Overview


The Hamilton and Alexandra College Board is responsible for overall governance of the College and, together with the Principal, setting the strategic direction of the College. The Board is made up of 12 members and several sub-committees: Strategic Planning, Governance and Finance. The Principal is appointed by and is responsible to the Board. As Chief Executive Officer, the Principal is responsible for the leadership and management of the whole College.


John Diprose OAM
Chairman
John joined the Board in 1998. As well as farming activities that involve lamb, crop and forestry production, John has had wide experience in community organisations. He has been a Board Member of RIST since 1991 and was Chairman for 11 years. John has been involved in agricultural industry organisations to national level. A former CFA brigade Captain, John was also a Board Member of Hamilton Base Hospital for eight years and Chairman for a period. He is an active member of the Uniting Church at Parish, Presbytery and Synod levels. John and Helen’s 5 children are Old Collegians: Fleur (1989), Gerard (1989), Kent (1989), Simon (1984) and Arbella (2003).
Roger Brown
(OC 1964)
Bachelor of Agricultural Science
Roger has had a long association with the College and has been a member of the Board since 1998. He has also been involved in the Old Collegians’ Association (Trustee) as well as the College Cricket Club (as a member of the Executive Committee). Roger is also heavily involved in the P & A Society and various land protection and drainage advisory groups. Roger is an Old Collegian as is his father and his three sons: Lachlan (1996), Angus (1998) and Duncan (2002).
Bill Hamill
Bachelor of Business; Master of Education FAICD
Bill joined the Board in late 2012. He is currently Chairman of the Finance Committee and is Chairman of the College Foundation. Bill is Chief Executive Officer of Rural Industries Skill Training, a leading national agricultural training organisation based in Hamilton. Bill grew up in rural Australia and has maintained this connection with agriculture through senior management and board positions with a range of national organisations servicing rural Australia. Bill’s three children, Calder (2008), Conrad (2010) and Anastasia (2012) all attended the College.
Nigel Paulet
Master of Pharmacy
Nigel joined the College Board in 2012 and is a member of the Finance Committee. With a background in retail pharmacy ownership and management he is now a farmer with a commercial beef herd. His farming interests also include some cropping activities and several conservation projects to provide habitat and retard degradation. Nigel is a member of the local CFA and a member of the Heywood Community Health audit committee. He has recently qualified as a Bail Justice. Nigel and his wife Elizabeth have two children attending College: Henry (2015) and Claire (Year 11).
Reverend David Thompson
Joined Board October 2012
Master of Arts; Master of Divinity
After spending much of his working life as a senior officer or CEO with a number of medical organisations such as the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, David entered the Uniting Church ministry four years ago and holds the position of Presbytery Minister-Administration in the Presbytery of Western Victoria. He is also a chaplain for the South Western Region of the SES and a local coordinator for the Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministries based in Colac. David is committed to advocacy for rural life and communities. Having been educated at St Andrew’s Presbyterian College in Christchurch, New Zealand, David is finding the opportunity to re-engage with independent school education very satisfying.
Alasdair Sutherland
MBChB, MD(Hons), FRCSEd (Tr&Orth), FRACS (Orth), FAOrthA
Alasdair joined the board in 2015. He graduated in Medicine from University of Aberdeen in 1990 and qualified as an orthopaedic surgeon in 2003, after training in Scotland and Melbourne. He has worked in Warrnambool and Hamilton since 2010, and holds posts with South West Healthcare and Deakin University and is also involved in teaching and training of medical students and graduates. Alasdair and Alison have two boys at College – James (Year 9) and Euan (Year 7).
Bianca Scaife
B.Arch (Hons) Registered Architect
Bianca joined the Board in 2016. She is a Director of Cooper Scaife Architects in Hamilton together with her husband Daniel Cooper. Bianca worked in a number of reputable architectural practices both in Australia and overseas prior to moving back to Hamilton in 2009. She is a member of HRBA Hamilton Regional Business Association and is a keen member of the Hamilton Symphony Orchestra and Hamilton Strings as a violinist.
Bianca is an Old Collegian (1991) and her son Milo (Year 7) also attends the College.
Tony Bedworth B.Sc (Hons), B. Bus Acc, Grad Dip Financial Planning FCPA (FPS) CTA
Tony joined the Board in 2016. He is a Director of Murray Nankivell Accountants in Naracoorte South Australia and is the sole Director and advisor for Murray Nankivell Financial Planning. He is also an Accredited Athletics Coach and has been a keen supporter of Athletics at the College over the past 8 years. Tony and his wife Jill have two daughters Kate (2014) and Nikki (Year 11) who presently attends the College.

Rosie Merrin
Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

Rosie Merrin began her professional life working in politics and law. Rosie then spent ten years living in NSW and established several agricultural businesses with her husband David. They currently operate a mixed farming business at Penshurst and a large-scale conservation venture in northern NSW.

Rosie has a keen interest in the arts, particularly in the areas of music and children’s literature. She served on the Board of the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival as Schools’ coordinator and currently enjoys running creative writing sessions at the Junior School.

Rosie is an Old Collegian and her three children attend the College- William (Year 6), Sophie (Year 4) and Rupert (Year 2).