The Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School’s leadership and governance structure ensures the best possible environment and outcomes for students and their families, while also supporting the Bunuba community.

The Wesley College Council is the governing body of the Studio School and Wesley College. Wesley College is the Approved Authority for Commonwealth Government funding for both.

Wesley College, as the Education Provider, has responsibility for the operational management of the Studio School – including development and delivery of Yiramalay’s educational program, financial and infrastructure management and implementation of the strategic plan.

The Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School Steering Committee (the Steering Committee) assists Wesley College as the Education Provider to engage with local community and partners, to manage the Studio School and fulfil its strategic direction and propose, through the submission of advice and recommendations to the Education Provider for the Studio School Steering Committee’s preferred operation and management of the business affairs of the Studio School.

The Steering Committee

The Steering Committee was established in 2011. It assists the Bunuba community and Wesley College to fulfil the purposes of the Studio School – to offer educational opportunities that bring about positive change.

The Steering Committee reflects the strong Bunuba/Wesley partnership upon which the Studio School is built. Members have been carefully selected to represent and advance the interests of the Bunuba community, as well as those of Yiramalay’s students, their families and communities.

The Steering Committee meets four times per year. It is made up of three persons with voting rights (and their nominated alternate members) appointed by the Bunuba people, and three persons with voting rights appointed by Wesley College.

Steering Committee member profiles

Estelle’s expertise spans the public, private and academic sectors in Australia and overseas. She has held senior positions in the Federal Public Service in Canberra, in the UK Cabinet Office in the Prime Minister’s Efficiency Unit and on the faculty of a leading business school. Estelle is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist (UK) and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She is also a member of the Association of Business Psychologists and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development. Estelle is an associate of Creative Management Associates in the UK and a virtual team member of Pentacle, the Virtual Business School. Estelle is a graduate of Adelaide University and the Canberra CAE (now Canberra University).

BA(Hons), Dip Ed, MEd, MACE

Nicholas Evans is the 17th Principal of Wesley College, Melbourne, and the second Principal of the Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School.

Nick has a long association with Wesley College both as a student and in teaching and leadership roles spanning 20 years. Following five years as Deputy Headmaster and Head of Senior School at Melbourne Grammar School, Nick returned to Wesley as an accomplished leader.  He has experience in contemporary curriculum development, in the implementation of academic and cocurricular programs to complement a holistic education and in building connected relationships with staff, students and community. Nick also brings to Wesley extensive experience in coeducational and residential schooling, teacher appraisal and the development of programs to support teaching excellence.

Helen was Principal of Wesley College Melbourne from 2003 until 2018 and was the first woman to have been appointed to this role since the College opened in 1866. Helen co-founded the Yiramalay/ Wesley Studio School with Bunuba partners Joe Ross and June Oscar, and Executive Director Ned McCord. Her career spans state, national and international education, and she has taught in both Government and Independent school sectors in Australia and internationally. Prior to her appointment as Principal at Wesley College, Melbourne, she was Director of Academic Affairs for the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), and then IB Director for the Asia Pacific region. She is currently a member of the Council of Monash University in Melbourne, and is a Trustee of the Shrine of Remembrance in Victoria. In 2010, Helen was made a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators (FACE) and a Fellow of the Australian College of Educational Leaders (FACEL) in 2011. In 2016 she was recognised in the Australia Day Honours list as a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

Kaylene was born in Derby and grew up in Fitzroy Crossing and Yiramalay on Leopold Downs Station on Bunuba country. She is a traditional owner of the land and an artist whose connection to the land inspires her artwork. Mother to three children, Kaylene works at Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School as a cultural mentor and lives and works with the students in both Melbourne and Yiramalay. She is also an actor who has featured in several major film productions. Kaylene is passionate about preserving the language and culture of the Bunuba people while embracing white fella education to improve outcomes for Indigenous people.

Mary is a Bunuba woman who was born and raised in Fitzroy Crossing. Mary completed her schooling in Fitzroy Crossing and Derby, and later worked for the Department of Community Services, Aboriginal Legal Commission and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Commission. In 1999 Mary and her husband Bill took on the operation of Darngku Heritage Cruises, which provides guided tours through Geikie Gorge. Mary is a board member of the Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council and also works with TRACKS and FitzCam on the sustainability and conservation of the Fitzroy River.

Waylon is a Bunuba man and traditional owner of Galamunda Muway on Bunuba country. He was appointed as a Director to the Bunuba Dawangarri Aboriginal Corporation Board in 2017 and in 2018 selected as Vice Chairperson to the Board. Waylon is cofounder and owner of Windjana Tours that operates out of Derby, conducting tours to Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge. Waylon is the drummer for Fitzroy Xpress, living legends in the Australian country rock music scene and regarded as the Kimberley’s premier country rock outfit.

Marianne is the President of the Wesley College Council. She has been a member of the Wesley College Council since 2006, and is the Chair of the Strategy, Ethics, Compliance and Governance Committee, and the Remuneration Committee. In her professional career, Marianne spent 12 years in finance management roles with Ford Credit Australia Limited, and has 10 years of secondary teaching experience in Catholic and independent schools. Marianne is currently Executive Director of the Stillwell Family Council and a Director of Stillwell Motor Group, a family company specialising in prestige motor vehicle retail. She is also Deputy Chair of the Board of Management for Independent Schools Victoria. Marianne’s daughter currently attends Wesley College and her two sons are Wesley graduates

Wendy Lasica is a member of the Wesley College Council and an award-winning theatre producer. She has been a director and board member of the Next Wave Festival, chaired funding panels for Arts Victoria, been general manager for Stonnington Symphony, written a how-to book for emerging artists and managed a playwrights’ award at the State Library of Victoria. Wendy has also worked extensively in New York. She holds a Masters in Urban Planning and operates a niche practice working at the intersection of cities and culture. Wendy’s son currently attends Wesley College and her daughter is a graduate of Wesley.

Cameron MoroneyCameron Moroney is the Business Director and Chief Financial Officer of Wesley College. Cameron has held senior executive leadership positions at the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer level across complex, multi-site businesses including RMIT University, Epworth HealthCare, Ericsson and BHP. His executive responsibilities have encompassed strategy/business planning, market/business development, customer service delivery and support, financial and performance management, facilities management, information systems, supply/major contract negotiation, insurance and risk management.