The people who lead St Mark’s are amongst the College’s greatest strengths. A broad network of experienced and trained residential staff, governance team, professional advisors, chaplain and senior student leaders all contribute to the College’s progressive, well-managed and harmonious environment.
A dedicated, enthusiastic board, staff and student leadership team work closely and effectively with the College Foundation, Old Collegians’ Association and various committees to ensure the ongoing success of the College.
The Board of St Mark’s is made up of dynamic professionals who are responsible for overseeing the College’s strategic direction, plans, and performance.
St Mark’s is led by the Head of College, who is the academic and executive head of the College. The Head of College works closely with the Dean and professional staff to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the College.
The Dean and Director of Learning work closely with the Student Leadership Team, incorporating Assistant Deans, Senior Academic Tutors and Academic Coordinators, Senior Residential Advisor and Residential Advisors, and College Club Committee, to ensure that the needs of students are met.
Mark brings over 40 years of professional accounting and commercial experience. He is a strategic manager and has been involved with many complex commercial transactions involving numerous parties. Since 2003 he has been the Chief Financial Officer of a large private family group of companies and has worked through a period of significant rationalisation of the group operations and ownership interests.
He gained over 25 years professional experience with KPMG in various roles including as an audit partner, Finance and Administration Director for the Adelaide office from 1992 and as National Finance Manager for Facilities and Services for the national practice from 2000. His nearly 15 years of professional experience included a diverse client base of public, private and not for profit entities covering finance and banking, manufacturing, retail, property development and private schools.
Mark Penniment commenced as a Board member in September 2015 and has been the St Mark’s College Bursar from March 2000 to 2011 and subsequently from September 2015. He has managed oversight of the College’s financial operations including financing of major building projects and management of the College investment funds. Mark has also been a Board member of the St Mark’s College Foundation since 2011.
Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has a Bachelor of Economics from Adelaide University.
Simon Murray is the Director of Up School Consulting and provides expert advice to schools globally in the fields of leadership, strategic planning, wellbeing, academic enhancement, mentoring and innovation in education. He had current engagements in Australia, China, South Africa and Pakistan.
Previously a Headmaster across three schools for 27 years, and an educator for over 40 years, his contribution to education is significant. He served as the 14th Headmaster of St Peter’s College, Adelaide from 2010 until July 2017. Before this, he was Headmaster of Canberra Grammar School for twelve years (1998 –2010) which followed eight years as Headmaster of Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School (1991 –1998). In recognition of his executive leadership, Simon was elected by his peers to be the Chairman of Association of Heads of Independent School of Australia (AHISA) from 2009 – 2011. Simon is a past Board member of the Independent Schools Council of Australia. He is a past Chairman of The Association of Independent Schools of the ACT and was a member of the Executive of The Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia.
He was appointed a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators in 2008 for his leadership in the independent school sector and in 2017 he was awarded The South Australian Fellowship Award by Australian Council of Educational Leaders in recognition of his service to education in South Australia. He was appointed an Honorary Member of AHISA in 2017.
In June 2018 Simon Murray was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to secondary education and professional associations.
In June 2019 he was honoured for his pioneering work, contribution and internationally recognised leadership in the field of Positive Education by the University of Pennsylvania and the Eisenhower Fellowships.
Simon has advanced the field of wellbeing, positive psychology and positive education across five areas: governance, publications, philanthropy, political engagement, and executive leadership.
He is a founding member and inaugural Chairman of Australia’s Positive Education Schools Association with over 2000 members. He was also founding member of the Board of the International Positive Education Network (IPEN). He has co-edited two scholarly books on evidence-based applications of positive psychology and future directions in wellbeing. He has published scientific articles, book chapters and presented on positive psychology and positive education at conferences in Australia, China, USA, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He negotiated a lead partnership with South Australia’s Premier securing Martin Seligman as Thinker in Residence and hosted policy makers, scholars, and practitioners on positive psychology, opening St Peter’s College to thousands of members of the public. He contributed to a Wellbeing Summit at No. 10 Downing Street and under his leadership established St Peter’s College as a world leader in the field of wellbeing.
Significantly he has worked extensively with disadvantaged schools, both individual schools and clusters, to develop whole-of-school wellbeing programs with the aim of enabling students in these schools to flourish both at school and in their later lives. Simon has garnered the support of philanthropists to fund school wellbeing programs.
He is a member of the Advisory Board for the School of Education at the University of Adelaide and in June 2018 he was appointed to the Board of the Centre for Positive Psychology, The University of Melbourne. In 2017 he was appointed as Chief Advisor to the Positive Education China Academy, a peak body bringing Positive Education to China.
Simon was actively involved in the Anglican Diocese of Bunbury, WA as a member of the Diocesan Council and also in the Diocese of Canberra Goulburn as a member of the Ministry Executive and Bishop in Council. He was also an appointed member of the Diocesan Council in the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide.
After practising law at Piper Alderman, Suzanne moved to academia, where she is Professor of Law at the Adelaide Law School and Deputy Dean, Learning and Teaching, of the Faculty of the Professions, University of Adelaide.
Suzanne has held a number of senior roles at the University, including as Dean of Law, whilst also maintaining active involvement in teaching and research. Suzanne’s research interests are focused on corporate law and professional ethics, with a particular focus on the regulation of independence in a number of professional contexts. She has more than 50 scholarly publications and has contributed to numerous law reform initiatives in her areas of expertise. Details of Suzanne’s research can be found here
In teaching, Suzanne has led innovation in the law curriculum, including a first year ‘boot camp’ approach, a refreshed curriculum and honours program. She is currently responsible for the learning and teaching portfolio for the Schools of Law, Business and Economics. Her teaching skills have been recognised by an Executive Dean’s Award (April 2015) and a NIFTEP Fellowship awarded by the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism (July 2012). This fellowship is supported by a consortium of centres based at US universities. Fellows are identified through a competitive process open worldwide.
Suzanne has a number of board roles, including as Chair of St Ignatius College, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has been a distinguished overseas visitor at a number of overseas universities, as well as a Fellow at the Stein Center of Law and Ethics at Fordham University, New York. Suzanne is a member of the SA Judicial Development Committee, an editor of the international journal, Legal Ethics, President of the Australian Corporate Law Teachers Association, a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Corporations Committee, ASIC’s Regional Liaison Committee and of the International Association of Legal Ethicists.
She is regularly invited to speak at conference and professional events, including as keynote speaker. These include the ASIC Annual Forum, the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association National and SA Conferences, The Society of University Lawyers, The Governance Institute, the Law Society of South Australia, the Law Institute Victoria, The Law Society of Tasmania, the Law Society of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Institute of Company Directors, the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, the Law Council of Australia, the SA Judicial Development Day, the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees Ideas Exchange and the Australian Government Legal Network.
Marc Allgrove is a Director of Evans + Ayers Advisory P/L, providing strategic, governance and management services across tourism, agriculture, arts, education and local government.
Prior to joining this practice, he was the CEO of McLaren Vale winery Chapel Hill from 2009 to 2013. Over 25 years within the Australian wine industry with Chapel Hill, Constellation Wines and its predecessors has provided significant experience focusing on strategy, marketing, sales, management and exports.
Marc is a former chair and board member of Vinehealth Australia, McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association, and the South Australian Wine Industry Association executive, and currently serves on the boards of Olivers Taranga Pty Ltd, Jericho Wines, St Mark’s College and The David Roche Foundation.
In addition, seats held on the Fleurieu Art Prize Board, Winemakers Federation of Australia Future Leaders Selection Committee, the Art Gallery of South Australia’s Contemporary Collectors Committee, Industry Leadership Fund Scholars Committee and the UNESCO Mt Lofty Ranges World Heritage Bid Economic Advisory Group demonstrate a deep and broad understanding of public and private organisational strengths and issues.
Marc attended St Mark’s College between 1990-93 as the inaugural recipient of the CAS Hawker Scholarship earning a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide, and is a member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Cecilia is a Director of Perks People Solutions, providing expert outsourced HR advice and support to employers across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
Prior to this, Cecilia spent nearly 10 years in private practice as an employment lawyer, advising and representing South Australian employers across a broad and diverse range of workplace and industrial disputes, enterprise bargaining negotiations, workplace investigations and workers compensation matters.
Cecilia also held a senior management role in the South Australian Equal Opportunity Commissioner for eight years, where she gained experience in discrimination and sexual harassment disputes, community and stakeholder engagement and policy development. It was during this time that Cecilia developed a passion for equity and diversity and supporting leaders to create inclusive organisations.
Cecilia is a Nationally Accredited Mediator with the Resolution Institute of Australia, a Board Member of the Victim Support Service of South Australia, and a member of the Law Society of South Australia and the Australian Human Resources Institute.
Darren is an educator, educational leader and educational consultant with over 25 years’ experience working in schools in the United Kingdom, Queensland and South Australia, where he has demonstrated success in delivering exceptional outcomes in learning, wellbeing and holistic education in a number of high-performance organisations.
Currently in role as Executive Project Manager at Seymour College and working with the College Board, Darren is responsible for a number of high-level projects to improve organisational efficiency, performance and stakeholder experience. Darren has also held roles as Principal of The Springfield Anglican College in Brisbane, and prior to that as Deputy Principal at Seymour College and Director of Teaching and Learning at St. Peter’s College, both in Adelaide. In 2019, Darren served as Acting Head of College at St. Mark’s College. In these roles, Darren has gained extensive experience in developing and delivering on strategy, and in improving organisational culture and business performance.
Darren has also served on a number of Advisory Boards and Executive Committees in curriculum development, wellbeing and sport, and is experienced in delivering key note lectures on education and literature in universities in England and Australia.
Darren holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, an Honours degree in English Literature, and post-graduate certificates in Leadership and in Education.
Born in Outback Queensland, Professor Don Markwell studied at the Universities of Queensland and Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar), and at Princeton. He taught politics and international relations in Oxford for a decade before becoming Warden of Trinity College at the University of Melbourne. He has since served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) of the University of Western Australia, the global head of the Rhodes Scholarships as Warden of Rhodes House, Oxford, senior adviser to Australian Government ministers, and as Warden of St Paul’s College at the University of Sydney. Professor Markwell is an Adjunct Professor in the University of Adelaide’s School of Social Sciences.
Mr Stuart Meldrum became Dean in October 2020, after a highly competitive selection process which attracted over 80 candidates from around Australia and overseas.
A registered psychologist, Stuart graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) in 2005, and obtained his Diploma of Psychological Practice in 2009.
After work with the ORS Group in Brisbane and the NSW Central Coast, he joined the University of Newcastle as a disability advisor in 2010, moving to disability services work at the University of Sydney in 2014, before returning to the University of Newcastle as a student support advisor at their Ourimbah campus.
Stuart has worked as a health and wellbeing coordinator for University of Newcastle student residences and has had extensive experience as a student counsellor. Trained and accredited by the Full Stop Foundation as a trainer for “Sex, Safety and Respect”, Stuart was part of a small team awarded the 2019 VC Excellence Award for Health, Safety and Wellbeing at the University of Newcastle. He has also undertaken the L H Martin Institute’s “Emerging Leaders and Managers Program” for higher and vocational education.
Stuart’s community involvement has included five years as President of the Central Coast Christian Football Association in NSW. Stuart, his wife Sarah and their young son, Harry, live in Walkley Cottage.
Dr Rachel Buxton served as Senior Tutor of Merton College, Oxford, from 2015 to January 2020, and also held that role in 2009-10 before serving as Domestic Bursar and Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, in 2010-15. As Senior Tutor at Merton, Dr Buxton managed all academic-related activities in one of Oxford’s academically most successful colleges, and devoted considerable attention to supporting individual students in their academic and personal development.
Rachel Buxton was a C.A.S. Hawker Scholar at St Mark’s College in 1993-97, and served as College Club President in 1997, when she was also awarded the Collegians’ Prize. She graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1997 with First Class Honours in English Literature, and the University Medal.
Rhodes Scholar for South Australia for 1998, Rachel completed a Masters and a Doctorate in Oxford in English language and literature. Her thesis on the influence of Robert Frost on Northern Irish poetry – a topic inspired by a suggestion from the then Master of St Mark’s College, Robin Ashwin – was later published by Oxford University Press.
Rachel served as president of the Herford College Middle Common Room, and was Wilkinson Research Fellow and Assistant Dean at Worcester College, Oxford (2001-2), and Salvesen Junior Fellow and Tutor for Women at New College, Oxford (2002-5), also undertaking internships with McKinsey & Co. and at the UK Cabinet Office. While serving as Senior Lecturer in American Literature at Oxford Brookes University in 2005-9, Rachel completed an Executive MBA with Distinction, again topping her year.
Ms Katherine Radoslovich was a C.A.S. Hawker Scholar at St Mark’s in 2006-08. She completed her Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) in 2012 and her Bachelor of Development Studies in 2013, and is currently undertaking her PhD in the University of Adelaide’s School of Sociology, Criminology and Gender Studies.
Ms Radoslovich has worked for several State and Federal Government agencies, including as a Youth Worker for five years with the Wiltja Residential Program. She has also worked in East Timor, through the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program, and undertook a student exchange in Hungary. Kathy served in 2018 and 2019 as Director of Learning at St Mark’s.
Sara Ware was appointed Business Manager in June 2021.
Sara has been a CPA since 2008 and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of South Australia. She has held senior financial and broader management roles in a number of organisations, including CHC Helicopters, Austwine, MG Corporation (an Indigenous organisation based in Kununurra, WA), and most recently as Manager of Finance and ICT at ForestrySA (from 2015 to 2021).
Sara’s community involvement has included being the Treasurer for a kindergarten and a leader in Scouts SA.
Richard undertook a part- time role with the College’s grounds staff while completing a Bachelor of Education and Diploma in Child Psychology. After completing a Certificate 3 in Horticulture, he assumed the role of Assistant Property Manager. He has worked as Property Manager since 2003.
With more than 40 years in both the primary and secondary school sectors, holding senior roles including Head of Senior School, Grant brings an understanding of the needs of young people. After his ordination into the Anglican Church in 2013, Grant took on the role as Chaplain at St Mark’s and Parish Priest at St Cyprian’s Anglican Church at North Adelaide. He recently completed his Honours degree in Theology. Grant and his wife Olwen also reside at the College.
Finance Officer: Ms Lorraine Burgess
Front Office Administrator: Ms Carol Atkinson
Librarian: Ms Pirjo Rayner BA, LAA, AALIA
Archivist: Ms Monica Smith
The College outsources its catering to international company Sodexo which provides our student residents with high quality, nutritious and delicious food.
The College outsources its cleaning to Academy Services with professional, caring staff who take pride in ensuring our environment is maintained to the highest of standards.
Student leadership positions are central to the life of the College, including providing academic and wellbeing support to fellow students, organising many activities (including sporting, cultural, community service, social and other activities), and much else besides.
Working together with College staff and other students, leadership positions give students superb opportunities for developing their leadership and teamwork skills, and for undertaking the community service that has been at the heart of the values and ethos of St Mark’s College since its founding in 1925.
From left to right:
Front Row: Oliver Douglas (Charitable Foundation President, Lion Editor), Taylor Glover (College Club Committee Vice President), Sophie Ludbrook (College Club Committee President), Ashlee Nichol (Assistant Dean), Stuart Meldrum (Dean), Professor Don Markwell (Head of College), Dr Rachel Buxton (Director of Learning), Kaitlin Beltakis (Assistant Dean), Niamh Jones (Senior Academic Tutor), Alice McKenzie (College Club Committee Secretary), James Andrews (College Club Committee Treasurer)
Second Row: Molly Rogers (Library Assistant), Miah Sherry (College Club Committee Merchandise Officer), Kaidy Morgan (Photographer), Chloe Grosser (Residential Advisor), Jessica Hulett (Residential Advisor, Charitable Foundation Secretary), Eliza Lee (College Club Committee Sports Officer), Sarah Whyte (Film Maker), Caitlin Glascott (College Club Committee Social Officer), Anastasia Pannell (Academic Coordinator), Max Gordon (Charitable Foundation Treasurer, Music Room Curator, Gym Curator), Yemaya Coleman-Smith (Residential Advisor)
Third Row: Ryan Williams (Library Assistant), Abraham Tuckwell (College Club Committee Sport Officer), Luke Marcus (Academic Coordinator, Lion Editor), Jack Brady (Academic Coordinator), Lachlan Matheson (Residential Advisor), Oliva White (College Club Committee Equity Officer, Warden), Jackson Furst (Residential Advisor), Shawn Wang (College Club Committee Sponsorship/Charitable Officer)
Back Row: Aidan Jones (Residential Advisor), Brodie Carrigan (College Club Committee Social Officer, Warden), Kristen Coles (Academic Coordinator), Isabel Unwin (College Club Committee Arts and Cultural Officer, Warden), Niamh van Berkel (Warden), Maddy Taylor (Residential Advisor), Riley Cornell (College Club Committee Equity Officer), Alleigh Hamnett (Residential Advisor), Erin Powell (Warden), Katherine Dumas (Academic Coordinator)
Absent: Gemma Nunn (Academic Coordinator), Iman Westhead (Indigenous Student Advisor)
2021 Student Executive Team
The Student Executive Team comprises the College Club Executive (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer), the two Assistant Deans, the Senior Academic Tutor, the Indigenous Student Adviser, and the President of the Charitable Foundation. It works closely with the Head of College, Dean, and Director of Learning on coordinating many aspects of College life, and promoting student welfare and success.
From left to right:
Front Row: Ashlee Nichol (Assistant Dean), Stuart Meldrum (Dean), Professor Don Markwell (Head of College), Dr Rachel Buxton (Director of Learning), Kaitlin Beltakis (Assistant Dean)
Back Row: Taylor Glover (College Club Committee Vice President), Sophie Ludbrook (College Club Committee President), James Andrews (College Club Committee Treasurer), Oliver Douglas (Charitable Foundation President), Alice McKenzie (College Club Committee Secretary), Niamh Jones (Senior Academic Tutor)
Absent: Iman Westhead (Indigenous Student Advisor)
2021 College Club Committee
All St Mark’s residents are members of the College Club. Elected by their fellow students, the College Club Committee promotes student wellbeing and interests in diverse ways, including by organising an impressive line-up of events in partnership with other student leaders and the College staff. The College Club Executive consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.
From left to right:
Front Row: Taylor Glover (Vice President), Sophie Ludbrook (President), Stuart Meldrum (Dean), Professor Don Markwell (Head of College), Dr Rachel Buxton (Director of Learning), Alice McKenzie (Secretary), James Andrews (Treasurer)
Back Row: Caitlin Glascott (Social Officer), Brodie Carrigan (Social Officer), Isabel Unwin (Arts and Cultural Officer), Riley Cornell (Equity Officer), Olivia White (Equity Officer), Abraham Tuckwell (Sports Officer), Miah Sherry (Merchandise Officer), Shawn Wang (Sponsorship/Charitable Officer), Eliza Lee (Sports Officer)
2021 Assistant Deans, Residential Advisors and Wardens
Assistant Deans: The Assistant Deans work with the Dean, other staff, and students to ensure that St Mark’s provides a respectful, inclusive, and safe environment for all. The Assistant Deans assist students in various ways when needed, including liaising between staff and students, and help to ensure that the College’s values and expectations are upheld in student behaviour.
The Assistant Deans are senior leaders in the College who lead the Residential Advisor (RA) team and the Flat and Hawker House Wardens to support students on each floor or in each building, and assist the Dean and Director of Learning in leading the Student Leadership Team (SLT).
Residential Advisors (RAs): Residential Advisors (RAs) are expected to show leadership in all aspects of College life, and to support actively the aims and ideals of St Mark’s College in promoting the wellbeing and academic success of its students. The primary function of an RA is to establish and maintain an environment which is safe, socially cohesive, welcoming and conducive to academic excellence. They are often the first point of contact for students’ issues and can advise on additional support structures within and beyond the College community.
Flat/Hawker House Wardens: As with RAs, the primary function of the Wardens is to establish and maintain in their area of responsibility an environment which is safe, socially cohesive, welcoming and conducive to academic excellence. Like RAs, Wardens also, for example, serve as Duty Tutors and Fire Wardens for the full year.
From left to right:
Front Row: Olivia White (Warden), Erin Powell (Warden), Ashlee Nichol (Assistant Dean), Stuart Meldrum (Dean), Kaitlin Beltakis (Assistant Dean), Niamh Van Berkel (Warden), Isabel Unwin (Warden)
Back Row: Yemaya Coleman-Smith (Residential Advisor), Brodie Carrigan (Warden), Chloe Grosser (Residential Advisor), Aidan Jones (Residential Advisor), Alleigh Hamnett (Residential Advisor), Lachlan Matheson (Residential Advisor), Maddy Taylor (Residential Advisor), Jackson Furst (Residential Advisor), Jessica Hulett (Residential Advisor)
2021 Academic Team
Senior Academic Tutor: The role of the Senior Academic Tutor (SAT) is to assist students in the positive transition from school to university life, and provide support to ensure academic success and resilience. Working closely with the Director of Learning, the Senior Academic Tutor’s portfolio includes coordinating the Academic Coordinators, administering the Tutorial Program, and ensuring all students are aware of and able to access the academic support at the College.
Academic Coordinators: The role of each Academic Coordinator is to support the Director of Learning and Senior Academic Tutor to help ensure all students attain their academic goals and fulfil their potential, and to improve the accessibility, relevance and quality of academic and career development opportunities for all students. St Mark’s College students in related degrees are grouped by Faculty, and each Faculty has an Academic Coordinator. For 2021, the six Faculties are: (1) Agriculture, Viticulture, Veterinary and Animal Science; (2) Medicine, Nursing, and Dentistry; (3) Engineering, Physical Sciences, Architecture and Aviation; (4) Business and Law; (5) Health & Medical Sciences and Allied Health; and (6) Arts and Education.
From left to right:
Front Row: Anastasia Pannell (Academic Coordinator), Dr Rachel Buxton (Director of Learning), Niamh Jones (Senior Academic Tutor), Katherine Dumas (Academic Coordinator)
Back Row: Jack Brady (Academic Coordinator), Kristen Coles (Academic Coordinator), Luke Marcus (Academic Coordinator)
Absent: Gemma Nunn (Academic Coordinator)
2021 Charitable Foundation Executive
Community service is at the heart of the ideals and values for which St Mark’s stands. Many of the community service activities undertaken by the students of St Mark’s College – including volunteering and fundraising activities for charities – are led through the Charitable Foundation. Its Executive members are its President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
From left to right: Max Gordon (Treasurer), Oliver Douglas (President), Jessica Hulett (Secretary)