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Board Members



Our Board



Gippsland Grammar is overseen by a Board of volunteers from a number of different stakeholder groups within the School community, which includes two ex officio members, the Bishop of Gippsland and the Dean of Sale. The School Board meets eight times per year and is responsible for the appointment of the Principal and the Business Manager.



Vicki McLeod - Acting Chair

Retired principal, Vicki McLeod, is mother to Hamish (Year 8), Rory (Year 8) and Sophie (Year 6). She and husband, Lachlan, own and manage a beef and dairy enterprise near Yarram, where Vicki is a Director of Yarram and District Health Service.

After 28 years in the education sector, Vicki enjoys travelling and spending time with family and friends. She is passionate about quality education in Gippsland and committed to ensuring that Gippsland Grammar graduates are well-rounded global citizens. She is particularly excited about the future Performing Arts Centre at Garnsey Campus.

The Right Reverend Doctor Richard Treloar, Bishop of Gippsland

Vicar of Christ Church and President of Christ Church Grammar School since 2007, Richard was a member of the Standing Commission on Faith and Order in the World Council of Churches and appointed to the Liturgy Commission of General Synod in 2012. 

Richard was awarded a PhD by Monash University in 2003. His dissertation, Esther and the End of ‘Final Solutions’: Theodicy and Hebrew Biblical Narrative, was published in 2008. 

Richard was installed as the thirteenth Bishop of Gipsland in August 2018. He is married to Dr Leanne Habeeb, an Organisational Psychologist, and they have two young children at St Anne’s Campus - Rachel and Nicholas.

The Very Reverend Susanna Pain

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

Susanna has been ordained almost 30 years and worked in parishes, chaplaincy, diocesan leadership, and leading retreats and quiet days. She has been on several boards over the years, including Anglicare SA and The Australian Network for Spiritual Direction, and is interested in good governance, dance improvisation, creativity, leading retreats and meditation; her hope is to empower people to thrive. Susanna sees her membership of the School Board as part of her contribution to the wellbeing of the School and the community of Sale.

Brendan Shepherd-Acting Deputy Chair

Brendan is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years in public practice. Long-time Sale residents, Brendan and wife Melissa have three children, twins who completed Year 12 at Gippsland Grammar in 2016 and a daughter in Year 9.

Chair of the Gippsland Grammar Foundation, which is charged with fundraising for capital projects, Brendan enjoys surf lifesaving and swimming when he is not in the office. An Old Scholar, he is excited to be part of the Board and enjoys the opportunity to support the School as it continues to grow and prosper.

Valerie Jones

Valerie Jones has spent 39 years working for the Victorian Department of Education - as teacher, consultant and 17 years as a secondary school principal. Her post-graduate studies include Leadership, Business Management, Critical Incident Management Training, Literacy and Mentoring. Val spent 11 years as the Gippsland Representative on the Australian Principal's Federation.

Val is the proud mother of two daughters: Liz, a GP, and Sue, a teacher. She enjoys music, researching family history and spending time with friends.

Valerie Jones joined the Gippsland Grammar Board at the encouragement of Bishop John McIntyre. As an Old scholar and past Boarder, Val has an abiding interest in the School and its development.

Kate Young

Kate Young is a Town Planner with Crowther & Sadler and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a Director of South Gippsland Water, where she chairs the People, Safety and Culture Committee, and past member of the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority Board and the Gippsland Lakes Ministerial Advisory Committee.

Kate is a fourth-generation resident of East Gippsland, with strong professional and personal networks throughout the community.  Kate is married to Ashley; their daughters Ruby and Pippa have attended Gippsland Grammar at Bairnsdale Campus since ELC.

Kate enjoys a good book or podcast when she can steal time away from her corporate life and busy schedule as a ‘Dance Mum’ and ‘Chauffeur'. As a working mum, Kate is delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the School community via the School Board and is particularly excited about the Board’s role over the coming years, as the School approaches its centenary.

Wing Commander Mike Oram

Mike Oram joined the Air Force in 1979 as an Air Traffic Control Officer. A distinguished career as Black Hawk pilot, squadron leader, flying instructor and Commanding Officer followed, capped by deployment as the Deputy Senior Air Advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Defence in Kabul. A challenging but rewarding tour of duty was capped off by the award of the United States Meritorious Service Medal.

Now  Safety and Operational Airworthiness Manager at Air Force Training Group, he is married to ELC educator, Carol, and father to Matilda in Year 12 and Kate in Year 10 at Gippsland Grammar. 

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 mighty Melbourne Demons. Mike joined the Gippsland Grammar Board of Directors in 2013 and is proud to be associated with such a wonderful school community. 

Andrew Reynolds

Originally from Adelaide, Andrew moved to Bairnsdale in October 1997. He 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 and wife Nicole have two sons at Gippsland Grammar’s Bairnsdale Campus. 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.

Helen Rose

After gaining a Business Degree specialising in Hospitality Management, Helen has spent her career in the business sector (private and public) - large hotels, government, retail, wine and community organisations. Working across a broad variety of roles, Helen has a diverse and rich skill set in corporate management. 

For the last 20 years, Helen has 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 is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Governance Institute of Australia and the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.

Helen and husband, Christopher, live in East Gippsland and have had three children attend Gippsland Grammar.

Dr Valerie Shaw

Dr Shaw studied Medicine at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and has spent the majority of her professional life in the pharmaceutical industry, working in Drug Development and Drug Safety in the United Kingdom. Married with two children at Gippsland Grammar, Valerie enjoys reading, travelling and spending quality time with family and friends. She joined the Board in the hope of being able to contribute some of the expertise and experience she has gained throughout her career, and to develop new skills and knowledge.