Wesley College Melbourne Australia
Wesley College Council


The Wesley College Council is the governing board of directors of the College and is responsible for the overall governance and strategy of the school, reviewing plans and budgets, and monitoring performance. The Council appoints the Principal and delegates responsibility for the day-to-day management, operations and administration of the College to the Principal.

The Constitution provides for a Council of no fewer than ten (10) and no more than twelve (12) people, including the College Principal ex officio.  Of the members of Council at least three (3) of whom shall be female and three (3) of whom shall be male.  

Council members are appointed to four (4) year terms and may be re-elected to serve three consecutive terms.  Two members may, by resolution of the Council, be permitted to serve an additional four (4) year term.

The Membership of Wesley College Melbourne comprises:

a)      The Directors / Members of Council;

b)      Two (2) individuals who shall be members of the Church appointed by the Board / Council;

c)      Three (3) individuals who shall be Parents jointly appointed by the President and the Principal after consultation with the Parents and Friends Associations of the College; and

d)     One (1) individual who shall be an old scholar of the College appointed by the Old Wesley Collegians Association of the College

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.

Expressions of Interest - Wesley College Council

There are numerous ways parents and members of the College community can be involved with and engaged in the College, including as a member of the Wesley College Council. 

The Nominations Committee of Council is responsible for making new Councillor recommendations to the College Council when vacancies occur from time to time.  The Committee makes recommendations based on skills-based criteria having regard to gender balance. The Committee is currently seeking expressions of interest from interested and suitably qualified members of the College community.  Expressions of interest are added to the pool of potential candidates for Council, sub-committees and the Foundation.

We are seeking expressions of interest from prospective members for Council who have governance experience and deep competencies in one or more of the following areas:
  1. Governance (including not-for-profit governance), Compliance and Legal
  2. People, Culture (including indigenous) and Organisational Development
  3. Finance, Accounting and Risk Management
  4. Property
  5. Brand and Marketing
  6. Educational Trends and Technology Disruption
  7. Global Experience, Strategy and Business Development

Expectations of Council and committee members

Each Council member plays a part in ensuring good governance of the College, overseeing strategic direction budget setting, and ensuring compliance whilst maintaining strict confidentiality and separation of management and governance. 

  • Council members are elected for a four-year term.
  • Council meetings are held approximately 10 times a year. 
  • Council members are asked to contribute to at least one Council committee – Property, Finance and Risk Management, Foundation, Ethics and Nominations, each of which meets up to an additional 10 times a year. 
  • Council and committee positions are voluntary and unpaid.

If you would like to express interest in a governance role at Wesley College, please access the expression of interest form here.

The Council elects from its members a President and Vice President. The Council appoints the College 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 Stillwell is the current President of the Wesley College Council, and has been a member since 2006. She is also Chair of the Strategy Ethics, Compliance and Governance, and Remuneration Committees.

    In her professional career, Marianne spent 12 years in finance management roles with Ford Credit Australia Limited, and has 10 years of secondary teaching experience in Catholic and Independent schools. Marianne is currently Executive Director of the Stillwell Family Council and a Director of Stillwell Motor Group, a family company specialising in prestige motor vehicle retail. She is also Deputy Chair of the Board of Management for Independent Schools Victoria. Marianne’s daughter is a current student at Wesley College, with her two sons completing their education at Wesley in 2017 and 2014, respectively. 

  • Sunny Chen
    Sunny Chen - Vice President of College Council
    BA (Hons) PGCertEd MTheol (Hons) CertApplLing AdvDipMin PhD

    Sunny is the current Vice President of the Wesley College Council, and was appointed in April 2014. He is the Chaplaincy Coordinator at The University of Melbourne, a lecturer and an honorary researcher at the University of Divinity. Passionate about education, he currently chairs the Ministerial Education Board, which oversees the theological college of the Uniting Church, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania. Sunny was originally a secondary school teacher in Hong Kong before completing his theological studies in the USA. As a Uniting Church Minister, he has been ministering to youth and tertiary students.

    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. Sunny serves on the Strategy, the Remuneration, and the Ethics and Governance Committees.

  • Image of Richard Brenker
    Richard Brenker
    Acting Principal & Head of Campus - Glen Waverley

    Richard has a long standing career at Wesley College with extensive experience in school leadership, teaching, curriculum development and pastoral care.  Richard joined Wesley College in 1981 as a geography teacher and since then has assumed significant leadership responsibilities across multiple executive positions.  

    Richard has developed an in depth understanding of the breadth of educational programs and operations across the College, positioning him optimally for his current roles as Acting Principal and Head of Campus, Glen Waverley. Richard was Head of Campus, St Kilda Road from 2010 to 2017.  In mid-2017 Richard was appointed Deputy Principal and Head of Campus, Glen Waverley.  Other notable appointments at Wesley include Head of Middle School at St Kilda Road, Head of Senior School at Glen Waverley, Head of Learning and Head of Houses. 

    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.

    Richard’s international experience includes teaching at a coeducational boarding school in the United Kingdom.  He completed his Master of Education in 2008.

  • 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 is the Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee and serves on the Strategy, and Remuneration Committees.

  • Lynda Chen
    Lynda Cheng
    BComm LLB(Hons) GAICD
    Lynda joined the Wesley College Council in November 2012; she is Chair of the Nominations Committee and serves on the Ethics and 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. 

    Lynda is a Non-Executive Director of South East Water Limited. She has a son and a daughter who are current students at 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 Strategy Committee, Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Ethics, Compliance and Governance Committee. He has two children at the Elsternwick campus.
  • Melinda Geertz
    Melinda Geertz
    BA History

    Melinda joined the Wesley College Council in May 2016 and serves on the Strategy Committee and Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee. 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. 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 the Asia Pacific. Paul is CEO of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria 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 Strategy and Property Committees and the Wesley College Foundation. Paul has three children - one has completed their studies at the Glen Waverley campus and two are still at the school.
  • Tim Jackson
    Tim Jackson
    BArch (Hons) BPlanDes

    Tim Jackson is a founding director of Jackson Clements Burrows Architects (JCB), established in Melbourne in 1998. JCB have delivered a diverse range of projects throughout Australia and overseas, and their work has been widely recognised through the Australian Institute of Architects and Industry awards programs, with award-winning projects including the St Kilda Foreshore Promenade Redevelopment, Monash University Faculty of Science North-West Precinct Redevelopment, and the recently awarded Architizer A+ Award Winner for Upper House (Multi Unit Housing – High Rise, 16+ Floors). Tim is an advocate for innovative design in the built environment, and has established an impressive portfolio of award-winning commissions for JCB. He maintains a commitment to the research of multi-residential and domestic scale housing for the improvement of habitation and social interaction. Tim has chaired various RAIA and Industry Award Juries, and participates in guest critiques at major tertiary institutions across Australia.

    Tim sits on the Property Committee and is a Wesley College graduate. His daughter finished at Wesley in 2016 and his son is a current student at the College.

  • Rachel Webster
    Rachel Webster
    Bsc (Hons) MSc PhD

    Rachel Webster is a professor at The University of Melbourne, and has taught Astrophysics, Astronomy and Physics for more than 20 years. Rachel is a well-respected member of her field, with over 200 academic publications and regular speaking engagements at international conferences. Rachel currently leads an astrophysics research group at The University of Melbourne, consisting of more than 60 research students and staff.

    Professor Webster has also been awarded a place on the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll, is a board member of Astronomy Australia Limited (AAL) and an honorary fellow of the Astronomical Society of Australia.

    Rachel serves on the Property Committee and has a daughter at the College.

  • Helen Drennan
    Hugo Stephenson
    MBBS BSc
    Hugo Stephenson (OW1991) is a medical doctor, technologist, biotech services entrepreneur and founder of many businesses in the clinical trials and health technology industries. Hugo worked in Princeton, New Jersey, for almost 10 years as Senior Vice President, Global Late Phase and Drug Safety for Quintiles, a Fortune 500 company. Hugo is currently the cofounder and Executive Chairman of DrugDev, a leading US-based developer of cloud-based clinical trial management systems. He is an adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University, and is involved in a variety of initiatives relating to drug development, decision support and big data. 

    Hugo sits on the Ethics Committee and has two sons and a daughter who attend the St Kilda Road campus.
  • Sarah Conron
    Sarah Conron
    Wesley College Council

    Sarah joined the Wesley College Council in February 2019 after serving as member of the Nominations Committee. Sarah is a Director of Neurologic Plus and has been working as a management consultant for the past 16 years, working with Atkinson Consulting. Prior to this Sarah was General Manager of property.com.au.

    Sarah is a long serving member of the Women for Women Committee at Sacred Heart Mission. Sarah has four children, two who have completed their schooling at the college and two daughters who are current students.