Wesley College Melbourne Australia
Wesley College key people

Glen Waverley

The Glen Waverley campus has approximately 1,200 students from early childhood through to Year 12. Set on 54 hectares of open fields, it is situated 20 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD.

  • Richard Brenker
    Richard Brenker
    Acting Principal & Head of Campus - Glen Waverley

    Richard has a long standing career at Wesley College with extensive experience in school leadership, teaching, curriculum development and pastoral care.  Richard joined Wesley College in 1981 as a geography teacher and since then has assumed significant leadership responsibilities across multiple executive positions.  

    Richard has developed an in depth understanding of the breadth of educational programs and operations across the College, positioning him optimally for his current roles as Acting Principal and Head of Campus, Glen Waverley. Richard was Head of Campus, St Kilda Road from 2010 to 2017.  In mid-2017 Richard was appointed Deputy Principal and Head of Campus, Glen Waverley.  Other notable appointments at Wesley include Head of Middle School at St Kilda Road, Head of Senior School at Glen Waverley, Head of Learning and Head of Houses. 

    Richard has had the privilege of taking Wesley students on tours of Thailand and Indonesia and has also been involved in the development of the Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School in the Kimberley.

    Richard’s international experience includes teaching at a coeducational boarding school in the United Kingdom.  He completed his Master of Education in 2008.

  • Sheriden Vella
    Sheriden Vella
    Deputy Head of Campus

    Sheriden studied for a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Drama and Sociology, before obtaining a Bachelor of Teaching in both primary and secondary education. Starting her teaching career in 2000, Sheriden worked initially in the government sector and then moved into the independent school system, teaching both Drama and Humanities. 

    As Head of Drama she directed, produced and stage managed several musicals, plays and gala evenings before finding her passion for pastoral care. Initially a Deputy Head of Years 7 and 8 in the middle years, Sheriden then went on to become a Head of House in the senior years. 

    With a love for sport and cocurricular activities, Sheriden has also enthusiastically participated in sporting programs, as well as cultural and service tours on a local, national and international level. Sheriden is a firm believer in the role community and connectedness plays in a school and considers these elements, along with rich and engaging curriculum, as fundamental to developing students who will lead us into the future.

    Prior to assuming this role, Sheriden was the Head of Middle School at Glen Waverley.

  • Jill Caple
    Jill Caple
    Head of Senior School

    Jill joined Wesley College in 1986 and holds a Bachelor of Education, a Graduate Diploma in Careers and a Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration.  Jill has spent much of her time at the St Kilda Road campus, where she held a variety of roles including careers counsellor, Head of Houses, Head of Senior School from 1992 to 2000, Acting Deputy Head of Campus, and Victorian Certificate of Education Coordinator.

    In 2013, Jill spent a term at the Glen Waverley campus as the acting Victorian Certificate of Education Coordinator.  She returned halfway through 2014 as acting Head of Senior School and from the beginning of 2015, was appointed the Head of Senior School.

    Jill thoroughly enjoys working within the diverse and caring community at Wesley.  She is very proud to be both a Wesley College staff member and a current parent.

  • Simon Thompson
    Simon Thompson
    Head of Middle School

    Simon completed his secondary education at Wesley’s Glen Waverley campus before studying for a Bachelor of Science and then a Diploma of Secondary Education with Biology and Science Methods at The University of Melbourne.  He previously worked at Wesley at Clunes as a residential teacher from 2002 – 2004 before moving to the United Kingdom as the Head of Maths and Science at Hartcliffe Engineering Community College.  Since returning to Australia in 2009 he has worked in the independent school system as a Head of Science and Head of House. 

    Simon considers the pastoral care of students and the relationships between students, staff, and parents all crucial to the success of students at Wesley College.  He believes passionately that we are all lifelong learners and, in fostering a love of learning, hopes that our students all leave school with the same fond memories and skills that he did.

    Prior to assuming this role, Simon was the Head of Middle School at the Elsternwick campus.

  • Graham Bartley
    Graham Bartley

    Graham grew up in Glen Waverley, attending Scotch College in the 1970s, then studied Arts/Commerce and Dip Ed at The University of Melbourne.  He taught in country Victoria before entering the Uniting Church Theological Hall in Melbourne.  Graham was ordained as a Minister of the Word and served as parish minister at Stratford Uniting Church for almost seven years before accepting the call to be Chaplain at Scotch Oakburn College in Launceston. After ten years at Scotch Oakburn, Graham has returned to Glen Waverley and loves the opportunities presented by serving as Chaplain at Wesley College.

    Graham likes the Wesley emphasis on educating the whole person and values being involved with students and staff in a range of activities, intellectual, sporting, musical, outdoors and spiritual.