This team comprises all the key representatives from across all areas of the College. CMT guide the operational requirements of the College under the direction of the Principal, Diana Vernon.

Diana Vernon, Principal
Diana Vernon commenced as MLC’s eighth Principal in 2014. Previously Diana was Headmistress for seven years at City of London School for Girls and prior to that Headmistress for seven years at Woldingham School, Surrey.

On leaving University Diana joined an academic publishing house, before spending seven years in the field of corporate public relations working both in-house and for agencies. Passionate about education and the opportunities and support it provided for the next generation, Diana became a Governor of a local, state sector, secondary school in London. It was this involvement which led her to retrain and pursue a teaching career. She trained as a Biology teacher at King's College, London University and has taught Biology from ages 11 – 18 and Business Studies from 16 – 18.

Diana has a Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology from St Mary’s College, University of Durham and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from King’s College, University of London. While in her previous headship roles, Diana was Vice-Chairperson of the Independent Schools Education Board from 2006 – 2014, Chair of the London Schools' Fee Assistance Consortium, designed to encourage broadening access to top independent schools across London, and Chair of the East London Schools Consortium – a group of independent and state-sector girls' school heads who work together to identify additional opportunities for students across their schools.
Margaret Horton, Senior Vice Principal
Margaret was appointed Senior Vice Principal of MLC in 2014. Margaret is in her ninth year at MLC having held the positions of Vice Principal from October 2012, Head of Junior Secondary School (Years 7 and 8) from 2006 – 2008 and Head of Middle School from 2009 until September 2012. In her time at MLC, Margaret has chaired the College Wellbeing Committee and in her role as Head of Middle School had responsibility for the MLC Marshmead remote site.

Margaret has had extensive educational experience from Prep to VCE levels in previous settings. Margaret is motivated by opportunities to work with young people and is passionate about providing outstanding learning opportunities for MLC's diverse community, always keeping the needs of each individual student in mind.
Mark Gray, Vice Principal
Mark was appointed Vice Principal of MLC in December 2014 and is in his thirteenth year at MLC. His initial role at the College focused on the design and delivery of the Education Outdoors programs following the purchase of the MLC Banksia site in 2002. After the redevelopment of this site from 2004-2006, Mark took on the role of Director of Remote Sites which included responsibility for both the MLC Banksia and Marshmead sites. From 2008-2012, Mark oversaw the redevelopment of the MLC Marshmead site.

In his time at MLC, Mark has worked closely with many students and their families in preparation for both the Banksia and Marshmead programs. He has also co-chaired The Green Team (Sustainability & Environment), back filled short term CMT roles and in 2014 was appointed Director of Remote Sites and Sport Programs.

Mark has had extensive educational experience from Year 7 to VCE levels and is committed to providing quality educational opportunities for all students, valuing each students’ individuality and ensuring that the environments that he is responsible for enable individual student talents to be nurtured.
James Berry, Director of Corporate Services
James joined MLC in 2012 as the Director of Corporate Services. His role focuses on both commercial matters and the strategic activities of the College.
James has broad experience in the commercial world in organisations with both a multinational focus and also a broad public reach, which assists him in managing the complex operations of MLC. Prior to coming to MLC, James was CFO at the Port of Melbourne Corporation and at Xtralis (a global technology products company), and spent a number of years at PricewaterhouseCoopers. James has extensive experience in commercial operations, international financial structures, mergers and acquisitions, and large scale community infrastructure projects.

James has a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.
Fiona Dickson, Director of Community Engagement
Fiona was appointed as the inaugural Director of Community Engagement in October 2016 and has responsibility for the strategic direction and operations of MLC's Admissions, Parents' Association, Advancement and Marketing and Communications departments. In this role, Fiona and her team support our vibrant community and connect with the history and heritage of our highly respected institution.
With qualifications in Economics, Applied Finance, Business Management and Law, Fiona brings extensive commercial and stakeholder experience across diverse sectors including consumer, services, sport, early learning and higher education.
As a passionate promoter of education, Fiona is committed to the innovation and differentiation which characterises MLC and, with our many volunteers and supporters, will continue to foster this in all facets of community engagement.
Chris Wintle, Director of Staff Development and Research
Christine was appointed to the Director of Staff Development and Research in 2017 and is in her 11th year at MLC.

Christine previously held the position of Head of Home Economics and Hospitality and is the VCAA State Reviewer for VCE Food Studies. With over 25 years of leadership experience, Christine has been an active member of the Learning and Curriculum Group and has regularly delivered professional learning for teachers at MLC. Christine is also connected broadly in the VCAA and ACARA education communities. In her role as State Reviewer, Christine has identified learning needs and developed and delivered professional learning activities and workshops to teachers across Victoria.

Christine is committed to professional learning that aims to build capacity for all staff to ensure the best outcomes for its community, by providing staff with opportunities to reflect on, evaluate and improve their professional practice. 
Lisa Gatliff, Director of Student Wellbeing
Lisa was appointed to the role of Director of Student Wellbeing at the beginning of 2010. Commencing at MLC in 2000, Lisa has also undertaken the roles of Coordinator of Student Counselling and Student Counsellor. During her time at MLC, Lisa has worked closely with many students, parents and MLC staff with the aim of equipping students with the skills to enable them to thrive and to achieve their best. She has chaired the Anti-Bullying Committee, established a Peer Skills program at MLC Marshmead and most recently, conducted a comprehensive review of Student Wellbeing at MLC.

Lisa has extensive experience working with children and young people in community and educational settings. She is committed to educating the whole child by nurturing their social, emotional and academic potential.
Beth Gerondis, Acting Head of Middle School
Since joining MLC in 2005 as an EAL teacher in Junior, Beth has held several roles across the College. She has previously held the positions of Year 7 Home Group teacher, Year 8 Student coordinator and JSS Fitchett House teacher.

Beth has been Director of Learning Support since 2010, and was recently appointed Acting Head of Middle School for Semester 2.

Beth strongly believes in the principle that all students should have access to appropriate learning opportunities to help them experience success and reach their full potential.
Melissa Lange, Head of Junior Secondary School
Melissa was appointed Head of Junior Secondary School in 2009 and is in her ninth year at the College. Prior to her current role, Melissa worked as a Krome House Coordinator in Senior School as well as teaching English classes in Year 7, 10 and 12. Melissa has had extensive educational experience teaching students from Year 7 upto VCE and in varied leadership roles in a broad range of settings.

Melissa is dedicated to supporting every student in realising her potential - in academia, in co-curricular activities, in leadership opportunities and in her friendships. In her current role as Head of Junior Secondary School Melissa has a key role in meeting every family new to the College. Her favourite College event is Orientation Day where year 7 students and their families are welcomed into the Junior Secondary School community!
Heather Littlejohn, Head of Junior School
Meg McMahon, Director of Human Resources
Meg was appointed to the role of Director, Human Resources in January 2017 and has responsibility for the strategic direction of the College’s staff through the design, building and implementing HR policy and programs that attracts and retain the highest-quality staff.
With qualifications in Commerce, Management and Marketing, Meg brings significant Human Resource and Performance expertise across a diverse sectors including Financial Services, Education, Not-for-Profit, Public and Private Sectors.
Janet Smith, Director of Technology and Library Services
Janet was appointed to the role of Director of Technology and Library Services in 2015 and oversees MLC Libraries and the Centre for Computing and Communications (CCC). Janet has a background in libraries in the Tertiary/Research sector and commenced at MLC in 1993 in the role of Technology Librarian. The introduction of the internet and access to online information services were the focus of her time in MLC Libraries.
Janet transitioned to a more technology focused role in the CCC in 1998 and has been involved in the evolution of the College technology environment during in this time. In her role Janet ensures that the College provides a high quality technology environment to support and enhance the curriculum and business functions of the College.
Janet is passionate about providing technology solutions, strategies and applications that impact on teaching and learning, as well as preparing our students for a life of using technology beyond the College.
Alma Tooke, Director of Learning and Curriculum
Alma commenced at MLC in 2005 as Head of Visual Arts. During this time, Alma introduced and reshaped the curriculum to provide a strong Visual Arts education for all students. With a strong interest in Curriculum Design, Alma has been influenced in this area by working with experts in the field such as Jay McTighe (Understanding by Design), Dylan William (Formative Assessment) and Ron Ritchhart (Project Zero, Harvard).

In 2016, Alma moved to the position of Director of Learning and Curriculum and has been working with Heads of Departments to produce a Classroom Observation and Feedback model for teachers to use. This will build a firm foundation for improving student learning across the College. Additionally, in 2016 she covered the implementation of the Learning Management System, CANVAS, which gives students online delivery of the curriculum.
Anne Wallington, Head of Senior School
Anne Wallington commenced at MLC as Head of Senior School in 2006. Prior to MLC, Anne was Head of Senior School at Lauriston Girls’ School. Anne holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a Graduate Diploma in Education Studies (Women’s Studies) and a Master’s Degree in School Leadership.

Anne began her professional career working in sales and marketing with a large, multinational technology company. Her interest in girls’ education started through her short-term secondment to two university careers departments and developed in her post graduate studies. Her teaching areas are Economics (IB and VCE) and Australian History, and for several years Anne was also an IB Economics Examiner. Anne particularly enjoys working with senior students and supporting them in their development and preparation for taking their place in the adult world.

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