From its foundation in 1896 until 1961, Fintona was privately owned firstly by Miss Annie Hughston then, in 1932, by Miss Margaret Cunningham. On her retirement Miss Margaret Cunningham bequeathed the School to the Fintona community.
Formally, this community exists as a Company whose members are former students and teachers. Constitutionally, the Board of Directors is accountable to the Company and their actions are governed by the Corporations Act.
The role of the Board is to ensure Fintona's viability and that its values are continually upheld especially as the School adapts to the changing needs of its students and the broader community. The Board sets the strategic direction of the School and also sets and oversees the budget.
Ms Dana Fleming (1988)
BCom (University of Melbourne); Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia; Chartered Tax Advisor, The Taxation Institute of Australia; Graduate Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Dana has 20 years experience in advising the financial services industry, including superannuation and managed funds and their service providers. She advises and works with them on the tax implications of their strategic planning as well as day to day activities, assisting with compliance, dealing with the impact of regulatory change on their systems and products, strategic product development, investments, after-tax performance and unit pricing. She is a leader in the superannuation and managed funds industry, regularly presenting at industry forums and lobbying Government.
Dana is currently a Corporate Tax Partner at KPMG and has a daughter in the Junior School at Fintona. She joined the School Board in June 2013.
Mr Scott Wotherspoon
Board Deputy Chair
LLB (Hons), BEc, BCL (Oxon)
Scott is a Fintona parent, a barrister and a senior fellow of the Monash University Law School. He was admitted to legal practice in 1992 and specialises in trust litigation and company law. He enjoys distance running. Scott was appointed to the Fintona Board in August 2014.
Mrs Jackie Besley (Robertson 1986)
Jackie is an Associate Director with Cordiner King, an executive search firm specialising in the education and government sectors. Prior to joining Cordiner King, Jackie worked as an Engagement Manager with global executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles, focused exclusively on the higher education sector. Earlier, she spent 9 years in a research-focused executive role with global professional services firm KPMG.
Jackie holds a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University and a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from James Cook University. She attended Fintona from years 7 to 12 and has a daughter who started at the School in 2012.
Mrs Eris Ruth Yap (McKinnar 2002)
B.Com (Mngt), MBA
Eris is a management consultant, specialised in consumer insights and strategic marketing at Forethought Research. Eris has held positions in international risk management consulting, moving into international business development and marketing at UK Trade & Investment. From 2009-2014 Eris held various roles at the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) across strategic marketing, planning and change management where she led global marketing campaigns and product lines, based in Australia and in France.
Since completing VCE at Fintona in 2002, Eris has remained connected to Fintona, serving on the Committee of the Old Fintonian Association 2007-2009 and Secretary and Public Officer of Tourmont Incorporated (Margaret Cunningham Endowment Fund) 2010-2014, where she was appointed as a Director in December 2014.
Eris holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Management) from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School. She speaks French and Mandarin.
Dr Michael Lee
MBBS University of Melbourne
FACD Fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatologists
Dr Michael Lee is a consultant skin specialist. He is currently in private practice at the Epworth Eastern Medical Centre. Dr Lee is also a visiting dematologist at the Epworth Eastern Hospital in Box Hill. He has special interests in skin cancer management and inflammatory skin disorders including psoriasis.
He is a current Fintona parent.
He enjoys golf and performing and visual arts.
Mrs Catherine Vickers-Willis (Maxwell 1978)
BA (University of Melbourne)
Catherine has been actively involved in both the independent and government school sectors over the last 25 years. She has held various roles which include all four pillars of Advancement – Admissions, Marketing and Communications, Fundraising and Alumni. She also worked with the Geelong Grammar Foundation and Community Relations Department to develop the concept of the Past Parents Network and is currently working on contract in the Health Industry.
Catherine and her husband Rob have four sons and her involvement with their schooling has driven her interest in the education sector. She is a second generation Fintonian and joined the Fintona Board in August 2015.
Mrs Jane Rodgerson (1974)
Jane has recently retired after 32 years of service with the RACV in a variety of management roles in Training and Development, Tourism and Travel Product Development and Sales and Member Relations.
Jane attended Fintona from 1962-1974 and is the current 1974 Year Secretary. Both her mother and sister also attended Fintona.
Mrs Claire Levi (Buckner 1983)
BA (Hons), MA (Public History)
After leaving school Claire worked in the hospitality industry and obtained a diploma in hotel management. Returning to university to follow an interest in History, she pursued further studies to turn her passion into a career and began working with HistorySmiths Pty Ltd in 2006.
Claire attended Fintona from Year 1. She was delighted to renew her connection to the school while researching and writing Fintona's latest history, For the honour of our school published in 2016 to celebrate its 120th anniversary.
Claire has two sons, currently attending secondary school. She joined the Board in January 2017.
Mrs Alison Rodriquez (O’Grady 2003)
B.Bus – Monash University and Grad Diploma Applied Finance & Investment (Finsia)
Alison is a Wealth Advisor with Dixon Advisory. Alison graduated with a Bachelor of Business from Monash University in 2006. She commenced her career as an Analyst at Goldman Sachs JB Were and completed a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment in 2009. From 2009 to 2011, Alison worked with Evans and Partners as an Associate Advisor.
In 2011, Alison took up a role with Morgan Stanley in New York where she worked in the company’s Capital Markets Group and gained valuable experience across global equity and capital markets. Upon relocating back to Australia in 2014 Alison re-joined Evans and Partners and in mid-2017 Alison took up Wealth Advisor role with Dixon Advisory (part of the Evans Dixon Group). As a Wealth Adviser, Alison is focused on building and managing quality investment strategies for Self Managed Super Funds and their families.
Alison is a keen member of the Hawthorn Football Club, Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club and the National Gallery of Victoria. Alison attended Fintona from 1997 to 2003.
The Company Secretary is Mr Hirian Hinson, Fintona's Business Manager. The Principal, Mrs Suzy Chandler, and Hirian attend all Board and subcommittee meetings in an ex-officio capacity.