Our College

Executive Leadership Team

Our Principal

Mr Phillip Nash

The Principal of Ƶ, Mr Phillip Nash, began working at GPCC in June 2019 following seven years in Indonesia as the Superintendent of a group of five private Indonesian schools (2,500 students) offering the Cambridge Examination and International Baccalaureate curricular. Phillip has extensive training and experience as an educator, holding a Bachelor of Arts in History and English, a Diploma of Teaching and a Trained Teachers Certificate from Canterbury University in New Zealand.  He completed a Master of Education (Leadership) through Morling College, Sydney in 2013 and in April 2020 was accepted into a PhD program through Avondale University College. 

Phillip previously served in senior school leadership in New Zealand and Australia as well as, more recently, in Indonesia.  He has been involved in Christian schools for 30 years including at Bethlehem College in New Zealand for 15 years where he was Principal and General Manager of the Christian Education Trust, which operated a large (1,600 pupil) K - 12 school, a small Tertiary Institute (300 students), five Pre-schools and an English Language School.  In Australia, he worked for three years at Christian Ƶ Schools Ltd, the largest Christian School Association at the time and was Deputy Principal at Pacific Hills Christian School in Dural, Sydney.  

He is married to Raema, who is a full-time quilter, and has three grown children and three grandchildren.

Our Deputy Principal K-12

Mrs Jane McLarty

Mrs Jane McLarty started working at Ƶ in 2007 as Assistant Head of Middle School.  Prior to this Jane taught in the State system.

Jane’s background is in the Technologies Faculty with training in Food Technology, Hospitality, Textile Technology, Technology Mandatory and obtained a Master of Education (Leadership) in 2016.  During her time at GPCC, she has held many positions including a classroom Teacher, Head of Middle School, Acting Head of Primary School, and Acting Principal. 

Jane notes her most significant qualification as a mum to James (22) and Laura-Jane (19) who both attended GPCC from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Our Business Manager

Mr Michael Lowbridge

Mr Michael Lowbridge serves as both the Business Manager and Company Secretary to the Board. He first began working at Ƶ in 1996 for a period of nine years, then re-joined the College again in January 2018.  As the Business Manager, Michael is responsible for leading and managing the Business Services team at the College.  This involves responsibility for areas including Finance, Information Technology, Property and Grounds, Marketing and Enrolments, HR, and Compliance. 

Michael’s previous roles as Science teacher, Head of Department and ICT Director in a number of schools, has provided the opportunity to develop a strong understanding of schools and their educational and operational requirements.

In addition to educational qualifications that include a Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma in Education and Master of Science Education, Michael also holds IT, Business and Governance qualifications.  These include a Master of Networking and Systems Administration, a Master of Management (IT) and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance qualification.  Michael is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Michael has diverse experience in business, education and information systems that spans 30 years in a variety of environments.  In addition to his current role as Business Manager, he also acts as Company Secretary to the Board of the College.  He is passionate about good governance leading to informed and effective decision making that aligns with the organisation’s mission.

Our Head of Primary

Mrs Nicole Smith

Mrs Nicole Smith began working at Ƶ as the Head of Primary School in January 2019.

Nicole currently holds a Bachelor of Teaching – ECE (Macquarie University), Graduate Diploma of Theology (Morling College) and a Masters of Education (Leadership) through the Western Sydney University. 

Over the last 25 years, Nicole has held a variety of roles in schools, both in Australia and overseas.  These roles have included classroom teacher, Assistant Head K - 2, Head of K - 2, Deputy Principal Primary and Head of Primary School.  Nicole is a current Member of the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA).

Nicole and her husband Glenn have three young adult children. 

Head of Secondary

Mr Steve Lobsey

Mr Steve Lobsey began working at Ƶ in January 2023, having previously served as Head of HSIE at Oxford Falls Grammar School. 

Steve lives in Berowra and has two children, one at Berowra Christian School and the other who will start there next year.  He is a Business Studies teacher and has Highly Accomplished teacher accreditation.

Our Director of Enrichment K-12

Mrs Sarah Brown

Mrs Sarah Brown began her career as a Primary teacher at Ƶ in 2001 after graduating with Honours in a Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Social Science double degree from The University of Newcastle. During her time at university, and in her early teaching years, Sarah developed an interest in learning about students with additional needs and has since endeavoured to meet them by means of adjustments and differentiation within the mainstream setting. 

As the Director of Enrichment K-12 she manages a large team of support staff at the College who work together with classroom teachers to ensure our students are thriving, whatever their needs.

Sarah’s husband, Jay, is also a teacher and together they have three children. 

Our Director of Teaching Development K-12

Mrs Fiona Fordyce

Mrs Fiona Fordyce joined GPCC in 2022 as the Head of HSIE, then appointed the Director of Teaching & Learning at the start of 2023. Prior to coming to Ƶ Fiona was the Head of HSIE Department at Penrith Christian School and has been working in CSA schools since 2013.

Fiona also has a Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations) and a Bachelor of Law –from the University of Sydney.

Fiona is a member of the CSA Communities and Practice Steering Committee, and since coming to GPCC has become the leader of CSA Central Coast Ƶ of Practice.

Fiona is currently studying a Master of Education (Leadership) at UNSW. She is married to Nick, and together they have two primary aged children.