The Foundation Board, which includes the College Principal as an ex-officio Member, and Executive Officer, meets monthly from February to November each year. The Foundation Board strives to strengthen the Rostrevor College community by working with all stakeholders to enable buildings and educational programs that would not otherwise be possible.
Damien Byrne, Chair
Damien joined the Board in 2014 and has two sons at the College, Aidan (Yr. 10) and Ciaran (Yr. 8). Damien is a Civil Engineer with over 25 years' experience in civil engineering and has been involved in a number of South Australia's largest infrastructure projects. He has a highly diverse range of skills including traffic and transport planning, road design, urban development, storm water management, storm water recycling and reuse and local government engineering.
Darren Furst, Vice-Chair
Darren joined the Board in 2015. He attended Rostrevor College from 1992 - 97 after his family moved to Adelaide from the family farm located 200 km south east of Adelaide. After completing his schooling he worked within the family business and then managed the Havelock Hotel on Hutt Street for a number of years. During this time he entered into discussions with another old scholar, Michael Murphy, about working in the finance industry. In 2001 Darren ceased working at the Hotel and commenced his career as a Financial Advisor under the guidance of Michael. 14 years later Darren is now the Principal of Murphy Financial Advice and has been instrumental in the growth of the practice. Since leaving Rostrevor, Darren has been heavily involved with the Rostrevor Old Collegians' Football Club, from committee member, sponsorship director, team manager and assistance coach. Darren has Nicholas (Yr. 1) and Thomas (aged 4).
Cristina Clemente, Treasurer
Cristina Clemente joined the Board in 2016 and has a background in Finance. Her son Vincent (Yr. 12) commenced here in Reception, and was acknowledged at the Trecedim Annis Assembly in February for his 13 years at Rostrevor College. Cristina is a chartered accountant. With over 20 years of experience as an advisor to clients located across South Australia and the Northern Territory, Cristina has developed significant expertise in the areas of superannuation, taxation and planning, financial and management reporting and estate planning.
Damian Messer, Principal (ex-officio)
Damian joined Rostrevor in 2017, having previously served as Principal of St Virgil's College in Tasmania. He has vast experience, not only in the day to day operations of running successful schools, but also in leading strategic and cultural renewal in such environments. Damian is passionate about Continuous School Improvement. He holds a Masters Degree in Education and is committed to ongoing Professional Learning and ensuring students and staff strive for excellence in all aspects of schooling life.
Rob joined the Board in 2016. Rob is an Old Scholar with a son in Year 4, Salvatore, who has been at Rostrevor since Reception. Rob has been the president of the Parents' & Friends' Committee for the past 3 years and involved for 5 years. Rob also brings to Rostrevor his strengths as a machinery manufacturer/designer and company owner specialising in the Food and Beverage Industry. Rob introduced the inaugural Stepping Up night 4 years ago for the Junior Years which is now an annual event. Rob is extremely active in many ways at Rostrevor from coaching cricket to cooking pancakes. Rob is the Vice President of the Old Collegians' Rugby Union Club, and also a State Representative Coach for Juniors plus touring teams to New Zealand. Rob's community involvement shows he is an integral part of Rostrevor.
Fleur joined the Foundation in 2016 and has two boys in Junior Years, Miles (Yr. 2) Thomas (Yr. 5). She has over 16 years' experience working within the Tourism and Hospitality industry, in senior sales and marketing roles for a number of International Hotel Groups. Fleur is now a Specialist Primary School Teacher working for DECD.
Danielle joined the Board in 2015 and has two sons at the College, Nicholas (Yr. 12) and Hamish (Yr. 6). Danielle has over 25 years' consultative experience in the Office Equipment Industry across the SME market and industry sectors in SA.