Wesley College Melbourne Australia
Wesley College Council


The Constitution provides for a Council of 12 people, including the College Principal and a nominee of the Uniting Church.  The other ten members are appointed under a nomination process run by Council which provides the Uniting Church with the right to confirm or reject any appointment.

The Constitution provides guidelines in respect of the composition of the Council to ensure a wide mix of expertise and interests appropriate to supporting the management of the Council.  These requirements require the Council to have at least: 

  • Three Members or Adherents of the Uniting Church (and at least one being a minister)
  • Three current parents
  • Three Old Wesley Collegians
  • Three women
  • Three men

One Council member may satisfy more than one of these categories. 

Members are appointed to three year terms and are permitted to serve three consecutive terms.  Two members may, by resolution of the Council, be permitted to serve additional terms.

The Constitution provides for a Nominations Committee to consider and recommend to Council the names of people suitable for the office of Councillor and other Committees of Council.  The Constitution states in determining a person’s suitability the Nominations Committee shall consider that person’s expertise, skills and affinity with Wesley College, its history and ethos.

The Nominations Committee consults with members of the Wesley community in seeking suitable candidates. The Committee will consider any unsolicited offers from members of the Wesley community.  In recent years it has been the practice to ask identified persons to sit as co-opted members on a Committee for a year prior to formally joining Council.

The Council elects from its members a President and Vice President.  The Council appoints one of its members to be the Secretary to the Council.

All Committee members have to declare conflicts of interest.  Other than the Principal, no member of the Council receives any remuneration or reimbursement of expenses in their role as a Council member.

  • Marianne Stillwell
    Marianne Stillwell - President of College Council
    BA (Hons) MBA GradDipEd MAICD

    Marianne has been a member of the College Council since 2006 and is President of the Wesley College Council and Chair of the Strategy, Ethics, Compliance & Governance and Remuneration Committees. After 12 years in various management roles with Ford Credit Australia Ltd, and 10 years of secondary teaching experience in Catholic and Independent schools, Marianne is currently Executive Director of the Stillwell Family Council. Marianne is also an active director of the family company, the Stillwell Motor Group, which operates a series of motor vehicle dealerships and property investments across the Melbourne metropolitan area. Marianne has two sons and a daughter, two of whom are current students at the College.

  • Philip Powell
    Philip Powell - Vice President of College Council
    BComm (Hons) CA F Fin MAICD

    Philip joined the Wesley College Council in May 2008, and is Vice President of the Wesley College Council and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee. Philip, who attended Wesley in the early 1970s, has a commerce background being a chartered accountant and has held senior roles in insurance, corporate finance and property. He is a non-executive director of two ASX listed companies. Philip has two daughters who both attended the Glen Waverley campus.

  • Helen Drennen
    Helen Drennen

    Helen joined the Council on her appointment as Principal of Wesley College in 2003. Prior to this she was the Academic Director for the International Baccalaureate Organization, based in Wales UK (1997-2002), and the Director for the Asia Pacific Region, based in Singapore (2002-2003). Before her overseas appointments, Helen held the position of Head of Campus, Glen Waverley at Wesley College (1994-1997). In October 2007 she completed the Advanced Management Program in The Harvard Business School at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Helen is currently a member of the Governing Board of the International Baccalaureate, a Trustee of the Shrine of Remembrance and a member of the Monash University Council. In 2010 she was appointed a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators (FACE) and a Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (FACEL) in 2011.  Helen is a former Wesley teacher and parent and she brings extensive national and international experience to her role.

  • Cameron Bacon
    Cameron Bacon
    BEc CA F Fin

    Cameron has been a Financial Advisory (Mergers and Acquisitions) Partner at Grant Thornton since late 2010.  Prior to that Cameron worked at KPMG in the Corporate Finance and Audit divisions.  While at KPMG he undertook a secondment to the KPMG Chicago office.  Cameron is a former Wesley student and has one son currently at the College.  Cameron serves on both the College Council and Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee.

  • Sunny Chen
    Sunny Chen
    BA (Hons) PGCertEd MTheol (Hons) CertApplLing AdvDipMin PhD
    Sunny was appointed to the Wesley College Council in April 2014. He is the Chaplaincy Coordinator at The University of Melbourne. He is also a lecturer at The University of Divinity (formerly Melbourne College of Divinity). Sunny was originally a secondary school teacher in Hong Kong before completing his theological studies in the USA. He came to Australia in 1998. As a Uniting Church Minister, he has worked in different Uniting Church congregations, ministering mainly to youth and tertiary students. Passionate about the importance of education, he is a board member of the Uniting Church's Centre for Theology and Ministry. Sunny is acquainted with a number of Old Wesley Collegians through his connection with Queen’s College, The University of Melbourne, where he is currently a council member and a former college chaplain.
  • Lynda Cheng
    Lynda Cheng
    BComm LLB(Hons) GAICD

    Lynda joined the Wesley College Council in November 2011 and is Chair of the Nominations Committee and is on the Ethics, Compliance & Governance Committee. She is Director of Corporate Development, Mergers & Acquisitions at Pratt Holdings/Visy Industries and has held other positions, including Chief Financial Officer, since joining in 2005. After commencing her career at Blake Dawson, she moved into investment banking and spent nine years working with JPMorgan in their Melbourne, Sydney, San Francisco and New York offices. She has a son and a daughter who are current students at the College.

  • Wendy Lasica
    Wendy Lasica
    BA MUP

    Wendy joined College Council in mid-2011. She is an award-winning theatre producer, has been a director and board member of the Next Wave Festival, chaired funding panels for Arts Victoria, been general manager of Stonnington Symphony, written a how-to handbook for emerging artists, and managed a playwrights' award at the State Library. Wendy has also worked extensively in New York. She holds a Masters in Urban Planning and operates a a niche practice working at the intersection of cities and culture. Wendy is a member of the Property Committee, the Wesley College Foundation and one of the Wesley representatives on the Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School Steering Committee and Foundation Committee. Wendy’s son currently attends the College and her daughter is a graduate of Wesley.

  • Janet McGaw
    Janet McGaw
    BPD BArch (Hons) MArch PhD

    Janet was appointed to the College Council in 2010 and is Chair of the Property Committee. She is a Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design at The University of Melbourne and has an award winning practice that works primarily on residential projects. Earlier in her career she worked for a range of architectural practices including MGS, Bochsler & Partners, Cocks Carmichael Whitford, and Bates Smart McCutcheon. She left full-time practice in 1998 to develop her own firm, Janet McGaw Architects, and complete first a Masters and then a PhD by Creative Works at The University of Melbourne. Janet has a son and a daughter who are current students of the College.

  • Simon Rooke
    Simon Rooke
    BComm LLB CA CTA GradDipAppFin GradDipLegalPrac

    Simon joined the Wesley College Council in February 2016. He is a lawyer and a chartered accountant. Simon joined the corporate tax group in PwC (then Price Waterhouse) in 1995 and has been with the firm since then. Simon’s main practice areas are accounting, M&A/International tax and litigation. He spent time on secondment in the M&A group of PwC London from 1999-2001. He has had extensive experience with governance in listed companies, large private companies and government entities. Simon is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Ethics, Compliance & Governance Committee. He has two children at the Elsternwick campus.

  • Douglas Turnbull
    Douglas Turnbull
    BE MEngSc MEng FIEAust

    Douglas was appointed to the College Council in 2005 and is a member of the Property and Nominations Committees. He is a director of a locally based consulting structural engineering and building firm, TD & C Pty Ltd. Douglas brings his valuable consulting experience in the building and construction industry to the Council. Douglas, his father and his brother all attended the College and his twin daughters both attended the St Kilda Road campus.

  • Melinda Geertz
    Melinda Geertz
    BA History
    Melinda joined the Wesley College Council in May 2016. She has been the CEO of Leo Burnett Melbourne, a well-known creative communications agency, for the last 13 years. Prior to coming to Australia, Melinda worked with Leo Burnett in Chicago. She is a director of The Communications Council and Make-a-Wish Australia. Melinda is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee. She has three children – two have completed their studies at the St Kilda Road campus and one is still at the school.
  • Paul Guerra
    Paul Guerra
    BEng (Electronic) Hons GradDip Management
    Paul joined the Wesley College Council in May 2016. He is an accomplished senior executive, with a wide range of business experience in both Australia and Asia Pacific. Paul is currently Managing Director-Asia Pacific, Optum International and the Chairman, Queen Victoria Market Pty Ltd. He has previously held senior roles at Vodafone and Motorola. Passionate about contributing to the community, Paul is also a Director of Red Dust Role Models and was selected as an Australia Day Ambassador in 2013. Paul is a member of the Property Committee and the Wesley College Foundation. He has three children at the Glen Waverley campus.