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The Council of Barker College

Mr Peter Berkley (Chair of Barker College)

B.Ec LLB (Sydvv)

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Peter has over 25 years experience in financial markets and funds management. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Global Trading Strategies Investment Management and a non-executive director for an international commodities group. Peter was previously a founding Managing Director and Treasurer of Zurich Capital Markets Asia. Prior to this Peter was Asia regional treasurer of Bankers Trust Company, in Tokyo and Hong Kong. Prior to this he held various positions at Bankers Trust Australia.

Peter received a Bachelor of Economics in 1986 and Bachelor of Laws in 1988 from the University of Sydney. He has previously served on the Synod of the Diocese of Sydney and on the Sydney Diocesan Secretariat. He is a member of Christ Church St Ives where he has previously served on the Parish Council and Finance Committee. Peter has been a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2003. He has a longstanding interest in the philanthropic sector and in Christian education.

Peter has been a member of the Barker College Finance Committee since October 2008 and was appointed to the Council of Barker College in August 2013. He currently has one son in Year 11 and has had a son and daughter complete their schooling at Barker College.

Mrs Catherine Crouch - Deputy Chair

BA (Syd), Dip HR Mgt, MAICD

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Catherine has been a member of the Barker College Council since May 2007, and became Deputy Chair on 1 August 2014. She was the Chair of the Barker College Foundation from 2008-2012 and a Director of the Foundation from 2004 to 2012.

Catherine also served as a member of the BCMA Executive Committee in its 80th Anniversary year in 2006, and was on the BCMA committee from 2004-2005. Her two daughters and her son attended Barker.

Catherine has a background in recruitment and search, and has worked in Sydney and London. She has been involved in independent assessments for a variety of organisations covering promotions and quality assurance.

Catherine is a member of St Thomas’ Anglican Church, and has been active in Women’s ministries for many years involving leading, planning and pastoral care as well as teaching Scripture in public schools.

She has volunteered with organisations involved in education, the arts and community welfare and has also been a Director of a private investment company since 1994.

She is the only Council member to be a member of Dogs NSW. She enjoys Instructing and competing in her spare time, as well as being a Delta society volunteer in an aged care facility.

Catherine is married to Ewen and they enjoy walking holidays, the beach and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Mr Michael Brodie


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Michael has extensive commercial, financial and information technology experience. He is a Chief Financial Officer and Chartered Accountant with a diverse business background including dynamic investment companies, aged care operators and property development organisations.

He is former student, nominee of the Old Barker Association to Council, and parent of a current and two past students.

Mr David Charles

BA LLB (Hons) LLM (Syd).

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David was appointed by Synod to the Council of Barker College in 2012.  He is the Chair of Council's Governance and Compliance Audit Committee and the current Chair of the The Barker Foundation.

As a legal practitioner since 1981 (practising principally in the fields of corporate law, commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution), David is now a General Member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. He hears and determines cases in the Tribunal’s Consumer and Commercial Division.

David brings to Council extensive experience in governance, risk management and corporate responsibility. From 1991, he practised as a barrister of the Sydney Bar advising and appearing in significant and complex commercial litigation (e.g. purchase and sale of businesses and building and construction disputes), as well as appearing as an advocate for individual clients in property disputes (e.g. landlord/tenant matters) or disputes involving wills and deceased estates.

Cognisant of Barker’s Values, Vision and Mission, David is wholeheartedly committed to ensuring the Head of School and staff have the resources to enliven, encourage, equip and empower Barker’s students with Christian character and sound leadership as they take responsibility and influence in our global community.

Part of a fourth generation Barker family, David has strong connections with the School. He entered the Junior School in 1967 and completed Year 12 in 1975. His grandfather Burton (1910), father Graham (1936), brother John (1972), son Lachlan (2010), and daughter Evie (2013), all attended the School. Married to Wendy, David enjoys spending time with his family, sport (particularly cricket and rugby), reading and travel.  


Ms Pennie Cruickshank

B Comm. Marketing (UNSW)

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Pennie was appointed to the Barker Council in early 2014 and is a member of the OBA committee, previously also serving on the Board of the Barker Foundation. 

Her marketing career has spanned industries including OTC pharmaceuticals, tourism, event management, IT, food, FMCG, retail. She is currently head of Menu at McDonald’s.

Pennie is married to Jay Weymouth with two sons at Barker, Luc (Year 11) and Hugo (Year 10). Her family life is full of sport, and they enjoy cooking, skiing, the beach and travelling. 


Mr Jonathan Fowell


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Jonathan joined the Barker Council in 2003 and is also Chairman of the Finance Committee.

After working for local chartered accountancy firms he established his own accountancy practice in 1990.  Based in Parramatta, he is the Senior Partner in a multi-disciplinary financial services practice.

Jonathan attended Barker College from 1967 to 1975.  He is married to Rosemary and his three sons all attended Barker.  They are actively involved with St John's Anglican Church in Beecroft.

Mr Tony Gamson

BComm (Industrial Relations) (UNSW)

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Tony Gamson graduated from Barker in 1978 and joined Council in 2013.  Tony is a member of the Strategic Planning and Resource Committee, the Governance and Compliance Committee and the Naming Committee.  He is currently the President of the Old Barker Association and was formerly a Director of the Barker Foundation Limited.

He has had an extensive career in the finance industry working in Australia, Asia and North America.  He worked closely with companies in the commodities sector helping them to develop risk management strategies taking advantage of opportunities to protect their projects against adverse price movements.   He was previously Head of Global Financial Markets, Asia Pacific for WestLB AG and has also worked at Macquarie Bank, Citibank and AIDC Limited.

He now consults to a wide range of Australian companies who carry exposure to currency, interest rate or commodity price risk as well as assisting them to formulate policies to handle their compliance and regulatory requirements.

Tony is proud of the long association of the Gamson name with Barker and the service given to the School by his father, David, who was a member Council for 28 years. 

Tony believes Barker provides the right combination of optimism for the future, and respect for the traditions that have made the School the success it is today.  He is motivated to insure Barker prepares its students for the challenges of the future in a supportive and encouraging environment.  He believes Barker is at its best when it enables its students to seek out the opportunities that will enable them to achieve to the full extent of their potential.

The spirit of Honor non Honores is the spirit of Barker that underpins its culture and its beliefs.

Tony is married and lives in the Hills District of northwest Sydney.  His son currently attends Barker.

The Rev Christopher Pears

BSc (UNSW), BD (MTC), MA (Th) (MTC)

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Christopher is a Synod elected clergy representative on the Barker Council. He has been an Anglican Minister for 18 years and is currently the Rector of St Luke’s Hornsby Heights. In addition to parish work, Christopher has served eight years as the Synod Secretary for the Armidale Synod, six years on the governing council of the Queensland branch of the Church Missionary Society, and five years on the Armidale Diocesan Council which had oversight of the various Anglican schools in that diocese.

He has one son currently in Year 11 at Barker, and he enjoys his Saturdays watching him in his sporting endeavours. Christopher could be described as a Barker convert. He attended Trinity Grammar through his high school years, but now he has no problems cheering for the red and blue, even when they’re playing against the green and white.

In his studies of Australian Church history during his time at theological college, Christopher gained a great appreciation for the work of Bishop Barker, the second Bishop of Sydney, and Christopher is delighted that college that bears the Bishop’s name continues to clearly promote the Christian message that Bishop Barker did so much to uphold.

The Rev. Natalie Ray



Natalie was appointed to the Barker Council in 2017, after coming to the North Shore to join the ministry team at St Matthew’s West Pymble in 2016. Natalie has been working in ministry for over 15 years, in both parish and para-church roles, including four years as the director of a residential college owned by the Anglican Diocese of Sydney.

Natalie has a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and Studies of Religion from Sydney University, and a Bachelor of Theology from Moore Theological College. She is currently undertaking a Masters Degree at Moore College.

Natalie is married to Jason and they have two small boys, who may well join the Barker community in due course! For now, Natalie looks forward to serving the families of Barker College as a member of the Council.

Andrew Rees

B.Ec. (Syd), BDiv, DipMin (MTC)


Andrew is the Senior Minister at St Andrew’s Anglican church, Wahroonga.

He was a Barker student himself, and went on to study economics at University of Sydney and worked in logistics at Unilever. He then completed his theological study at Moore College and has been in full time ministry since 2004, serving both in Sydney and in Sheffield, UK.

Andrew is married to Liz and they have four children, the eldest of whom has just begun Year 7 at Barker. Andrew enjoys discovering new music, loves meals with friends (old and new) and watching or playing sport. He is passionate about sharing the wonderful news of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ with others.

Andrew joined the Barker Council in 2017.

Gary Thursby


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Gary is the Chief Strategy Officer, Group Strategy, for the Westpac Group. He is an experienced CFO, operating at both Board and Senior Executive level. Gary has broad banking experience, covering Finance, Strategy, Projects, Operations, Risk & M&A. In addition to his strong financial insight and commercial acumen, Gary also has the ability to formulate organisational strategy and develop and implement change.

Gary joined the Barker College Council in 2016. He currently has a son in Year 10 at the School. His daughter and son graduated from Barker College in 2010 and 2012, respectively.