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 at the 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. board_president@samfordsteiner.qld.edu.au 

Treasurer – Rob Hewitt

Rob is a CA qualified finance professional working at the CFO level. With broad commercial expertise in a range of industries and businesses, from early stage to established multi-national operations, Rob is accustomed to working with confidence in challenging situations characterised by complexity and ambiguity. Currently Rob consults to a fintech start-up and to UniQuest, the University of Queensland’s main technology commercialisation company, where he was formerly Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary.

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. board_treasurer@samfordsteiner.qld.edu.au

Non-Executive Member – Christiane Plaetzer

I bring to the Board over 20 years experience in project management, corporate finance and strategy advisory roles, both in private sector and government organisations. My current focus is to monitor the financial health of SVSS and develop risk mitigation strategies as well as ensuring that staff, parent and community interests are considered during our significant growth phase.

 I attended a Steiner school in Germany for a number of years and to me Steiner education is not just about absorbing content, but for the students to understand the underlying principles of mathematics, science, society and the written and creative arts, and teaching them to apply these learnings in a wider context, thinking creatively for themselves based on a learning experience enriched by values and compassion.

Non-Executive Member – Matthew Richardson

Matthew is a civil engineer and project manager working in the construction industry.  His first experience with Steiner education was in 2009 in Canberra where he enrolled his three children in the Orana Steiner School.  Four years later after returning to Queensland he moved to Samford due to his wish to keep all his children in a Steiner school. 

Matthew’s focus on the Board is to provide advice on construction related matters, both technical and commercial.  He also likes to explore and provide governance to the many other decisions that are brought to the Board; always with the goal of helping to make the school stronger and more able to provide a great learning experience for all students.