Heritage and Governance

Heritage and Governance
Our heritage

Redlands College was established in 1988 by members of the Churches of Christ who held a passion and pioneering vision for Christian education. Although the College has grown and changed significantly over a generation, the same passion and vision for Christian Education permeates the College and informs our actions.

The College is inspired by Founding Headmaster Allan Todd’s dream of a “school [that] would be well equipped and staffed by highly-qualified teachers who would enthusiastically live their Christian beliefs, values and principles.”



Read more about the history of the college in Robert Marriott’s book: Redlands College – The story of a Queensland School (1988-2012). You can purchase a copy at public reception or here.


Redlands College was birthed in the faith tradition of Churches of Christ and continues to be owned and governed from this faith heritage. The College is owned by an Association called Redlands Combined Independent College Inc comprised of current members of autonomous Churches of Christ. The Board of Management are elected from this Association. The College Board provides governance, spiritual oversight and strategic vision for the College and works in close partnership with the College Principal and Executive staff.

Redlands College Board of Management Chairs
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Current Directors on the Redlands College Board

Jonathan Leijen (B.Bus (Accounting), Grad Dip IT, CPA) joined the Redlands College Board in 2006 and is currently serving as Board Chair. With a background in accounting and finance, he is the commercial manager at a private hospital.  Jonathan and his wife Jenny have five children and are members of the Holland Park Church of Christ.

Ben Bridges (B.InfoTech) joined the Redlands College Board in 2009 and is currently serving as the Board Deputy Chair.  He has worked in the information technology field since 2003 for both the public and private sectors.  Ben, a past student of Redlands College, is married to Kay, also an alumni.  They have three children attending Redlands College. Their family worships with the Holland Park Church of Christ.

Rebecca Shepherd (BSW) returned to the Redlands College Board in 2018 after a three year break while living in the USA.  She originally joined the Redlands College Board in 2008.  She is currently serving as the Board Secretary.  With a background in Office Management, she is in an Administration role at an independent school.  Rebecca is married to Mike Shepherd who is the Director of Formation & Wellbeing at Redlands College. They have three sons and a daughter-in-law.  They worship at Redlands Community Church.

David O’Dell (MBA, B. BusMgmt) joined the Redlands College Board in 2009 and is currently serving as the Board Treasurer.  He is a division General Manager for a manufacturing / construction company with overall responsibility for Profit & Loss on the East Coast. David has strong relationships with current and past staff and students of the College. David and his wife Rachel have a son and daughter and are members at Holland Park Church of Christ.  

Nathan Frost joined the Redlands College Board in 2018.  He has a background in information technology and non-profit association legislation administration. He currently works in the public sector.  Nathan and his wife Helen have two children attending Redlands College and they worship at Redlands Community Church.

Caroline Dobson joined the Redlands College Board in 2019.  Caroline’s parents were members of the original steering committee for the College and she was a student at the College on its first day – a ‘muddie’.  Caroline and her husband have 4 children, with 2 attending Redlands College.  As an alumni, parent and past employee, Caroline has a deep knowledge of the College.  Caroline attends the Holland Park Church of Christ. 

Clifford Snell (MA – English literature, Dip IT, Dip Business Administration) joined the board in June 2021.  Clifford and his wife Caroline have two children at Redlands College, and their family worship at The Point Church of Christ, where he serves on the leadership team and is a prayer group facilitator.  

Clifford currently owns and runs an IT distribution and services company in Australia and New Zealand. He previously worked with a multinational company for 18 years. 

Clifford has been involved in preaching, teaching, running song fests, children and youth Bible classes with the Churches of Christ in both India and Australia.

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