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.
Council is guided by the School’s Purpose, Values, Ambition and Strategic Platforms as outlined in the Trinity 2030 Strategic Plan.
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.
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; an OTG (2020) and one currently attending Trinity Grammar School, Kew.
BEng (Civil), MBA, MAICD
David was appointed to School Council in August 2019 and is a member of the Finance & Risk Committee. He leads Mercer’s Board and Executive Remuneration Advisory consulting service line for the Pacific region. Mr Yong’s prior educational experience includes being the President and Treasurer of Glendal Primary School Council and a member of Suzuki Music Victoria’s Council. He has a son who currently attends 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 has one son who currently attends Trinity.
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 who attend 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.
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 two sons; an OTG (2021) and one currently attending Trinity with other extended family. 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.