Wesley College Melbourne Australia
Wesley College key people

St Kilda Road

The St Kilda Road campus is situated within the City of Melbourne and only minutes from the CBD. It has approximately 1,500 students from early childhood through to Year 12.

  • David Edwards
    David Edwards
    Head of Campus - St Kilda Road

    David has spent the past 15 years in several leadership roles in Asia. Prior to joining Wesley, he was the founding Principal and CEO of GEMS World Academy in Singapore. During this time, David helped plan and launch the S$250 million Academy, and led the introduction of the Primary, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes of the International Baccalaureate. The school was externally recognised as the leading international school in Singapore in 2016.

    David has extensive experience in leading and managing large teams in progressive educational curriculum design, student welfare programmes and school improvement initiatives, in different cultural environments. He was recognised in 2017 as one of ‘Asia’s Top 100 Innovative CEOs’. He is a noted thought-leader across the Asia-Pacific region, with a specific focus on the future of education, meaningful innovation in schools and the development of unique models of student entrepreneurship.

  • Morag Howard
    Morag Howard
    Deputy Head of Campus

    Morag has a Bachelor of Education majoring in Human Development and is currently completing a Master of Education at The University of Melbourne. Morag has been a teacher for 19 years, most of those at Wesley College, and over the years has taught Health and Human Development, Hospitality, Food Technology and Science. However, her teaching focus for the past 10 years has been Psychology in both the VCE and IB Diploma.

    Before becoming a teacher, Morag worked extensively in management in the hospitality industry and from that, brings a wealth of leadership experience.

    She has held leadership roles in both curriculum and pastoral areas and most notably, was the Head of Learning for Health and Physical Education at the Elsternwick campus for seven years and Senior School Head of Houses at St Kilda Road for four years.

    Morag was appointed as Head of Senior School in January 2014 and Deputy Head of Campus in 2018.

  • Oliver Thompson
    Oliver Thompson
    Head of Senior School
    Oliver has been a teacher of Psychology and History, since 2005.  Originally from the UK, he holds an Honours degree in Ancient History, from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, where he also completed his Post-Graduate Certificate of Education. He began his teaching career at a school in County Durham and immigrated to Australia in 2010. 

    Since joining Wesley College, St Kilda Road Campus, in 2011, Oliver has taught both the IB and VCE programs and has taken a keen interest in rolling out emerging technologies in the classroom. He has held a number of leadership roles in the Senior School, including Year 10 Curriculum Coordinator and Head of Irving House. As Curriculum Coordinator, Oliver has taken a lead role in the rollout of the Middle Years Program in the Senior School. 

    Appointed as Head of Senior School in 2018, Oliver is looking forward to embracing new and exciting opportunities within the modern learning environment.
  • Robert Gow
    Robert Gow
    Head of Middle School
    Robert’s career in education and leadership over the past 24 years has been in both the state and independent coeducational sectors, at Junior and Middle School levels. Robert is a highly motivated educator with strong leadership and management skills who brings rich experience, creativity, energy and care to the Middle School at St Kilda Road. 

    He holds a Bachelor of Education, a Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration and a Master of Education from the University of Melbourne. 

    Robert values the authentic connections made between students, staff and parents and the impact that connectedness has on academic and social success. He passionately encourages students to become lifelong learners, to reach their full potential and be positive local and global citizens.
  • Sabeena DeBono
    Sabeena DeBono
    Head of Junior School

    Sabeena joined Wesley College, St Kilda Road campus in 2008 as a Primary Teacher and since that time, she has held a number of leadership positions including Primary Years Program (PYP) Head of Learning, Languages and Wesmob Coordinator. Prior to her appointment as Head of Junior School, Sabeena was the IB Primary Years Program Coordinator and led the school through their last two IB Evaluations. In addition to this, she held additional responsibilities as Acting College PYP Coordinator.

    Sabeena holds a Bachelor of Education Honours, Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration and is an IB accredited PYP Workshop Leader and Visiting School Team Member.

    Sabeena has a passion for education and working with young people. She believes that strong relationships with all members of the community are integral for setting our students up for success in their learning. Through the rich curriculum of the IB Primary Years Program, we expose our students to concepts and knowledge that are worth knowing and skills that have relevance both now and into their future. She actively encourages students to value lifelong learning and to take responsible action that will not only improve their future but the future of others. 

  • Sally Apokis
    Sally Apokis

    Sally is a teacher and ordained Christian minister holding both theological and educational qualifications. Passionate about educational chaplaincy, she has taught students from Kindergarten through to Year 12 in the independent, catholic and state school sectors in Melbourne.

    Over a 20 year period Sally has established 5 independent school and university chaplaincy services in Melbourne and the UK; offering excellence in religious education, pastoral care, interfaith dialogue, supporting the spiritual life and creating meaningful Chapel services. In 2013 she was recruited in a UK wide search to establish a chaplaincy service for 3 universities on one campus; her collaborative work won her the University of Kent Barbara Morris Prize for Learning Support.

    Sally has also spent many years in community development, advocating for peace, justice and reconciliation by affirming the goodness and spirituality of young people and their vocations. Through hospitality and engaging with the creative arts, she offers an inclusive and vibrant chaplaincy.