A strong supportive foundation underpins every great school around the world. The Caulfield Grammar School Foundation (Foundation) seeks the philanthropic funds that will enable the best possible learning environment and experiences for our students.
Recognising that fees cover the operating and general costs and giving transforms our school, the Foundation works in partnership with the School community to provide our current and future students with world-class facilities, programs and opportunities.
The Foundation’s role is to inspire generosity within the Caulfield Grammar School community to enhance quality learning every day in every experience for every learner for life.
BUILDING & SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS
The Foundation, which was established in 1979, provides opportunities for the community to support the School by making tax-deductible donations to the Foundation’s Building or Scholarship Funds to benefit our students.
Our Foundation runs Annual Giving, encourages Bequests, and seeks major gifts in support of special building and scholarship programs. You can choose from a range of giving initiatives to make a real difference to our students and ensure Caulfield Grammar School continues to be an innovative leading global School.
There are many other ways you can support the Foundation, such as giving generously to our programs, volunteering at a function or event, being an advocate, providing feedback or even sharing an idea about alternative ways of fundraising.
We value the generous support of our community and recognise that any contribution is significant to the future of our School and our students. Our community is what differentiates us and we are very grateful for any support we receive for our students and staff. Every gift makes a difference.
All funds donated through the Foundation are protected in separate accounts and carefully allocated to the area of interest nominated by the donor. No philanthropic funds are transferred into the general operational accounts of the School.
The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, as listed below, and is comprised of Grammarians, past parents and friends of the Caulfield Grammar School community who volunteer their time to oversee the work of the Foundation and engage with Foundation donors.
Our Board of Directors
Jim is the current President of the Foundation, having been a member since 2010. Jim has been a member of the School Council on three separate occasions and was appointed President in May 2016. Jim is a former managing partner at Heidrick & Struggles’, a global executive search firm and has extensive experience in finance, mergers and acquisitions, executive recruitment and directorships. Jim is also non-executive Chairman of a Perth based engineering technology company. He is a past student, past President of the Caulfield Grammarians’ Association and past parent of two boys who attended Caulfield Grammar School.
Kate currently serves as Chief Executive of the SVI Foundation at St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne. Kate’s experience includes being the National Executive Director of the Australian China Business Council from 2005 to 2009, and working with the University of Melbourne in various roles leading philanthropic engagement including major gifts fundraising, bequests and donor stewardship events. Kate has been a parent at Caulfield Grammar School since 2011. She has a daughter at Caulfield campus and a son at Malvern campus. Kate joined the Foundation Board in 2017.
Ian is currently part owner of the Australian franchise for Mrs Fields and Cookie Man retail outlets and a commercial Angus cattle breeder. Ian enjoyed a long career at BHP, where he was Treasurer and Head of Tax during the company’s merger with Billiton. He was the former Chair of BHP Credit Union, a Past President of Corporate Tax Association of Australia and a former Chair of Very Small Particle Company Ltd. Ian’s father attended Caulfield Grammar, as did Ian as a boarding student from 1971 to 1974. Ian joined the School Council in May 2012 and the Foundation Board in 2012.
Lynn’s family has been part of Caulfield Grammar since 1988 when Lynn commenced Year 7. Her parents established the WH Society for Asian Languages & Arts. Graduating from Monash University in 1996, Lynn worked in the international tax practice of a global accounting firm in Sydney and Tokyo until 2010. She returned to Melbourne and CGS in 2011 as a parent. Lynn is an active member of the school community as a junior school class representative and member of the P&F. Her three children are all currently at the Wheelers Hill campus. Lynn joined the Foundation Board in 2017.
Geoff is a well-known entrepreneur having co-founded his first company Fabio Ongarato Design at 21 years of age. He co-founded Grill’d in 2004, acquired Brand Stable in 2005, was the founding partner of Sunday Somewhere (London eyewear label) in 2012, and was part of the founding team that brought BOUNCE to life in 2013. Geoff’s vast experience includes being Head of Business Development & Strategy for Carlton United Breweries and Managing Director, Asia Pacific at Oakley eyewear. Geoff is also an active member in raising funds and awareness for Windermere. Geoff is a current parent of four children at Caulfield Campus. He joined the Foundation Board in 2016.
Robin is a retired Director of Community Services at Monash University where he coordinated services for five Australian and three overseas campuses. Over the years Robin held various consulting and teaching positions within the US and Australia. Robin has presented at a number of conferences and published both within Australia and internationally. Robin was honoured in the US with an NCAA All American in 1966, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the CGA in 2008 and Honorary Fellow of Monash University in 2012. Robin was a Member of the School Council for 30 years including Deputy Chairman for 12 years and a Board member of the Foundation Board since 1999.
Graduating from Monash University Richard practiced as a solicitor until called to the Bar and admitted as a Barrister in 1996 and practises principally in Commercial Litigation. Richard is a founding and current Board member of the James McCready Bryan Foundation which works with and sponsors young people with acquired brain injuries. Richard commenced at CGS from Prep at Shaw House in 1969 graduating in 1980. He is a former Committee member of the CGA and past President of the CC Parents and Friends Association, and a former School Councillor. Richard joined the Foundation Board in 2018.
Fem started her career with Deloitte Touch Tohmatsu in 1986 and after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant has had extensive experience in a number of diverse environments in Australia, Hong Kong and the UK. Fem’s appointments cover Sales, Operations, Finance, IT, Planning, Senior Management roles and casework support of Victims of Crime and of People Seeking Asylum. Fem is the Co Founder of the Rich Hart Foundation and is passionate about philanthropy. Fem is a parent of past CGS students and joined the Foundation Board in 2018.
Adrian founded Merricks Capital, a multi-billion dollar asset management group, in 2007. As CEO he is responsible for the strategic direction of Merricks and asset allocation within individual funds. Prior to the formation of Merricks Adrian worked at Citadel Investment Group (Chicago) as the Head of Quantitative Alpha Generation, Global Equities. Between 1993 and 2005, Adrian worked for Merrill Lynch in New York, Hong Kong & Melbourne, his responsibilities included the position as Head of Pension and Endowment Strategy. Adrian has two children at CGS and his wife Christina teaches yoga and meditation to staff and students in the school’s wellness program. Adrian sits on the investment committee for Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.
Talya Masel is a proud graduate of WAPPA acting programme. Since graduating she has performed, directed and written several plays before entering into the world of Opera and Music Theatre. Here she has Directed works for the Victorian Opera and Opera Australia to name a few. Talya is also committed to giving back. She is Director of her family foundation and sees the work of helping others as critical to making the world a better place. Her work in Philanthropy has given her the opportunity to meet some extraordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. She is excited to join the Caulfield Grammar Foundation and hopes that her experience in Philanthropy will be an asset to the school.
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