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School Board

North-Eastern Montessori School operates as a not-for-profit, company limited by guarantee. Under the terms of the School Constitution, the School Board is comprised of both member elected Directors and Board appointed Directors. At any time there is a minimum of five and maximum of nine Board Directors. Our Principal and Business Manager are also members of our School Board.

Neil Champion – Plenty Valley International Montessori School St Helena Melbourne
Neil Champion Chair. Member - Audit, Risk Compliance and Membership Committee
Neil is an independent Director who was appointed to the Board in 2019. He is a retired former Principal, Deputy Principal, secondary teacher and educational writer with an interest in school governance and innovation.
Amod Joshi – Plenty Valley International Montessori School St Helena Melbourne
Amod Joshi Treasurer. Acting Chair - Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
Amod is a current school parent who was elected to the Board in 2019. Amod has over 16 years’ experience in Project Management, Finance and Business Operations within Defence, Telecommunications and other sectors.
Justin Garrett – Plenty Valley International Montessori School St Helena Melbourne
Justin Garrett Chair, Remuneration and Nominations Committee
Justin is a current school parent who was elected to the Board in 2018. Justin has had a lengthy career in education, involving positions of leadership and teaching Psychology and Japanese at secondary level.
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Mun Rosewarne Member, Infrastructure Buildings and Grounds Committee
Mun is a current school parent who was elected to the Board in 2020. Mun has two decades of experience as a practising Architect with a strong focus on innovative educational facilities.
Margaret Abernathy
Margaret Abernathy A.M.
Maggie is a Professor in the Department of Accounting at the University of Melbourne. She was awarded the Telstra Business Woman of the Year (Government and Community) in 2008. In 2019 she was recognized by the Order of Australia for her contribution to higher education, research in accounting and student access and equity.
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Jade McEwen
Jade is a current school parent who was elected to the Board in 2021. Jade is a social research, quality improvement and safeguarding specialist for the human services sector. Her particular expertise is supporting people with intellectual disabilities. Holding a Masters in Disability Studies, Jade is on the cusp of submitting her PhD thesis.
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Hasnain Razwi
Has (short for Hasnain) is a current school parent who was appointed to the Board in 2021. Has is a consultant specialising in Business Analysis and Organisational Change Management with a focus on strategy and project implementation.
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Ellen McOmish
Ellen is a current school parent who was elected to the Board in 2021. Ellen has 10 years' experience in project and commercial management within the retail sector with a focus on operations and strategic implementation. She holds a Bachelor of Laws & Arts.

During 2020, as well as working on our rebranding, the School Board spent considerable time reviewing and renewing the Strategic Plan for our School. Below you will find the new Strategic Plan which documents the four main pillars that will guide our activity and development during the coming years.

Our School is run by the North-Eastern Montessori School Association, trading as North-Eastern Montessori School.

The AGM of the School Association happens in May, and parent members may nominate for vacant board positions via the nominations handbook.