School Board

The purpose of the Parish Education Advisory Board is:
  • To ensure the Catholic ethos is maintained and nurtured.
  • To share in the governance of the school.
  • To encourage lay ministry and community leadership.
  • To build and sustain relationships and partnerships.
  • To support the parish priest and the principal.
  • To ensure good governance through shared wisdom.
  • To bear witness to the principle of subsidiarity (decisions made at the local level).
  • To serve the entire school community.
  • To create futures and to consider the big picture.
  • To seek the optimum learning environment for all students.
Along with Fr Varghese Kattikatu (Parish Administrator) and Simon Collis (Principal), below are the members of the 2019 School Board:

Chair: Malia Griffin

My family have been part of the St Joseph’s school community since 2014. My husband Steven and I have seen healthy growth in the school over this period with a strengthening of enrolments and community spirit. In 2019 I will have both my daughters at St Joseph’s, Emily in Year 5 and Lucy in Year 1.

Initially working as a Registered Nurse, I developed my passion for all things health. My career pathway has included working in a variety of roles in public and private hospitals, in product management and medical affairs for global pharmaceutical companies, as a senior manager at the Heart Foundation and more recently as a senior manager in Private Health Insurance. My areas of skill are in operational and strategic management. I hold a Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Diplomas in Education and Marketing and an MBA. I have also completed the Foundations of Directorship course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Board Member: Justin Mottram

Justin Mottram is a father of four girls, all who have attended St Joseph's (his daughters Pia and Maia are currently in Years 3 and 6 respectively). Career-wise, Justin has worked in the health industry for over 20 years, in both clinical and executive roles. Originally trained in radiography and ultrasound, Justin subsequently completed business studies both in Australia and overseas. He is currently employed as CEO for a radiology group providing services in regional Victoria.

Board Member: Serge Virlombier

Background: Born to Scottish and French parents and lived in Scotland, France and England. I met my wife in London and moved to Australia in 1995

Family: Married to Patrice. We have two sons: Louis (Grade 5) and Oscar (Grade 3 at St Joseph's)

Family home: Elsternwick - since 2007

Interests: Most sports (golf, rugby union, cricket and soccer), travel and reading business-related books

Work Experience: I have held various executive positions in the retail and FMCG sectors. I’m currently Chief Executive Officer for a national speciality pet retail business offering food, accessories and animal services (vet clinics and grooming)  

Years on the St Josephs’ Board: First Year 2018

My role with the Board: To strategically and tactically support the Board and the school leadership team in prioritising and executing key school initiatives over the next few years  

Board Member: Lisa Jones

Lisa Jones joined the Board in 2019, bringing strategic planning, policy, communication, legal and governance skills. Mum to Jasper (Year 3), she is looking forward to working with other Board members and families to build on the strong community spirit for which the school is known and think up new ways to make it an even richer experience for all. 


Lisa spent 15 years working overseas with international humanitarian aid organisations. Since returning to Australia, after a very brief stint in private equity, she has worked with the Victorian government on emergency management reforms and creating a more diverse and inclusive sector. Lisa is also a director of Scarf, a social enterprise that supports young people in need of protection, or from refugee and migrant backgrounds, who face barriers to work. 


The most recent career highlight is becoming coach to the St Joey’s Giants Juggernauts. So proud. Go team!

Board Member: Kristin Edmonds

Kristin and her husband, Ben, are delighted to be part of the St Joseph’s community with their two daughters – Seraphine will be starting Grade 1 in 2019 and Isabelle will be starting Grade 4.  Kristin’s background includes over a decade with Morgan Stanley in Los Angeles where she focused on providing investment and strategic advice to private clients, foundations and endowments.  In her current role as a Principal of Walsh Bay Partners, families seek her counsel with designing complex investment frameworks, managing family dynamics, navigating the transfer of wealth to the next generation and creating stewardship programs. 


Kristin is also passionate about building financial literacy for women and enjoys giving back to her community. In addition to the St Joseph’s School Board, she also serves on the Australian Ballet Ambassadors Board and enjoys contributing to the Stanford Alumni Network by interviewing prospective students in Australia who are interested in attending her alma mater.

Board Member: Paul Hicks

My family and I have had the good fortune of being part of the St Joseph’s community since 2015 and in 2019 our involvement will peak with youngest son Tom (Prep) joining his brothers Charlie (Year 4) and James (Year 2) at St Joeys.

My career to date has covered a range of roles across a variety of industries including Chartered Accounting, Local Government, Banking, Media and Wine, making me something of a jack-of-all-trades. In my current role as Direct to Consumer Operations Manager at Treasury Wine Estates I oversee the disparate functions of systems, analytics, consumer relations, warehouse, logistics, product and inventory. This breadth of experience and perspective will I hope enable me to make a constructive contribution toward the Board’s initiatives.

Board Member: Andrew Van De Gumster

Andrew is a new board member, having only joined in 2019. He is coming up to 30 years work experience, consisting of a blend of time in the Royal Australian Air Force, assorted corporate leadership roles in the supply chain/supply chain ICT space and his own business since 2002. Hence, along with wife Amy and two beautiful children (Maddie Grade 1 and Loki who is about to turn 4) life is very busy, so of course the logical thing to do is join the St Jo’s board! Andrew is really looking forward to working with Simon and his team, the Parents and Friends and, of course, the other board members in supporting the school community.