FOUNDATION BOARD

The Foundation was originally incorporated on the 30 June 1976 as Geelong Grammar School Endowment Fund Limited. On 11 April 1984 the Fund changed its name to Geelong Grammar Foundation Limited.  The Foundation now has two main functions. It invests and allocates funds on behalf of the School and it raises funds to support and resource Geelong Grammar School.  The Foundation is run by a Board of between 7 and 18 Directors with the Principal of the School, the Chairman of the School Council and Executive Director of the Foundation serving ex-officio. Directors serve up to three terms of three years, with a third of the Board retiring each year.

The major committees working under the Geelong Grammar Foundation are the Allocations and Investment Committee, Biddlecombe Society Committee and the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee is responsible for making recommendations for new appointments to the Foundation Board. Appointments are made with the objective of ensuring that the composition of the Foundation Board provides as much breadth as possible in terms of expertise and interests.

FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS

Penny-McBain-WEBPenny McBain
Chair


Mrs McBain is a past parent.

She is a member of the School Council, a member of the Nominations Committee, a member of the Audit Finance and Risk Committee and she sits across all Foundation sub-committees.

She was a Founding Director of Melbourne IVF and, prior to her retirement, a Consultant Gynaecologist at the Royal Women’s Hospital for 25 years.

Will-Jones-webWill Jones (Cu'73)
Deputy Chair

Mr Jones is an Old Geelong Grammarian, Chair of the Allocations and Investments Committee and a member of the Major Gift and Scholarship Fundraising Committee.

He was a former partner and investment adviser at JBWere and is currently serving as a non-executive chair of a private family investment committee.

John_SeviorJohn Sevior (P'79)
Deputy Chair


Mr Sevior is an Old Geelong Grammarian and a past parent.

He is a former Head of Equities at Perpetual Investments and is the Founder of Airlie Funds Management.


Rebecca Cody

Ms Cody is the Principal of Geelong Grammar School and a current parent.

She is an ex-officio Board member.

Susannah-Calvert-webSusannah Calvert-Jones

Ms Calvert-Jones is a current parent and a member of the Biddlecombe Society Committee.

She has a background in fundraising and public relations with the Melbourne and Sydney Arts Festivals and was Managing Director at Stellar Concepts PR and served on the Development Board of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute for five years.

Andrew-Cochrane-webAndrew Cochrane

Mr Cochrane is a past parent of Geelong Grammar School and current member (chair) of the Positive Education Advisory Committee.

With a background in design, architecture and sustainable development, he has worked in the property industry for over 20 years and more recently at the intersection of the environment and wellbeing.

Charles-Henry-webCharles Henry (FB'67)

Mr Henry is an Old Geelong Grammarian, Chairman of the Major Gift and Scholarship Fundraising Committee and a former Treasurer of the Old Geelong Grammarians.

Prior to his retirement he was a senior executive with Tupperware Brands Corporation where he held senior positions in Europe, Africa, the United States and Asia.

Jeremy-Kirkwood-webJeremy Kirkwood (FB'79)

Mr Kirkwood is an Old Geelong Grammarian and past parent.

He is a Principal of Pilot Advisory Group, Chairman of Talisman Mining Ltd, Chairman of Kin Mining NL, Trustee of the R E Ross Trust and former Managing Director of Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley.

He is also Chairman of Council and an ex-officio Board member.

Serena-Mitchell-webSerena Mitchell (Cl'83)

Mrs Mitchell is an Old Geelong Grammarian, current parent and a member of the Biddlecombe Society Committee.

She is PR and Communications Manager at luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent.

Mary-Morton-webMary Morton (Cl’85)

Mrs Morton is an Old Geelong Grammarian and current parent.

She is a Co-President of the Biddlecombe Society Committee, member of the Major Gift and Scholarship Fundraising Committee and was President of the Old Geelong Grammarians Association from June 2000 to May 2012.

She is on the Marcus Oldham College Foundation Board and is the owner/co-founder of PR and marketing agency, ID Collective.

Bill-Ranken-webBill Ranken (M'72)

Mr Ranken was Chairman of the Geelong Grammar Foundation and a member of the School Council until April 2016.

He now continues as a Director of the Geelong Grammar Foundation and sits on the Allocations and Investments and Major Gift and Scholarship Committee. He is also Co-President of the Biddlecombe Society Committee.

He is a Trustee of The William Angliss Charitable Fund. He has 34 years’ experience in the financial services industry and previously was a stockbroker at JBWere and Goldman Sachs JBWere.

D_RobertsonDonald Robertson

Associate Professor Robertson is a past parent.

He is a Consultant Radiologist and Director of Interventional Radiology at University Hospital Geelong.  

Jo-Nitz-web-2018Joanne Nitz

Mrs Nitz has over 13 years’ experience within educational advancement. In her previous role at Perth College, she launched the Foundation and introduced the inaugural Annual Giving, Bequest and Major Gift programmes.

She has completed a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing and Public Relations with Distinction, Master of Marketing and a Certificate in Fundraising. Mrs Nitz has been honoured with three Educate Plus fundraising awards.

Mrs Nitz commenced on the Board in July 2017.