The College has a close and cooperative leadership style in which staff and students work with an eye to the common good, supported by the College Council and our distinguished Fellows

The Principal is responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the College in all its aspects.

Dr Damian Powell

graduated with First Class Honours in history and archaeology from the University of Melbourne, winning the Margaret Kiddle Prize for history, the William Cullican Prize for archaeology, and the Dwight Prize for combined honours, and working on the University's Tell Ahmar Archaeological Expedition in Syria. His doctorate was awarded the E.W. Benham Prize by the University of Adelaide. During his academic career Dr Powell has lived and worked in six university colleges in Australia, also lecturing in New Zealand at the University of Canterbury. 

Among other positions, Dr Powell served on the Expert Panel for the Human Rights Commission review of Women in the Australian Defence Force, as a Director of Ballarat and Queen’s Anglican Grammar School, and as a Voting Trustee for the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion (CUAC). A Senior Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, he speaks and publishes on aspects of Australian and British legal and military history.  In 2019 Dr Powell was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Tsinghua University in China.

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Staff Leadership
The Dean and Deputy Principal works closely with the Principal to provide leadership in all areas of College life. As the senior staff member living on site, she is particularly responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the College in this respect, leading the residential tutor team and overseeing pastoral well-being within the College.

Ms Margie Welsford

served previously as Warden of Whitley College for twelve years and Chair of the Melbourne Heads of Colleges from 2015 to 2016.  A Registered Psychologist, she has extensive leadership and pastoral expertise, including through previous work as a school pyschologist. 

Ms Welsford lives at Janet Clarke Hall with her husband, Reverend Nathan Nettleton, their daughter Acacia who is a student at the University of Melbourne and two dogs, Dusty and Delta. Ms Welsford enjoys walking, running, singing and reading.

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The Business Manager is responsible to the Principal for the financial well being of College, and works closely with Council and Principal to regulate financial policies.

Mrs Katerina Milosovska

is a CPA who began her career as an auditor with the State Audit Office in Macedonia.  Since arriving in Australia in 2007, she has worked in a variety of roles, including most recently as Finance Manager for Hockey Victoria. Katie and her family lived in Whitley College for a number of years.  She has a passion for foreign languages.

The Bookkeeper is responsible for the college payroll and daily financial transactions and accounting. 

Ms Antonella Augello

Since completing her Advanced Diploma of Business (Accounting) in 1996, she has been working in the accounting and finance fields for the past 21 years. She worked in a Chartered Accounting firm in Business Advisory Services and then as a Financial Assistant. From 2010 she has worked in the community housing sector for a Not-for -Profit Housing Association as a Finance Officer.

Outside the office, Antonella’s interests include travel, dining out, shopping, reading and cooking.

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The Director of Development works closely with the Principal and members of the Advancement Committee and is responsible for the College’s fund-raising program.

Ms Shelley Roberts

graduated with Honours in English Language and Literature from the University of Melbourne in 1974. The following year she moved to the UK where she obtained a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of London and taught English for two years at a school in Surrey.

A move into book publishing in London preceded a return to Australia and a long career in the world of books, encompassing senior communications and marketing roles in publishing, book-selling and libraries. An alumna of Janet Clarke Hall, Shelley treasures her memories of College days and welcomes the opportunity to re-engage with JCH in this development role. She can be contacted development@jch.unimelb.edu.au or by phone on 03 9349 7180.

The Development Associate works with the Director of Development to coordinate gifts and bequests

Ms Kay Attali

On returning to Australia following Russian postgrad studies in London, Kay started her working life as Channel 9’s first female news reporter, before moving to the ABC’s education department as a director and producer of children’s radio and television programs. Following time off when her children were small, Kay spent 10 years as St Catherine’s first Director of Development, then 14 years as a swimsuit manufacturer before moving to Dalian, China to teach English for a year.

On her return to Australia in 2005, she joined the Advancement team at Trinity College where she worked primarily on building the scholarship base and supporting the Indigenous students until her (brief) retirement in 2018.

Kay practises Tai Chi and tap to keep fit, and loves travelling.

​​​​​​​The Dean of Studies is primarily responsible for the academic wellbeing of students, working closely with the Deputy Principal, members of the Senior Common Room and non-resident tutors to provide support to the student body. 

Ms Briana Ellis

Briana (aka Bee) is a Melbourne Model graduate with a BA(Honours) in Anthropology and Executive Master of Arts. With ten years of experience living and working in the Melbourne Colleges, Briana is passionate about supporting young people as they navigate University life. Before moving to JCH she was a student, tutor and Community Relations Manager at Whitley College and was also the Intercollegiate Officer for key University of Melbourne recruitment trips across Australia and New Zealand.

Most recently, Briana co-led Youth Food Movement (2019-2020), Australia’s largest not for profit run by and for young people passionate about food literacy and sustainable food systems. She also enjoys expanding her ever growing collection of board games (her favourite is Settlers of Catan, if you ever need an extra player).

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The Librarian is responsible for the management, upkeep and expansion of the college Library as well as the preservation of the college’s archival collection.

Mrs Cindy Derrenbacker

Mrs Cindy Derrenbacker holds a BA in Political Science from Wheaton College (Illinois, USA), an MLS from Syracuse University (USA), and a Graduate Diploma in Theology from Regent College (Vancouver). She has served as Library Director at Wycliffe College (Toronto) and Regent and Carey Theological Colleges, Reference Librarian at Tyndale University College (Toronto), Associate Librarian at the McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University (Sudbury, Canada), and most recently as Librarian at Whitley College (Melbourne). Cindy is currently undertaking a graduate program in theology at Trinity College at the University of Divinity.

Carolyn Stewart - Office Manager
The Office Manager is responsible for the day-to-day running of the office, acts as the Principal's PA, the Admissions Secretary and handles all conference requirements.

Ms Carolyn Stewart

holds business qualifications include a Certificate of Business Studies in Accounting and a Graduate Certificate of Business in Project Management from Swinburne University of Technology. Carolyn has extensive financial and administrative experience in commercial environments.

The I.T. Manager is responsible for all technology infrastructure at JCH

Mr Amrick Singh

holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Melbourne (Parkville) and has been working as an IT consultant in Melbourne for ten years across a broad range of roles and industries ranging from corporate clients such as UXC (Australia’s largest IT services provider) to smaller, boutique companies such as the Original PC Doctor and more recently educational institutions such as the Australian School of Performing Arts.

The Facilities Manager is responsible for the good order of the College buildings and grounds. The role includes management of the daily in-house and contractor-provided services as well as the supervision of building and renovation projects.

Mr Bruce Stewart

began his career in food service and hospitality management which progressed into multi-service delivery and project management. Bruce has held senior positions with major service providers including SHRM, Compass Group, Tempo and Eastern Healthcare Network. Prior to joining JCH, Bruce project managed assignments for Fortesque Metals Group in the Pilbara, Australian Defence Force in East Timor and United Nations in Afghanistan.


Student Leadership

The Student Club Executive

Members of the College's Junior Common Room elect a Student Club Executive annually to provide leadership within the Student Club. Its office bearers hold responsibility for social, sporting, and cultural activities within the Student Club, working with the College to provide the best possible experience.

Student Club President


Also referred to as the "Senior Student", the Student Club President leads the Student Club, working closely with the College. She also represents the Club at Intercollegiate student bodies. 

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Student Club Vice-President


As deputy to the Student Club President, the Student Club Vice-President supports the smooth running of the Club, including through close engagement with College staff.

Student Club Secretary


The Student Club Secretary is responsible for the official correspondence of the Student Club, recording minutes of meetings and assisting with the administration, procedures and official records of the Club.

Student Club Treasurer


The Student Club Treasurer is responsible for the finances of the Student Club as an incorporated body regulated by the ACNC guidelines, overseeing income and expenditure in consultation with the College. 

Student Club General Rep


The Student Club General Representative provides a point of communication and coordination between the Student Club and the College in matters relating to catering and student service related to the Dining Hall.

Student Club Arts & Culture Rep


The Student Club Arts & Culture Representative is responsible for promoting the cultural life of the Student Club, including through participation in the Intercollegiate Arts and Cultural Council. 

Student Club Women's Sports Rep


The Student Club Female Sports Representative oversees the social and competitive sporting life of the Student Club, including through participation in the Intercollegiate Sporting competition. 

Student Club Men's Sports Rep


The Student Club Men's Sports Representative oversees the social and competitive sporting life of the Student Club, including through participation in the Intercollegiate Sporting competition. 

Resident Tutors

Resident Tutors

Resident Tutors serve in the College as teachers in their specialised areas, and mentors for students. They also share in offering pastoral care to students.

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Mr Aidan Carter

Teaching areas: International Relations, Politics, History, Essay Writing, Sociolinguistics, Italian and French

Aidan has degrees in international relations, politics, higher education and foreign languages from the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and the University for Foreigners of Perugia (Italy). Originally from country Victoria, he moved to Melbourne to attend university. He has spent time studying and living abroad in Europe, including working as an English teacher and interpreter in Italy.

Since graduation, he has worked across Swinburne, La Trobe and the University of Melbourne in a myriad of research and teaching roles. He previously worked as a resident tutor at International House and has recently completed a role as a project officer at the University of Melbourne (Melbourne Peer Mentoring Program).

In his spare time, he enjoys learning languages, a good Netflix binge, music (piano and singing), trying to keep fit through running, tennis or cycling, and travelling the world.

Jack Tan

Mr Jack Tan

Teaching areas:  Literature, Creative Writing, Essay Writing, Collaborative Music

Jack has degrees in Education, English Literature and Linguistics from the University of Melbourne and the National University of Singapore. He has lived and worked in the Melbourne Colleges since 2009, including as Resident Tutor at JCH (2010-2015) and Dean of Studies at Whitley College (2015- 2017). Jack is currently undertaking his PhD in Education and Creativity at RMIT University. His research project involves storying his lived experience as a transcultural teacher. For the University of Melbourne Faculty of Arts and Residential Colleges, Jack tutors English Literature and Creative Writing.

Jack is a keen pianist and he enjoys playing collaboratively. He performs regularly with student musicians, the JCH Choir, as well as for church congregations. He holds a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) with distinction in piano performance. Jack has given research presentations at the Universities of Melbourne, Queensland and Western Australia. In 2013 and 2014, he was the Faculty of Arts’ graduate student representative at the Dickens Project at UC Santa Cruz and UCLA. In 2017, Jack was an invited speaker at the Dickens Fellowship (Melbourne). Prior to his arrival in Melbourne, Jack worked as a piano teacher and classroom teacher in Singapore and Shanghai. Outside academia and music, Jack enjoys visual arts, cafés, bookstores, poetry and theatre as well as driving and road trips.

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Artist in Residence
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Ms Alice Pung 

Alice Pung is a Melbourne writer, lawyer and teacher. She is the bestselling author of Her Father's Daughter and Unpolished Gem. Unpolished Gem won the 2007 Australian Newcomer of the Year award in the Australian Book Industry Awards and was shortlisted for several other awards including the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards and The Age Book of the Year 2007. Her Father's Daughter won the 2012 Western Australia Premier's Literary Awards, and was shortlisted for the Victorian and Queensland Literary Awards.

Alice has had stories and articles published in Good Weekend, Meanjin, the Monthly, Age, The Best Australian Stories, Westerley, Griffith Review and The Lifted Brow; and her books are studied as VCE and HSC texts.

In 2008, Alice was the Asialink writer-in-residence at Peking University, and in 2009, the Australian representative at the Iowa International Writing Program. She has given guest lectures at Brown University, Vassar College, Peking University, and the Universities of Bologna, Milano and Pisa. In 2010, she was a judge for the Walkley Awards for Journalism, and the 2011 Australian representative to the US Department of State 'Fall and Recovery' writers' tour of disaster and conflict sites of America. Alice is currently an Ambassador for Room To Read, the 100 Storey Building, and the 20th Man Fund. Her latest book One Hundred Days will be released in June 2021.

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Kenneth Moore Memorial Music Scholar

Dr Anna Goldsworthy 

Anna Goldsworthy is an award-winning pianist and writer, and a festival director.

As a pianist, Anna performs extensively throughout Australia and internationally. Recent appearances include solo engagements with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and the Australian Youth Orchestra; a six-city recital tour of China; and solo recitals at venues around Australia. An accomplished chamber musician, Anna is a founding member of Seraphim Trio. In 2019, Seraphim released the ARIA-award-winning CD Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds, with Paul Kelly, James Ledger, and Alice Keath, alongside the ambitious CD set Trio Through Time for the ABC, tracing the development of the piano trio from Mozart and Haydn until today.

As a writer, Anna was awarded Newcomer of the Year at the 2010 Australian Book Industry Awards for her debut memoir, Piano Lessons, which was released in Australia, North America, Germany, Korea and Vietnam. Other literary publications include the memoir Welcome to Your New Life, and the Quarterly Essay Unfinished Business: Sex, Freedom and Misogyny, and her novel Melting Moments. She edited Best Australian Essays 2017. Anna’s writing for the stage includes the libretto for Victorian Opera’s award-winning production of The Magic Pudding; her acclaimed adaptation of Piano Lessons, commissioned by the Queensland Music Festival; the play, Maestro, co-written with her father, Peter Goldsworthy; and the cabaret show Cole for Michael Griffiths, for which he won a Helpmann Award. 

Anna has degrees from the University of Adelaide and Texas Christian University, and a doctorate from the University of Melbourne. Her teachers have been Eleonora Sivan, Tamas Ungar, and Ronald Farren-Price. Additionally, Anna has studied in Moscow with Lev Naumov, with the support of an ArtsSA Emerging Artist Award.

In 2021, Anna is Artist and Writer in Residence at the Melbourne Recital Centre; directs the Coriole Music Festival and the Hayllar Wilderness Festival; tours extensively with Seraphim Trio; collaborates with instrumentalists including cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, violinist Andrew Haveron, and pianist Konstantin Shamray.

For more information on Anna Goldsworthy, visit her website.



Janet Clarke Hall is governed by a Council, to which the Principal reports on the day-to-day running of the College. Council is chaired by Adjunct Professor Clare Pullar, with distinguished representatives (many of them old members of the College) drawn from among the professions. The President of the Student Club (the Student Club Executive office bearers are listed below), and a member elected annually from the student club, serve as Council observers.

Chair of Council

Ms Clare Pullar

Deputy Chair

Mr Alex Murphy

Chair of Finance and Investment Committee

Mr Anthony Wood

Chair of Governance and Nominations Committee

Mr Stephen Higgs OAM


Ms Elizabeth Kennedy

Mr Allan Joseland

Ms Bronwen Moncrieff

Professor Susan Sawyer AM

Professor Julie Willis



Dr Damian Powell

Company Secretary

Mrs Katerina Milosovska

Student Observers

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In addition to its Council, the College has a President, a Visitor, and a number of elected Fellows. The Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne, the Most Reverend Philip Freier, is the President of Janet Clarke Hall. The College Visitor (patron in chief), Professsor Peter Doherty AC was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1996 and was Australian of the Year in 1997. Election as a Fellow of the College is the highest honour which the College can bestow, and our current Fellows are among our most distinguished alumna - among them Professsor Elizabeth Blackburn who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2009, Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors, a former head of CSIRO and Lieutenant Governor, and internationally famous writers, scientists, doctors and educators.

President of Janet Clarke Hall

The Most Reverend Dr Philip Freier

College Visitor

Professor Peter Doherty AC


Professor Elizabeth Blackburn AC

Dr Fiona Caro

Professor Adrienne Clarke AC

Mrs Jaanette Enden

Dr Helen Garner

Ms Michelle Grattan AO

Professor Mary Hiscock

Ms Penelope Lewisohn

Professor Lynne Reid

Dr Fay Marles AM

Professor Doreen Rosenthal AO

Professor Cheryl Saunders AO

Mr Timothy Thwaites

Professor Gillian Triggs

Professor Sally Walker AM

Professor Alexandra Walsham CBE

Professor Judith Whitworth AC

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