Meet the Principal

Strategic Leadership Team

The Strategic Leadership Team is responsible for the management of the School in all key operational areas.

Mr Peter Allen



Dr Holly Miller

Deputy Principal, Operations

BEd, MEd, EdD

Mr Matthew Weston

Director of Boarding

BA, GradDipEd, MA Ed

Mr Gareth Spence

Director of Human Resources

BSc, MSc, PGDip Human Resource Management
Guildford Grammar School Director of IT Brad Tyrell

Mr Brad Tyrrell

Director of Technology


Mrs Julia McGibbon-Briggs

Deputy Principal, Student Experience


Ms Katie Petchell

Head of Preparatory School

BEd, GradDipEd

Mr Neil Grime

Director of Business and Administration

BBus, CA

Mrs Laura Kendall

Director of Community and Sustainability

BCom (Marketing Management), BA, Cert IV

Mr Ben Nilsson

Director of Teaching and Learning (7-12)

School Council

The role of Council

The School Council’s role is to govern the School, while the function of the Principal and Senior Management is to manage the organisation in accordance with the policies and directions of the School Council. The School Council and the Principal work in partnership to achieve the Purpose of the School.

Fellows of Council

Michael Hillgrove

Chair of Council


Experience: Chartered accountant, Audit and Assurance Partner at Hall Chadwick, past Guildford Grammar School parent.

Areas of speciality: Accounting, auditing, finance

Sue Shaw

Fellow of Council

DipT (Sec), BA, BEd, MMLED

Experience: Principalship in four independent Anglican schools, university lecturer, AISWA leadership mentor.

Areas of speciality: The role of the Principal, governance, management and operation of schools, culture building, managing staff, pastoral care.

Dr Bill Ryan

Fellow of Council


Experience: Chair of The Guild Grammar Foundation Inc., Chair of Agricultural Product Commission, Director of Agrifuture Australia, Director of Mt Burdett Foundation Pty Ltd.

Areas of speciality: Business Strategy, finance, risk and governance.

Guildford Grammar School Council member Melanie Williams

Melanie Williams

Fellow of Council
(currently on leave of absence)

LLB, GCertCorpMgt, GAICD

Experience: Vice President Legal, South32, Former Director, Mandjah Boodjah Aboriginal Corporation; current Guildford Grammar School parent.

Areas of speciality: Law, governance, strategy and risk.

Byron Savage

Fellow of Council

FCPA, CA, B.Bus, GradCertBus (Law), GradCertBus (Man)

Experience: Accountant with over 30 years of experience in practice, commerce and the public sector in Australia and the United Kingdom, Council work with professional organisations, Old Guildfordian and Guildford Grammar School parent.

Area of speciality: Accounting, finance, operations, infrastructure, law and governance.

Thomas Camp

Fellow of Council

LLB(Hons), BComm

Experience: Senior Associate, Butcher Paull & Calder, Council Member, Law Society of Western Australia, Old Guildfordian. 

Areas of speciality: Law, compliance and risk management.

Monique Brown

Fellow of Council

BApSci, GradDipEd

Experience: Teacher; farmer, Chair of Hyden Community Resource Centre, Hyden Primary School Board Member, past Guildford Grammar School parent.

Areas of speciality: Education, boarding, communication, wellbeing

Rachael Cottier

Fellow of Council, Treasurer, Chair of Finance and Audit Committee


Experience: Chief Financial Officer, Azure Capital, Director and Chair of Audit and Risk Committee of Therapy Focus Limited.

Areas of speciality: Financial management, audit, secretarial compliance risk, legal and human resources.

Guildford Grammar School Council member Philip Raymont

The Reverend Canon Dr Philip Raymont

Fellow of Council


Experience: Priest-in-Charge, Former Senior Chaplain and of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics at Guildford Grammar School, Deputy Head and Head of Residential Colleges in Australian universities, Lecturer.

Areas of speciality: Faith, philosophy, ethics, leadership.