Kristian Downing - Chair

Kristian graduated from The University of Adelaide with Honours
in Mechanical Engineering. He subsequently enjoyed a career in engineering consulting, including three years in London, before returning to manage a large engineering business in Adelaide. In that time he also obtained degrees of Master of Engineering Science and Master of Business Administration. Kristian now manages property investment and other businesses, and maintains a great diversity of interests.

He joined the St Andrew’s community in 2010 (ELC) and now has one child at the School. He joined the St Andrew’s School Board in 2012 and is now Chair. Kristian joined the St Andrew’s Foundation Board in 2014.

Kristian is also Chair of the Association of Independent Schools of SA Board (AISSA) and devotes time to community and volunteer work. Kristian highly values the importance of education and was immediately impressed by the depth and breadth in quality of this great school. He hopes to use his skills and experience to sustain and enhance St Andrew’s School’s education experience and outcomes.

Jeff Potter - Deputy Chair

Jeff graduated from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Commerce. and has built his career in Adelaide specialising in investment management and advice.

Jeff has worked with some of the largest banking businesses including Commonwealth Bank, Goldman Sachs and Macquarie and is now Partner in an Adelaide specialist investment advice management business.

Jeff is a St Andrew’s Old Scholar and has great memories of his time at the School, in particular the dedication the School and its teachers had to ensure St Andrew’s students received the highest quality education.

Jeff values and believes that a quality education in the early years of schooling are of utmost importance in developing the foundation of a person’s future happiness and success.

Melinda Parent

Melinda Parent is a highly regarded member of the South Australian marketing community. A well-known face in Adelaide, she began her career as a model in the 1990s while pursuing her university studies. In her role as Creative Director of Oranje Creative, Melinda has helped forge an effective design and marketing presence for many of the State’s most high profile companies, business entities, organisations and private schools. With a sound understanding of the complexities of target markets and ability to communicate across all levels, Melinda and her team have carved an enviable reputation in Adelaide’s highly competitive marketing arena.

A passionate supporter of the arts, Melinda has extensive experience in, and commitment to, arts fundraising. Arts organisations benefiting from her philanthropic efforts are the Australian Ballet, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, State Theatre Company of SA, the State Opera, Adelaide Youth Orchestra, Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation and the Australian Youth Orchestra. She is particularly dedicated to increasing recognition of the arts within the wider community.

Melinda has worked with an impressive range of organisations including the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, National Pharmacies, Parliament
of South Australia, The University of Adelaide, Flinders University, TAFESA, Solver Paints, National Trust of South Australia, Walford Anglican School for Girls, St Peter’s College, Immigration SA and The Barossa Co-op.

A proud South Australian and highly effective communicator, Melinda Parent is a patron of The Australian Ballet, was a board member of the Adelaide Youth Orchestra and member of the University of South Australia School of Communication, Information and New Media Advisory.

Peter Staniszewski

Peter graduated from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Laws in 2002. Since graduating Peter’s legal career has spanned far and wide and has included stints as a criminal defence lawyer for Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Inc, a civil litigator at the South Australian Crown Solicitor’s Office and as a commercial lawyer at the New York office of international law firm Sidley Austin LLP.

Peter is now a Partner at Australia’s largest law firm, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, where he is head of the firm’s SA banking and finance practice and spends his time advising on corporate, acquisition, construction and property related finance facilities for both lenders and borrowers.

Peter joined the St Andrew’s community in 2012 and currently has two children at the School. Having watched his children grow and thrive
in the wonderful learning environment provided at St Andrew’s, he
is passionate about being able to contribute to the School’s ongoing success by applying his skills to the work of the Foundation Board.

Chris Rae

John Maddison