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Our Board is the Firbank Grammar School governing body and is made up of a group of committed professionals who donate their energy, time and professional expertise to guiding the School. The prime responsibility of the Board is to ensure that policy, as well as careful financial and strategic planning, is in place. Many of our School Board members are parents of students and are leaders in their respective fields, investing much of their personal time in the welfare of the School.

Jennine Ross


Jennine was appointed to the Firbank Grammar Board on 15th September 2014 and was elected Deputy Chair in 2016 and Chair of the Board in September 2016.  Jennine is a former student of Firbank, having attended Sandringham House and Senior School where she completed her HSC in 1987.  She has a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources from Swinburne University of Technology, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jennine has worked in Human Resources for over 25 years specialising in change management for transformational change, acquisition and integrations, organisational development, and generalist HR leadership.  She has held executive HR roles at Telstra, KAZ Group and Tenix Solutions. Jennine runs a boutique HR Consulting company and is currently a board member/interim Chairman of Strikeforce Pty Ltd.

Jennine and her husband Paul, who attended Brighton Grammar, have two children Matthew (BGS) and Georgia who attends Firbank.

Denice Pitt


Denice was appointed to the Firbank Grammar Board on 12th October 2016 and was elected Deputy Chair in 2020.  She is currently Chief Executive Officer of Online Education Services (OES), a role she has held since the company was launched in July 2011. OES is an innovative partnership between Swinburne University of Technology and SEEK, established with a mandate to enable universities grow their businesses by increasing access to high quality tertiary education through online programs.  In 2015 OES was named BRW Fastest Growing Company and has been recognised as an AON Hewitt best employer on multiple occasions.

Prior to her role in the education sector at OES Denice’s experience was predominantly in the telecommunications and outsourcing industries.  She has spent time as President of Aegis Australia and nearly 10 years at UCMS Group Ltd where she undertook several roles including Managing Director of Outsourcing, Group Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer.

Denice was also working at Optus during the exciting launch days in Australia and held several roles there including National Customer Service Manager.  She brings a wealth of experience as a CEO and business executive to her role as a Firbank Board member.

Denice holds a Master of Business Management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  She is currently a Board Member for the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria Ltd (RACV) and previously served on the Board of Good Shepherd Microfinance.

Denice and her husband Darren have a daughter who has recently completed her schooling at Firbank.

John Harris


John Harris was appointed to the Firbank Board in December 2016 and is a member of the Finance Committee.  John is the Chief Financial Officer of IRESS Limited.  IRESS is an innovative, high growth company that delivers software solutions to the financial services industry.  An Australian start up 23 years ago, IRESS is listed on the ASX and operates internationally with businesses in Australia, UK, Asia, South Africa and Canada.

Before joining IRESS, John spent 10 years at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in a range of finance and strategy roles including CFO and Head of Strategy and Business Development for CBA’s high growth Asian business which operates banks and life insurance companies in China, Indonesia, Vietnam and India.  John has also spent 10 years as a consultant to the financial services industry including 7 years working in London.

John is a chartered accountant and holds Commerce and Law degrees from the Australian National University.  He has a post graduate diploma in business administration from Warwick Business School in the UK.

John’s daughter Emily currently attends Firbank Grammar School.

Nicholas (Nick) Stretch


Nick became a member of the Firbank Board in 2011 and is Deputy Chair of the Foundation Trust Company.  After graduating from Melbourne University in 1983 with degrees in Law and Commerce, Nick has worked in private legal practice for national and global law firms in the areas of corporate law and insolvency law. During Nick’s years of legal practice he has been involved in several major finance transactions, both on the lending and recovery sides. These days, Nick generally practises in mergers and acquisitions. Nick also serves on the boards of a number of charitable foundations.

Nick is married to Felicity and has five children – all boys.  His three eldest have graduated from Brighton Grammar School with the younger two still attending.  All his children are present or past choristers in St. Andrew’s Choir (as is Nick).  Nick’s interests include classical music, Rugby and AFL.  He is a member of The Australian Club, The West Brighton Club, MCC and is also a long-suffering member of the St. Kilda Football Club.

Owen Smith


Owen joined the Firbank School Board in October 2020.  Owen is a qualified Land Economist with almost 30 years experience including commercial and industrial agency, site identification, acquisitions, property development and investment banking.

His communication, negotiation and marketing skills, combined with a demonstrated ability to create new and foster existing relationships, has seen him succeed across a number of roles.

Highly motivated, Owen is dependable, positive, calm under pressure and excels in a team environment as leader or team player in both work and his non work interests.

Owen’s daughter was the 2022 School Captain and a Year 12 student at Firbank.

Frieda Yeo


Frieda was elected to the Firbank Board in 2016 and is the current chair of the Finance Committee and Honorary Treasurer of the Foundation Trust Company.  Frieda is a Chartered Accountant and graduate of Monash University where she completed a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) / Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) in 1997.

Frieda has worked in both private and publicly listed companies over the last 18 years specialising in accounting, corporate tax and external financial reporting.  She has held the role of External Reporting Manager at IRESS Limited and more recently, Group Financial Controller at Adslot Limited. She is currently an Executive Director in her family business, which has Australian and international investments in the agricultural, seafood and property industries.

Frieda is the Treasurer of The Queen’s Fund, one of Victoria’s oldest charities, that assists Victorian women and their children who are in distress by providing short-term emergency grants.

Frieda and her husband Nick, who attended Brighton Grammar, have a daughter who attends Firbank.

Helen Quiney


Helen joined the Firbank School Board on 25 July 2022.  Helen is the Executive Director of Employee Safety, Wellbeing and Inclusion Division at the in the Department of Education and Training Helen was named as one of Victoria’s Top 50 Public Sector Women in 2022 in the ‘Established Leader’ category by the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Helen has completed a Master of Employment and Labour Relations Law (University of Melbourne), a Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Legal Practice (College of Law) and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Bachelor of Arts (Monash University).

As Firbank Alumni, Helen has a great sense of connection and pride with the School, and admiration for the achievements and growth in recent years and would like to contribute to future endeavours. She has a passion for education and a deep knowledge of school operations, education policy and improvement.  Helen and her husband Bobby have three children, including a daughter in Year 6 at Sandringham Junior School.

Chris Sheppard


Chris was appointed to the Firbank Board in August 2022 and serves as Chair of the Foundation Trust Company and is a member of the Finance Committee. Chris is a seasoned investment professional with extensive experience in education and edtech.

With a background in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and Citi Group, Chris joined SEEK in 2016 and is a leader in the SEEK Investments team in the education and edtech sector. His responsibilities include overseeing investments and portfolio management.  He holds an MBA from London Business School and a Master’s with First Class Honours in Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester.

Chris is also a Board Member for OES, Avenu Learning, GO1, and MyTutor.

Chris and his wife Cassandra, who is a Firbank alum, have two daughters who attend Firbank.

Committee Membership


Frieda Yeo – Chair & Honorary Treasurer
Jennine Ross – Chair of the Board
Chris Sheppard – Board Member
Jenny Williams – Principal
Scott Feehan – Chief Commercial Officer

Planning and Building

Owen Smith – Chair
Jenny Williams – Principal
Scott Feehan – Chief Commercial Officer

Governance, Compliance, Nominations and Risk Management

Nick Stretch – Chair
Jennine Ross – Chair of the Board
John Harris – Director

Health and Safety and Child Safety

Helen Quiney – Board Member
Jenny Williams – Principal
Megan Hall – Risk and Compliance Manager

Standing Special Purpose Committees

Firbank / BGS Liaison

Jennine Ross – Chair of the Board
Jenny Williams – Principal


Jennine Ross – Chair of the Board
Denice Pitt – Deputy Chair
Frieda Yeo – Treasurer

Foundation Trust Company

Chris Sheppard – Chair
Nick Stretch – Deputy Chair
Frieda Yeo as Treasurer, Director
Scott Feehan (Chief Commercial Officer – as Company Secretary)