A Message from the Chair

in Junior School News/Senior School News

As the year comes to a close I would like to share with you news of Board movements that are now effective and that will influence the work of the Board next year and beyond.

Firstly, after more than twenty years of distinguished service on the Girton Grammar School Board, Mr Rob Ketterer has resigned his current position of Board Director. Having held the position of Chair for seven years up until May this year, Mr Ketterer continued as a Director and will now retire from the Board. Mr Ketterer is a past parent of the school with two daughters, Emma and Meg, graduating in 2009 and 2011, respectively. In his time as Chair, much was achieved in the enrichment of the fabric and culture of the school, in particular, the realisation of important elements of the School’s Masterplan, namely The Naunton Family Building in Senior School and the d’Helin building in Junior School.

Also resigning from the Board, after 11 years of exemplary contribution, is Mr Stan Liacos. Mr Liacos is soon to be a past parent at the school with his daughter Cassandra, graduating at this evening’s Valedictory Dinner. His eldest daughter Alex graduated in 2016. Mr Liacos is a well-known business figure in Bendigo and responsible for driving a progressive improvement and development agenda for the City. His broad range of skills in business growth and innovation have been instrumental to Girton Grammar over the past ten years.

It is also my pleasure to announce the appointment of three new Directors to the Girton Grammar School Board.

Ms Fleur Jackson is an Old Girtonian with a daughter currently in Year 3 at the school. With vast experience on the Boards of Lifeline (Central Victoria and Loddon Mallee) and the Central Victorian Group Training (CGVT) (Australia), Ms Jackson is passionate about supporting young people in Regional areas. Ms Jackson is a lawyer specialising in personal injury with expertise in developing and implementing strategic initiatives for business growth.

Ms Carolyn Starr is also an Old Girtonian with children in Years 3 and 5 in the Junior School. Ms Starr has recently moved back to Bendigo with her family and has extensive and varied experience in an ongoing legal career in the public and private sectors. Having worked across different industries as a Solicitor including commercial law, local Government, Planning, and Environment, Ms Starr brings to the Girton Board a range of perspectives.

Mr Andrew Hosking is a Chartered Accountant bringing to the Board a range of financial and strategic experience, as well as prior experience on Boards and Senior Committees. Mr Hosking and his wife are long-standing Bendigo residents with a daughter recently commencing in Year 4 at Girton.

I look forward to working with my fellow Board members, Headmaster and Senior Girton staff members in 2019 and to overseeing the School’s Mission and Values, Masterplan and Strategic Plan.

Mr David Jemmett
Chair