Senior Common Room
The Senior Common Room membership is made up of leading academics, postgraduates, theologians and professionals within the College community.
Their combined expertise and experience assists students with their studies and also supports the operation of the College.
Senior Common Room Members
- Master, Dr Stewart Gill OAM MA (Hons) Edin, MA Tor, PhD Guelph, FRHistS, FQA, MAICD
- Dr Sally Dalton-Brown MA Wits, PhD Cantab, PhD UCLan
- Dean of Studies and Arch Wyvern, Mr. Jacob Workman BSB (Hons), GCertUM, MCom
- College Chaplain, Rev. Sally Apokis BMin, DipTeach
- Coordinator—Research Student Support Program & JCR Mentor, Mrs Annabelle Workman BA(Hons), GDipEnv(PH)
- Mentor Coordinator & Residential Tutor, Dr Sarah-Jane Dempsey DipPWE, BA(Hons), PhD
- Rev. Prof. Sean Winter BA(Hons), DPhil
- Choir Director, Mr John Weretka BA (Hons), GradCertArts (Art History), PostGradDipArts (Art History), GradDipTheol, GradDipHumanities (Latin), AMusA
- Rev. Dr Con Apokis BA, BTh, DipMin, MTh, PhD
- Rev. Dr Geoff Thompson BAgrSc (Hons, Melbourne), BD (Hons, MCD), PhD (Cambridge)
- Rev. Assoc. Prof. John Flett BMin, MTheol (1st class Hons), PhD (summa cum laude), DTheol.Habil
- Senior Tutor, Ms. Lucinda Bordignon BA, LLB, GDLP(Hons)
- Director of Music, Ms. Simone Maurer MPhil Cantab, B.Mus (Hons) Griff, L.Mus.A (flute), A.Mus.A (piano)
Senior Common Room Members
Master, Dr Stewart Gill OAM
MA (Hons) Edin, MA Tor, PhD Guelph, FRHistS, FQA, MAICD
Dr Stewart Gill was born in St Andrews, Scotland, and grew up in Fifeshire. He is a graduate from the Universities of Edinburgh, Toronto and Guelph—the latter two on a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship. Since 1985 he has been in Australia and prior to his current appointment was a lecturer in the Presbyterian Theological College in Melbourne (1985-1995), Warden of Ridley College (1996-2000) and Dean of Trinity College (2000-2004) at the University of Melbourne and Principal of Emmanuel College (2005-2016) at The University of Queensland and an adjunct-Professor in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry. He has published articles and books in Australian, Canadian and Scottish History. Stewart is a past President of the Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand, the founding Chairman of the Pacific Asia Network of Canadian Studies, President-elect of the International Council for Canadian Studies and is a member of numerous learned societies, including the Australian Institute for International Affairs of which he was Vice-President in Queensland. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences. Stewart is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is the director of a number of not-for-profits including as a trustee of the Anglican Relief Development Fund (Australia) and on the advisory board of The Global Foundation. Stewart serves on the editorial board of Australasian Canadian Studies, Canadian Foreign Policy and International Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue Internationale D’Etudes Canadiennes.
When he has the time Stewart is a keen golfer and in his move back to Victoria hopes to take up his support of the Hawks football team. In 2016 he was awarded an OAM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his contribution to tertiary education and the wider community.
Dr Sally Dalton-Brown
MA Wits, PhD Cantab, PhD UCLan
Sally is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne; her publications include books and articles on ethics and world literature, particularly Russian, dystopian and postmodern fiction. She is the Australian contributor to the Cambridge Quarterly in Healthcare Ethics, and her last book was on the ethics of new and disruptive technology. Sally was a Senior Lecturer and sub-Dean of the School of European studies at Sussex University before coming to Australia in 2003. Having held various positions at Trinity College, where she managed the mentoring and academic programs before becoming Dean of the College in 2014. Sally took a belated gap year in 2016 to become a professional artist.
Dean of Studies and Arch Wyvern, Jacob Workman
BSB (Hons), GCertUM, MCom
Jacob Workman, BSB (Hons), MCOMM is a professional manager and facilitator, having held senior roles in both industry and academia. He completed undergraduate studies in entrepreneurship and economics at the University of Minnesota Carlson School, and his masters of commerce was undertaken at the University of Melbourne. Jake currently heads the Education and Programs portfolio at the Centre for Workplace Leadership within the Melbourne Business School, where he specialises in leadership capability and professional skills development.
Jake has a long and vibrant relationship with Queen’s College. He met his wife Annabelle at Queen’s whilst completing a semester abroad at the University of Melbourne, where they were in the Queen’s Production of Singing in the Rain together. Belle and Jake then lived in Queen’s from 2008-2011 as resident tutors and members of the Senior Common Room. They returned as Senior Tutors in 2016 with their three-year old daughter. Jake has served as the Arch-wyvern since 2014 and sits on Council, Finance Committee and the Philanthropy Committee.
College Chaplain, Rev. Sally Apokis
Sally has worked in educational chaplaincy in Australia and in the United Kingdom for twenty years, most recently as the Chaplain to the University of Kent, the University of Greenwich, and the University of Canterbury Christ Church—where she was also a Canon of Rochester Cathedral. Sally is an ordained Christian minister, holds both theological and educational qualifications and has taught in the private, Catholic and state sectors. She has worked in community development over many years working for peace, justice and reconciliation and as a part of the interfaith movement. She is passionate about affirming the goodness and spirituality of young people and their vocations. Offering hospitality and using the creative arts, Sally offers an inclusive and vibrant chaplaincy.
Senior Tutor, Mrs Annabelle Workman
Annabelle is a doctoral candidate with the European Union Centre on Shared Complex Challenges and the Australian-German Climate and Energy College. She holds an Honours degree in Arts (Politics and Chinese) and a Graduate Diploma in Environments (Public Health), both from the University of Melbourne.
Belle investigated environmental policy in the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics in her Honours thesis in 2008. Afterwards, she spent five years working for the Australian federal government in public health while completing a graduate diploma in Environments part-time. She commenced her PhD in 2015 and is exploring the role of health co-benefits in the development of national climate change mitigation policies in Australia, China and the EU.
Outside of research, Belle loves running, reading, camping and socialising. At Queen’s, she lives with her husband Jake, and their two daughters, where she mentors undergraduates and coordinates the research student support program.
Mentor Coordinator and Residential Tutor, Dr Sarah-Jane Dempsey
DipPWE, BA(Hons), PhD
Sarah-Jane is a Melbourne girl at heart, born and raised on the outer fringe of the suburbs, where trees still out number houses. She has always had a desire for knowledge and learning, and embarked on her first major academic undertaking when she started VCE at 13 years of age, which resulted in her being dux of her small country school. She commenced her first degree at 16 years old at Monash University, studying communications, but quickly fell in love with an elective – philosophy.
Sarah-Jane obtained her PhD in Philosophy from Monash University in 2014, for which she developed and defended an independent model of space-time, in the metaphysics area of philosophy. She researched and designed a logical and consistent model that allows for a real passing of time – something that is generally controversial and difficult to account for due to Einstien’s theory of relativity. Sarah-Jane has extensive experience in teaching at both secondary and tertiary levels. She has presented peer reviewed papers at national and international philosophy conferences, and has research interests in ethics, temporal metaphysics, philosophy for children, and mentor-mentee partnerships. She is currently undertaking further studies at The University of Melbourne in the Graduate Diploma of Psychology programme, and intends to combine the two disciplines in a new approach to mental health, utilising modern psychological science and ancient but common philosophical methods of thought. She is also concurrently completing a Diploma of Counselling at the AIPC. Sarah-Jane has worked locally, nationally, and internationally for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, in both organisational and mentorship roles, and was chosen to be the Australian delegate to the World Centre in London during 2008, where she worked on the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, particularly concerning the rights of women and girls. She has a great passion for education, especially surrounding issues of access for girls and underprivileged children.
Her role at Queen’s College is twofold. She serves as Mentor Coordinator, organising and overseeing the College’s mentorship program designed to help first year students successfully settle in to university and College life. Sarah-Jane also holds a Resident Tutor role at Queen’s College, where she teaches various subjects related to philosophy, linguistics, politics, sociology, and psychology.
When she isn’t busy studying or teaching, she enjoys Melbourne’s amazing restaurants, cafes and nightlife; Netflix and Knit; jogging; ultralight overnight hiking; reading epic fantasy novels; and watching the AFL with her family.
Rev. Assoc. Prof. Sean Winter
Sean is a biblical scholar and theologian and currently works as the Academic Dean at Pilgrim Theological College, housed next door to Queen’s at the Centre for Theology and Ministry. He moved to Melbourne from Manchester in the UK in 2009 with Katherine, Sophia (now 14) and Lucy (now 12) and together, they have lived in the College Close since arriving in Australia. Sean is an ordained Baptist minister who studied theology initially at the University of Bristol (1986–1990) and then pursued doctoral studies at the University of Oxford (1990–1997). After 6 years of pastoral ministry in Reading (1994–1999) he took up his first teaching job at the Northern Baptist College in Manchester (2000–2008). He teaches in the area of New Testament studies and early Christian history. Sean’s research focusses on a number of different issues relating to the interpretation of the New Testament: the letters of the apostle Paul; the relationship between biblical interpretation and constructive theological work; the use of the Bible in the work of German theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Sean was the Dean of Queen’s Chapel from 2013–2015..
Choir Director, Mr John Weretka
BA (Hons), GradCertArts (Art History), PostGradDipArts (Art History), GradDipTheol, GradDipHumanities (Latin), AMusA
John Weretka holds qualifications in mediaeval history, musicology, art history, theology and Latin language and literature and is currently a masters student at the University of Divinity. His masters thesis is a translation of and commentary on the Liber Primus of the twelfth-century bishop and theologian Sicard of Cremona’s liturgical commentary De mitrale, with an examination of its position within the tradition of the liturgical commentary in the Middle Ages and its links to works such as Jean Beleth’s Rationale Divinorum Officiorum, Honorius of Autun’s Gemma animae and Hugh of St Victor’s Speculum de mysteriis ecclesiae. John has taught subjects on the history of music in the Renaissance and Baroque period and harmony and counterpoint for the Faculty of Music at the University of Melbourne.
He has given public lectures and talks for bodies including the Johnston Collection, and the National Gallery of Victoria, and is a frequent preconcert speaker for the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He is a cultural tour leader for Australians Studying Abroad, for whom he has led tours in Rome, Sicily and the Low Countries. Active as a performing musician, John has appeared as a singer or viola da gambist in festivals including the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, the Castlemaine State Festival, the Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival, the Four Winds Festival at Bermagui, and the Melbourne International Festival of Organ and Harpsichord/Melbourne Autumn Music Festival and with groups including e21 and Ensemble Gombert. John was Director of Music at St Peter’s Anglican Church (Eastern Hill) from 2003 to 2008. Visit the College choir page for more information.
Rev. Dr Con Apokis
BA, BTh, DipMin, MTh, PhD
Con has held a number of higher education roles including Head of Faculty of Education & Youth Studies, Tabor Victoria; Director of Education & Training, Church Army (UK & Ireland); and he has presented at a number conferences. Con’s PhD research presented findings on how fathers with faith, other faiths and no faith in Western society experience significant liminal experiences and make sense of them. It sought to examine the role of religion, spirituality and religious practitioners through a focus on the experiences of fathers at the birth of their children. His current research interests include: contemporary modes of community life, the pervasive role of consumer mindsets, the role of story as a carrier of meaning and transformation, rituals as a catalyst for new modes of practice and meaning-making, and social transformation and social entrepreneurship. Con’s background is Greek Orthodox, his parents having migrated here from Greece in the 1950s. He is married to Sally (College Chaplain) with whom they have three children (Fotios Jude, Politimos Zakkai and Evthoxia Annabelle).
Rev. Dr Geoff Thompson
BAgrSc (Hons, Melbourne), BD (Hons, MCD), PhD (Cambridge)
Geoff Thompson is Co-ordinator of Studies in Systematic Theology at the Uniting Church’s Pilgrim Theological College (between St. Hilda’s and Ormond). Pilgrim is the institutional successor to the Methodist Theological College which was based at Queen’s up until the 1970s. After a brief career as an Agronomist, Geoff studied theology in Melbourne and Cambridge as part of his training as a minister in the Uniting Church. He served as a local pastor in Fairfield, before moving to Brisbane to teach at Trinity College Queensland for 12 years. He returned to Melbourne to take up his present position in 2013. Geoff’s research interests are in mainstream Christian theology with a particular focus on the public and ecclesial roles of Christian beliefs. He has published in the International Journal of Systematic Theology, Pacifica, Colloquium, and Uniting Church Studies as well as being an occasional contributor to the ABC’s Religion and Ethics website and On Line Opinion. In recent years Geoff has contributed chapters to Ecological Hermeneutics (2010), God of Salvation (2011), The Cambridge Companion to Reformed Theology (2016) as well as several entries in the New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic (2016). A collection of his essays on the theology of the Uniting Church has been published as Disturbing Much, Disturbing Many (2016). Geoff is married to Linda, and, with their adult son, Jamie, they live in The Close from where they greatly enjoy being part of the Queen’s community. The Close also provides relative proximity to Etihad Stadium where Geoff and Linda enjoy supporting the Western Bulldogs.
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Rev. Assoc. Prof. John Flett
BMin, MTheol (1st class Hons), PhD (summa cum laude), DTheol.Habil
John Flett is associate professor of missiology and intercultural theology at Pilgrim Theological College, Melbourne, Privatedozent at the Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethal, and Stellvertretender Institutsleiter am Institut für Interkulturelle Theologie und Interreligiöse Studien, Wuppertal. He specialises in intercultural theology, ecumenical relationships, and mission studies. He has lived and taught in the USA, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, South Korea, Germany, the DRC, and Australia. His PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary examined the history and theology of missio Dei and was published as The Witness of God (Eerdmans, 2010). His Habilitationschrift, undertaken at the Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel, developed a critical account the church’s apostolicity and its coontinuity across cultures. This was published as Apostolicity: The Ecumenical Question in World Christian Perspective (IVP Academic, 2016). He is currently developing a text on how the German church understood the relationship between the Christian gospel and culture during the twentieth century. He is a minister of the Word in the Uniting Church in Australia, is married to Priscilla and has two daughters, Trinity and Mila.
Senior Tutor, Ms. Lucinda Bordignon
BA, LLB, GDLP(Hons)
Lucinda is a Senior Residential Tutor at Queen’s. Lucinda grew up in Melbourne and in the Otways. She attended Geelong Grammar School as a boarder. Lucinda completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in French and International Relations, a Bachelor of Laws, and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice With Merit at The Australian National University.
Lucinda has worked as a lawyer in various roles, including in law firms and in Commonwealth government departments. Lucinda has also worked as an adviser to a politician. Lucinda is a past president of the Australian Capital Territory Young Lawyers Committee, as well as a past president of the Old Geelong Grammarians Association Australian Capital Territory Branch.
In 2017 Lucinda will begin the Master of Teaching (Primary) at the University of Melbourne and will be studying full-time.
Director of Music, Ms. Simone Maurer
MPhil Cantab, B.Mus (Hons) Griff, L.Mus.A (flute), A.Mus.A (piano)
Simone is an active performer, researcher, and educator who holds a particular passion for interdisciplinary performance collaborations and making music education more accessible for young people with learning difficulties. Hailing from a classical music background in flute, piano, and violin, Simone graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music with Class I Honours in Advanced Flute Performance degree in 2013. It was during this study she found her passion for performance-as-research which inspired her move to the United Kingdom for two years. She completed an MPhil in Music Studies (specialising in Music Performance) at the University of Cambridge and received flute lessons from Michael Cox, flute professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She then undertook a year of teaching at Wells Cathedral School, one of five music specialist schools in the UK. During her time overseas, Simone collaborated with composers to premiere new music for flute which furthered her passion for contemporary performance. Having returned to Australia, Simone is now beginning a PhD in Music Performance at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music where her doctoral research will investigate how incorporating movement with contemporary flute music enhances the communication of emotion in performance. Simone has performed as a flautist and soloist with the Australian Youth Orchestra, Queensland Youth Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra (internship), Queensland Bach Society, Hindemith Quintet, Forest Collective, and Britten Sinfonia.