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.

  • David Steele
    David Steele
    Deputy Head of Campus

    David joined Wesley College as a Mathematics teacher in 1989. He holds a Bachelor of Science, a Diploma of Education and Master of Education from The University of Melbourne.

    Since joining Wesley, David has been involved in teaching a range of courses and year levels across the Middle and Senior Schools. He has also held a number of administrative roles and was Head of Senior School at the St Kilda Road campus from 1996 until 2007. He is now Deputy Head of Campus, a position he has held since 2008.

    David loves the diverse, cosmopolitan community that is Wesley and considers it a privilege that his three children have had the benefits of a Wesley education.

  • Morag Howard
    Morag Howard
    Head of Senior School

    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.  She is looking forward to using her knowledge and experience in the pastoral and curriculum areas to build a culture of success in the Senior School.

  • Jesse McInnes
    Jesse McInnes
    Head of Middle School

    Jesse has been educating students for 12 years in the State, Catholic and Independent school systems.  He has been a teacher at Wesley College since 2006 and he has held positions of responsibilities such as Head of Learning in Mathematics and was previously the Middle School Campus Sports Manager at the St Kilda Road campus. Jesse is well known to the Wesley College community and he has a detailed knowledge of the Curriculum and Pastoral Care programs. 

    He has taught Mathematics, Science and Physical Education and has extensive experience in coaching and coordinating sporting programs.  He is currently teaching Mathematics in both the Middle and Senior Schools at St Kilda Road.

    Jesse is passionate about the diverse educational programs that Wesley College offer, as well as preparing students both academically, physically and socially as they mature through Years 5 to 9 in preparation for Senior School. 

    Jesse was appointed as Head of Middle School from the beginning of Term 2, 2011.

  • 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.