School Council

The Mentone Girls' Grammar School Council is a volunteer-based group of exceptional professionals and business leaders, many of whom are current and/or past parents of the School. The School Council plays an active role to ensure the School stays true to its Mission and strategic direction so it can prosper for future generations. This includes sound fiscal management and governance across all critical success factors as outlined in the School's Mission and Strategic Plan; maintaining an active building and infrastructure development program; and ensuring the School's performance meets educational and business standards as a market leader in girls' education.

We are always looking for talented, motivated individuals who will make a positive contribution to the School Council and the education of our remarkable young women. Find out more here.

School Council President: Jesco D'Alquen

Jesco is an executive with 17 years of practice in blue chip organisations, big three consulting and start-up ventures. He is currently the Managing Director of Tradeslot Pty Ltd, a company specialising in the design, build and operation of auctioning and trading platforms. His portfolio includes organisations such as; Energy Australia, General Motors, Deloitte, Accenture, the European Commission and the Human Rights Foundation.

Jesco is a regular speaker at conferences and has been published in BOSS Magazine, the Financial Review, PointCarbon, KyotoPlanet, the Federal Government’s White and Green Papers on the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and others. He has also been a member of the Advisory Board of the Department of Climate Change, the Australian-German Chamber of Commerce and the Melbourne German Australian Society, among others.

Brad Cornwell

Brad is currently a Corporate Executive with the Commonwealth Bank and works directly with large corporate clients in financial services industry. Brad has had extensive experience in relationship management, credit and risk management and leadership roles in the finance industry over the last 25 years. He was a representative on the Commonwealth Banks Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Committee for a number of years and continues his interests in developing diversity.

Janelle Donnelly

Janelle is a current parent of the School and joined the Board of Directors of the Foundation in 2014. She brings a wealth of experience in strategy, governance and stakeholder engagement having worked for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, consulting engineers and for the Port of Melbourne Corporation as General Manager Port Interface.

Janelle has a Bachelor of Arts (Urban Studies), a Graduate Diploma of Applied Science (Environmental Management), a Bachelor of Laws, a Master of Applied Law majoring in Maritime Law and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. Janelle is currently Director Corporate Relations for an Australian defence technology company and launched a tech start up in 2016.

James Stewart

James has over 25 years’ experience in the private and public sectors. He is currently the co-owner of RixStewart; a specialist management consultancy providing commercial and Facilities Management (FM) advice on large public sector infrastructure projects. Prior to establishing RixStewart, James was an Assistant Director for the Department of Treasury and Finance in Victoria, where he led the team responsible for providing commercial, strategic and business case advice on all major capital and infrastructure projects.

James previously worked for the UK Department of Health as Stakeholder Manager for the two billion pound procurement and implementation of privately run Diagnostic and Treatment Centres. Prior to this he worked for Amey plc as Development Director on a number of healthcare pathfinder public-private partnership (PPP) projects and was also General Manager for the ISS Group, responsible for commissioning the FM services on the new Farnborough Hospital PPP in the UK. He also held a number of senior operational, business development and analytical roles at Spotless Services and also spent time as Monsanto Australia’s financial analyst.

Scott Phillips

Ross Symons

Ashley Reed

Senior Management representatives on Council are:

Principal - Fran Reddan

Business Manager - Brian Trumble

Senior Vice Principal - Kay McCullough

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