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The Board is responsible for all aspects of the governance of the school.

The Board of Christ Church Grammar School is responsible for all aspects of the governance of Christ Church Grammar School, as a not-for-profit organisation, and a company limited by guarantee. 

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Succession planning with respect to the Principal and the Board and Committee members
  • Liaising with the Parish Council of Christ Church South Yarra, the Diocese of Melbourne, and other statutory and regulatory bodies, as required
  • Ensuring the school meets its obligations with respect to all aspects of compliance and accreditation
  • Collaborating with senior management on strategic and master planning processes
  • Undertaking risk assessment and management
  • Maintaining the school’s financial sustainability
  • Working with the Trustees of the Christ Church Grammar School Foundation and senior management to attract philanthropic support for scholarships and capital projects
  • Assisting senior management to promote, market, and position the school within the education sector; and
  • Supporting the Principal and the senior management team in exercising their delegated responsibilities with regard to the day-to-day running of the school

Board Structure

The Board comprises up to 12 Directors and is Chaired by Paul Sheahan AM. The President of Friends of Christ Church Grammar School is an ex officio member of the Board.

The remaining Directors are appointed with reference to a skills matrix as follows:

  • Two Christ Church Grammar School community nominees
  • Three Director nominees
  • Three Parish Council nominees
  • Two Vicar’s nominees
  • Paul Sheahan, Chair
  • Emma Allen (President, Friends of Christ Church Grammar School, current parent)
  • Melissa Graham
  • Barbara Grant
  • Ian Hockings (current parent)
  • Sandra Ivory
  • Amanda Powell
  • Jenny Proimos (former parent)
  • Nick Sankey (current parent)
  • Melissa Vallence (current parent)

The Company Secretary is Mark Licciardo, Managing Director of Mertons Company Services.

Standing Committees

Four Standing Committees support the work of the Board:

  • Governance
  • Finance, Audit and Facilities
  • Risk
  • Strategic Planning Steering

Each Standing Committee is chaired by a Director, and includes co-opted members from the wider community, of whom there are currently seven.

Ad hoc committees or working groups are created from time-to-time to meet particular needs.

Board and committee members have professional skills and experience in the fields of education (primary, secondary, and tertiary), business, finance, strategic planning, law, risk management, health sciences, corporate and not-for-profit governance, project management, marketing, pastoral care, and public policy.

The Board regularly undertakes reviews and training with the assistance of Independent Schools Victoria (ISV).

Board Members


Paul Sheahan
AM BSc (Melbourne) MEd(Prelim) DipEd

Paul joined the Christ Church Grammar School Board in 2017 as a non-Director Chair. He sits on all sub-Committees ex officio. He retired as Headmaster of Melbourne Grammar School in 2009, having had 40 years in education, the last 24 as a Principal/Headmaster. In addition to the role at Christ Church Grammar School, he chairs the Office of the Energy & Water Ombudsman Victoria, and sits on the boards of DrinkWise Australia Pty Ltd. He is also the ambassador to Anglicare for their Bequest Program.

In 2014 he was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia for his contributions to education, sport and community organisations.



The Revd Dr Craig D’Alton
MA, BTheol, PhD (Melb)

Craig has been vicar of Christ Church South Yarra and President of Christ Church Grammar since February 2019. He is a member of the School Board, and the Board’s Governance Committee. He is also involved in school chapel services, working closely with the Christ Church Grammar School Chaplain.

Prior to coming to Christ Church, Craig was vicar of St Mary’s North Melbourne and Archdeacon of Melbourne. He is a former member of Archbishop in Council, and Diocesan Senior Staff, and chaired the Diocesan Building Committee. He has a background in tertiary education, having lectured in church history and related disciplines for over twenty years in several theological colleges, and undertaken senior leadership and governance roles in the theological education sector. 



Emma Allen

Emma has been a parent at Christ Church Grammar School since 2009 and has been an active member of the school community since then. Emma has been involved with Friends of Christ Church Grammar School for the past three years and has been President since 2018.

She has had four children attend the school and currently has children in Prep, Year 3 and Year 6. 

Emma previously managed veterinary clinics in Melbourne and has a Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice), Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and Certificate III in Animal Studies.



Melissa Graham
BComm (Monash)

Melissa joined the Board in July 2014 and is Chair of Christ Church Grammar School’s Finance and Facilities Committee. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the parish of Christ Church South Yarra.

She is a chartered accountant with 18 years’ experience in professional service firms, specialising in strategy execution and leading major projects. Melissa is a former Director with PwC and is currently on a career break with two young children.


Barbara Grant
BA BEd GradDipEdAdmin

Barbara joined the Board as Vicar’s nominee in September 2014 and was a member of the Finance Committee until the end of 2015, then appointed to the Chair of the Risk Committee at the start of 2016. She has worked in state secondary schools for more than 20 years, with leadership roles including Assistant Principal, Macleod Prep-Year 12 College for 11 years and as Principal, Blackburn High School, for nine years. 

Christ Church was her father’s family’s parish church.



Ian Hockings
BSc CompSci & Accountancy (Manchester)

Ian is Chair of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and has been a member of the Board since June 2014.

He is a partner at PwC in their Consulting division and has advised clients across various industry sectors. Ian is a Fellow of the Institute Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia; the Information Systems Audit and Control Association; and Risk Management Australia. 

Ian brings a diverse range of experiences to the Board to assist the school achieve its vision, delivering on its purpose and mission and in living its culture and values.

He is married to Georgie and is father to four girls – Lily, Alice, Holly and Ruby – who have all been, or are currently, at Christ Church Grammar School.


Amanda Powell

Amanda is a Parish Council nominee to the Board and has been a Director since June 2015. Amanda currently chairs the Governance Committee and has served on the Risk Management Committee.

Amanda is a law and science graduate and has a background in public policy and the legislative process. She is keen to ensure good public sector governance and accountability, having worked in both the New Zealand and Queensland Parliaments, the New Zealand Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and for the New Zealand Auditor-General. She also has a strong interest in ensuring good educational outcomes in early childhood, and currently works at the Victorian Department of Education and Training in the regulator of early childhood education and care services.



Sandra Ivory

Sandra commenced her working life in the human resources industry, then moving to the position of commercial property manager with a large insurance company. She became a licensed real estate agent in residential sales and management before entering her family’s industrial property investment firm. She is a Director of the Launcestonian Foundation Ltd, Governor of the Geelong Grammar Foundation and member of the Ivanhoe Grammar School Board of Governors.

Sandra is a member of Christ Church South Yarra and has served on the Vestry and has two sons, Robert and Alex, who attended Christ Church Grammar School to Year 6 and completed their secondary schooling at Geelong Grammar School.


Prof Jenny Proimos

Jenny is an academic paediatrician and adolescent health physician working at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. 

She specialises in adolescent developmental and behavioural disorders, and school avoidance and disengagement. She has spent the past decade working as an advisor to the Victorian Government on child and adolescent health and wellbeing, focusing on health promotion at the health/education interface. 

She is the mother of two Christ Church Grammar School alumni: Jonathan, who is studying science at The University of Melbourne, and Poppy who is at St Catherine’s School. Both children developed their love of music, debating and community service at Christ Church Grammar.



Nick Sankey
BComm BA MAppFin (Melbourne) GAICD

Nick joined the Board in 2017 and is a member of the Finance and Facilities Committee. He is an institutional banking and finance executive specialising in project and infrastructure finance. Nick is a past Global Head of Project & Specialised Finance for Commonwealth Bank and has held various corporate and institutional banking roles at Commonwealth Bank, TD Securities and ANZ Bank.

Nick is a past Director of Sustainable Business Australia, a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds a masters degree in Applied Finance and bachelor degrees in commerce and arts, all obtained from University of Melbourne.

Nick is married to Angela and their three children – Arielle, William and Juliet – have attended, or are currently attending, Christ Church Grammar School.