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The Australian Ballet School Staff

Patron Lady Southey AC
Board of Directors
The Director Lisa Pavane, General Manager Sandra Ball and their staff are accountable to the School’s Board of Directors, which is comprised of the following senior corporate leaders and managers, academics and former dancers.
Chair

Leigh Johns OAM

Deputy Chair Robin Campbell
Board

Paul Cross
Geoffrey Guggenheimer
Jenny Kaye
Mark Kirkby
Sarah Matheson
Geoffrey Rush
W. Brind Zichy-Woinarski Q.C.

Honorary Life Members Julie da Costa OAM - Dip. ABS *
Gordon Tasker AM
Josie Woodgate OAM
Jenny Kaye
Director Lisa Pavane - Dip. ABS, VGCEBI, Grad Cert Professional Ed. & Training *+
General Manager Sandra Ball - Ad Dip ABS TC, Ad Dip Business Management
   
Student Training Programme  
Ballet Mistress, Level 8 Coordinator Joanne Michel - Dip. ABS, VGCEBI *+
Ballet Master, Level 8 Coordinator Andrew Murphy
Resident Choreographers Margaret Wilson
Grad. Dip. Ed.(Visual & Performing Arts) VGCEDI APMA Level 2
  Simon Dow - Dip. ABS
Level 5 to 7 Coordinators
& Level 7 Classical Teachers
Lynette Wills - Dip. ABS, VGCEDI +
Simon Dow - Dip. ABS +
Classical

Megan Connelly - VGCEBI, APMA Level 2 instructor+
Simon Dow - Dip. ABS
Jiayin Du - Dip. ABS +
Michela Kirkaldie - Dip. ABS, Grad. Cert. Ed.(Visual & Performing Arts) VGCEBI, APMA Level 2 instructor*+
Irina Konstantinova BA Classical Ballet (USSR), VGCEBI *+
Sergey Konstantinov BA Classical Ballet (USSR), VGCEBI *+
Sabrina Lenzi
Kirsty Martin - Dip. ABS + GDEDI
Joanne Michel - Dip. ABS, VGCEBI *+
Andrew Murphy
Christine Vavladellis - Adv. Dip. ABS, GDEDI, BAHlthSc (Anatomy & Physiology), MAEdu.LM
Lynette Wills - Adv. Dip. ABS, VGCEDI +

Contemporary Teacher *+ Margaret Wilson
Grad. Dip. Ed.(Visual & Performing Arts) VGCEDI APMA Level 2
Character/Folkloric
Christine Howard Dip. ABS, Grad. Dip. Ed.(Visual & Performing Arts) VGCEDI *+
Spanish Guest Teacher Areti Boyaci
Guest & Melbourne Community Access Teacher Kalman Warhaft Adv. Dip. ABS, GDEDI+
Regular Guest Teachers Rachel Rawlins Adv. Dip. ABS
Kevin Jackson Adv. Dip. ABS, GDEDI
Strength and Conditioning Programme  
Student Development Coordinator
& Conditioning Specialist

Katrina Edwards
Dip ABS, Adv Dip Pilates, TAE CLV Training & Assessment,
Principal Trainer membership Pilates Alliance Aust (Level 5)

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Sakis Michelis
Adv Dip ABS, APMA Pilates Certification

Vocational Graduate Teacher Training Programme
Executive Head of Teacher Training Sheryl Bates - MA Prof. Ed. & Training (MPET), BA, Dip. Ed.,Grad. Dip.(Dance & Movement)+
Pedagogic Instructor and Specialist Ballet Coach Michela Kirkaldie Dip. ABS, Grad. Cert. Ed.(Visual & Performing Arts) VGCEBI, APMA Level 2 instructor*+
Online Education Manager

Huda Ali BSc, Dip. Ed.

Digital Coordinator Nicholas Forster
Music Staff  
Head of Music/Audio Visual Co-ordinator Paul Brickhill B Mus., L Mus. A., Cert IV in Training & Assessment
Pianists

Tatiana Levitskaia B.Mus., L.Mus.
Waldemar Lis B Mus.
Neil McNeill B Mus., Dip. Ed.
Izabella Mouguerman M.Mus.
Larissa Oberfeld M.Mus.
Diane Palmer B.Mus., A.Mus.A
Keith Ng

Student Health & Welfare  
School Counsellor Philippa Ziegenhardt - Grad. Cert. Counselling, Dip. Classical Ballet (Hamburg, Germany), MACA
Physiotherapist Sarah Way Dip. Physiotherapy(CSP), MAPA
Rehabilitation Coaching - Classical Megan Connelly VGCEBI, APMA Level 2 instructor+
  Michela Kirkaldie Dip. ABS, Grad. Cert. Ed.
(Visual & Performing Arts) VGCEBI,
APMA Level 2 instructor*+
  Kirsty Martin - Dip. ABS + GDEDI
Rehabilitation Coaching - Contemporary Margaret Wilson Grad. Dip. Ed.(Visual & Performing Arts) VGCEDI APMA Level 2
Dietician Fiona Sutherland B.Sc., M.Nut. & Diet
Sports Physician Dr. Andrew Garnham MB, BS, Dip. RACOG, FACSEP
General Practitioner Dr. Vicki Higgins MB, BS
Consultant Paediatrician Dr. James Hu MBBS, FRACP, Cert. Child Psychiatry
Myotherapist Leigh Holliday Ad.Dip. Myotherapy
Connecting to School Community Programme Debra Ferguson BA, Dip.Ed.
Boarding Programme  
Head of Boarding Steven Mckee - BA Hons (QTS)
Boarding Assistants Chelsea Maron
Jessica Tivendale
Stuart Tyson
Academic Staff  
English Ludi Servadei **
English as an Additional Language (EAL) Huda Ali BSc, Dip. Ed.
English (Level 8 IELTS Overseas Students) Maree Strachan
Anatomy Sarah Way
Career Management (Levels 7&8) Pauline Ryan
Cultural Studies Pauline Ryan
Dance Perspectives / VCE Dance -
(Level 5, 6 & 7)
Pauline Ryan
Drama - (Levels 6 & 7) Steven Thorne **
Music Penne Webster (Level 4 & 5)
Alistair Gunn ** (Levels 6 & 7)
Nutrition Fiona Sutherland
Occupational Health & Safety Huda Ali BSc, Dip. Ed.
Performance Psychology

Kym King (Levels 6, 7 & 8)
Cert IV Training & Assessment, AssocDip Dance, GradCertCarEd&Dev, GDipPsychStuds,
MA Contemporary Dance (LCDS)
Philippa Ziegenhardt
Grad. Cert. Counselling,
Dip. Classical Ballet (Hamburg, Germany), MACA

Psychology Elizabeth Townshend ** (VCASS - VCE Level 6 & 7)
Academic Provider Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School
VCASS Principal Hilary Bland
VCASS Deputy Principals Donatella Mannolini
  Michael Sargeant
Administration  
Executive Assistant to the Director Marijke Franken BA(Hons)
Executive Assistant to the General Manager and Operations Coordinator Maree Strachan
International Student Coordinator Maree Strachan
Finance  
Accountant Mona Yin-Hung Pit
CPA, Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
Philanthropy & Development  
Head of Development Debra Adamidis
Development Manager William Vo
B. Comn, LLB, Grad Dip. Legal Practice (GDLP)
Development Assistant

Emily Merrett
B. Mus, M. MusThrp. (MMT), RMT

Development Consultant Emma Eldridge
BCommun/BAsianSt, MIS (Japanese)
Marketing & Communications  
Marketing & Communications Manager Marcus Bennett
Dip Arts (Graphic Design), Grad Dip (Film & Television), M Arts (Interactive Media)
Front Office  
School Administration Coordinator Christine Howard
Registrar & Student Administration Coordinator Amanda Georgiou
Administration Assistant & Digital Coordinator Nicholas Forster
Administration Assistant Cassandra Horsman
After School Programme Front Office  
After Hours Student Coordinators Norma Drew
Ian Drew
   
*Qualified Workplace Assessors
+Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
VGCEBI – Vocational Graduate Certificate in Elite Ballet Instruction
VGCEDI – Vocational Graduate Certificate in Dance Instruction
** VCASS (Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School) teachers