Executive and School Chaplain
The School Executive is responsible for Policy development for Council consideration, overall planning and direction, and the management of the School in all its key areas of operation.
Alan Jones commenced as the first Principal of Christ Church Grammar School in 2016. Prior to this he held executive roles at The Hutchins School in Hobart, Mentone Girls’ Grammar School, Haileybury and Huntingtower School all located in Melbourne, Victoria.
Alan is responsible for shaping a vision of academic success for all students and creating a culture and climate that facilitates education resulting in the building of good men. He works closely with the entire team at the School to cultivate and improve leadership, overall guiding the School to better teaching and learning with the goal of preparing the boys for their roles in a globally connected world.
In 2016 Alan successfully initiated the School’s membership with the Council of International Schools (CIS), a global organisation committed to providing students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to pursue their lives as global citizens and with a commitment to high quality international education. Christ Church is the first School in Western Australia to receive this membership.
Head of Senior School
As Deputy Principal, Simon’s primary responsibility is the leadership of the Senior School as well as supporting the Principal in whole school vision and operations. Simon believes that an inclusive, respectful and thoughtful community is central to the successful functioning of the Senior School.
Simon’s experience in educating boys is extensive; before joining Christ Church in 2019, Simon has worked as Acting Deputy Headmaster, Head of Middle School and Head of House at schools including Melbourne Grammar School, Wesley College (Melbourne), The Hutchins School and Eton House School in China.
Dr Steven Males
Head of Preparatory School
Steven is passionate about educating boys having worked in this field for over 20 years. Steven leads the teaching, learning and pastoral care at the Preparatory School. Highlighting his strong interest in boys’ education, Steven completed his PhD titled One-to-one laptop program: Effect on boys’ education at the University of Notre Dame Australia in 2015.
Prior to joining Christ Church, Steven was the Head of Junior School at Aquinas College (2005 to 2018), and has been a sessional lecturer at the University of Notre Dame since 2017.
Director of Planning and Co-curricular
Mark is responsible for the cultural, physical, and social welfare of the senior boys. Responsibilities include the School’s varied co-curricular activities, Service Learning, Year 10 Venture and exchange programs. He joined Christ Church in 1990 as a Biological Science teacher and was appointed as the inaugural Head of Moyes House in 1993. Mark was appointed to his current position as the Director of Planning and Co-curricular in 2003. He is the PSSA Delegate for the school and chaired that committee in 2009. Mark is also a former student of the School.
Director of Studies
Mahendra joined Christ Church in 2018 and is responsible for the Senior School curriculum, timetabling, staffing, assessment and reporting, scholarships, academic prizes and awards. Mahendra has nearly two decades of teaching experience including roles at Trinity College and fourteen years at Hale School, where he was Director of Teaching and Learning and Head of Mathematics. He was a WACE marker for Specialist Mathematics between 2013 to 2017, and a member of the National Mathematics Summer School (NMSS) selection committee.
Director of Staffing and Strategic Projects
Murray is responsible for supporting the Principal in establishing and facilitating our strategic intent and working closely with all staff in the area of appraisal and professional development. He acknowledges the level of professionalism and commitment brought by the staff to their roles and sees a challenge in offering staff useful professional development whilst supporting teachers as they strive to offer the boys the best possible learning experience. Murray was previously involved with the Prep School for 13 years (eight as Deputy Head).
Director of Communication and Engagement
Joanne is responsible for the marketing of Christ Church and the development of the School community. She oversees admissions, alumni, marketing and public relations, publications, parent support group liaison and the archives areas of the School. Joanne has more than fifteen years experience in corporate communication, including executive roles in the finance, construction and insurance sectors.
Director of Information, Communication and Technology
Geoff is responsible for the planning and administration of Information Communication and Technology Services within the School. His goal is to ensure staff and students have every opportunity to excel in their chosen field by providing for their technological needs.
Director of Finance
John is responsible for the business affairs of the School which includes all financial matters, the development and maintenance of all School buildings, grounds and equipment along with managing major and minor building and works projects. John also acts as Secretary to the School Council and its sub-committees. John is also the President of the Association of School Business Administrators (ASBA WA).
Director of Philanthropy
Carolyn’s role encompasses giving and all other forms of Philanthropy at Christ Church. This includes developing a broad vision for fundraising and growing the community of stakeholders who give of their time, advocacy and funds to the school. She enjoyed a 14 year career at Qantas where, as a Mandarin speaker, she established its Shanghai operations. In returning to WA she worked in the not-for-profit sector in the areas of advocacy and marketing for Margaret River Wine and a Commissioner of the Conservation Commission of WA. Most recently she was General Manager of the Leukemia Foundation in WA.
The Reverend Nicholas Russell
The Reverend Nicholas Russell has been involved in ministry to youth for nearly 20 years. He previously held the position of Chaplain at Tara Anglican School for Girls in Parramatta and was curate at St Clement’s Anglican Church in Mosman, Sydney.
Nicholas is a teacher by profession, has taught English before training for ministry and has continued to do so while involved in school chaplaincy. He has also taught Religious Education (RE) at both Tara and Christ Church.
In addition to his teaching qualifications, he holds a Bachelor of Divinity with First-Class Honours and is a keen guitarist.
Nicholas and his wife Penelope have three young sons, with the eldest currently attending the Preparatory School at Christ Church.