MLC School Council

The MLC School Council provides a link with the school’s ownership, namely the Uniting Church in Australia, and is the guardian of the vision of the School’s Founders.

The Council is responsible for determining school policy, monitoring performance, and maintaining relationships with external bodies such as government. The Council comprises 11 members. The Council currently has several standing committees including Master Planning and Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

Chair of MLC School Council, Pauline Johnston

Mrs Pauline Johnston (Blight, 1988) is the first woman and the first former student to hold the position of Chair of MLC School Council. Pauline became a member of the School Council in June 2001 and has held the Chair’s position since February 2010.

Pauline attended MLC School from 1983 – 1988. As a Senior Prefect in her graduation year, she was very involved in the life of the School. An outstanding academic performance resulted in her being awarded Dux of the School in 1988.

Pauline joined Genworth as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in March 2020. Pauline has over 25 years’ of senior management, financial and strategic experience in wealth management and insurance in Australia, New Zealand and globally.

Prior to joining Genworth, Pauline held senior leadership and strategic roles in Challenger, AMP and RGA Reinsurance Company. She has also served as Chief Financial Officer and Appointed Actuary of Asteron Life, and consulted to the insurance and wealth management industry at KPMG and Tillinghast-Towers Perrin.

An active industry participant, Pauline has served on the boards of the Institute of Actuaries, the Financial Services Council and the Australian Institute of Insurance and Finance, as well as been a member of and chaired numerous committees of these bodies.

Pauline is a Fellow of each of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia, the New Zealand Society of Actuaries, the Actuarial Society of South Africa, Finsia, the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance & Finance and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She also holds a Master of Economics degree from Macquarie University.

MLC School Council


Mrs Pauline Johnston, MEc, FIAA, FNZSA, FFin, FANZIIF



Mr Colman Chan 
Ms Kylie Bryden-Smith, BA Communications
Rev Kent Crawford, BA, Bachelor Theology, MICDA, DipBus (Governance)
Dr Suresh Cuganesan, BCom(Hons), MCom(Hons), PhD
Ms Ita Farhat, BEng (Elec), MAICD
Ms Fiona Hollier, BSocStud, BA, ATCL Member
Mr Adrian Jameson, BArch
Ms Lynn McNally, BEc (Hons), MBUS
Dr Paraskevi (Eve) Tsironis MB BS


Miss Anne Empson, BComm, CPA, ATCL, GAICD, GDipTh (CSU)