The leadership team


Jon Charlton, Principal

Jon has a rich history of working with young people in schools, on the street, and in church.

Early in his career as a teacher, he worked at Elwood College as Student Welfare Coordinator. Following that, he fulfilled the roles of Chaplain, Counsellor and Daily Organiser at Kilvington Girls’ Grammar. In late 1999, Jon was appointed Head of Middle School at Kingswood College. While at the College, he led the development of an experiential City Campus for Year 9 students.

From 2003-2007, Jon held the role of Deputy Head (Pastoral Care) at St Michael’s Grammar School in St Kilda. 

In 2008, Jon returned to Kilvington Grammar as Principal where he was instrumental in the decision to move to a co-ed school after a 90 year history as a girls’ school. He then spearheaded the School’s successful transition which resulted in considerable enrolment number increases and a thriving school.

Jon has trained and practised as a Baptist pastor working with young people in the Blackburn and St Kilda areas.

In 1995, through the St Kilda Baptist community, he was responsible for establishing Machaseh House, which provided 16-18 year old students, who were unable to live at home, a safe and secure environment so that they could complete their secondary education and improve their opportunities in life. Jon served on the Machaseh House Board for 18 years, six as Chair.

Jon has completed two degrees – a Science degree from Monash University and a Theological degree from Melbourne University.

Jon’s passion is to see all young people achieve their very best, and to become responsible and involved global citizens by helping others.

He can be contacted via email on

Julia Padgett, Deputy Principal

Julia has taught at a number of schools including Braemar College, Geelong Grammar and Bialik College, as well as in the UK.  Her leadership roles include Dean of Research and Pedagogy, Head of Middle School Curriculum and Acting Head of Middle School. 

Complementing her extensive leadership experience, Julia has just completed her Masters of Instructional Leadership.  For three years, Julia was involved in the University of Melbourne Network of Schools where the focus of her group was data literacy.

Julia’s strengths include her ability to relate to and lead others, manage change, her extensive knowledge of curriculum and pedagogy, and her ability to interpret data.  She is passionate about ensuring pedagogical approaches are in line with current research and best practice and is keen to implement key initiatives that contribute to outstanding learning outcomes for students. 

Julia has a Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts (Australian Catholic University), and Masters of Instructional Leadership (University of Melbourne).

Julia can be contacted via email on

 Chris Barr, Head of Junior School

Chris is an experienced educational leader with extensive leadership experience in both Australian and International school systems.  Prior to joining Kilvington, he was the Head of Primary at Discovery College, Hong Kong, a position he held for five and half years.

Prior to moving overseas in 2014, Chris was Vice Principal at Coatesville Primary School in East Bentleigh, where he led the school in assessment and reporting, daily organisation, and teaching and learning.

Chris is passionate and knowledgeable about student and staff wellbeing and strives to ensure that there are direct links between academics and wellbeing in all facets of the teaching and learning program. He has led the introduction of pastoral care and wellbeing frameworks in the schools in which he has worked, as well as across networks he has been a part of.
As an educator, Chris believes that building relationships with all stakeholders is not only vital but the key to ensuring schools are respectful, collaborative, and engaging communities to learn and work. 

Chris has a Bachelor of Education (Monash University) and is currently completing his Masters of Education / Student Wellbeing (Melbourne University).

Chris can be contacted via email on

Matt Brinson, Head of Senior School

Matt has completed a Bachelor of Science (Zoology, Marine Science and Geography), Graduate Diploma of Education and Master of Education (Science and Information Technology). He has taught at Deakin University, Beaconhills College, Methodist Ladies’ College, and Northcote High School.

Aswell as Head of Senior School, Matt is the former Academic Dean of Science and oversees the Pastoral Care of all students Years 7-12. 

As an educator, Matt is passionate about instilling respect for self and others in the community of which acceptance, celebration and appreciation of diversity is a cornerstone. His overall goal is to help students develop a love for learning, to teach clear thinking based on research, analysis and problem-solving, and to set and achieve realistic and fulfilling goals.

Matt can be contacted via email on

Hirian Hinson, Director of Business

Joining Kilvington in 2018, Hirian brings 20 years’ experience in strategic planning, project management, corporate governance, financial management and leadership and negotiation skills in the education and commercial sectors.

His 11 years’ experience in the education sector includes senior management roles with Fintona Girls’ School and St Margaret’s, Berwick, Grammar School.

Hirian has a double degree in Accounting and Computing, is a past President of the Australian School Business Administrators (Vic), and currently is a Fellow of the Australian Certified Practising Accountants (CPA).

Hirian can be contacted via email

Camilla Fiorini, Director of Marketing and Development

Camilla has more than 30 years marketing, communications and PR experience in senior management, consulting and startup roles in Melbourne and Sydney.

A strategic thinker, her experience includes general management and business development, stakeholder management and community engagement, brand development, public relations, campaign development, and social media strategy and implementation.

Prior to Kilvington, Camilla held marketing and communications roles with the Australian Childhood Foundation, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and the Australian Scholarships Group.

Camilla has worked as a freelance journalist with The Age, BRW, and marketing magazine, B&T.

Camilla can be contacted via email on

Liz Chegwin, Director of Admissions

Liz joined Kilvington Grammar as Director of Admissions in 2015 bringing with her a unique combination of teaching, administration, management, and customer service experience.

She previously held the position as Registrar and Enquiry Manager with the Australian International School (AIS) in Singapore. She also held a teaching position with the AIS.

Liz has held roles with Stage and Screen Travel and Qantas. Liz is  a qualified primary and secondary teacher specialising in Biology and Health Education, and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science.

Liz can be contacted via email on

Dean of Operations

Alex was appointed to the role of Dean of Operations in 2019. She has since been appointed to the School Executive.

She has extensive experience in managing the day-to-day operations in an education setting including time-tabling and daily organising. Alex has successfully introduced new programs to streamline business processes increasing efficiencies and staff morale.

Alex also has a teaching background specialising in Performing Arts.

She has a Master of Business Administration, Postgraduate Certificate of Education, and BA hons in Popular Music and Recording. She is a member of AHRI (Australian HR Institute) and a Life Member of ADMIS (Association of Directors of Music in Independent Schools).

Alex can be contacted via email on


Made up of teachers, ex-teachers, business representatives and local community members, the role of Kilvington’s Board is to ensure that the School retains a secure financial footing, as well as continuing to grow and positively expand. All decisions affecting Kilvington’s future welfare are discussed by the Board before their implementation. The Board members are dedicated to ensuring Kilvington’s future academic and financial success.

Gail Bergmann, Bachelor of Business (Accounting), CA, AIIA, FGIA - CHAIR

Gail was appointed to the Board in December 2012 and Chair in 2021. Her expertise is in the field of governance, risk management and audit. Gail has been a Director of Risk Services at Deloitte, a Principal at Ernst & Young and is currently the Head of Risk and Audit at Cleanaway. 

Sarah McSwiney, Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Hons), MBA, MAICD - DEPUTY CHAIR

Sarah joined the Board in 2016. She is the Composites Technology Manager at Boeing Research and Technology Australia, and has been with Boeing for 16 years in various engineering and management roles, both in Melbourne and Seattle. Sarah is also the Chair of industry body Aviation/Aerospace Australia, and is on the industry advisory boards for Aerospace Engineering at both Monash and RMIT Universities. 

Richard Moore, Master of Arts with Honours (Economics); Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland - TREASURER

Richard was appointed to the Board in April 2019 and his expertise is in the fields of finance, governance, commerce and strategy. Richard is currently the Chief Financial Officer of PEXA (Property Exchange Australia), responsible for all aspects of finance, compliance and risk management.

Leanne Whitechurch,  B.A., LL.B (Hons), LL.M.

Leanne joined the Board in 2014 to provide legal expertise and counsel. She has 20 years legal experience working locally and internationally as an in-house solicitor, with law firms and as a university lecturer.

Sheri Johnston,  Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia, FGIA

Sheri was appointed to the Board in April 2019 and has almost 30 years of professional experience within the areas of governance, change management, leadership, financial management, risk management, process improvement and compliance. Sheri is currently Director Finance at Unison Housing Limited.

Jeremy Hanger, B.Comm and B.Eco, B.Bus (Hons), CPM

Jeremy was appointed to the Board in July 2020 to provide strategic expertise in marketing, communications, customer experience, innovation and digital technologies.

During his career, Jeremy has held marketing and sales leaderships roles in fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), automotive, construction and technology sectors leading teams in some of Australia’s most respected organisations such as Foster’s Group, Ford Motor Company and Henley Properties. He brings strong commercial acumen together with expertise in brand strategy and customer-centricity.

Everard Hunder, Master of Marketing, Bachelor of Journalism
Everard was appointed to the Board in July 2020. He brings expertise in the fields of marketing, customer experience and reputation management.

Over his career, Everard has held marketing leadership roles with Monash IVF Group, Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Spotless Group Limited, Genetic Technologies Limited and CSIRO.

Everard also worked as a media advisor to the former Victorian Education and Training Minister Lynne Kosky.

In 2018, Everard was recognised as one of the top 50 Marketers in Australia as judged by CMO Magazine Australia (IDG).

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