The Siena College Board supports the College, promoting the wellbeing and learning of all students and providing an environment in which the College continues to flourish. The Board has a strong commitment to preserving and fostering the Catholic identity and the Dominican charism upon which the College was founded. The Directors of the Board are accountable for the sound governance of the College. They provide strategic direction and contribute legal, financial and other professional expertise to the governance of the College.
The Siena College Board is assisted by four advisory committees which support the Siena College Board in its governance role: the Finance Committee, the Building and Grounds Committee (currently in recess), the Policy Committee and the Risk Management Committee.
Introducing the Siena College Board
Dr Beverley Begg (Chair)
Qualifications: B.Sc.; Dip.Ed; Grad.Dip.RE; Grad.Dip. Student Welfare; M.Ed; D.Ed
Beverley has served on the Siena College Board as Chairperson since 2010. She has been a teacher and a chemist, but has spent most of her career focused on student wellbeing. She was Education Officer at the Catholic Education Office Melbourne (CEM) and worked on various research projects and grants for the CEM, the Centre for Adolescent Health and the Australia Research Council Linkage Grant Project.
Beverley taught at Siena College and was a Year Level Coordinator and Science Coordinator from 1984-1996. Her two daughter’s Dr Lisa Maree Begg (Class of 1984) and Lynette Begg (Class of 1985) attended Siena College.
Professor Michelle Welsh (Deputy Chair)
Qualifications: BA; LL.B (Hons); LL.M; Ph.D
Michelle has served on the Siena College Board as Deputy Chairperson since 2010. She is Professor and Head of Department of the Department of Business Law and Taxation at Monash Business School, Monash University. Michelle undertakes research and supervision in the area of corporate law, corporate regulation, enforcement and compliance and has presented her research nationally and internationally. In 2009 she was awarded the Melbourne University Law Faculty prize for the top PhD thesis and 2013 received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research.
Michelle attended Siena College (Class of 1983) as did her two daughters, Ellen (Class of 2012) and Molly (Class of 2014).
Qualifications: B.A; Dip.Ed.; M.A (Prelim); B.Theol.; M.Ed. Management (International); MBA (Exec)
Patricia joined the Siena College Board in July 2016 and brings considerable expertise in education. She has served as a secondary school Principal for over twenty years (Genazzano FCJ College from 2001 to 2015 and Padua College from 1996-2000) and has enjoyed the challenge of ensuring schools are strategically placed to meet the educational, political and economic opportunities of the future. From 1989-1992, she served on the Siena College Leadership Team as Curriculum Coordinator. Patricia is currently employed by Catholic Education Melbourne as a Secondary Principal's Consultant in the Southern Region and is deputy Chair of the Sandhurst Catholic Education Commission and a member of the Advisory Board of Melbourne firm, Baumgart Clark Architects.
Qualifications: B.A (Hons) Architecture; B.Arch
Alan has served on the Siena College Board since 2013, and is a member of the Buildings and Grounds Committee. He is an architect and Vice President of the Ashburton United Soccer Club and a Member of RAIA.
Alan’s daughter, Abigail Cubbon (Class of 2016), attended Siena College.
Tony Grant (Company Secretary)
Qualifications: B.Bus.Man; Grad.Cert.Ed.Law; GAICD; MBA (Exec)
Tony has been Business Manager for Siena College since 2016 and is on the Finance and Building and Grounds Committees. Tony has twenty years' experience in the education sector.
Sister Elizabeth Hellwig OP
Qualifications: B.A; AATD; M.Special Ed.; Grad.Dip.Ed. Studs; M.Ed Pastoral Care; Grad.Dip. IM Archives Admin; M.BRW
Sr Elizabeth has been a member of the Siena College Board since 2014. She taught in secondary schools for many years, specialising in pastoral care. Since 1991, she has been a professional archivist and now manages the Congregation’s archives. In 2014, Sr Elizabeth was elected a Councillor on the Leadership Team of the Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia and the Solomon Islands. She has a keen interest in storytelling and sharing the Dominican foundations of the history of the schools established by the Sisters since 1967. Currently, Sr Elizabeth is undertaking a PhD, through the National Centre for Biographical Research at ANU, on the cultural evolution of the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia.
George has been a member of the Siena College Board since 2015 and has served on the Finance Committee since 2014. George has worked in the not for profit sector and private property industry for most of his career and is now a Director at People 4 Places. He has served on State and Federal Government and non Government committees reviewing social policy and housing.
George’s daughter Ruby attends Siena College.
Qualifications: B.A; B.Ed
Philippa has served on the Siena College Board since 2011 and is Chair of the Policy Committee. She retired from the Catholic Education Office Melbourne in 2015, where she was an Education Officer working with schools in the Wellbeing and Community Partnerships area.
Philippa’s daughter Ruth Lovell (Class of 1991) attended Siena College.
Qualifications: B.Sc; M.Ed (Psych); LL.B (Hons); Grad.Dip.Ed. Psych
Katherine was appointed to the Siena College Board in 2013. She is a past College Captain of Siena (Class of 1989) and is currently a psychologist and consultant whose work focuses on leadership and development in organisations and individual executive coaching. She is involved in running the APS Coaching Psychology Interest Group, which runs training programs for executive coaches and also works to direct the strategic positioning of coaching in Australia.
Katherine's daughter, Alannah, is a current student at Siena College.
Qualifications: FIA; FIAA; FAICD
Sean has served on the Siena College Board since 2008 and is Chair of the Risk Management Committee. He is an Actuary and runs his own boutique advisory and actuarial consulting business, specialising in financial services and enterprise risk management. Sean is a member of the Actuaries Institute Risk Management Practice Committee, Victorian Executive Member of the Australian Superannuation Funds Association (ASFA) and chairs the Reputation and Participation Subcommittee.
Sean’s daughters Aisling (Class of 2010), Fiona (Class of 2011), attended Siena while Emer is currently at the College.
Gaynor Robson-Garth (Principal and CEO)
Qualifications: B.Sc; Dip Ed; M.Ed
Gaynor has been Principal of Siena College since 2007. As Principal, Gaynor carries out the decisions made by the Board and is responsible to the Board for the educational policy of the College and its execution, internal administration and management of the College in harmony with the values expressed in the Constitution. Gaynor is a member of the Board Executive and on the Finance, Building and Grounds, Risk Management and Policy Committees.