The role of the Monivae College Board is to set strategic direction and priorities for the school so that the school can continue to achieve its core objective of providing quality education to its students.


Helen Morrison- Chairperson

Helen has most of her background growing up in Hamilton. She attended La Trobe University and subsequently taught at Horsham High School for four years. She spent time overseas and returned to Hamilton to work in the family real estate business. Helen married David in 1987 and they have two children, Jess who is studying at Melbourne University, and Oscar who finished at Monivae in 2008. Helen has been on the Monivae College board since 2003.





Kevin Safe

Kevin came to Hamilton in 1965 and was employed for 30 years with the Hamilton City Council, this included 17 years as the City Engineer. In 1995, Kevin was appointed as the CEO of the newly formed Glenelg Region Water Authority and remained there until his retirement 10 years later.

Kevin married Carolyn just prior to coming to Hamilton, and they have five children, all of whom attended Monivae. Kevin and Carolyn also have 14 grandchildren. Kevin joined the Monivae College board in 2008.


Sally Cunningham

Sally came to Hamilton in 1990 from Adelaide to work in soil conservation and Landcare. She currently works for the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority. She is actively involved in the Hamilton Baptist Church.

Sally and husband Peter spent 10 years working amongst subsistence farmers in agricultural development in Niger, West Africa. She home-schooled their two sons until returning to Hamilton in 2010. Aaron completed Year 12 at Monivae in 2015, and Steven commenced Year 7 in 2016.


Tim Hallam

Tim was born in Hamilton and is a self-employed Solicitor. He was appointed to the Board in January 2013.





Lachlan Beaton

Lachlan grew up on a farm just outside of Casterton and attended Monivae from 1995 to 1999. In 1999 Lachlan was College Captain and also Adjutant of the Cadet Unit. Lachlan went on to study a Bachelor of Commerce and Diploma of Arts at The University of Melbourne, graduating with honours. Lachlan is a qualified CPA and worked in accounting and funds management for a number of years before a decade long career in corporate affairs and crisis management for some of the largest corporations in Australia. Lachlan’s work took him around the world, where he was media spokesperson for a large global company, working in New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea. Lachlan now resides in Sydney and runs his own corporate affairs and investment company and is studying a Juris Doctor, postgraduate Law Degree at the University of New South Wales.



Brendan Kelly

Brendan Lives in Penshurst and is the managing director of Kellys, a rural merchandise, fertiliser and hardware business located in both Penshurst & Dunkeld. Brendan established Kellys in Penshurst in 1988, then in Dunkeld in 2005. In recent years Brendan has also commenced selling real estate working with Charles Stewart & Co, this is somewhat a family tradition with three generations involved in real estate valuation and sales. Brendan is fourth generation of the Kelly family to live and work in Penshurst and district. 

Brendan and his wife Liz have three children Brooke, Shannon and Laine. They are active in the local community being involved in the football netball club, St Joseph Catholic Church and the Penshurst & District race club.