Key People
Key People

The Geelong College is led by a team of innovative and experienced teachers and associated professionals. Experts in their field, they drive the learning and teaching vision, strategy and outcomes for the College and ensure that our teaching practices, learning programs and business operations are second to none.
Dr Peter Miller 
Principal
Peter Miller

Dr Peter Miller is an experienced and highly regarded educational leader with outstanding knowledge and skills as an educator of young people. He has a Masters Degree and a Doctorate in education, and understands the needs of educating boys and girls in the 21st century. Peter’s experience and knowledge will strengthen our Vision for Learning, drive innovation and ensure we are serving the needs of our young people and the wider community.

Roger Smith 
Deputy Principal
Roger Smith

Since joining the College staff in 1997, Roger has been involved in a number of roles, including Director of Curriculum, Head of Senior School, Deputy Principal, and Acting Principal. In addition to these administrative roles,​ He enjoys teaching mathematics, coaching tennis and taking adventurous students on Exploration Society Expeditions into Australia’s wonderful remote landscapes.

Simon Young
Head of Senior School
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Simon began his teaching career in 1999, and has significant experience both in the independent and public sectors. He joined the College in 2017 from Hale School in Perth after more than 10 years, most recently as Deputy Head of Senior School. His previous roles at Hale include Head of Administration and Students, and Director of Sport. He also spent five years as Head of Sport at Radford College, Canberra, where he is an Old Boy. As part of Simon’s practice teaching, he was placed at The King’s School in Sydney and spent 10 weeks on a residential placement at Rugby School, UK. Simon has a Masters of Educational Leadership from the University of Western Australia.

Leanne Russell
Head of Middle School
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Since 1997 Leanne has taught English and Physical Education and Health at the College. She has held leadership roles, including Health and PE Coordinator, Year 7&8 Coordinator, Primary Sport Coordinator and Deputy Head of Middle School Welfare and Administration. Leanne believes a strong and sustainable community is central to the operations at the Middle School and that effective teaching and learning stems from positive relationships between students, teachers and parents.

Sondra Wood
Head of Junior School
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An educational leader with significant experience, Sondra joined the Geelong College in 2017. She has a Masters in Education and is currently exploring a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Sondra has been teaching for more than 20 years with experience in a variety of different teaching settings and has held key leadership roles where teachers are encouraged to develop a practice where they see the learner at the centre of everything they do. 
As Principal of the Hendy Campus at Northern Bay College Sondra played a lead role in the redevelopment, working alongside architects and construction companies; all experiences which will be greatly valued during the scheduled redevelopment of the Junior School Campbell House. Sondra relishes the challenge of taking the fear out of change for staff, students and the community, and is excited about the future.

Ros Molyneux
Director of Early Learning
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Ros has been an Early Learning teacher at The Geelong College since 2002, and became Director of Early Learning in 2008. Her previous experience includes teaching in kindergartens throughout Victoria and Singapore, and working as a preschool field officer. She has a passion for the Reggio Emilia approach to education, having participated in two study tours to Reggio Emilia in Italy.

Adrian Camm
Director of Teaching & Learning
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Adrian joined the College in 2014, as the Director of Teaching and Learning with vast teaching experience, most recently establishing a National Centre of Excellence and Innovation. In 2017 he took on the directorship of the Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation. His aim is to advance the College’s vision for learning through staff professional development, and further develop its model of contemporary teaching and learning. Adrian is committed to creating a culture and mindset of continual learning for staff and students with creativity, discovery and imagination as priorities.

Adrian is currently completing a PhD through Deakin University.

Joan Gill
Director of Student Wellbeing
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Joan joined the College in 2008. She held a number of teaching and senior leadership positions prior to joining our staff, and was Head of Senior School – Welfare, here until 2013. Joan developed and manages TripleR, the College-wide social and emotional learning program and has a driving passion for the wellbeing of students of all ages. Joan also teaches senior English.

Mike Howell
Director of Community Relations
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Mike joined the College in 2010 as the Director of Community Relations. His broad experience includes leadership roles in the charity and finance sectors, Mike also ran his own adventure travel company for a number of years. At the College Mike oversees enrolments, marketing, international recruitment, events, alumni relations and publications, and is current parent with 3 boys at the College.

Shannyn Leach
Business Manager
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Shannyn returned to the College as Business Manager in 2010, having completed her studies here in 1995. Prior to the College, she was the Director of Finance at the Collingwood Football Club. Shannyn manages the business operations of the school, including finance, administration, grounds, property services, catering, Information Technology, the Rec Centre and the Uniform Shop. She is currently the Company Secretary of the Geelong College and the Geelong College Foundation.

Mardi Deller-Pugh
Director of Human Resources
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Mardi is a generalist HR practitioner having worked in Human Resources positions across a range of industry sectors over the past 19 years, most recently in educational settings. She joined Geelong College in 2014 to oversee all HR operations, and is excited to bring her experience to this evolving function at The College. Mardi believes that at the heart of an engaged and productive workforce is the relationship an employee has with their manager and the community they work in every day.

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