications can assist Christian Schools Tasmania to improve the promotion of their schools whilst promoting the value of a Christ-centred education.


Scott Parnham

Scott and his wife Kristina have three children attending Calvin Christian School—Thomas, Emma and Amy. 
They are members of the Christian Reformed Church of Kingston, where Scott currently serves as an elder.

He is currently the General Manager, Commercial and Business Services with the Macquarie Point Development Corporation.

Scott is a Fellow of CPA Australia and has held senior financial management and governance roles within professional services, government businesses, primary production and manufacturing industries for over twenty years. 


Joyce Schuringa

Joyce and her husband Hilbrand have three children who attended Calvin Christian School. This experience confirmed to them the value and importance of Christian schools for equipping young people in a world where God calls us to be counter-cultural.

They are members of the Christian Reformed Church of Kingston. 

Joyce works as a physiotherapist and has served on the Calvin Christian School Council, as a Board Director of Christian Schools Tasmania, and with Independent Schools Tasmania, the Australian Physiotherapy Association and the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Tasmania.


Anthony Denman

Anthony is a qualified accountant with a Commerce Degree from the University of Tasmania and post graduate CPA qualifications. He is the Chief Financial Officer at Anglicare Tasmania. 

He is a Fellow Member of CPA Australia and also has post graduate qualifications in Management and Leadership from Deakin University,  and qualifications in Christian Ministry from Tabor College Tasmania. 


Anthony and Pam, together with their family are active members of Grace Church where Anthony is a church elder and board member. He has also been involved in other ministry areas as a board member of Ultra106five and Tabor College Tasmania.