Goodbye from Skyline Chair

Katrina Reynen OAM

It is with a sense of sadness yet personal gratification, that I announce my resignation as Chair of the Skyline Education Foundation Board and my retirement from the Skyline board, after sixteen years of dedication to this board. I am equally delighted to hand over the reins for the next phase of our journey to incoming Chair Stephen Adrian with my confidence and very best wishes.

Due to the efforts of a number of outstanding board members over the past two decades, Skyline has implemented a sustainable growth trajectory that has changed the lives of thousands of disadvantaged students, including their families.

I am delighted to be able to leave the organisation in a great place with strong evidence of the impact we are making and a dedicated team including our CEO and staff, directors and supporters who are truly committed to our vision.

The name of our founder, John Cheetham, is known to every Skyline student and I have been privileged to steer Skyline to achieve his vision to change the lives of young people who have outstanding academic ability, but lack the resources to achieve their full education potential.

There are many people who have contributed to the success of Skyline evidenced by the fact that students and alumni refer to us as “their Skyline family”. This is also testament to the connection we have created across the broader community, which extends across philanthropists, publishers, online education providers, counsellors, universities, global companies, government agencies to name a few; and an army of individuals who provide support in so many different ways.

I extend my sincere gratitude to all board members, Ambassadors, patrons, donors, staff and volunteers for their ongoing support now and in the past. I also acknowledge the education partners – the academics, principals and teachers who deeply understand the need to serve this cohort of gifted and talented students from under-resourced backgrounds, some of whom have partnered with Skyline from the inception.

For the past sixteen years Skyline has been a significant part of my life, and has thus been a part of my family’s life as well. I am eternally grateful for the support of my mother, partner and my two children who have grown up with Skyline. They have embraced the journey with me and have given much to Skyline in their own right.

I look forward to contributing to the success of Skyline as part of the extended family and will continue to advocate for the needs of this cohort through my research. Please do consider reaching out to Stephen Adrian from now if you can support Skyline in any way.

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