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 extensive teaching/leadership and (since 1990) consulting, experience in primary, secondary and tertiary settings, with a significant emphasis on change management, using a participatory approach that facilitates commitment. She has been instrumental in major assignments such as: reviewing, developing and improving learning and teaching programs and policy; developing and delivering hundreds of cutting-edge professional development programs; mentoring and/or coaching principals and senior administrative teams; developing staff appraisal programs; developing/auditing K–12 curriculum; developing Middle Schools, including architect's brief, policy, administrative infrastructure and curriculum.

She holds or has held a significant number of professional positions and/or memberships some of which include Fellow, Australian College of Educators; Past President, Victorian Branch, Australian College of Educators; Chair, Victorian Education Sub-Committee, Churchill Fellowships (2007–2012); Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Education, The University of Melbourne (2004–2010); Worawa Aboriginal College – Board member (2008–2011), Chair Academic Committee (2008–2015); Holmesglen TAFE – past Board Member and member of Higher Education Academic Committee; Life Member, Victorian Association for Gifted and Talented Children; Member, Monash University Education Faculty Board (1999–2008); Past Victorian State and National Director, Tournament of Minds; Member of the Victoria Police Education Master Plan Reference Group (2011). Pam has published articles in a number of journals on Education. Pam brings this accumulated knowledge, experience and expertise to Shelford.  

Chair of the Board of Governors, Property and Assets Committee, Development 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

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

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.

Deputy Chair of the Board, Chair of the Property and Assets 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, Chair of the Cooperation Committee, St Mary's Liaison 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 and Assets 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

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.

Finance Committee