Introduction to the School Board
The School Board is empowered by the constitution to govern the business and legal functions of the School. For practical purposes, the day-to-day operation of the School is delegated to the Principal. Some of the matters considered by the Board include setting fees and charges, fee collection, fee relief, formulating short and medium term budgets, building and maintenance projects, formulating policies and practices and other governance issues.
The Board consists of between 6 and 8 Directors. 3-4 Directors are elected by the Membership of the Association and 2-4 Directors are appointed by the Board. The Principal attends all Board meetings as an ex-officio member and there are 2 Teacher Consultants to the Board, elected annually by the College of Teachers.
- Christian Edwards – Chairperson
- Michael Adamo – Treasurer
- Neil Young – Secretary
- John Hart
- Toni Appleton
- Aaron Tait
- Magdalena Roze
- Zoe Gameau
Teacher Consultants to the Board:
- Paddy Nash
Meet the Directors
Christian was born in Newcastle in 1971. His father was a pilot and his mother (originally a refugee from Czechoslovakia) a scientist. Christian and his two siblings were taken around the world with various Air Force postings, spending time in Malaysia and the USA, as well as up and down the eastern seaboard of Australia before settling in Canberra.
He spent 20 years as a lawyer including stints in London and Sydney. Toward the later part of his career Christian worked as a music lawyer and still has a keen interest in the music industry and mentoring and developing the next generation of artists.
Christian and his co-parent Imogen have three young daughters, Harriet, Audrey and Maeve. Having first moved to Byron in 2012 to start a family they moved to Coorabell where they are custodians of a patch of rainforest, a brood of escape artist chickens and their first child … Panda the dog. The family spent 6 months in France in 2018 to give the kids just a little taste of the international life experienced by their Dad, whose French is terrible.
A keen skateboarder for over 30 years, Christian can be found rolling around at the bottom of a concrete bowl clutching a knee or elbow. Since moving to Byron he has transitioned to surfing and his extremities are very thankful. He’s not that great, but assures you he would have made the WSL if he never moved from Newcastle.
Christian was introduced to the teachings of Rudolf Steiner by attending the Sol Circle at CBRSS and also takes spiritual guidance from Ekhart Tolle, Ram Dass and a Course in Miracles.
John is a proud parent at CBRSS. His daughters also attended the Nelson Waldorf School, and the Vancouver Waldork School, both in beautiful British Columbia. John and his family moved to the Northern Rivers in 2016 specifically to attend CBRSS.
He has worked as an environmental engineer since 1994. Being in a technical trade, he is fascinated by the role in anthroposophical education that is played by rhythm, balance shapes, music and colour … and how these elements are brought into the children’s lives in the classroom and other experiential teaching elements. John sees the fruits of this in how our students approach life and its myriad questions and challenges, with a natural and unencumbered curiosity, a fearless desire for learning and creative approach to problem-solving.
The education that CBRSS offers is preparing youth who will be very well equipped for the times ahead.
Neil was born in London and lived in Scandinavia before moving to Sydney in 1988. He has been living in Byron Shire since 1997 and is now living just outside Mullumbimby with his partner Mette, daughters Zoe and Billie, who both attend the school, and Molly the dog.
Neil was instrumental in the set-up and early management of The Uncle Project – the community organization that mentors boys in need of positive male role models – initially as an uncle, then an employee and eventually a board member. He has also recently been President of Lilly Pilly Community Pre-School and is happy to use this experience now with Cape Byron Steiner School.
Neil is a trained actor and has recently appeared in children’s shows for NORPA – but like many actors he spends most of his time doing something else. He wrote a book about Fatherhood when his entire six-a-side football team became pregnant (One Got Past The Keeper) which he pitched at the Byron Bay Writers Festival and was published and launched the following year. He is currently writing a children’s book while he runs his own business in visual communications doing information design for international management consulting companies in Europe and Australia.
Neil is committed to the development and direction of the school and particularly enjoys being part of the school community at RCM days, P&F meetings, and study groups.
Toni attended her first board meeting in February 2016, but her association with the school began in 1987 when she was invited by the founding parents to assist with the planning of the new campus and the design of the buildings.
Over the next twenty-five years Toni continued to prepare documentation for all the building projects, culminating in 2010/12 when, as an associate of the design team ‘Social Habitat’, she saw her long held dream to design a theatre attach itself to the verandah at the tutorial block. She had worked in theatre, film and television as a designer for ten years after three years studying Architecture from 1966 to 1968.
Toni has known and worked with every person who has held the role of bursar, administrator or principal at the school. She is also still recognized by some of the original students, despite having aged quite dramatically over the last thirty years.
Toni has two daughters, Emilia, a primary school teacher, and Romany, who manages a pre-training barn on a thoroughbred stud and makes prizewinning short films on the side. Mim’s daughter Lottie is nearly two and a half and brings delight into her Nonni’s life every day.
Toni has read Rudolf Steiner’s writings on the child and agriculture. She has lived at Goonengerry for forty years, restoring habitat and working with horses every day.
She brings to the Board the whole development history of the school and an absolute commitment to continue to act in the best interests of the whole school community.
Aaron and his wife Kaitlin, and their two boys have lived in Ewingsdale since 2018, and Aaron joined the board in 2021.
Aaron is a social entrepreneur who focuses his efforts on driving impact at scale. This has seen him co-found ygap.org, an impact accelerator organisation that has supported more than a million people to find a job, build a home, or access high quality education or healthcare across Africa, Asia and the Pacific. He is also the co-founder of the education professional development organisation Education Changemakers, which provides teacher training to more than 25,000 Australian educators each year. In 2022 this organisation merged with the technology company Go1, and Aaron leads the development and growth of a global online learning platform for the education sector. Go1 currently has millions of learners, and the goal is to reach a billion learners worldwide in the coming years. Aaron is the co-author of two education books; Edupreneur (Wiley) and Dream Team (ASCD) and is a keynote speaker at some of the world’s largest education conferences including ASCD (USA), Edutech (AUS) and Bett (UK).
He holds three master’s degrees including an MPhil from Cambridge (with research into scaling climate adaptation strategies in emerging markets), an MA from UNSW (in global strategy and policy) and an MA from Deakin (International and Community Development) as well as a BA in Economics and Management. Aaron is also an Australian military veteran with decorated service through United Nations missions in the middle east across a seven year career, and has led schools and community projects across East Africa.
Aaron is excited to engage at such a local level with the Cape Byron School, and loves applying his experience and insight to the remarkable ‘school down the road’ that is Cape Byron Steiner School.
Magdalena and her partner Darren made the sea change from Sydney to Byron Bay almost 5 years ago, following their dream to open a restaurant on a farm. They have since started a family and have two small boys and now call the Northern Rivers home.
Magdalena is a Journalist, Meteorologist, Food Writer and Cook Book author. After completing a BA (Media and Communication), her career began in television working as a researcher and then producer for a number of programs including the Nine Network and BBC, before moving on screen. Prior to moving to Byron Bay, Magdalena worked as a Television Presenter and Meteorologist for over ten years presenting live television including co-hosting Network Ten’s The Project, covering two Olympic Games, reading news and weather on both breakfast and prime-time bulletins. Magdalena has reported nationwide on some of the biggest natural disasters in Australian history. During her time at The Weather Channel, Magdalena returned to university to complete a Graduate Diploma in Atmospheric Science.
Passionate about wholefoods and cooking, she released her first cook book Happy and Whole in May 2017, focusing on nourishing food and lifestyle. She has been a food reviewer for guides including Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide and Delicious Magazine, and works closely with chefs as the co-founder and host of food podcast The Pass. Magdalena regularly MC’s events around Australia and has been an ambassador Planet Ark for almost 10 years.
By joining the board, Magdalena hopes that her passion for environment, sustainability, education and community will help to enrich the school.