Wesley College Melbourne Australia
About Wesley

Key people

  • Helen Drennen
    Dr Helen Drennen
    Principal

    Helen Drennen AM BA BSc (Hons) PhD DipEd AMP FACE FACEL

    Dr Helen Drennen was appointed Principal of Wesley College Melbourne in 2003 and brings to the role extensive national and international experience in education, at both primary and secondary levels.

    Helen was a member of the International Baccalaureate Board of Governors from 2009 – 2015. She is currently a Trustee of the Shrine of Remembrance in Victoria, and a member of the Monash University Council.

    Prior to becoming Principal of Wesley College Melbourne in 2003, Helen was the Academic Director for the International Baccalaureate, based in Cardiff, Wales, UK from 1997 – 2002 and the Director of the Asia Pacific Region from 2002 – 2003. Before these two international appointments, Helen held the position of Head of Campus, Glen Waverley at Wesley College Melbourne 1994 – 1997. In October 2007, she completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard University Business School, Cambridge, USA, and in 2010 was appointed a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and a Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders in 2011. In 2016, Dr Drennen was recognised in the Australia Day Honours list as a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for “significant service to secondary education through leadership roles, to professional bodies, and to the community".

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  • Jacinta Jannssens
    Jacinta Janssens
    Head of Campus - Elsternwick

    Jacinta Janssens began teaching at Wesley College in 1992, as a Middle School and later Junior School teacher at the St Kilda Road campus. She was a homeroom teacher for students from Years 2 - 7 and also became a Head of Learning for Maths, Language and Humanities. From 2000-2003 she was the Primary Years Programme Coordinator and Deputy Head of the St Kilda Road Junior School.

    Prior to her appointment as Head of Campus, Elsternwick, Jacinta held a curriculum leadership role at an international school in Switzerland.
     
    Jacinta values pastoral care and relationships with students, staff, parents and other school community members. She believes strongly in international-mindedness, and developing students who “think globally and act locally” and who want to make a positive difference.

  • Peter Dickinson
    Peter Dickinson
    Head of Campus - Glen Waverley

    Peter is well known to both the College and broader Glen Waverley community and has, over the past 22 years, applied himself assiduously to the task of educating and developing Wesley students at the Glen Waverley campus. 

    Peter has undertaken a variety of leadership roles both within Wesley College and the broader Victorian education sector. He embodies the College’s values and ethos in all that he does through his teaching, his leadership and his focus on pastoral care.

    “The best feature of our campus is our students: their individuality, as well as their collective spirit, abundant in every aspect of the College, every single day of the week. There is a strong sense of connectedness across all ages, with their peers, teachers and the school.” 

  • Richard Brenker
    Richard Brenker
    Head of Campus - St Kilda Road

    Richard has been a member of the Wesley teaching staff since 1981, enjoying a variety of roles, responsibilities and experiences. These have included Geography classroom teacher, Head of Learning, Acting Head of Senior School, Head of Middle School at St Kilda Road campus and, more recently, Head of Houses and Head of Senior School at Glen Waverley.

    Richard has also taught at a coeducational boarding school in the United Kingdom for a year.

    Richard has had the privilege of taking Wesley students on tours of Thailand and Indonesia and has also been involved in the development of the Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School in the Kimberley. He completed his Master of Education in 2008.

  • Andrew Blair
    Andrew Blair
    Executive Director, Wesley College Institute for Innovative in Education

    Andrew Blair has had a diverse background in education ranging from visual arts teaching and lecturing, careers teaching, heading senior schools, curriculum consultancy, principalship of two Victorian secondary colleges, and leadership of state, national and international principal associations.

    Recently he has been involved in the design and delivery of programs for principals in China and India and in the design of research and policy within the Victorian Government.

    Andrew returns to Wesley following his secondary education here and is excited to be part of a thoughtful and innovative school which is facing the rapid changes required of education in this new century.

  • Cameron Moroney
    Cameron Moroney
    Business Director & Chief Financial Officer

    Cameron Moroney joined Wesley College early in 2010 as the Business Director & Chief Financial Officer. He brings to the College broad business experience coupled with a strong connection to the beliefs and values of the lasting influence of education.

    Cameron has held senior executive leadership positions at Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer level across multi-site complex businesses in areas including education (RMIT University), healthcare (Epworth HealthCare), telecommunications (Ericsson) and heavy industrial (BHP Billiton).  His executive responsibilities have encompassed strategy/business planning, market/business development, customer service delivery and support, financial and performance management, facilities management, information systems, supply/major contract negotiation, insurance and risk management.

  • Felicity Kaaks
    Felicity Kaaks
    Director of Human Resources
    Felicity Kaaks joined Wesley College early in 2014 as the Director of Human Resources.  She is an experienced and respected human resources (HR) executive with more than 15 years’ experience working across a broad range of human resources functions.

    In addition to running her own HR consultancy, Felicity has worked in national, regional and global teams for ANZ Banking Group and bp plc. Her experience includes organisational design and development, employee engagement and performance, talent management, learning and development and generalist human resources.  
  • Isaac Quist
    Isaac Quist
    Director of Teaching and Learning

    Having graduated with a BA Hons in English and Sociology from the University of Ghana, Isaac worked in the Cardiff Office of the International Baccalaureate Organization as a curriculum area manager for the Diploma Programme.

    In 2007 Isaac joined Wesley College where he is now the Director of Teaching and Learning. In this role he has been responsible for the development of policies and procedures to support curriculum, assessment, reporting, pedagogical practice and research across all early childhood - Year 12 programs.

    Isaac is also the Deputy Director of the Wesley College Institute for Innovation in Education.

  • Damon Emtage
    Damon Emtage
    Director of Learning in Residence

    Damon was appointed as Director of Learning in Residence in 2016 and brings to the role a career in leading young people within high performing environments across the contexts of both schooling and professional sport. 

    Damon has been working in residential learning environments since 2002, and is a forward thinker who is deeply committed to drawing on trends in education globally to deliver excellence in all areas of contemporary residential learning. 

    Development of an adolescent’s sense of self has been an area in which he has led institutional change and empowered other staff to engage with strategic pastoral goals. Damon lives on campus with his wife, Kathryn and their two children.