Our Board

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

Elizabeth Hurst

Qualifications: MSc Environmental Science Imperial College (University of London), BSc Geology (Honours) (Melbourne University) and Diploma of the Imperial College (DIC) (London, UK)

Elizabeth is a business executive with over 25 years' local and international experience working on major infrastructure projects. Currently working with the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance, she is advising on how to reduce financial risk on government sponsored projects. Elizabeth has been involved in the management of a number of high-profile, confidential projects for Government, developers and banking institutions, managing complex multidisciplinary environments and planning approvals.

Elizabeth is a Business Executive with an MSc in Environmental Science at Imperial College (University of London) and BSc Geology (Honours) (Melbourne University). Elizabeth has over 26 years' local and international experience working on major infrastructure projects for the private and public sector. She is currently working with the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance, responsible for delivering a state significant project which addresses housing affordability. Elizabeth has been involved in the management of a number of high profile, confidential projects for Government, developers and banking institutions, managing complex multidisciplinary environments and planning approvals.

Elizabeth is now the School Board’s Deputy chair.

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

Michael Axarlis

Qualifications: BCom, Dip Computing Studies (University of Melbourne), ACA, MACS

Michael is an independent Management Consultant having recently retired after 33 years with KPMG and BearingPoint (KPMG's Management Consulting division) specialising in Information Systems advisory – the last 22 years as Partner/Managing Director. He has over 30 years' experience dealing with major systems for leading institutions in Australia, UK, NZ, Thailand and Indonesia. Michael commenced his career as a Commerce graduate at Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co (an antecedent firm of KPMG). With dual tertiary qualifications in Commerce and Information Systems, Michael was able to meld the two disciplines. During the course of his career, Michael has focused predominantly in the financial services industry. He has managed and/or led significant client engagements, including systems selection and implementation, systems assessment, systems management during the Asian Financial crisis as well as a number of business systems assessments as a result of major technology related incidences. As an independent Management Consultant, Michael continues to deal with senior executives to assist them with key business outcomes, as well as assisting a number of fintech and early start-ups in the finance, payments and age-care space.

Chair of the Finance Committee

Stuart Baker 

Qualifications: BE (Elec), MBA (Melbourne University), AICD

With a successful and diverse career in banking and finance that spans over 41 years, Stuart Baker is a past parent of Shelford Girls’ Grammar having seen his two daughters through the School. Currently a Non Executive Director of ASX listed Central Petrolrum Ltd, Stuart is also Principle Advisor at his own company STB Energy Consultants, providing independent, bespoke services to corporates and investors active in the Australian oil and gas industry. Prior to this role, Stuart also worked for Morgan Stanley, Macquarie Bank, Bankers Trust and Schlumberger Inc. Stuart has specific experience in the exploration and publication of industry specific research, marketing of investment ideas to a global audience and the organisation of interactive forms of corporate access and brings significant financial expertise to the Board. 

Finance 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.

Development Committee

Sam Brumale

Qualifications: BEng (HONS), MEngSc (University of Melbourne)

Sam has over 20 years' experience in project management, health, safety, and environment (HSE) auditing and process engineering. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Science, both from the University of Melbourne. Sam's background includes the energy sector (conventional and renewable), mining and downstream manufacturing processes. He currently runs his own HSE and management consultancy practice, servicing local and international businesses.

Chair of the Property Committee, Liaison Committee, Nominations Committee

Adam Cetrangolo

Qualifications: B Arts, B Sc (Monash), GradDipTheology, MMin (Charles Sturt), MDiv (Ridley College)

An ordained Anglican minister, Adam is currently the Lead Minister at St Catharine’s Church in Caulfield South. Leading weekly public services, Adam supervises staff and over 40 volunteers and coordinates programs for youth and children. Previously Assistant Minister at Oaktree Anglican Church, Adam coordinated the Home Group Program whilst also leading the Mustard lunchtime group for students at Shelford (a role he still maintains in the community). With expertise in public speaking, management, leadership, pastoral care and theology, Adam comes to the Board with a unique set of skills. Adam's daughter attended the ELC at Shelford. 

Property Committee, Liaison Committee

John Phillips

Qualifications: Dip T, GradDipEd Technology, MEd (Monash)

After a successful teaching career, John is currently Director of Advancement at Brighton Grammar School. He is a key driver in the School's Development Office focusing mainly on strengthening community engagement, forging partnerships for the School with industry and business and developing innovative approaches to major fundraising. John's work in the School Development area has been widely acclaimed and has been recognised with a National Excellence in Teaching Award, a Teaching Australia Award and an ADAPE National Award for Excellence. John's two daughters Imogen (2015) and Alice (2019) are Shelfordians.

Chair of the Development Committee, Liaison Committee

Anita Wingrove

Qualifications: BA (University of Melbourne), Grad Dip App Psych (Monash), MComm Hons (University of Melbourne), registered Psychologist

Anita is a psychologist with over 25 years’ experience in corporate and consulting settings in Australia and internationally. Anita is currently a Managing Director at Russell Reynolds Associates where she conducts senior leadership reviews, CEO succession planning and CEO and top team development for clients across a range of industries. Her areas of passion include CEO and senior leadership development and the development of talent in Asia. Anita is a Shelfordian, completing Year 12 in 1986.

Governance Committee, Development Committee, Nominations Committee