Senior Staff

All members of our staff meet the highest professional standards and are committed to the philosophy and values of the School. They are dedicated to ensuring that academic and personal growth are at the core of every student’s experience at Grammar.

Meet our Senior Staff Team

  • Headmaster

    Mr Adam Heath

    BA(LaTrobe) DipEd(LaTrobe) MSL(Melb) M.A.C.E.

    "Our focus is on the development of the whole child. We support students to develop a genuine belief in service just as much as we nurture them to achieve outstanding academic results that create opportunities in the furture."
    Read the full Welcome Message from the Headmaster.

    Headmaster

    Mr Adam Heath

  • Head of Senior School, Deputy Head

    Mrs Christine Shaw

    BEd(Ballarat) GradDipEdAdmin(Melb) MEd(Melb)GAICD

    “I believe that strong and resilient communities are about challenging and inspiring each other to learn and accomplish, knowing that together we can serve others.”

    Head of Senior School

    Mrs Christine Shaw

  • Assistant Head of Senior School – Learning

    Mr Chris Beechey

    BA(Sc)(Deakin) DipEd(Melb) MEd(Deakin)

    "My passion is to ensure that the learning experience of each student is as engaging and dynamic as it can be – the learners themselves develop skills that will enable them to venture into the world full of confidence and optimism and with an appropriate skill set for their life journey.”

    Assistant Head of Senior School – Learning

    Mr Chris Beechey

  • Assistant Head of Senior School – Administration

    Mr Rob Gray

    DipAppSc(Ballarat) DipEd(Toorak)

    “My passion in education has always been helping students to become independent learners: it’s pleasing that this is now receiving so much focus.”

    Assistant Head of Senior School – Administration

    Mr Rob Gray

  • Assistant Head of Senior School - Curriculum (Acting)

    Mrs Brianne Cuthbert

    BDrama/Arts(VCA)BA(Hons)(Tas)BTeach(Prim&Sec)(Deakin)MEd(Deakin)

    “It is the potential within the students I teach that inspires me; my aim is to enable each learner at Grammar to thrive and go into the world beyond school confident, hopeful and prepared.”

    Assistant Head of Senior School - Curriculum (Acting)

    Mrs Brianne Cuthbert

  • Acting Head of Junior School

    Mr Mark Warwick

    BTeach BEd(La Trobe Bendigo)

    “Ballarat Grammar facilitates the development of relationships among students and staff in all areas of our program – in the classroom, service, sport, outdoor education and any of the other co-curricular activities that we offer.”

    Acting Head of Junior School

    Mr Mark Warwick

  • Deputy Head of Junior School

    Mr Julian Hopkins

    BA(Ed)(Deakin) BEd(Ballarat)

    “I love the energy, camaraderie and generosity of spirit of the Grammar students, staff and parents.”

    Deputy Head of Junior School

    Mr Julian Hopkins

  • Assistant Head of Junior School - PYP Co-Ordinator

    Mrs Maria Cahir

    BEd(ACU)

    "I am proud to be part of a wonderful Junior School Team - together we work hard to help our students grow into knowledgeable, capable and caring young people."

    Assistant Head of Junior School

    Mrs Maria Cahir

  • School Chaplain

    Reverend Eleanor O'Donnell

    BTh-Hons (CSU Canberra), GradDipEd (Wesley Sydney)

    “In the context of educating the whole person, the nurture of thoughtful spirituality and optimistic, hospitable faith are my passions as a chaplain in the Ballarat Grammar community.”

    School Chaplain

    Reverend Eleanor O'Donnell

  • Business Manager

    Mr Peter Hunt

    MBA(UNE) FINA GAICD AIMM JP

    “What is most important to me is the financial and governance aspects of managing the School – with a focus on long-term affordability of our School to assist as many students as possible obtain a quality education so they can reach their potential. I am especially passionate about providing regional students with the opportunity to learn about agriculture and environmental sustainability, whether through farming or good business practice.”

    Business Manager

    Mr Peter Hunt

  • Director of CEEd

    Mrs Koren Naylor

    BAppSc(Deakin) DipCServices(Childcare)(Swinburne) GradDipEd(EC)(RMIT)

    “I am committed to the care, education and development of Ballarat Grammar’s youngest learners and to finding ways, in collaboration with the children, their families and other early childhood professionals, to maximise this important time in a child’s life.”

    Director of CEEd

    Mrs Koren Naylor

  • Director of City Cite

    Mr Harry Leather

    BSc(Melb) DipEd(Melb) MProfAcc(Deakin) MACE

    “As the Director of City Cite, Ballarat Grammar’s Melbourne campus, it has been personally an exciting journey to grow and develop the campus and its programs. It has also been a delight to watch the development of independence and confidence of the many students from a wide range of schools who have experienced a City Cite program."

    Director of City Cite

    Mr Harry Leather

  • Director of Development

    Mr Peter Burnett

    DipBusMan(Ballarat) EMFIA CFRE

    “For me it’s about matching the desires of donors with positive outcomes for our School.”

    Director of Development

    Mr Peter Burnett

  • Director of Care

    Mrs Sandra Warwick

    BEd MHealthSc(UB) DipArts(Res Care)(ACU)

    “As an educator at Ballarat Grammar I endeavour to provide the students with an array of opportunities for learning and personal growth and the means for achieving their greatest potential.”

    Director of Care

    Mrs Sandra Warwick

  • Director of Finance

    Mr Peter O'Dwyer

    BB CA ASBA GAICD

    "I believe that Ballarat Grammar is a positive, inspiring, satisfying and challenging environment and I'm proud to be part of such a positive community."

    Director of Finance

    Mr Peter O'Dwyer

  • Director of Staff

    Mrs Sue Hinchliffe

    DipTeach(MIHE) BEd(UWS)

    What I love about Ballarat Grammar is that it is a place where the professional growth and wellbeing of all members of our School is at the heart of what we do; for both staff and students.”

    Director of Staff

    Mrs Sue Hinchliffe

  • Director of Admissions

    Mr Bruce Pipkorn

    BBus(BCAE) CA GradDipEd(Sec)(ACU) CertRelEd(ACU) GradDipMSMaths(ACU)

    “I find it so encouraging to see our students embrace learning across all areas of life at Grammar in such a positive and inspiring way - it is no surprise to me that their futures beyond Grammar are full of great opportunity and achievement.”

    Director of Admissions

    Mr Bruce Pipkorn

  • Director of Leadership

    Mr Rodger Klopak

    BEd(Manitoba)

    “What is special about Ballarat Grammar is that the whole child really does, in fact, matter – I am passionate about maintaining the balance.”

    Director of Leadership

    Mr Rodger Klopak

  • Director of Sport

    Mr Dean Rossato

    BAppSc(PE)

    “At Ballarat Grammar the education of the whole person is of utmost importance – participation in a diverse range of sporting pursuits plays a vital role in the physical, emotional and social development of the individual.”

    Director of Sport

    Mr Dean Rossato

  • Director of Music

    Mr Andrew Dale

    BEd(Music)(MSC)

    “For me it’s about being part of a child’s educational journey and imparting a love and appreciation of music for life.”

    Director of Music

    Mr Andrew Dale

  • Director of Boarding

    Mr Chris van Styn

    BEd(Hons)(Ballarat) GradCert Counselling(Monash)

    “I love the relationships that develop among staff, students and parents that allow us to provide an environment that feels like a second home for our boarders.”

    Director of Boarding

    Mr Chris van Styn