Board of Directors

Ballarat Grammar is incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee and is governed by a Board of 12 Directors with a Company membership of 25. The Bishop of Ballarat is the President and the ceremonial and spiritual leader of the School.

The Board of 12 Directors is made up as follows:
  • Ex Officio, the Archdeacon of Ballarat
  • 4 Directors nominated by the Board
  • 5 Directors nominated by the Bishop-in-Council
  • 1 Director nominated by Friends of Grammar
  • 1 Director nominated by the Ballarat & Queen’s Old Grammarians’ Association
  • The Headmaster and Business Manager are entitled to attend all Board meetings in a consultative capacity unless otherwise determined by the Board

Meet our Board of Directors

  • Chairman

    The Hon Robert Knowles AO

    Company Director/Consultant, Past Parent

    The Hon Rob Knowles is a highly experienced Chairman with extensive knowledge in governance and a special interest in public administration and social policy. He currently holds office as Chairman of Royal Children’s Hospital and as Patron of Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka.


    The Hon Robert Knowles AO

  • Deputy Chair

    Dr Shantini Deutscher

    MBBS (Hons)(Monash), FRACGP, GAICD, General Practitioner, Past Parent

    A GP in Ballarat, Dr Deutscher’s interpersonal skills and community involvement are highly respected and she has a dedicated interest in providing a first-rate education to all young people.

    Deputy Chair

    Dr Shantini Deutscher

  • The Very Reverend Chris Chataway

    Archdeacon of Ballarat (Ex-Officio), MTh, BTh, DipPS, Current Parent

    In his Ex-Officio position as Archdeacon and Dean of Ballarat, Fr Chris serves on various Diocesan committees and has special interests in governance, technology and the Music Program at Grammar.

    The Very Reverend Chris Chataway

  • Dr Maryann Brown

    EdD (Ballarat), MEd (Ballarat), GradDipSpecEd (Melbourne), DipEd (Ballarat CAE), BA (Monash), Senior Education Advisor, Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation, Past Student, Past Staff, Past Parent

    Involved in teaching and teacher education since 1985, Dr Brown’s interests include special education, literacy, curriculum, mentoring, youth leadership and rural community development.

    Dr Maryann Brown

  • Mr Tim Hovey

    BBus, Grad Dip AF, FFin, Rep of PPT Financial Pty Ltd, Current Parent

    Mr Hovey’s financial acumen has guided Grammar on a strong path over the years. He has a keen interest in the stock market and also recent experience as a local owner-builder.

    Mr Tim Hovey

  • Mrs Sarah Lia

    BA, LLB, Family Law Solicitor, Past Parent

    Mrs Lia’s legal experience has been invaluable in guiding discussions in any matters of a legal nature. She also holds a special interest in preserving and celebrating the heritage of both of our great schools.

    Mrs Sarah Lia

  • Dr David Mackay

    BAgEc (Hons), FACS, FAICD, GradDipComp, MEC, PhD, Flight Instructor and Director, Golden Plains Aviation

    Dr Mackay has a strong background in Applied Economics, Business IT and tertiary teaching. He is a commercial pilot and aviation instructor and has significant experience in agriculture and Board governance.

    Dr David Mackay

  • Mr Ewen Nevett

    BEng (Civil), CPEng, MIE, QMSA, Civil Engineer Vic Roads, Past Student, Current Parent

    Mr Nevett has engineering qualifications, project and change management skills acquired at VicRoads. His interests include local corporate governance and being involved in Grammar’s Rowing Program and the Ballarat & Queen’s Old Grammarians’ Association.

    Mr Ewen Nevett

  • Assoc Professor Robyn Pierce

    BA DipEd (Monash), BEd MEd (Deakin), PhD (Melbourne), University of Melbourne, Past Parent

    Mathematics and statistics education has been Professor Pierce’s recent focus. She has extensive experience in research and publications as well as strong mentoring skills.

    Assoc Professor Robyn Pierce

  • Mr Geoff Ryan

    Dip Rec’l L’ship, Manager Community Development Anglicare Victoria

    Mr Ryan has a strong background in community development work and recreation and a commitment to rural communities. He also has a keen interest in marketing, analysis and master planning.

    Mr Geoff Ryan

  • Mr Michael Unwin

    AdvCert, Dip, GD, Winemaker, Current Parent

    With 27 years of experience in viticulture with an emphasis on growing and making wine in Western and Central Victoria, Mr Unwin brings strong business and entrepreneurial skills to his role as a Board member.

    Mr Michael Unwin