Wesley College Melbourne Australia
Wesley College Clunes

Key Staff

  • Ben Marsland
    Ben Marsland
    Head of Clunes

    Ben Marsland joined Wesley's St Kilda Road campus as a Music teacher in 1997. Since then he has directed several senior music ensembles, including the Wesley College Big Band, taught IB Diploma, VCE and VET Music and Design, and worked in curriculum development with the International Baccalaureate Organization.

    More recently Ben has taken on the roles of Year 10 Curriculum Coordinator, Chair of the Arts Awards Committee and Assistant Head of Learning at St Kilda Road, as well as working in the Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School Induction Program. This inspired him to undertake postgraduate educational research studies in Experiential Learning and make the transition Clunes.

    Since beginning in the role of Head of Wesley at Clunes in 2016, Ben has strived to build on the established success of the Clunes model of learning through shared living, community engagement and lived experience, and to help write the next chapter of the Wesley at Clunes story.

  • Richard Cope
    Richard Cope
    Deputy Head of Wesley at Clunes - Programs and Staffing

    Richard completed both a Bachelor of Education and Master of Educational Management at The University of Melbourne. He taught in Melbourne for seven years, including a period on exchange in India, before moving to Queensland to teach on the Gold Coast and Brisbane. While working in Brisbane, Richard became the Head of Year 9, before joining Wesley College in 2008 as the Cluster Leader for Year 9 at the St Kilda Road campus. He held this role for eight years before joining the Wesley at Clunes program at the beginning of 2016.

    Richard's teaching area is Humanities with focus on History and Politics. He has interests in environmental sustainability and the slow food movement.

    His role at Clunes involves planning the day-to-day running of the program, including organising the daily activities of students.