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.

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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

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.

The Director of Studies is responsible for the academic programmes of the College, and works closely with the Vice-Principal on matters of academic and pastoral well-being.

Mrs. Donna Davies

holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Science from RMIT University, and has held a range of senior positions in the secondary school sector, including Senior School curriculum coordinator at Methodist Ladies' College, Kew. Mrs Davies has lectured at RMIT and Monash Universities and Strode College in the United Kingdom. She has residential experience in boarding schools, including the Millfield School, the largest co-educational boarding school in the United Kingdom.

Mrs Davies also works for the International Baccalaureate Organisation as a reviewer and author of the Sports and Exercise Health Science international curriculum. She is the co-author of two secondary school text books, Jump Start 7 and 8 and Jump Start 9 and 10 (2007, 2011, 2014) published by Cambridge Press. Mrs Davies plays competition tennis and enjoys walking and supporting intercollegiate sport.

Shelley Roberts - Director of Development
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 at development@jch.unimelb.edu.au or by phone on 03 9349 7180.

The I.T. Coordinator is responsible for the administration of the Network & Computer facilities.

Mr Amrick Singh

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.

Amrick is a keen basketball player and has been playing since a young age. He has played at both junior and senior club levels and is currently playing in the Melbourne Eastern Basketball Association. In his spare time he enjoys furthering his basketball skills and general athleticism on the court or in the gym, as well as indulging in computer gaming and staying up-to-date with the latest technological trends.

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

Ms Jennifer Smith

is a Fellow of the CPA Australia, a member of Governance Institute Australia, holds a Bachelor of Business from Swinburne University and post graduate qualifications in finance and accounting from Monash University. Jennifer has over 25 years experience working in ASX and not for profit entities. She has held senior finance roles in the media, commodity trading and transport and logistics sectors prior to moving to the not for profit sector to focus on financial sustainability, risk management and governance in independent schools.

She has worked as a Company Secretary and Treasurer in a paid and volunteer capacity, is a participant in the Mentor the Treasurer program with ProBono Australia and a regular presenter for Governance Institute.

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.

The Librarian is responsible for the management and expansion of the college library as well as the preservation of the college's archival collection.

Ms. Jennifer Martin

Holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of NSW, an MA in Sociology from the University of NSW, a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Management from the University of Canberra and a Graduate Diploma in Educational Psychology from Monash University. Jennifer is currently undertaking her PhD at Monash University. Jennifer also has many years of library and management experience in both the TAFE and tertiary education sectors.

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

Ms Mari Nicholls

Holds a diploma in Accounting from the South Australian Institute of Technology and has extensive experience in accounting and bookkeeping. Mari worked in various accountancy practices and in private practice before coming to JCH.

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's

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.

Chartwells Catering is responsible, through a contract with the college, for the management of the kitchen, and the provision of nutritious food to the college. Constructive comments and feedback on food are welcomed through the College's Food Consultative Committee, chaired by the Deputy-Principal.

Mr Dilli Bhandari

is the Catering Chef Manager at Janet Clarke Hall. Dilli originates from Nepal, and moved to Melbourne in 2007. In his homeland, he is a well-known lyricist in the Nepali language. Dilli is a keen traveller, and in his down-time loves to relax with music and movies. Dilli has worked with Compass Group for the last five years and is excited to share his passion for food with the JCH community.

advancement committee


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 Ms Margie Richardson, 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 Margie Richardson

Deputy Chair

Ms Jan McGuinness

Chair of Finance and Investment Committee

Mr Anthony Wood


Mr Stephen Higgs

Mr Alex Murphy

Adjunct Professor Clare Pullar

Ms Jenny Ross

Professor Susan Sawyer


Ms Anne Shea

Mr Paul Turner

​Professor Julie Willis



Dr Damian Powell

Company Secretary

Ms Jennifer Smith

Student Observers

Ms Thenu Herath

Mr Shaveen Gammage



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


Dr Valerie Asche AM

Professor Elizabeth Blackburn AC

Dr Fiona Caro

Professor Adrienne Clarke AC

Mrs Jaanette Enden

Dr Helen Garner

Professor Mary Hiscock

Dame Leonie Kramer AC DBE

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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