College Board

Chairman: Ms Libby Prell FAICD

Libby is an FAICD qualified business and finance professional who lives in the Northern Territory. Her skills in corporate governance, accountability & strategic direction have successfully influenced not only her own businesses but has made invaluable contributions to community organisations. Libby is a firm believer in the critical importance that strong governance will ensure an organisation (of any size) can prosper in today’s volatile compliant environment. Libby’s believes in an effective Board with clear strategic direction and compliance reporting will give an informed & qualified CEO the platform to operate a successful organisation.

Her early career in tourism & hospitality in Central Australia led to business opportunities in transport and construction as the co-proprietor of NT Link. NT Link is a specialised transportable buildings business primarily servicing the mining industry & governments in remote areas. It was established 30 years ago and currently employs 60+ people with operations in Darwin and Alice Springs. NT Link is part of the wider Smith Prell Group which owns commercial & residential property and BOO camps. Libby is current Chairman, of St Philip’s College; she has served on the Development Consent Authority, Board member of Museums & Art Galleries of NT, she has recently retired from Chairman of Olive Pink Botanic Gardens and as Chairman of Alice Springs Steiner School and is a Life Member of Tourism Central Australia. She is an active supporter of the community professionally and philanthropically.


Principal: Mr Roger Herbert M. Ed., B.A., Dip.Teach.

Mr Roger Herbert commenced as Principal of St Philip’s College on July 1, 2016.

Roger was previously Head of Timbertop, in Victoria, a co-educational Boarding School for Year 9 students which is part of Geelong Grammar School. It has a strong emphasis on Experiential Learning, Outdoor Education and Positive Education combined with a rigorous academic programme. He held that position for the past ten years, providing outstanding leadership and considerable stability.

Prior to being Head of Timbertop, Roger held a number of other positions of responsibility including four years as Head of Outdoor Education also at Timbertop as well as three years as Director of Operations at Prem Tinsulanonda Centre in Thailand and Director at Wollangarra Centre for Education. Roger holds a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Teaching and Master of Education in Educational Leadership.

Roger is married to Susan and has two sons, Jem and Mattie, and a daughter, Ellie. His interests include chess, musicals, many sports including cricket and Australian Rules Football (Melbourne), and exploring the world. 


His Honour John Birch B.Leg S and Dip.Crim

John is the senior and managing judge based in Alice Springs. He has been a judge since 2000 and was admitted to legal practice in New South Wales in 1980.

He has a background in many areas of the law including criminal law, civil law and areas of family.

John has two children at St Philip’s and has a strong vested interest in ensuring the College achieves its Vision Statement. In addition, John is a Director of the Connellan Airways Trust which provides grants to isolated persons to undertake programs for the community benefit.

John has been a member of the Board since 2013. He was also the Chair of the ICT Committee which navigated the College through internet upgrade and ‘Bring Your Own Device’ policy change.

Dr Kevin Davis AM Hon. D.Ed, FACE, FAICD, TTC, B.Ed, M.Ed (Admin)

Kevin has more than thirty years' experience in senior executive positions. He has been Deputy Secretary of the NT Department of Education, Chairman of NT Housing Commission, Director of Darwin Institute of Technology, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Registrar of Northern Territory University and the General Secretary of Uniting Church Northern Synod.

He is active in the Community and is a member of a number of Boards. He is the Congregational Chairman of the Darwin Memorial Uniting Church.

Kevin has provided consulting services in governance issues, in particular the development of organisation constitutions. He has wide experience in capital asset master planning and strategic planning and he has been involved in school policy development.

Kevin's qualifications include a Teacher's Certificate, a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Education (Educational Administration). He is a Fellow of the College of Education and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2003 he was admitted to the Order of Australia as a Member, for services to Education, particularly Aboriginal Education and to the Arts.

In 2015 he was awarded Doctor of Education, Honoris Causa for his contribution to the development of tertiary education in the Northern Territory.                                                     

Mr John Huigen B.Sc., M.Sc., Grad.Dip. Audiology, Grad.Dip.Management (Business)

John's career is characterised by significant achievement and service in complex, multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder, intercultural and often unpredictable environments through a combination of leadership, systemic and strategic analysis and action, innovation and entrepreneurialism, and capacity to bring disparate partners together to work for common purpose.

From senior management in the health, science and innovation environment from which Cochlear's now globally dominant Bionic Ear emerged John then led and transformed a $100M Aboriginal Council and its subsidiary health service, airline, transport and fuel businesses. As CEO of DKA, John grew a start-up committed to national innovation, intercultural advancement and collaborative impact - creating and driving new approaches to address 'stuck' problems in complex, intercultural remote Australia.

John's capacity to represent, influence and build networks has contributed to business revenue and growth and extended organisational impact as well as offering opportunities to realise his passion to make a difference. Leadership and governance through board appointments in the health, not-for-profit, community based and research sectors has provided an opportunity to contribute beyond the workplace.

John is now applying his experience and skills through Huigen Advisory to help boards and senior leaders achieve their mission. John's focus is on helping leaders achieve what they need, rather than shoe-horning people to fit 'products'. This includes coaching leaders to rethink their situation, establish a clearer understanding of where they want to 'land', helping to establish the strategy to get there and providing support, capacity and building the capability for leaders to lead that journey so that they and their organisation can thrive. He also works in achieving systemic change through collaborative impact initiatives. The University of Melbourne, Arup, NT Education Department, Australia Post, Swinburne University number amongst his past and present clients.

John continues his long-standing commitment to contributing the reframing on Indigenous affairs in remote Australia, innovating intercultural leadership programs, and harnessing the positive opportunities of technology.

Mr Peter Jones B.Ed, M.Ed, Grad Cert PSM, MAICD

After two years as a primary school teacher in Canberra, Peter came to the Northern Territory in 1977. The next eight years as a middle primary, Teacher-linguist and Assistant Principal at Maningrida in Central Arnhemland were filled with memorable experiences in working with Aboriginal people in support of improved education and social outcomes. Next came a year back in Canberra undertaking course work for a Master of Education qualification and undertaking evaluations for the ACT Schools Authority.

A move back to the Territory found Peter in the Education and then Principal Education Officer Bilingual Education roles with the NT Department of Education, before being the Manager of Aboriginal Education Programs and then the Director of the Schools Policy Branch, which included responsibility for Independent schools. An agency restructure saw Peter move to the NT Department of Justice where as the Director of Community Policy for liquor, private security, kava and escorts, more social policy work was undertaken.

Since 2008 Peter has served as the General Secretary/ Chief Executive Officer of the Uniting Church Northern Synod. He leads implementation of the Synod’s strategic directions through support for Presbytery and congregation mission activities, and is the Secretary of the Synod Standing Committee, the Finance and Property Services Committee and the Pastoral Relations and Placements Committees. In addition to serving as a Board member with St Philips, Peter serves as a Board member of Nungalinya College and Aboriginal Resource and Development Services (ARDS). He is the Convener of the Uniting Church Task Group on Ministry in Remote Areas, and a member of the UCA Royal Commission Child Sexual Abuse National Task Group and chairs the Northern Synod Task Group. Peter is member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

As a key driver of governance reform processes within the UCA, Peter has developed and implemented reform options in the Uniting Church as well as in Indigenous social policy and education areas.

Mr Bruce McKay  B.Sc.(Hons) FAICD FIEAust

After graduating with a degree in Geology, Bruce McKay had a successful corporate career spanning several industries over a 30-year period. At the culmination of his international career with Exxon, he held the position of General Manager, Production for Esso Australia, responsible for the largest petroleum production operations in the country. Subsequently, Bruce became Director of Personnel at Telstra, and Chief Executive and Head of School of the Australian Graduate School of Engineering Innovation.

For the last twenty years, Bruce has pursued a portfolio of interests including consulting, company directorships and executive coaching/mentoring. He is currently the Non-executive Chair of ANU Enterprise and IPB Petroleum and a Trustee of the John Flynn Foundation for Frontier Services of the Uniting Church of Australia and of the Killara Golf Club Foundation.

As an Executive Coach and Mentor with the StephensonMansell Group since 2000, Bruce has worked extensively with participants in financial services, technology, resources, construction, infrastructure, legal and government sectors. In this role, he has contributed to developing the careers of executives and high potential managers, as well as mentoring CEO’s in ASX100 companies, Australian subsidiaries of international corporations and owner/executives of private companies. He has also facilitated leadership programs with executive teams in public companies and government departments.

He has been an Adjunct Lecturer in Technology Strategy at Macquarie Graduate School of Management and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and of The Institution of Engineers Australia.

Bruce has been personally involved with St Philip’s College as Patron of McKay House since 2001 succeeding his father, Fred McKay, the founder of the College.

Mr Kevin Tutt  B.A., Dip.Ed., M.Ed

Kevin Tutt is the principal of Seymour College in Adelaide. He has extensive experience in educational leadership having previously been principal of Prince Alfred College from 2004-2014, and has worked across all three education sectors over a long career in schools. From 2014 to 2016, Kevin worked as Executive Chair for an educational and community development focussed charity in Cambodia. His interests in education lie in quality teaching and learning, and wellbeing, and ensuring young people are well prepared for the demands of the 21st century.

Life Governors:

Mr Colin Gillmore AM (deceased)

Mrs Jan Heaslip OAM

Dr Charles Butcher OAM

Mr Chris Tudor AM