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Meet the Board of Directors

Gillian Tattersall

I am a past parent of Highview College where all four of my children attended during their secondary schooling.

I joined the Board in 2010, initially as the P&FA representative. When my youngest daughter completed her studies at Highview (in 2012) I continued serving on the Board as the Church of Christ representative.

During 2013 I was appointed Deputy Chair and in June 2017 I was elected Chair.

My family has had a continuous involvement with Highview since our eldest child commenced studying here in 1996.

My long standing and deep involvement in Highview is principally due to the school’s foundation by the Brigidine Order, having myself attended Brigidine secondary schools in Melbourne and Geelong.

I am a strong believer of educational choice within this community, and will always advocate to maintain both the Christian foundation and the accessible nature of Highview, through strategically focusing on the curriculum offered.

My focus is currently on developing a constitution which reflects modern governance practices while at the same time recognising Highview’s history, so that the school is well positioned to tackle the challenges and grasp the opportunities of the future. 

Jason Gray

I am a Parent Representative, and was elected at the May 2017 AGM. I am currently employed as a Senior Business Specialist in a large telecommunications company. I bring to the Board a wide range of business and management experience in areas such as workforce planning and management, process and performance improvement, project management as well a range of IT related skills. 

My interest in being on the Board is to ensure the ongoing success of Highview College, as a first choice school for its surrounding communities. I believe that to achieve this the Board needs to measure the direction and performance of the school and provide strategic direction to its senior leadership. This will ensure that Highview's continued success is our common goal.​

Sam Meerbach

Until the end of October 2017, I am a parent of a student at Highview, after that I remain as a passionate advocate for the continued development of a school of choice for Maryborough and district students.  I have thirty years of experience as a teacher, leader of curriculum and special education. I completed an administration university course, which included governance and inspired me to apply for Board membership. My interest in the Board is in making our historically significant, ecumenical school a great school, offering quality education that sets students up for making the most of their future options and choices, whatever that may be. 


Jackie Dellavedova

I have lived in Maryborough for over 30 years, having moved from Melbourne to start my first job as a Dietitian at the Maryborough District Health Service in 1984. I retired from MDHS in 2014, and now work in private practice at the Nightingale Clinic, as an Accredited Practising Dietitian and a Diabetes Educator.

Highview College is a unique school, as it is the first ecumenical school in the southern hemisphere. My late mother-in-law, Mrs Elaine Dellavedova, was one of the founding members of the Christian Community College, as it was originally called, so I have an historical link with Highview College and therefore, I am keen to support the College and facilitate advancement for future generations.

As education is very important to me, I am committed in supporting and promoting Highview College as the school of choice for our local and district community. Being part of the Highview College Board has been a steep learning curve for me, as there are many stakeholders to work with. I am on the executive and governance subcommittees, so I have embraced the challenge and look forward to positively contributing to a high quality educational system at Highview College in Maryborough.

Fr John Monaghan

I grew up on the family farm near Stawell and did my seminary training at Corpus Christi College, Clayton. I spent time as a deacon in Maryborough in 1980-81 and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1981. Since then I’ve served in parishes of the Catholic diocese of Ballarat including Terang, Hamilton, Mildura and throughout the Mallee.

I commenced my current appointment in January 2016 as parish priest of St Augustine’s parish, Maryborough which also includes Avoca, Dunolly and several smaller towns. Taking over from my predecessor, Fr Ed Moloney, since February 2016 I’ve been the Catholic Church representative on the Highview College Board.

John Williamson 

I grew up on the farm at Carisbrook, attended Carisbrook State School, Maryborough High School, and finished my secondary education at Ballarat College. I then attended the University of New England in Armidale N.S.W. and graduated with B.Rur.Sc.

In 1966 I returned to the farm and have been the farm manager since 1969. I have had an innovative approach to livestock breeding and conservation cropping, this has included participation in a number discussion groups. I am a member of the Uniting Church, Rotary, Goldfields Education and Learning Centre, Carisbrook Cemetery Trust, and Moolort Landcare.

In 1972 I was teaching part time at the Maryborough Technical College, when I heard rumours of this new Christian Community College. I was a little sceptical, even if my mother was a volunteer teacher in needlework and my sister and many of my friends helped build the mud-brick building.

During the mid1970’s and 1980’s I was impressed with the high calibre and integrity of the Teachers at the College, and the early students and graduates that I knew, or learnt of.

From 1994 to 2006 Alison and I were parents of Zoe, Genevieve, and Charles as they were educated very well at Highview. For most of this time I was a member of the College Board and it was a privilege to get an even closer understanding of the College.

After a break of about seven years, it has been a very interesting experience over the last three years to again be on the Board of Highview College.


Reverend Canon Heather Blackman

Rector of the Anglican Parish of Maryborough with Avoca and the Anglican Church Representative on the Board.

I grew up in Swan Hill attending Swan Hill Primary School then Swan Hill High School. After which I graduated with a Bachelor of Education from Ballarat CAE. I continued with my Higher Education achieving a Post Graduate Diploma of Education from Latrobe University in Bendigo. I have thirty years of full time teaching experience in Secondary Colleges with the Victorian Education Department, now the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. My passion was educating young people but also have had extensive experience in School Leadership and Management.

After a call to ministry I studied to achieve a Bachelor of Theology, and a Diploma in Anglican Studies. I was appointed Deacon in the Parish of Avon(Stratford) in Gippsland, then at St Arnaud prior to being Priested to become Priest in Charge in the Anglican Parish of St Arnaud, and now Rector of the Anglican Parish of Maryborough with Avoca.

I am passionate about personal growth and development of young people and am happy to serve on the Board of Highview College, in the capacity of a member of one of the four founding Churches. I am committed to supporting the school community, to help with Board matters and to encourage the things of God to be a focus in this community.