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.


Alasdair Sutherland
MBChB, MD(Hons), FRCSEd (Tr&Orth), FRACS (Orth), FAOrthA
Alasdair is the Board Chair. He 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 11) and Euan (Year 9).
Bill Hamill
Bachelor of Business; Master of Education, Dip Vet, FAICD
Bill joined the Board 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 (RIST), a leading national agricultural training organisation based in Hamilton. Bill grew up in rural Australia and has maintained this connection with the agricultural sector through senior management and board positions with a range of national organisations servicing country Australia.

Bill and Kathryn’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. Nigel is Chairman of the Governance Committee and 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, the Heywood Community Health audit committee.

Nigel and his wife Elizabeth have two children who attended the College, Henry (2015) and Claire (Year 2017).
Reverend David Thompson
Master of Arts; Master of Divinity
David joined the board in 2012. 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 nine years ago. he currently ministers to a cluster of five congregations, based on Donald, in the Wimmera/Mallee. He is a local coordinator for the Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministries based in north central Victoria. David is committed to advocacy for rural life and communities. Having been educated at St Andrew’s Presbyterian College in Christchurch, New Zealand, David continues to enjoy the opportunity to re-engage with independent school education very satisfying, even though living at some distance from the school.
Bianca Scaife
B.Arch (Hons) Registered Architect
Bianca joined the Board in 2016. She is a Director of Cooper Scaife Architects, which was established in Hamilton in 2003, 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 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 9) 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 who attended the College - Kate (2014) and Nikki (2017).

Rosie Merrin
Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
Rosie Merrin began her professional life working as a political advisor. She subsequently spent ten years living in New South Wales where she and her husband David established their agricultural business. They currently run 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, William (Year 8), Sophie (Year 6) and Rupert (Year 4), attend the College.
Sam Roberts
Bachelor of Business (Ag Commerce), University Sydney; Bachelor of Laws, University of New England.
Sam is a farmer in Harrow specialising in wool, sheepmeat and cropping. He is a member of the local CFA, and has held the role of Secretary/Treasurer for 15 years. Sam has a strong interest in local education, having served on the Harrow local school council for 10 years. He has also been involved in many roles in the local sporting clubs and associations, having a particular interest in Cricket, playing at both College and Pigeon Ponds.

Sam, and his wife Sarah, have three children currently at Hamilton College Claudia (Year 12), Fergus (Year 9) and Lucy (Year 8).
Roslyn Law
Bachelor in English and Politics; Diploma in Education
Roslyn joined the Board in 2017. She has a degree in English and Politics from University of Melbourne and a Diploma in Education. Roslyn taught senior English and History in country Victoria, Melbourne and Sydney, and lived Perth for a number of years. In between teaching appointments, Roslyn worked in the airline and beef cattle industries.

Roslyn has a son (James) and daughter (Sarah), and the family retains farming interests at Mortlake.
Penny Adamson
Penny joined the Board in September 2018. She is a Real Estate Agent with Charles Stewart Western Victoria, specialising in high end residential and lifestyle property sales and marketing strategy throughout Warrnambool, Port Fairy and South West Victoria. Previously, Penny worked with Telstra MobileNet in National Sales Management and State Program Management roles for VIC/TAS where she completed a Marketing and Business Certificate through Curtain University.

Penny and her husband Nick are both Old Collegians, and their four children Jock (Year 10), Mitzi (Year 9), Tobe (Year 7) and Izzi (Year 5) currently attend College.