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


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.

Mark Morrissy

Deputy Principal
Head of Senior School

Mark joined Christ Church in 1990 as a Biological Science teacher and was appointed as the inaugural Head of Moyes House in 1993.

As Head of Senior School, Mark’s primary responsibility is the leadership of the Senior School as well as supporting the Principal in whole school vision and operations.

He is the PSSA Delegate for the School and chaired that committee in 2009. Mark is also a former student of Christ Church.

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.

Mahendra Vaswani

Deputy Principal
Director of Studies

Mahendra joined Christ Church in 2018 and leads the School’s ongoing pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning. He 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 14 years at Hale School, where he was Director of Teaching and Learning and Head of Mathematics. He is passionate about catering to students of all abilities and is an ardent advocate of data-informed feedback for learning.

Murray Robertson

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).

Joanne Wheeler

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 15 years experience in corporate communication, including executive roles in the finance, construction and insurance sectors.

Jamie Foster

Director of Planning and Co-Curricular

Jamie joined Christ Church Grammar School in 2005 as a Japanese teacher and more recently has worked in the English and Humanities Departments. He spent seven years in the Walters Residential Community, as well as four years as the Indigenous Program Co-ordinator. He was appointed as the Head of Noake House in 2014 and has been actively involved in our sporting program since joining the School.

Halina Dorward

Director of Advancement

Halina is responsible for philanthropy at the School with a focus on major campaigns aligned with the School’s strategy and masterplan. Halina has more than 11 years experience in educational fundraising in international, national and local arenas.

Her most recent roles have been with The University of Western Australia.

Geoffrey Alagoda

Director of Information and Learning Technologies

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.

John Price

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).

The Reverend Nicholas Russell

School Chaplain

The Reverend Nicholas Russell has been involved in ministry to youth for over 25 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 attending Christ Church Grammar School.