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Mark Spencer

Director of Public Policy


Graduate Diploma,
Legal Studies


High Performance Leadership Programme


Master’s Degree,
Labour Relations and
Law, General

1996 – 1999

Kuring-Gai, CAE

Bachelor’s Degree,
Accounting and Computer Science

1984 – 1987

Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants

1990 – Present

Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

2013 – Present

Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia

2017 – Present


With nearly thirty years professional experience serving Christian schools, Mark Spencer was appointed in a national policy role in 2010. Mark is responsible for advocacy on behalf of Christian schools in a wide range of educational policy as well as areas relating to religious freedom and equal opportunity and discrimination law, both at the Commonwealth and State or Territory level.

Mark’s experience with Christian schooling began in 1990 when he commenced service with Christian Community Schools Limited (CCSL) – a predecessor organisation to CSA. In addition to his advocacy role Mark also provides initial advice to schools in all non-educational operations including funding, finance, governance, management, media management and industrial relations.

Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants after graduating with a Bachelor of Business degree with a major in accounting.  He went on to complete a Master of Labour Relations and Law degree in 1999 and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies with a High Distinction average in 2016.  Mark is also a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, having undertaken the Company Directors Course in 2013.  In 2014 he completed an executive education program at the Said Business School of the University of Oxford.  He was admitted as a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia in 2017.

From 2009 – 2015 Mark was the Chairman of the Board of Christian Super having previously been a Trustee Director and Fund Secretary. He also has been Company Secretary of a number of organisations.  In addition, Mark has also served Christian school boards in a variety of roles and also serves his church board.  In his spare time, he has been involved in politics as a candidate, marginal seat campaign manager and party office holder.

Mark is married to Melanie, a Christian teacher and school leader.  Mark and Melanie have three children, all of whom attended Christian schools.