Samford Valley Steiner School

School Board

The School Board 

President – Michael Ryan

Michael is an independent environmental consultant who applies behavioural sciences to shape technical specialists into high performing teams with a shared goal.  He is a father of two children currently in the Primary School and is passionate about spiritual development.
Michael has good communication skills, both written and verbal, and has used these skills in negotiations and conflict resolution across all levels of government and non-government organizations.  Michael is keen to assist in the long-term strategic development of the school. 

Treasurer – Rob Hewitt

Rob is a chartered accountant with 15 years post qualification experience in a broad range of industries and businesses, from early stage to established multi-national operations. In his current role, he is Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of UniQuest, the University of Queensland’s main technology commercialisation company.

Rob is passionate about the governance role of the board and the contribution it can make to a strong and confident Samford Valley Steiner School.

Secretary – Magalie Aparis

Magalie is the mother of 2 beautiful boys, both attending the school and the spouse of her wonderful partner Ludo. Born in Cognac in France, she has always had an interest for the STEM subjects. She holds a master in chemical and environmental engineering and has worked in various industries (Pharmaceutical, Chemical, Food, OG&C, and now Mining and Mineral) in Ireland, France and Australia.
She temporary moved to Australia with Ludo in 2004 for work. Both fell in love with Brisbane and the Australian lifestyle “no worries, mate” and chose to become Australian.

With all her time in the corporate world, Magalie wanted something different for her children. She was fortunate to be told about Steiner education and about the Samford Valley Steiner School. On the side, she has also interests in nutrition, alternative medicine. She is a reiki II channel and a nutripuncture practitioner and pursues ongoing education in that field. She loves to learn about personal and professional development. She has been attending a leadership course based on Rudolf Steiner principles. Her aim is to be able to apply Steiner leadership style to the corporate world. She wanted to give back to the school, and joined the Board of the school as the Secretary. She was previously Secretary of the Western Suburbs Toastmaster International club and prior to that, she was the Secretary and then Chairperson of the Risk Engineering Society. Her analytical skills, corporate and governance competency and knowledge widen the expertise of the Board committee.