This team comprises all the key representatives from across all areas of the College. CMT guide the operational requirements of the College under the direction of the Principal, Diana Vernon.

Diana Vernon, Principal
Diana Vernon commenced as MLC’s eighth Principal in 2014. Previously Diana was Headmistress for seven years at City of London School for Girls and prior to that Headmistress for seven years at Woldingham School, Surrey.

On leaving University Diana joined an academic publishing house, before spending seven years in the field of corporate public relations working both in-house and for agencies. Passionate about education and the opportunities and support it provided for the next generation, Diana became a Governor of a local, state sector, secondary school in London. It was this involvement which led her to retrain and pursue a teaching career. She trained as a Biology teacher at King's College, London University and has taught Biology from ages 11 – 18 and Business Studies from 16 – 18.

Diana has a Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology from St Mary’s College, University of Durham and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from King’s College, University of London. While in her previous headship roles, Diana was Vice-Chairperson of the Independent Schools Education Board from 2006 – 2014, Chair of the London Schools' Fee Assistance Consortium, designed to encourage broadening access to top independent schools across London, and Chair of the East London Schools Consortium – a group of independent and state-sector girls' school heads who work together to identify additional opportunities for students across their schools.
Margaret Horton, Senior Vice Principal
Margaret was appointed Senior Vice Principal of MLC in 2014, having held the positions of Vice Principal from October 2012, Head of Junior Secondary School (Years 7 and 8) from 2006 – 2008 and Head of Middle School from 2009 until September 2012. In her time at MLC, Margaret has chaired the College Wellbeing Committee and in her role as Head of Middle School had responsibility for the MLC Marshmead remote site.

Margaret has had extensive educational experience from Prep to VCE levels in previous settings. Margaret is motivated by opportunities to work with young people and is passionate about providing outstanding learning opportunities for MLC's diverse community, always keeping the needs of each individual student in mind.
Mark Gray, Vice Principal
Mark was appointed Vice Principal of MLC in December 2014 after commencing employment with the College in 2003. His initial role at the College focused on the design and delivery of the Education Outdoors programs following the purchase of the MLC Banksia site in 2002. After the redevelopment of this site from 2004-2006, Mark took on the role of Director of Remote Sites which included responsibility for both the MLC Banksia and Marshmead sites. From 2008-2012, Mark oversaw the redevelopment of the MLC Marshmead site.

In his time at MLC, Mark has worked closely with many students and their families in preparation for both the Banksia and Marshmead programs. He has also co-chaired The Green Team (Sustainability & Environment), back filled short term CMT roles and in 2014 was appointed Director of Remote Sites and Sport Programs. In his current role as Vice Principal, Mark oversees the areas of Student Wellbeing, Education Outdoors, Sport, Music, Boarding, Emergency Management, Chaplaincy, and Tours & Exchanges.

Mark has had extensive educational experience from Year 7 to VCE levels and is committed to providing quality educational opportunities for all students, valuing each students’ individuality and ensuring that the environments that he is responsible for enable individual student interests and passions to be nurtured.
Mike Adamson, Director of Information Technology
Mike commenced at MLC in 2021. He holds more than twenty years’ experience in technology management and leadership roles in the higher education and NFP sectors. His qualifications are in science, education, computing, and business administration.

As Director of Information Technology, Mike is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the College’s IT services, networks, servers, applications, AV, and end-user computing facilities. He is passionate about establishing a technology vision backed by service management and IT governance principles and processes.
Jennifer Bailey Smith, Head of Senior School
With more than 20 years of education experience, including significant senior school leadership roles, Jennifer is passionate about MLC’s vision to support girls to become the citizens the world needs.

In the MLC Senior School, she nurtures a culture of kindness and respect, where students are readily able to celebrate their own and each other’s success. Jennifer believes in helping students to develop ‘real-world competencies’ while pursuing their personal and academic goals for life beyond College.
James Berry, Director of Corporate Services
James joined MLC in 2012 as the Director of Corporate Services. His role focuses on both commercial matters and the strategic activities of the College.
James has broad experience in the commercial world in organisations with both a multinational focus and also a broad public reach, which assists him in managing the complex operations of MLC. Prior to coming to MLC, James was CFO at the Port of Melbourne Corporation and at Xtralis (a global technology products company), and spent a number of years at PricewaterhouseCoopers. James has extensive experience in commercial operations, international financial structures, mergers and acquisitions, and large scale community infrastructure projects.

James has a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.
Lisa Gatliff, Director of Student Wellbeing
Lisa was appointed to the role of Director of Student Wellbeing at the beginning of 2010. Commencing at MLC in 2000, Lisa has also undertaken the roles of Coordinator of Student Counselling and Student Counsellor. During her time at MLC, Lisa has worked closely with many students, parents and MLC staff with the aim of equipping students with the skills to enable them to thrive and to achieve their best. She has chaired the Anti-Bullying Committee, established a Peer Skills program at MLC Marshmead and most recently, conducted a comprehensive review of Student Wellbeing at MLC.

Lisa has extensive experience working with children and young people in community and educational settings. She is committed to educating the whole child by nurturing their social, emotional and academic potential.
Cathie Ireland, Head of Junior Secondary School
Cathie joined MLC in 2018 as the Head of Junior Secondary School, having had a wealth of experience in a variety of Leadership and Consultancy roles across all year levels and in many different environments. In her current role, Cathie has a key role in meeting every family new to the College.
Passionate about large-school opportunities, she particularly enjoys being a source of guidance as students make the transition into secondary school and helping girls be the best that they can be.
Melissa Lange, Head of Middle School
Melissa was appointed Head of Middle School in 2018 after being Head of Junior Secondary School for nine years at the College. Prior to this, Melissa worked as a Krome House Coordinator in Senior School as well as teaching English classes in Year 7, 10 and 12. Melissa has had extensive educational experience teaching students from Year 7 up to VCE and in varied leadership roles in a broad range of settings.

Melissa is dedicated to supporting every student in realising her potential - in academia, in co-curricular activities, in leadership opportunities and in her friendships.
Meg McMahon, Director of Human Resources
Meg was appointed to the role of Director, Human Resources in January 2017 and has responsibility for the strategic direction of the College’s staff through the design, building and implementing HR policy and programs that attracts and retain the highest-quality staff.
With qualifications in Commerce, Management and Marketing, Meg brings significant Human Resource and Performance expertise across a diverse sectors including Financial Services, Education, Not-for-Profit, Public and Private Sectors.
Tim Macdonald, Director of Learning and Curriculum
Tim commenced at MLC in 2019 as the Director of Learning and Curriculum. Having held previous leadership roles in the independent school sector in teaching and learning, Tim has a wealth of experience developing and designing learning and curriculum, as well as significant experience leading executive teams.

As Director of Learning and Curriculum, Tim is responsible for all curriculum delivery for Year 7 – 12, including working with each Head of Department to develop and implement a strategic plan for the College’s teaching and learning.
Louise Peyton, Head of Junior School
Louise joined MLC in 2020, bringing impressive junior school leadership experience, much of it dedicated to independent girls’ education. Her passion for indigenous education was strengthened by her Head of Primary role at a co-educational International Baccalaureate school in Darwin.

In her role encompassing Prep to Year 6 and MLC Kindle (ELC), Louise takes a highly collaborative approach, engaging staff, students and parents in the creation of a supportive and challenging learning culture.
Chris Wintle, Director of Staff Development and Research
Christine was appointed to the Director of Staff Development and Research in 2017, after commencing at MLC in 2006.

Chris previously held the position of Head of Home Economics and Hospitality and was the VCAA State Reviewer for VCE Food Studies. Christine was also connected broadly in the VCAA and ACARA education communities. In her role as State Reviewer, she developed professional learning activities and workshops to teachers across Victoria.

Chris is responsible for strategically planning learning for all staff to build capacity and ensure the best possible learning outcomes for students. In her role, she has built a collaborative learning culture that encourages evidence-based research, setting up processes for continuous learning, establishing local and international partnerships, and the development of online courses and training modules.

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