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

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
Chair of Development Committee
Member of Property & Assets 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.

Member of Finance Committee
Member of Development Committee 

Paul Runting

Qualifications: Master of Educational Studies - Education Leadership (Monash University)

Paul has had an esteemed career in education including the roles of Deputy Principal, Head of Campus, Caulfield Grammar School, Wheelers Hill (2005-2020). Prior to this Paul worked at Scotch College, Hawthorn (196-2004) and was the Inaugural head of Middle School (2000-2004). In addition to these leadership roles and teaching English, Literature and History, Paul has been President Elect and President for the Victorian Branch of the Australian College of Educators (2016–2020); a Fellow of the Australian College of Educational Leaders; a Member of ASSIS (Association of Senior Staff in Independent Schools) and has previously been a part of the Middle School Network, a Convenor and member of several IARTV Networks, and a member of the Gifted Network and a State Reviewer – English (1993–1997) and State Assessor – English (1993–1997), and State GAT Assessor (1995–1997). 

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
Chair of Governance Committee
Member of Finance Committee

Kathleen Upfold

Qualifications: Master in Educational Leadership (University of Melbourne), Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration (University of Melbourne), Graduate Diploma in Management (Chisholm), Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) (University of Melbourne)

Shelford Girls' Grammar is delighted to welcome Kathleen Upfold to the Board of Directors. 

Kathleen is an experienced educator, having been the Director of Studies at Sacre Coeur; Deputy Principal of Star of the Sea, Gardenvale; Director of Kostka Hall, Xavier and currently, the Director of Connections at Xavier College, where she oversees transition experiences for students, primary, secondary and boarding.

Kathleen has over thirty years’ experience in education across a variety of settings. She has taught Religious Education, English, History and Legal Studies through to VCE.

Kathleen has a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Melbourne and regularly attends professional learning to embrace the rapid pace of change in education which can benefit students in their learning and wellbeing.

As a local Caulfield resident, Kathleen is looking forward to contributing to Shelford Girls’ Grammar in her role as Director and through work on the subcommittees.

Board Member