Scott Chirnside

Foundation President
Scott is a founding Director of the Foundation in 1987. He is a third generation Old Collegian (OGC 1970) and a former School Captain in 1973. Together with wife Deb he is a past parent of Sally (OGC 2005), Jess (OGC 2008), Lily (OGC 2010) and Hannah (OGC 2012). Mr Chirnside’s roles within the school community have included Former President of the Old Geelong Collegians Association, Former President and Current Patron of the Albert Bell Club, Founding President of the Netball Parents Support Group and Carnival Convener in 1999. His passion for sport at The Geelong College has seen him coach rowing for both girls and boys at various times between 1977 and 2015. He also enjoyed assisting with First Netball for some years and he chaired and was a member of the Boat Club Committee for many years. His professional career in Agriculture was as Managing Director in the Chirnside Group of Companies but time was made to be Founding Chairman of the Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party, Founding Chairman of the Geelong Landcare Network and a former Chair of 3 Weeds of National Significance for the Federal, New South Wales and Victorian Governments. Scott has been a Country Fire Authority Volunteer for 47 years of which he has held the rank of Group Officer or Deputy Group Officer for 20. He is currently a Deputy Group Officer in the Coastal Group and a volunteer member in Lorne. He was pleased to formalise his experience as a Company Director by gaining a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also a Graduate of the Queensland University Executive Development Program for Primary Producers. As part of his semi-retirement he is again Chairman of Southern Farming Systems the high rainfall cropping and farming systems researcher for southern Australia and he is President of the Foundation.