Board of Governors

Following are the members of our Board of Governors.

Pam Russell

Qualifications: TITC (Frankston Teachers' College), GradDipEd Giftedness (ACU), MEd (University of Melbourne)

Pam has considerable experience as a Board Chair and a particular interest in the effective governance of organisations.

 Pam’s professional affiliations and Board memberships include Australian College of Educators – Chair, Victorian Chapter; Churchill Fellowships – Chair, Education Committee, Victoria; Victorian Association for Gifted and Talented Children – President/Life Member; Tournament of Minds – Victorian Director, National Director; Holmesglen Institute – Board Member, Higher Education Academic Committee; Monash University, Education Faculty – Board Member; The University of Melbourne – Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Education; Worawa Aboriginal College – Board member (2008–2011) and Chair of the Worawa Academic Reference Group 2008–2015); Reconciliation Victoria-Board Member

Pam was Vice-Principal, Learning and Teaching at Shelford from 1994 to 1997 before establishing her own education consultancy across primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. Her work included school reviewing for government, independent and international schools; developing and improving learning and teaching programs and policies; developing and delivering professional development programs; mentoring and/or coaching principals and senior administrative teams; developing staff appraisal programs; developing and auditing K–12 curriculum and developing middle school policies, administrative infrastructure and curriculum.

Pam is looking forward to getting to know more members of the School community and working with them to continue to provide a holistic, challenging and empowering educational experience for the girls at Shelford.

Chair of the Board and sits on the Finance Committee, Governance Committee, Property Committee, Development Committee, Liaison Committee and Nominations Committee

Sarah Ball

Qualifications: Master of Architecture (University of Melbourne), Bachelor of Planning & Design (Architecture) (University of Melbourne), Registered Architect – Victoria

Sarah leads Woods Bagot’s Education & Science Sector for Australia and New Zealand. Her passion and leadership is exemplified by an extensive Architectural and Interiors portfolio of successful and innovative projects, many of which having been acknowledged with Architectural and Education awards. With considerable experience in education & research environments, Sarah has amassed significant knowledge of pedagogy, new generation learning & research spaces, technology, and academic workplaces, underpinned by her commitment to research.

Her core strength lies in developing symbiotic relationships with clients and managing complex projects, often with multiple stakeholders. She embraces the opportunity to actively engage clients in the design and planning process, resulting in an authentic collaborative process that achieves innovative solutions, unique to every project.  Sarah is a Shelfordian, completing Year 12 in 1995.

Chair of the Property Committee

Elly Bloom

Qualifications: Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), MBA (Melbourne Business School & NYU Stern), B Architecture (Honors), (University of Melbourne), Bachelor of Planning and Design (Architecture), (University of Melbourne)

Elly is a Shelford alumni and local community member who is a senior leader with experience in strategy, transformation, marketing, digital, customer experience, and venture capital across a variety of industries. She has extensive experience within the financial sector and prior to this worked in the arts industry in management and marketing roles. Elly began her education with Bachelor degrees in Planning and Design and Architecture (Honours) from Melbourne University. She has gone on to complete an MBA and to work with a focus on general management and marketing, with particular interest in strategies for service businesses.

Elly has developed corporate, business and marketing strategies encompassing the interests of a variety of stakeholders, both public and private. She is familiar within many networks and current on issues faced by a range of sectors in Australia particularly where it relates to technology, customer experience and innovation.

Development Committee

Bec Brideson

Qualification: B Arts (Monash)

Bec began her career as a Creative Director working on an extensive range of branding and marketing campaigns. After five years as a senior leader, she opened her own business, Venus Comms, in which she sought to establish a values-led and inclusive environment. Bec grew her business to a mid-size agency and after 12 years, expanded in to a communications consultancy; lending her expertise to a variety of businesses, agencies and organisations as a consultant, teacher and coach. Bec is a well renowned speaker, particularly in the area of female entrepreneurship, marketing to women and focusing on female equality in business. Her interest and passion for empowering women, her strategic and management expertise and creative and marketing skills, are a wonderful asset for Shelford and we are thrilled Bec has agreed to join the Shelford Board. Bec’s daughters attend Shelford.

Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors
Development Committee

Marianne Langridge

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Swinburne University, Graduate Diploma of Computing, Open University UK

Marianne Langridge is a project, portfolio and change management consultant. Marianne has a finance background which she draws upon, along with project management experience, in advising in the health sector. A strategic thinker, skilled in stake holder management, Marianne has a broad and diverse working background. Key financial roles, including working at KPMG and for major health providers, ensures Marianne has a strong grasp of financial and risk management issues, which will enable her to guide the financial and strategic business operations of Shelford. Marianne is a mother of two students in Shelford’s Senior School.

Chair of Finance Committee

John Morgan

Qualifications: LLB, Bcom (University of Melbourne)

John has practiced law, professionally, for over 40 years (admitted 1980), including as a partner of three national law firms and at the Victorian Bar for over 18 years (signed the Roll 2004). This has predominantly been in tax law. He lectured in tax law at Monash University and was appointed by the Federal Government twice for specific tax related tasks. John is also a communicant member of the St Marys Anglican Church (now Oaktree Anglican), with which Shelford shares a long history. This a relevant qualification for at least one member of the Board.

John is looking forward to joining the Governance Subcommittee and lending his legal and taxation/finance expertise to the wider Board discussions. He is particularly interested in working to develop the Shelford Foundation.

Governance Committee

Paul Runting

Qualifications: LLB, Bcom (Monash)

Paul Runting is an experienced educator. Paul has had an esteemed career in education, including Deputy Principal, Head of Campus, Caulfield Grammar School, Wheelers Hill 2005–2020. Prior to this he worked at Scotch College, Hawthorn 1996–2004 and was the Inaugural Head of Middle School (2000–2004). Paul has a Master of Educational Studies – Educational Leadership from Monash University. 

A visionary leader, Paul has strong interpersonal skills, a capacity to build community relations, a deep pedagogical knowledge and well-developed management skills. He is looking forward to contributing to our Property and Assets and Governance Sub committees and to the Board more generally and to getting to know the other Board members, the staff and families of Shelford and to contributing to our mission of empowering girls through education.

Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors
Property Committee, Governance Committee