Leadership

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

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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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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.


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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.


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​​​​​​​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

As a ‘Melbourne Model’ graduate, Briana completed her BA(Honours) in Anthropology, and Executive Master of Arts with first class honours. Briana has both lived and professional experience within the Residential College setting, having been a past student, tutor and Community Relations Manager at Whitley College. Most recently, Briana represented the ten Colleges as the Intercollegiate Marketing Officer, joining the University of Melbourne at key recruitment events across Australia and overseas. Having worked closely with alumni of all ages, Briana is a strong advocate for intergenerational connection, fostering opportunities for students to both seek professional mentors, and to become peer mentors. In her spare time, Briana co-leads Youth Food Movement, Australia’s largest not-for-profit run by and for young people passionate about food literacy and sustainable food systems. Briana also has an ever-growing collection of board games (her favourite is Settlers of Catan, if you ever need an extra player).


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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.


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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.


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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.


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The Facilities Manager is responsible for the efficient operation of the College buildings and grounds as a prestigious student accommodation community. 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.

Most recent assignments include management of projects for Fortesque Metals Group in the Pilbara, Australian Defence Force in East Timor and United Nations in Afghanistan.


Student Leadership

Student Leadership

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.


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 Michael Stuiber

Teaching areas:  Physics

Michael studied physics at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg in Germany and the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. He came to Australia to start his PhD in Physics at the University of Melbourne in September 2013 and is about to submit his thesis. Previously h e was a residential tutor at Whitley College for  three years.   His research is about low dimensional quantum systems for quantum computation applications.


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Mr Aidan Carter

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

Originally growing up in country Victoria, Aidan moved to Melbourne in 2013 in order to attend the University of Melbourne. He completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) majoring in Politics/International Studies and Italian, whilst also completing a Diploma of Languages specialising in French. He has recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education at La Trobe University, and will be completing a Master of International Relations at the University of Melbourne in 2020.

As a lover of languages, and an aspiring polyglot in training, you’ll often find Aidan attempting to learn a new language, or talking about learning a new language, or both simultaneously. Outside of expertise English, Italian and French, he also speaks Spanish and has experience studying Mandarin, Modern Greek and Arabic.

Aidan previously worked as a Residential Tutor at International House College in 2019 and in addition to his Masters coursework, holds positions as an Academic Tutor in Italian at La Trobe University, as a Research Assistant at both La Trobe and Swinburne Universities, and continues to collaborate and research in the areas of political conflict/architecture, sociolinguistics/identity, and Italian crime fiction.

Outside of academia, he enjoys a good Netflix binge, music (piano and singing), trying to keep fit through running, tennis or cycling, and exploring the world.


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Ms Natalia Evertsz

Teaching areas:  Human Nutrition, Scientific Writing

Natalia Evertsz completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in French, at the University of Melbourne in 2012. Keen to pursue her interest in public health, she went on to complete a Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition at Deakin University in 2014. Her graduate studies sparked a passion for clinical medicine alongside public health, and she returned to the University of Melbourne to complete a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Immunology, which she completed in 2017. She is currently completing the Doctor of Medicine.

Alongside her studies, Natalia also worked has a Research Assistant for the Doherty Institute of Infection and Immunity, investigating the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s orthopaedic surgery infection prevention program. She also completed an internship at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, assisting with the development of an ethical framework for community engagement in setting priorities in international research. Natalia is also a qualified personal trainer and is the fitness coach for the Victorian Young Dressage Squad.


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Mr Jack Tan

Teaching areas:  English Literature, Creative Writing, Essay Writing

Jack has degrees in 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 completing a Master of Teaching (Secondary) at the University of Melbourne.

Jack has given research presentations at the Universities of Melbourne, Queensland and Western Australia, and was previously 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 as well as a classroom teacher in Singapore and Shanghai.   He holds a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) with distinction in piano performance.


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Mr Henry O’Neill

Teaching areas:  Linguistics, Creative Writing, Education and Philosophy. 

Henry is a student at the University of Melbourne, currently doing his honours year in linguistics. His thesis will be on inter-family linguistic variation across a speech community in Tennant Creek, where the main language spoken is a form of Kriol. He loves linguistics because of how central language is to humans and because it allows him to incorporate both qualitative and quantitative methods in his research. Henry’s plan after honours is to take whatever opportunities arise, be that working in a language centre somewhere in Australia, continuing academically as a research assistant, or furthering his studies overseas. He’s always up for a chat about whether bees have language, how grammar isn’t and shouldn’t be something set out by institutions, or why the anti-passive construction is still useful in non-ergative languages. Outside of linguistics, Henry spends his time bouldering, playing soccer and netball, or going running. He’s also a keen-but-not-very-good guitarist, singer, zine-writer, and filmmaker.


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Ms Carmen Wardle

Teaching areas:  Maths, Civil Engineering

Carmen graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Applied Mathematics. She is currently continuing her studies at Melbourne and is in her second year of a Masters of Engineering (Civil). In 2019 she spent a year abroad at the University of Salamanca, Spain, where she continued her studies in Engineering while learning to speak Spanish. Over the past 2 years she has volunteered at hostels both in Barcelona and Budapest where she cooked group dinners and organised activities such as trivia nights. She loves to travel, having visited over 25 countries, and spends her spare time cooking and gardening.


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Ms Miranda Williams

Teaching areas:  Art History, Indigenous Studies, Cultural Studies

Miranda completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne in 2018, majoring in Art History and Indigenous Studies. Having grown up in a regional area with limited access to the arts, she realised she could put her passions to good use after completing her undergraduate degree. This sparked an interest in community arts, with Miranda currently undertaking a Masters of Arts and Cultural Management at the University of Melbourne. She is planning to write a minor thesis investigating the benefits of community arts for audiences with a focus on visual arts, an area often overlooked within the literature. Miranda has worked in Vancouver supervising a children’s art studio, volunteers for c3 Contemporary Art Space at the Abbotsford Convent, and also works as Gallery Technician for the regional Wangaratta Art Gallery. She is also planning to intern at Craft ACT, who advocate for the importance of contemporary craft in Australia’s artistic landscape (as an avid crafter herself!). Outside of the artworld, Miranda enjoys being active. She loves doing bouldering, netball, swimming, and yoga.


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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.


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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 the forthcoming 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 2020, 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; and launches her debut novel Melting Moments.

Anna is also a Senior Lecturer at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide.

For more information on Anna Goldsworthy, visit her website.


Council

Council

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 Paul Turner

Chair of Finance and Investment Committee

Mr Anthony Wood

 

Ms Elly Grace

Mr Stephen Higgs

Mr Allan Joseland

Ms Bronwen Moncrieff

Mr Alex Murphy

Ms Jenny Ross

Professor Susan Sawyer

Professor Julie Willis

Principal

Dr Damian Powell

Company Secretary

Mrs Katerina Milosovska

Student Observers

Mr William Bonwick

Ms Maggie Little

Fellows

Fellows

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

Fellows

Dr Valerie Asche AM

Professor Elizabeth Blackburn AC

Dr Fiona Caro

Professor Adrienne Clarke AC

Mrs Jaanette Enden

Dr Helen Garner

Professor Mary Hiscock

Ms Penelope Lewisohn

Professor Lynne Reid

Dr Fay Marles AM

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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