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.

School Council President, Janelle Donnelly

Ms Donnelly has 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.

Ms Donnelly is currently Director Innovation Partnerships for an Australian defence technology company and launched a tech start up in 2016.

Ms Donnelly was the Chairman of Mentone Girls’ Grammar School Foundation Ltd until end of 2018. 

James Stewart

Mr Stewart is a management consultant with significant experience in both the public and private sectors. Mr Stewart is a specialist in facilities management specialising in advising state governments on major projects.

Mr Stewart is the Chair of the Finance, Governance & Risk Management Committee and is the Acting Chair of the Building and Assets Committee and a member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee.

Amanda Robertson

Mrs Robertson has a legal background and specialises in employment law and workplace dispute resolution.  She is an experienced conciliator and mediator.  She joined the Suncorp Group in 2010 and previously held roles with ExxonMobil, the South African Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, and the South African Industrial Court. 

Brad Cornwell

BE Ec GradDip Appl Fin & Inv, Dip.Bus(Gov) FICDA

Mr Cornwell is currently Regional Manager Commercial / Business Banking with Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and has had over 30 years of banking experience across the eastern states of Australia. He has had extensive experience in team leadership, credit risk and governance, sales and coaching. He has managed teams in Credit Risk, Credit Recoveries, Corporate Finance and Private Banking.

Mr Cornwell is a member of the Finance, Governance & Risk Management Committee.

Nicole O'Donnell

Ms O’Donnell is an Old Girl of the school. She is currently an executive with the City of Melbourne and has significant international HR, business and compliance experience in the aviation, not-for-profit and government sectors. Ms O’Donnell joined Council in 2018. She is a current parent.

Tara Chandler Scott

Ms Chandler-Scott is Special Counsel at a Melbourne Law firm and specialises in major infrastructure projects, particularly in the context of project finance and PPP arrangements. She has extensive experience advising key industry players on construction and other key project documentation.

Ms Chandler-Scott has been involved in transport, energy and water projects and other major property developments in Australia, Europe, the Middle East and South America.

Ms Chandler-Scott is a member of the Building and Assets Committee.

Ross Symons

Mr Symons is the CEO and founder of Big Ant Studios, the largest console game developer in Australia and is Vice President of the Game Developers Association of Australia. He has authorised books on the subject of Information Technology which is his core area of expertise.

Scott Phillips

Mr Phillips is a Chartered Accountant with over 29 years of experience and is currently the CEO of Lanyon Partners. Mr Phillips has had exposure to a wide variety of clients across education, not for profit, manufacturing and government sectors.

Mr Phillips is a member of the Finance, Governance & Risk Management Committee.

Dr Heather Schnagl AM

Dr Schnagl was Principal of Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School from 1998 to 2017 and has a wealth of experience in independent schools and governance. Dr Schnagl was a Board Member of Independent Schools Victoria for 18 years, including 10 years as Deputy  Chairman. Dr Schnagl is a Member of the Advisory Board to La Trobe University Business Faculty and an Examining Chaplain of the Melbourne Diocese of the Anglican Church.

Ashley Reed

Mr Reed has extensive experience in the areas of corporate governance, finance and accounting, and risk management.


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.