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Members of the Board

Ƶ HouseThe Ƶ Grammar School Board is currently made up of 11 members who are responsible for the overall strategic direction of the school. The Board’s major responsibilities include oversight of the School’s Mission and Values, Master Plan and Strategic Plan.

The Board also has responsibilities with regard to financial oversight of the school, especially in relation to the fee structure and the expansion of school buildings and facilities.

The composition of the Board is broad with a range of professional skills represented by its members.

Mr David Jemmett (Chair) BASc (Ag) Melb, MBA (Senior Exec.) Melb, MAICD

Mr David Jemmett is the current Board Chair at Ƶ Grammar School, a position he has held since November 2018. With a degree in Agricultural Science and an executive MBA, he has over 20 years of professional experience in commodities trading, business, and agriculture. Currently, David is the Chief Operating Officer at Southern Stockfeeds, where he oversees the daily operations of the manufacturing business and implementation of strategic initiatives.

David has been a Ƶ Board member since 2017, drawn by his passion for community involvement and volunteerism. As a father of two children at Ƶ, he was eager to contribute his diverse skill set and experience to the Board. His primary motivation was to help shape the School’s strategic direction, governance, and financial management. As a member of various Board sub-committees, David has been instrumental in providing unique perspectives and insights to support the School’s mission of providing high-quality education to its students.

Ms Carolyn Starr (Deputy Chair) BA. LLB

Carolyn Starr is the Deputy Co-Chair of the Ƶ Grammar School Board, as well as a member of the Principal’s Employment, Performance and Remuneration Committee and the Governance, Risk, Compliance and Strategy Committee.

With a long association with the School, having attended Ƶ College herself and both of her children currently enrolled in Senior School, she has a deep appreciation for the School’s commitment to providing exceptional education.

As a solicitor with over 24 years of experience in both the private and state sectors, Carolyn brings her diverse range of legal skills to the Board. Currently, she is employed by the State Government as a solicitor, where she has been involved in the implementation of state-wide legal projects.

Carolyn joined the Board to contribute to the School and the local community. She is passionate about quality education and believes that every student deserves access to a well-rounded education that prepares them for the challenges of the future. She is committed to contributing to the Board’s efforts to ensure that Ƶ Grammar School provides the highest quality education possible.

Ms Fleur Jackson (Deputy Chair) B.A., LLB. Accredited Specialist Personal Injuries Law and GAICD

Ms Fleur Jackson brings a wealth of legal expertise and experience to the Ƶ Grammar School Board. As one of the two Board Deputy Chairs, she plays a key role in providing oversight and guidance to the School. Fleur’s connection to Ƶ runs deep, as both of her children attend the School and she is a former student herself.

With a BA LLB degree and a GAICD, Fleur is a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law. She currently holds the position of Senior Legal Counsel Work and Road Claims Victoria at Slater & Gordon Lawyers. Fleur is also a non-executive director of CVGT and sits on the Audit & Risk and People & Culture Sub-committees.

Her decision to join the Ƶ Board was motivated by a desire to give back to the community and contribute to the ongoing success of the School.

Mr Andrew Hosking BCom (Monash), Chartered Accountant (Institute of Chartered Accountants)

Mr Andrew Hosking is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over two decades of experience in financial management and analysis. As a member of the Ƶ Board, Andrew is Chair of the Finance & Investment Committee, and a member of the Campus Development Committee.

With a passion for Bendigo, Andrew believes that access to quality education is essential for the city’s growth and prosperity, which Ƶ can provide by attracting and retaining some of the best educators in Bendigo.

Andrew’s financial background and experience can assist Ƶ Grammar School in achieving its goals by making meaningful contributions to the financial management of the School, ensuring that resources are allocated effectively to achieve the School’s objectives. Andrew is currently Head of Finance/CFO at the Portable Long Service Authority in Bendigo, where he oversees all aspects of financial management.

Mr Raphael Krelle BA, Grad Dip of Business (Property), Member of the Planning Institute of Australia (MPIA)

Mr Raphael Krelle is a Board Director of Ƶ Grammar School, serving a Chair of the Campus Development Committee. He is a town planner with qualifications in business and has worked in various private and local government roles across Victoria. Raph operates a town planning consulting business in Bendigo, where he has gained extensive experience in planning and development in rural and regional areas. Through his work, he has developed a strong understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing regional communities, and he is committed to leveraging this expertise to support the School’s mission and objectives.

Raph’s motivation for joining the Ƶ Grammar School Board was driven by his desire to contribute to the School’s future and help shape its ongoing success. He has a deep appreciation for the outstanding education that Ƶ provides to its students and believes that it plays a critical role in shaping the future of the community. Raph is particularly excited about the opportunity to contribute to the School’s Master Plan process and work with the School’s executive leadership team to shape future changes and improvements.

Ms Robyn Lindsay B.Physio, MHlth Sc, Prof Cert HSM, GAICD

Ms Robyn Lindsay is a Board Director and member of the Governance & Nominations Committee at Ƶ Grammar School, joining the Board in mid-2020. Robyn has two sons, one of whom finished Year 12 at Ƶ Grammar School in 2021 and one completing Year 12 in 2023.

As the CEO at Echuca Regional Health, Robyn is responsible for overseeing provision of healthcare to a diverse community. She has extensive experience in operational and strategic risk management in large organisations, as well as a deep understanding of the importance of strategic planning, financial management, and risk assessment.

Robyn’s motivation for joining the Ƶ Board was driven by her desire to give back to the community and be involved in an organisation that aligned with her core beliefs, particularly that education, health, and business all play an important role in the development of healthy and prosperous young people.

Mr Jarrah O’Shea BSc, PostGradDip Economics, Certified Practising AccountantJarrah O’Shea has been a Board Director of Ƶ Grammar School since 2021. He is Chair of the Governance & Nominations Committee and a member of the Finance & Investment Committee.

Jarrah is an Associate at the national consulting firm RMCG, where he advises clients on water markets, corporate governance, economics, energy and pricing. He was formerly the executive of strategy, economics and data science with Coliban Water.

As an economist by trade, Jarrah understands the value of evidence-based decision making. Combined with a CPA, Jarrah seeks to ensure Board decisions are both financially sound and in the best interests of the school’s students.

Jarrah is a parent of current students, and when not busy at RMCG or Ƶ Grammar School, he can be found at Epsom Soccer Club volunteering, coaching or attending committee meetings.

Mr Broughton Snell MBBS(Hons) BSc(Hons) FRACS(Plast.), GAICD

Mr Broughton Snell was appointed to the Ƶ Grammar School Board in November 2019. He is also Chair of the Risk and Compliance Committee.

Broughton is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon, having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery. In addition to his clinical skills, Broughton has been an active academic surgeon with a special interest in adult facial trauma.

Broughton attended Ƶ as a Senior School student and currently has children at Ƶ.

Broughton has expressed his admiration for Ƶ Grammar School, emphasising its remarkable journey since the School’s revival in 1993. Broughton decided to join the Board recognising that Ƶ is poised for yet another phase of growth and transition, and values working alongside other dedicated Ƶians to govern the School and fortify the Ƶ Community.

Ms Elizabeth Christian BA Eng (Hons), BA Sc, GradCert Management (MBS)

Elizabeth joined the Ƶ Grammar School Board in April 2023 and is a member of the Risk and Compliance and Campus Development Committees.

Elizabeth is an engineer with postgraduate qualifications in management and boasts extensive experience across both private and public infrastructure sectors.  Her expertise spans strategic planning, design, operation and asset management.  Elizabeth holds the positions of Commercial Manager at Grainlogic, commencing the role in 2023.  In this role she provides leadership in governance, risk management and strategy implementation.

As a Ƶ parent, Elizabeth maintains a strong connection to the school and its cornerstone values of People, Character and Learning.

Elizabeth’s decision to join the Ƶ Board was driven by her motivation to contribute to the execution of the Strategic Plan and to drive an outstanding future for the school and its community.

 

Mr Jeremi Moule
Bachelor of Arts, GAICD

Mr Jeremi Moule was appointed to the Ƶ Grammar School Board in June 2023.   Ƶ parent who currently serves as Secretary for the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet. He brings a wealth of experience in governance and project management from his extensive career in executive positions within the public service.

Professor Pamela Snow BApp Sci; Grad Dip CD; Grad Cert HigherEd; PhD; Registered Psychologist

Professor Pamela Snow, PhD re-joined the Ƶ Board in October 2023, after a four-year term in the early 2000s when her daughters were students at Ƶ Grammar. She is now a proud Ƶ grandparent.

Pamela is a Professor of Cognitive Psychology in the School of Education at La Trobe University and Co-Director of the Science of Language and Reading (SOLAR) Lab at La Trobe. She is both a speech-language pathologist and registered psychologist and her work concerns teacher pre-service and postgraduate education, as well as research on cognitive psychology and reading instruction. As an education academic, she is abreast of national and international trends in teacher preparation and ongoing professional learning, particularly on reading instruction and also on student wellbeing.

Pamela is pleased to be back on the Board to support the work of Ƶ Grammar as an inclusive and ambitious school that contributes to the social and human capital of the Bendigo community.

 

The Board is assisted and supported with the discharge of its statutory and good governance duties and responsibilities by a Company Secretary.

Mr Edwin Gibbons (Company Secretary) B.Com, BA, MBA (Monash), FGIA, MAICD

Mr Eddie Gibbons is the School’s Company Secretary appointed in November 2021.

Eddie’s professional career has spanned operational and strategic governance advisory, corporate services and executive roles within the government sector, public agencies and the for-purpose sector.

A deep understanding and insights into the educational environment of independent schools is gained from experiences as alumni presidency, school council/board membership (including sub-committee chair) as well as stakeholder or company membership roles.

These qualifications and experience are complemented by commercial and entrepreneurial acumen demonstrated in the founding and ownership of various Victorian regionally-based SMEs.