Board Members | Gippsland Grammar

Board Members



Our Board



Gippsland Grammar is overseen by a Board of volunteers from a number of different stakeholder groups within the School community. The School Board meets eight times per year and is responsible for the appointment of the Principal and the Business Manager.



Wing Commander Mike Oram - Chair

Mike Oram joined the Air Force in 1979 as an Air Traffic Control Officer. He subsequently completed Pilot Training and flew a range of both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft before progressing to a distinguished career as Black Hawk Flight Commander, flying instructor and Squadron Commanding Officer. Mike’s overseas service has included peacekeeping duties in the Middle East and a recent deployment as the Deputy Senior Air Advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Defence in Kabul. A challenging but rewarding tour of duty in Afghanistan was capped off by the award of the United States Meritorious Service Medal. He is currently a Safety and Operational Airworthiness Manager at Air Force Training Group.


Mike holds a Masters Degree in Management from the University of Canberra as well as numerous other aviation-related academic qualifications. His interests include promoting scientific literacy and supporting the Melbourne Demons. Mike joined the Gippsland Grammar Board in 2013 and is proud to be associated with such a wonderful school Community. He is married to Gippsland Grammar Early Learning Centre educator Carol Oram and the couple has two daughters, one who is a current student and one who is an Old Scholar.

Brendan Shepherd - Deputy Chair

Brendan Shepherd is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years in public practice. As an Old Scholar, Brendan is excited to be part of the Board and enjoys the opportunity to support the School as it continues to grow and prosper.


Brendan is also Chair of the Gippsland Grammar Foundation, which is the body charged with fundraising for the School’s capital projects. Brendan enjoys surf lifesaving and swimming and lives in Sale with his wife. They have three children, one who is a current Gippsland Grammar student and two who are Old Scholars.

Bishop of Gippsland, The Right Reverend Doctor Richard Treloar

Richard Treloar was consecrated as the 13th Bishop of Gippsland 2018 after serving as Vicar of Christ Church South Yarra and President of Christ Church Grammar School since 2007. Prior to that Richard was Chaplain of the University of Melbourne’s Trinity College and Stewart Lecturer at Trinity College Theological School for nine years.


He was member of the Melbourne Grammar School Council for seven years from 2008 and he also represented the Anglican and Uniting Churches of Australia on the Faith and Order Standing Commission in the World Council of Churches for more than a decade. In 2012 Richard was appointed to Liturgy Commission of General Synod and in 2019 he was also appointed to the Trinity College Board. As an Honorary Research Associate of the University of Divinity, Richard has published a number of articles in Australian and international refereed journals and edited volumes, along with his PhD thesis (Monash University).


Richard lives in Sale with his wife and two children, who are both current Gippsland Grammar students.

The Very Reverend Susanna Pain

The Very Reverend Susanna Pain has been Dean of Sale’s St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral since 2016. She is great granddaughter of Arthur Wellesley Pain, who was the first Anglican Bishop of Gippsland and is married to the Reverend Nikolai Blaskow, who is honorary Priest at the Cathedral and a teacher at Gippsland Grammar.


Susanna has been ordained for 30 years and has worked in parishes, chaplaincy, diocesan leadership and The Centre for Christianity and Culture as well as leading retreats and quiet days around Australia. She has served on a number or boards including Anglicare SA, and The Australian Network for Spiritual Direction. She has also chaired Parish Councils of many Parishes.


Susanna is a member of Bishop in Council, the governing body of the Anglican Diocese of Gippsland and a member of the senior staff team, The Abbey Chapter and the 123 Management Committee. She is interested in empowering people to thrive through good governance, community development, leading retreats, creative workshops and meditation. Susanna sees her position on the School Board as part of her contribution to the wellbeing of the School and the community of Sale.

Valerie Jones

Valerie Jones has spent four decades working for the Victorian Department of Education as teacher, consultant and as 17 years as a secondary school principal. Valerie also spent 11 years as the Gippsland Representative on the Australian Principal's Federation. Her post-graduate studies include Leadership, Business Management, Critical Incident Management Training, Literacy and Mentoring.


Valerie joined the Gippsland Grammar Board in 2014 at the encouragement of Bishop John McIntyre and as an Old Scholar and past boarder, she has an abiding interest in the School and its future development. Val has two daughters and enjoys music, researching family history and spending time with friends.

Kate Young

Kate Young is a town planner at Bairnsdale’s Crowther & Sadler and has considerable experience consulting in town planning and property development. She is a Director of South Gippsland Water where she chairs the People, Safety and Culture Committee and is a past member of the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority Board and the Gippsland Lakes Ministerial Advisory Committee. Kate is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Company Directors Course.


As a fourth-generation East Gippsland resident, Kate has strong professional and personal networks throughout the community and is vice president of the East Gippsland Performing Arts Eisteddfod Committee. As a working parent, Kate is delighted to contribute to the Gippsland Grammar Community via the Board and through her role as Chair of the Governance Committee. As Gippsland Grammar approaches its centenary she is particularly excited about implementing the School’s Strategic and Master Plans.


Kate lives in Bairnsdale with her husband and two children, who are both current Gippsland Grammar students.

Andrew Reynolds

Originally from Adelaide, Andrew Reynolds moved to Bairnsdale in 1997 and is a co-owner and Partner of Wards Barristers & Solicitors Pty Ltd, where he undertakes legal work in the areas of commercial, conveyancing, wills, estates and trusts.


Andrew is a long serving volunteer in the East Gippsland community, with past committee roles with APEX, Eastern Victorian Group Training and East Gippsland Institute of TAFE. Andrew’s interests include gardening, boating on the Gippsland Lakes and motoring. He lives in Bairnsdale with his wife and two children, who are both current Gippsland Grammar students.

Helen Rose

After graduating with Business degree specialising in hospitality management, Helen Rose has spent her career in the private and public business sector working for large hotels, government, retail, wine and community organisations. She has a diverse and rich skill set in corporate management and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Governance Institute of Australia and the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.


For the past 20 years, Helen has also consulted to a select group of organisations, engaged to deliver confidential services in the areas of corporate governance, company secretarial services, financial and business operations, board and committee management, human resources and general administration.


Helen lives in East Gippsland with her and husband and her three children, who are all Gippsland Grammar Old Scholars.

Dr Valerie Shaw

Dr Valerie Shaw studied Medicine at South Africa’s University of Witwatersrand and has spent the majority of her professional life in the pharmaceutical industry, working in drug development and drug safety in the United Kingdom. Valerie joined the Board in 2014 in the hope of contributing some of the expertise and experience she has gained throughout her career, and to develop new skills and knowledge.


Valerie enjoys reading, travelling and spending quality time with family and friends. She lives in Sale with her husband and two children, one who is a current Gippsland Grammar student and one who is an Old Scholar.