Leadership Team

Our leadership team is a dynamic, forward thinking and highly involved and committed group of senior staff. The Leadership team works to ensure that all aspects of school life function smoothly as well as the planning of new initiatives and approaches across both campuses.

Neil MacLean
B.A.,Dip. Ed.,M.A.C.E.,M.A.C.E.L.
Mr Neil MacLean is the Deputy Principal and Chief of Operations at the College. He is responsible for the day to day running of the Senior Campus. With 37 years of teaching and 27 years of leadership experience at the College, Neil has an outstanding knowledge of the way the school operates. He is a passionate educator who is highly organised and communicates well with both staff and students and the broader school community. Neil is a highly valued member of the school leadership team serving as Acting Principal when the need arises.
Jason Bourke
Ass.Dip.Business (Accounting)
Jason is responsible for managing the financial, property and people resources which underpin the educational needs of the College. He has competently ensured a strong financial result for the school in the five years he has been at the College though prudent use of our resources. Jason is also a vital part and is Company Secretary of the College and Foundation, and reports to the Board monthly.
Kristen Waldron
In her role as Deputy Principal, Senior Years and Wellbeing , Kristen oversees the discipline and welfare all of the Year 10-12 students as well as our school Wellbeing and Leadership programmes. With a Masters of Student Wellbeing, Kristen capably addresses the emotional, social and physical needs of the students in her care. With 20 years experience at the school, Kristen is highly regarded within the school community and beyond for her leadership, commitment and passion for the College.
Ralph Carolan
MA, BA (Hons)
In this role as Deputy Principal: Teaching and Learning, Ralph oversees the curriculum and pedagogy of the school, aiming to ensure that students have the opportunity to undertake a diverse range of challenging, engaging and rewarding educational experiences in their studies. Ralph is passionate about English, Literature and Humanities and has taught across all senior year levels. He was a VCAA Assessor for VCE Literature for seven years and has a proven record in achieving high benchmarks for success, both as a teacher and faculty leader. Ralph joined the Hamilton College community in 2018, moving from Townsville where he led The Cathedral School of St Anne and St James, as Head of Senior School, and prior to that he held a number of leadership positions at Brighton Grammar for eight years. Ralph looks forward to developing a strong rapport with our local community.
Stephen Nelson
B.Ed Dip.Ed
Stephen brings extensive primary experience to the role of Head of Junior School. Having taught at a variety of schools over the past 28 years, he has had considerable leadership experience in his role as Deputy Head of Junior School and more recently Deputy Head of Middle Years. He is a dynamic, committed and passionate educator with the ability to bring out the very best in every student. His excellent relationship with staff and parents has enabled him to lead the Junior School in a new and exciting direction.

Julia Winter Cooke
As Head of Middle Years, Julia drives the myPEC Positive Education Program at the College. She is an experienced educator with an innate ability to connect with her students and gain the most from them. She is also the coordinator of The Year 9 Experience and is responsible in particular for the success and overall organisation of The China Experience. With over 20 years experience at the College and a genuine passion for educating young people , Julia is a dynamic and enthusiastic part of the leadership team.
Rebekah Bonnett
Rebekah brings a great deal of experience to the area of Teaching and Learning. She is a passionate and highly organised educator with a strong interest in both her personal learning and that of her students. She has a Masters in Education and as a result is at the forefront of learning practices.
In her role as Head of Science and Head of VCE studies, Rebekah’s committed and enthusiastic approach enables her to work very successfully with students to discover their domains of interest and individual pathways in subject selection through to VCE. At the same time her relationship with staff has assisted her in developing a creative, analytical and dynamic professional learning culture.

Andrew Monk
As our Director of Boarding, Andrew is responsible for overseeing the welfare and wellbeing of our boarders. He brings a wealth of experience holding positions of leadership at Monivae College Hamilton, Scotch College Adelaide, Knox Grammar Sydney and Geelong Grammar School’s Timbertop campus. He holds a Master of Education – Leadership, is a Master Trainer in Positive Education, and has a clear passion and enthusiasm for the wellbeing of students. This dedication in the application of Positive Education theory to secondary schools has seen Andrew publish in the field of positive psychology and implement educational coaching approaches aimed to explicitly amalgamate wellbeing with learning. Andrew and his family reside within the boarding community and work closely with our Head of Speirs and Head of Macdonald to provide a caring, compassionate and family-orientated boarding experience for our students.