The Board

Made up of teachers, ex-teachers, business representatives and local community members, the role of Kilvington’s Board is to ensure that the School retains a secure financial footing, as well as continuing to grow and positively expand. All decisions affecting Kilvington’s future welfare are discussed by the Board before their implementation. The Board members are dedicated to ensuring Kilvington’s future academic and financial success.

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni MBBS, MPM, FRANZCP, PhD – Board Chair

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, MBBS, MPM, FRANZCP, PhD was appointed as the chair of Kilvington’s Board in April 2012. She is an Old Kilvonian and has two daughters, one of whom has graduated from Kilvington and the other who is in Senior School. Jayashri has had a long and distinguished career working at Monash University specialising in the field of mental health. She is currently the Professor and Director of the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre.

Stuart Alford, B Econ (Hons), FCA, MAICD – Deputy Chair

Stuart joined the Board in a non-executive capacity in April 2010. He was appointed Co Deputy Chair of Kilvington’s Board in April 2012. Stuart is a chartered accountant, retired from Ernst & Young after 40 years in professional practice, including 27 as a partner. He is a Director of Eastern Health and also has Audit and Finance Committee roles with a number of organisations, including the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. His experience in the education sector includes assisting with the development of risk-based audit methodologies used by the Department of Education in primary and secondary schools and has served for many years as the external auditor for several independent private schools.

Karen Majman, B Bus (Acc), CPA

Karen joined the Board in a non-executive capacity in April 2010. She is currently the Financial Controller of a Commodity Trading company and is a Certified Practicing Accountant specializing in treasury, taxation, pricing and reporting. She is a member of the Finance & Risk Committee.

Dr Matthew Cliff, PHD MBT BSC(HONS) MAIM CCHEM MRACI

Matthew joined the Board in April 2012. He has worked in both the private and government sectors and specialises in consultancy to the Department of Defence and the Australian Defence Force. Matthew currently works for QinetiQ Pty Ltd and is responsible for business / relationship development and client consultancy. Matthew’s career has spanned various technical and strategic positions, both in Australia and overseas. He is a local resident with a daughter at Kilvington Grammar.

Gail Bergmann, Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia

Gail was appointed to the Board in December 2012 and her expertise is in the field of governance, audit and risk management. Gail has been a Director of Risk Services at Deloitte, a Principal at Ernst & Young and is currently the Manager of Internal Audit at IDP Education. During the course of her career Gail has developed policies, procedures and frameworks to assist many clients both in Australia and overseas. She has had numerous articles published and is a key note speaker at conferences and seminars.

Leanne Whitechurch,  B.A., LL.B (Hons), LL.M.

Leanne joined the Board in 2014 to provide legal expertise and counsel. She has 20 years legal experience working locally and internationally as an in-house solicitor, with law firms and as a university lecturer. Leanne specialises in intellectual property and is an invited member of the Golden Key International Honours Society, is the recipient of the Butterworth Prize twice, and has been published in leading law journals.

Koos de Keijzer, M Arch, AIA, AACA

Koos joined the Board in 2014. He is founding partner and Principal of DKO Architecture and is highly regarded as an urban designer and architect, with a particular expertise in residential developments. His entrepreneurial approach has seen him involved in a number of award winning projects such as The Melburnian and Beacon Cove in Melbourne, Raleigh Park in Sydney, and the Saville Apartments in Brisbane. Koos is a member of the Victorian Government’s Design Review Panel and an active member of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Sarah McSwiney, Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Hons), MBA, MAICD

Sarah joined the Board in 2016 to provide strategic expertise, her vast knowledge of compliance, and counsel to Kilvington’s Alumni program. Since leaving Kilvington Girls Grammar in 1999, Sarah has pursued an impressive career in the aviation and aerospace industry as a design, liaison and lead engineer with organisations including Boeing Aerostructures Australia, Hawker de Havilland and EADS Space Transportation.

She is currently Enterprise Projects Manager at Boeing Research and Technology Australia, a Board Member of Aviation/Aerospace Australia, a member of the Monash MBA Alumni Advisory Committee and is Boeing’s representative to the Women in Aviation/Aerospace Australia Advisory Committee.