Shelford Board of Governors

Zena Helman

Qualifications: B Sc (Hons), Monash, M Env Sc, Monash, MPA, Harvard, FEIANZ

Zena is an environmental professional with a background in public policy and a more recent career in environmental consulting. She started her career with the Victorian EPA and worked in most of the environmental and natural resource planning agencies on environmental policy issues. Zena has worked for several large environmental and engineering consulting companies, and now runs her own environmental consulting business. She works with organisations across Australia on environmental and sustainability strategies. Zena is a Shelfordian, and an active member of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand and the Banksia Environmental Foundation.

Chair of the Board of Governors; Finance Committee; Governance Committee; Property and Assets Committee

Jan Bottcher

Qualifications: MA in Media, Deakin University

Jan is a Shelfordian (1964 - 1974) and she renewed her association with the School when invited to participate in the Shelfordian's Careers' Breakfast in 2007. Jan trained as nurse, has been an event director, university lecturer, and more recently an author - not necessarily what she had planned when she left Shelford. Jan established an Events Management company, Simply Events, and her role incorporates research, project development & co-ordination, budgeting, logistics, staff & volunteer management, sponsorship, marketing, report and evaluation writing. She lectures at the Council of Adult Education and Victoria University. Jan has three sons.

Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors; Development Committee

Michael Axarlis

Qualifications: B Com, 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: B Eng (Hons), M EngSc, University of Melbourne

Sam has over twenty 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 and Assets Committee

Josephine De Martino

Qualifications: B B Acc, CA, MBA, GAICD

Josephine is a progressive Senior Finance Executive with a strong strategic perspective, and governance and commercial orientation. She has worked in diverse and multifaceted blue-chip organisations in the professional services, airline, logistics and FMCG (Food and Beverage) sectors. Josephine has comprehensive experience in managing specialist financial functions at a strategic and operational level, including Record to Report, Financial Planning and Analysis, Taxation, Treasury, Financial Systems and Shared Services.

 Finance Committee

John Phillips

Qualifications: Dip T, Grad Dip Ed Technology, M Ed (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 has two daughters, Imogen (2015) and Alice a current Shelford student.

Chair of the Development Committee; St Mary's Liaison

Georgia Potiris

Qualifications: BSc, LLB, Grad Dip (Corporate Governance)

Georgia is a corporate lawyer with broad exposure in multinational companies and consumer driven businesses.  Having practised as a lawyer for almost 20 years, her technical competencies are complemented by her excellent stakeholder management, communication and interpersonal skills. Georgia is a member of the leadership team in Bayer Australia's Crop Science division, a company recognised as being integral to the sustainable production of food and fibre crops in Australia and New Zealand, and committed to the research and development of sustainable solutions in the areas of chemistry, biotechnology and seeds.Georgia is a Shelfordian having completed year 12 in 1989. Georgia holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science from Monash University, and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia.

Governance Committee

Pam Russell

Qualifications: TITC  (Frankston Teachers' College), Grad Dip Ed Giftedness (ACU), M Ed (University of Melbourne) 

Pam has had 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.