Trinity Grammar School, Kew is a not-for-profit institution with the primary purpose of educating boys from ELC to Year 12, as well as girls in ELC and through the Coordinate Program with Ruyton, during Years 11 and 12.
Trinity Grammar School, Kew is incorporated as a Company limited by guarantee and is governed by a Council of up to 12 members. Each of the following nominate one member:
- The Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne
- The Parents’ Association
- The Old Trinity Grammarians’ Association
The remaining nine positions are filled based on skill requirements and the Council Members Selection Policy.
Simon Gipson OAM – Chair and Archbishop’s Nominee
BA, Grad Dip Eng, Dip Ed, MEd Mgt, FACE, FACEL, FIML, FAICD
Simon was appointed as the Chairman of School Council in July 2020. Simon was appointed to School Council in August 2018 and is the Archbishop’s Nominee to School Council. He is also a member of the Finance & Risk, Building & Grounds, Community Engagement, Engagement & Fundraising, Governance, Investment, School Heritage, and Nominations Committees.
Simon has had an extensive career in education working across Australia and internationally as a teacher, principal and consultant. From 2000 to 2017, Simon was Head of St Michael’s Grammar School, St Kilda.
Chris Braithwaite – Deputy Chair
BCom (Hons), FCPA, CA, MAICD
Chris was appointed to School Council in June 2018. He is Chairman of the Building & Grounds and Governance Committees and is a member of the Nominations Committee. He is a Partner in PwC’s Assurance Practice covering education and not-for-profit businesses, and is also Director of CatholicCare, a welfare charity and has held past governance roles at the Risk Management Institute and Swinburne University. Chris has a son who currently attends Trinity Grammar School, Kew.
Nichola Lefroy – Deputy Chair
BSc (Hons), PG Dip HP & HE, PG Dip Wellness, GAICD
Nichola was appointed to School Council in June 2018 and is Chair of the Engagement & Fundraising Committee and a member of the Investment Committee. She spent a decade with the Shell Group of Companies in Melbourne and London, followed by a decade in independent education, most recently at the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School. She is currently Development Lead at the Royal Botanical Gardens Victoria. She is also Executive Director of two private foundations. One of her sons graduated from Trinity Grammar School, Kew in 2018, while two others are moving to VCAL programs in 2020. Her youngest currently attends the School.
Ashley Butler – Treasurer
BBus (Acc & Bus Law), CA, RCA (ASIC)
Ashley was appointed to School Council in July 2018. He is a member of the Finance & Risk, Investment and Nomination Committees, and is a partner at Ernst & Young, with over 25 years of experience assessing and advising on strategy, corporate governance, financial reporting and accounting, risk management and major projects, including not-for-profit organisations. Ashley has two sons who currently attend Trinity Grammar School, Kew.
Professor Don Campbell
MBBS (Hons), M Med Sci, MD, FRACP, FRCP(L)
An OTG, Don was appointed to School Council in June 2018 and is a member of the Engagement & Fundraising and Governance Committees. He is currently a Professor of Medicine at Monash University and has extensive experience in education, academic and clinical settings including pastoral responsibility for Doctors-in-training. He also teaches in the areas of Knowledge Management, and innovation in healthcare. Don and his three sons all attended Trinity Grammar School, Kew.
Dr Sumone Chakravarti
BSc (Hons), PhD, GradCert (UniEduc&Train), EMBA
Sumone was appointed to School Council in August 2019 and is a member of the Finance & Risk Committee. She has over 20 years experience in the Health, Education and Financial Services industries. With a PhD in the Medical Sciences and an MBA, Sumone spent five years in Boston and San Francisco, prior to returning to Melbourne. Over the past 10 years, she has specialised in strategy design and implementation, for organisational growth across both the public and private sectors. Sumone is a mother of two, with her youngest joining TGS in 2019.
BCom, FAIM, MAICD
John was appointed to School Council in June 2018 and was Chair of School Council until July 2020. John is a member of School Council and is Chairman of the HCSA Committee. John has an extensive executive and non-executive career history, most recently serving as CEO of Bunnings. He is currently Chairman of CSR, a board member of Clontarf Foundation and the Heartwell Foundation, and a past Board Member at Ruyton Girls’ School. He has also held several voluntary Board roles over the years. His son graduated from Trinity Grammar School, Kew in 2018.
Leigh Hodges – OTGA Nominee
Leigh is the Old Trinity Grammarian Association’s (OTGA) nominee to the School Council, appointed in June 2020. He is the founder and Principal Consultant of Leigh Hodges, and a specialist in people and performance. Leigh has lived and worked in Europe and studied in North America. He has over 25 years experience working with organisations and individuals, to develop confident leaders, high-performance teams and engaging cultures. Leigh, his brother and son all attended Trinity Grammar School, Kew.
Kate was appointed to School Council in August 2019 and is a member of the Engagement & Fundraising Committee. She spent her childhood living on school campuses with her father as the Headmaster of Hale School, an independent boys’ school in Perth, and prior to that as Deputy Headmaster of Pembroke School, an independent co-ed school in Adelaide. She is a founding partner of Nightingale Advisors. Kate has sons in Years 8 and 10 and a nephew in Year 9 at Trinity. Her brother in law is also an OTG.
Jane Kupsch was appointed to School Council in July 2018. She is a member of the Engagement & Fundraising Committee and the Governance Committee, and has been the coordinator of the Junior School class representatives. Jane is a partner in Kennedys’ commercial dispute resolution team and is a commercial litigation specialist. Her areas of expertise include directors’ duties and governance. She is also Chairperson of the Law Institute of Victoria Commercial Litigation Advisory Committee. Jane has two sons who currently attend Trinity Grammar School, Kew.
Diana Nelson – PA Nominee
BEng (Civil),PostGradDipMgmt, MBA
Diana is the Parents’ Association nominee to the School Council and was appointed to School Council in August 2019. She is a current parent of three sons across the Junior and Senior School at TGS and is actively involved in the TGS community; as a member of the PA, class rep and the Friends of Harambee. Passionate about building strong communities she has been involved in the local Kew Community for over 13 years including five years as President of a local kinder and over five years as a director on the local Bendigo Bank Community Bank Board. She has also served as a board member for Tweddle Child and Family Health Service. Diana has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons), Postgraduate Diploma of Management and an MBA and has worked in engineering consultancies, private business, government and not for profit organisations.
BEng (Civil), MBA, MAICD
David was appointed to School Council in August 2019. He is a Partner in BDO’s People Advisory service line with significant experience advising Boards and Management of major Australian companies. His prior educational experience includes being the President and Treasurer in the Glendal Primary School Council and a member of Suzuki Music Victoria’s Council. He has a son who currently attends Trinity Grammar School, Kew.