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 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.

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.