Foundation

Founded On Generosity

The Illawarra Grammar School Foundation Limited is a body corporate that was established in 1986 with the goal of providing fiscal support for ongoing growth and enhancement of our educational, sporting and artistic facilities. The role of Foundation is to supplement the resources raised by tuition and government grants as these funds are primarily utilised by the School’s operating costs.

The excellent facilities at TIGS have been made available through the valued contribution of the School community for more than 50 years. There is a long tradition of our School Community generously donating to TIGS Foundation and facilities/buildings such as the IGC, Goodhew Research Centre, Design and Technology Centre and the original buildings of the Junior School.  These facilities would not be available today but for the generosity of past benefactors.

TIGS Foundation Board

Mrs Sandra Newhouse
Chair

Mrs Sandra Newhouse

Sandra is Chair of TIGS Foundation and a dedicated member of TIGS community. Sandra joined TIGS Foundation in 2011 and has executed other Board roles such as Treasurer, Vice Chairperson and event coordinator. She has a personal history with the school having married a TIGS Alumni and with two sons at the School. Sandra has a long business history in the Illawarra as well as being part of several charity institutions. Sandra brings a passion for understanding and delivering customer service and her vision as Chair is to strive for best practices for the Foundation, transparency, engaged community support and awareness of the benevolent work conducted by Foundation members past and present.

Mrs Lauren Clark
Secretary

Mrs Lauren Clark

Lauren is an award-winning businesswoman and Owner/Director of a conveyancing firm in Wollongong. She has two children who are in their early years of education at TIGS Junior School. Lauren’s business knowledge, networks, fundraising ability and leadership skills are a great asset to the Foundation Board. As Secretary, she also brings organisation and communication skills which assist in coordinating the work of TIGS Foundation. She is heavily involved in volunteering, mentoring and fundraising for various local and national charities.

Mr Barry Hashemi
Treasurer

Mr Barry Hashemi

Barry has recently joined TIGS Foundation Board and has two sons in Junior School at TIGS. He is a trusted and well-known member of the local community through his local pharmacies and also volunteers as a volleyball coach at the School. He is a well-respected lecturer in the Medicine and Chemistry faculties at the University of Wollongong.

Mr Kevin Donald
Member

Mr Kevin Donald

Kevin is a long-standing and highly regarded member of TIGS community and has an extensive history with TIGS Foundation, School Council and as a parent and grandparent. His illustrious career included over 50 years working for Woolworths Group with responsibilities including acquisitions and facilities management. Kevin brings his broad and diverse knowledge, his extensive history, as well as his dedication in supporting every aspect about TIGS.

Mrs Usha Fernandez
Member

Mrs Usha Fernandez

Usha is a highly-valued member of TIGS community and the local medical fraternity. Her two daughters both attended TIGS and she is passionate about giving back to the community as a TIGS Foundation Board Member, organiser of the biennial Taj Mahal fundraiser and coordinator of the highly successful Indian stall at TIGS Great Fete. Usha considers TIGS to be an extended family and looks forward to watching generations continue to grow through a TIGS education.

Mr James Cooper
Member

Mr James Cooper

James graduated from TIGS in 2017 with a number of Academic and creative awards and he has already returned to join the Foundation Board with a keen vision to contribute to projects that will further the education of future students. He is a passionate and entrepreneurial young businessman and is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Sydney. James’ vision is to improve communication between the Foundation and the school community.

Mrs Laleh Kalsi
Member

Mrs Laleh Kalsi

Laleh is Managing Director of a local medical centre as has over 12 years experience as a medical professional. She has two children at TIGS, one in Senior School and one in Junior School. Laleh is passionate about connecting with people and promoting the School. Her professionalism, dedication and networking skills are vital in keeping the School community informed and connected to the vision and goals of TIGS Foundation.

BOARD MEMBERS ON EXTENDED LEAVE

Mrs Catherine Geenty

Donate

The generous nature of TIGS community has allowed the school to continue to provide our students with the highest calibre of education. we are thankful for all donations as an investment in the development and progress of your children, now and in the future.

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Wills and Estate Planning

TIGS Foundation has partnered with Heard McEwan Lawyers and RMB Lawyers to provide a Wills and Estate Planning service at discounted rates to members of the school community. This includes parents, grandparents, staff and extended family members.

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