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 Eleanor Spencer-Regan

Eleanor Spencer-Regan joined the JCH community in 2022, having been Vice-Principal and Senior Tutor of St Chad’s College and Vice-Principal (Student Enrichment Directorate) at Durham University in the UK. She was awarded a First Class Honours BA in English Literature in 2007 and an MA with Distinction in Studies in Poetry in 2008, both at the University of Durham. She completed her doctoral thesis on tradition, inheritance, and influence in the work of the Anglo-American poet Anne Stevenson in 2012. She was awarded an AHRC Research Preparation Masters Award (2007-2008) and an AHRC Doctoral Award (2008-2011). In 2011-2012, she was the recipient of a Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship, and a Visiting Fellow in the Department of English at Harvard University. Her research interests include twentieth and twenty-first century British and American poetry, allusion and echo in contemporary poetry, literary synaesthesia, children’s and Young Adult fiction, and popular fiction.

She is an Honorary Senior Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. Her recent publications include the New Casebook on American Poetry since 1945 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), essays in the Blackwell Companion to British and Irish Poetry 1960-2015 (Wiley Blackwell, 2020), and an essay in Sylvia Plath in Context (Cambridge University Press). Forthcoming publications include a co-edited volume, Family in Children’s and Young Adult Literature (Routledge, 2023).

Staff Leadership
The Deputy Principal works closely with the Principal to provide leadership in all areas of College life. 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 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 and is a highly experienced IT consultant who has worked across a broad range of industries.

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 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.

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, Political Science, History, Essay Writing, Sociolinguistics, Italian and French

Aidan has degrees in international relations, political science, 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 currently works as a Head Tutor in Political Science at the University of Melbourne, and is completing his second master’s degree in Translation and Interpreting at RMIT.

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

Amy Bongetti

Ms Amy Bongetti

Teaching areas:  Biomedical Science, Scientific Writing

Amy completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne in 2019, majoring in Neuroscience. She then went on to complete her Honours year in Physiology. Currently she is completing her PhD at the University of Melbourne where she is investigating the biochemical mechanisms underlying muscle wasting in the ICU. Amy is also a tutor in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology and is involved in the Universities Elite Athlete Program.
Amy is passionate about women’s health, education, and sport. Outside of academia, if you can’t find her buried in a good book, you will most likely find her baking or either watching or playing sport.

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Ms Elise Matthyssen

Teaching areas:  Linguistics, Literature, English, Academic Skills, Essay Writing and French

Elise has degrees in Arts (English and French) and Engineering (Electrical) from UNSW. She is currently completing a Master of Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne and recently completed a CELTA qualification at RMIT for teaching English to speakers of other languages.
After growing up in country Victoria, she moved to Sydney for her undergraduate studies. This included an exchange semester in Paris, studying French courses in literature, film, and music. After graduating from UNSW with the University Medal in English, she spent two years travelling in Central and South America. She has taught English in Panama, Colombia, and Brazil and has volunteered as an English-Spanish interpreter in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada and the Peruvian Amazon.
Her interests include language learning and teaching, modernist literature, cooking, gardening, and playing piano. In her spare time, you’ll likely find her bell ringing in one of Melbourne's towers or out partner dancing to the rhythm of salsa, lindy hop, or blues.

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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 residential colleges since 2009. Jack is currently undertaking his PhD in Education and Creative Writing at RMIT. His research project involves storying his lived experience as a transcultural teacher. Jack has tutored extensively in Creative Writing and English Literature for the University of Melbourne Faculty of Arts and the residential colleges.

Jack is a keen collaborative pianist. At JCH, he performs regularly with student musicians and the JCH Choir. At St Jude’s Anglican Church, he serves as keyboard player for worship bands. Jack holds a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) with distinction in piano performance. 

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 and bookstores, as well as driving and road trips.

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Mr Josh McLeod

Teaching areas:  Engineering, Mathematics, IT

Joshua has degrees in Robotics & Mechatronics Engineering and Computer Science & Software Engineering from Swinburne University of Technology. Since graduation, Joshua has worked next door at Trinity College in many areas, including as a residential tutor, administrator, Choir Manager, and Foundation Studies teacher.
In other commitments, Joshua volunteers with the Society of St Vincent de Paul in numerous roles and sings in choirs. His hobbies include chess, reading, walking, piano, and spending time with people.

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Ms Rebekkah Markey-Towler

Teaching areas:  Law, Criminology, Climate Change, Political Science

Rebekkah (Bek) is a Research Fellow for Melbourne Climate Futures at the University of Melbourne. She has a particular interest in climate change law, environmental law and corporate law, and has worked with Professor Jacqueline Peel at the Melbourne Law School on a number of projects including: devising a legal blueprint for corporate energy transition, strategic climate change litigation, and legal frameworks for waste management in the Pacific and in times of pandemic. Previously, Bek spent a year teaching English in Japan as part of the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme. She also spent 18 months working as the Executive Associate to a judge on the Federal Court of Australia. Last year, Bek tutored criminology and law subjects, and worked on the Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book. She holds a Bachelor of Arts/Laws (Hons) from the University of Queensland. In her free time, Bek enjoys swimming, long distance running and reading non-fiction.

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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.

Kenneth Moore Memorial Music Scholar
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

The Revd Prof Russell Goulbourne



Dr Eleanor Spencer-Regan

Company Secretary

Ms Katerina Milosovska

Student Observers

Ms Eve Gray
Ms Emily Mannix 



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 Adrienne Clarke AC

Professor Alexandra Walsham CBE

Professor Cheryl Saunders AO

Hon Diana Bryant AO, QC

Professor Doreen Rosenthal AO

Professor Elizabeth Blackburn AC

Professor Erika Feller AO

Dr Fay Marles AM

Dr Fiona Caro

Professor Gillian Triggs

Dr Helen Garner

Mrs Jaanette Enden

Professor Judith Whitworth AC

Ms Margie Richardson AM

Professor Mary Hiscock AM

Ms Michelle Grattan AO

Ms Penelope Lewisohn

Professor Ruth Fincher AM

Professor Sally Walker AM

Mr Timothy Thwaites



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