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.

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.

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.

Fiona Reed

Fiona Reed joined the board of Gippsland Grammar in 2021 and is a non-executive director with experience on several boards. She is the Chair of the Mary Jane Lewis Foundation of which she has been a scholarship trustee since 2008 and is a member of the Flinders Golf Club governing Committee. Previously, Fiona has been on the RACV Superannuation Board and the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club Board. She also reported to the Council of La Trobe University.

Fiona has broad and deep experience as a senior executive in large organisations across a range of sectors. She has also worked as a management consultant for two global consulting firms: Accenture and Mercer. Fiona began her career as a secondary teacher and she was most recently the Executive Director of Human Resources at La Trobe University.

David Gittins

David Gittins lives with his family in Traralgon and has a background in business, spending the past 20 years owning several vehicle franchises across Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley for Ford, BMW, Honda, CJD, Hyundai, and Kia. David’s career began with Ford Australia as a graduate trainee and he has a Diploma of Business. David was also the founding chair of Life Education in Doncaster/Templestowe and he is a life member of APEX Australia. David was president of Gippsland TAFE for six years and served on the TAFE board for 14 years. He served as Regional Chair of BMW Dealer Council and is currently chair of Clifton Waters, chair of the Anglican Diocese Finance committee, trustee of the Anglican Diocese and director of the Anglican Corporation of Gippsland. David is also director and major shareholder of Traralgon Harley Davidson and a director of Stawell Hospital and Regional Health.