You will receive School communications and special invitations to events, and will have opportunities to be further involved with the School. Donating $5,000 (singularly or over time) to Melbourne Grammar School welcomes you to the Foundation.
Foundation membership levels
There are different tiers of membership:
Member: $5,000 – $14,999
Senior Member: $15,000 – $24,999
Fellow: $25,000 – $49,999
Director: $50,000 – $99,999
Patron: $100,000 – $249,999
Foundation Circle members
Partner: $250,000 – $499,999
Benefactor: $500,000 – $999,999
Governor: $1m +
Melbourne Grammar School Foundation Board
The Melbourne Grammar School Foundation Board is a board of selected members of the School community who actively encourage philanthropy to help preserve, develop and improve the standards, facilities and wellbeing of the School.
The key objectives of the Melbourne Grammar School Foundation Board are to:
- Promote a positive culture of giving and philanthropy in the wider School community
- Solicit gifts, bequests and other forms of financial assistance, ethically and professionally.
- Harness the potential of the School community by encouraging and enabling direct involvement in the advancement of the School.
- Provide recognition and stewardship of our major donors as lifelong supporters of the School.
- Maintain and strengthen a cooperative and effective working relationship between the Melbourne Grammar School Foundation, School Council and its sub-committees.
- Promote the future advancement of the School through generational philanthropy.
Philip Solomon QC
Philip Solomon (OM 1986) joined the Melbourne Grammar School Foundation Board in 2009. In addition, Philip was on the Council of the Old Melburnians between 2006 and 2010, and was President of the Old Melburnians during 2010. Philip attended Melbourne Grammar School between 1975 and 1986. His sons, Jack and Ben both attend Melbourne Grammar School. Philip practises as a Senior Counsel at the Victorian Bar. He supports the Carlton Football Club and enjoys reading political biographies.
Louise Gourlay OAM
Louise Gourlay OAM joined the Foundation Board in 2014. She has been actively involved on an honorary basis with numerous community and/or not for profit organisations over many years. Most have been supporting health and educational projects for children and young people, combining philanthropic and practical applications. Her current involvements include The Gourlay Charitable Trust (Chairman); Royal Childrens Hospital (Patron of Auxiliaries); Trinity College, University of Melbourne (Fellow); Mercy Health Foundation (Patron); and Melbourne University Gift Review Committee. Louise has four children and nine grandchildren – her father, uncle, husband, three sons and five grandsons were/are Melbourne Grammar School boys. She is actively involved in their lives and also maintains the family’s country home and cattle farm on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Andrew Guy (OM 1965) joined the Foundation Board in 2011 when he became Chairman of the Witherby Tower Society. Andrew practised commercial law with Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks and sits on the Boards of a number of companies. His father and two brothers went to Melbourne Grammar School, and he currently has two grandchildren, Tom and Holly Landrigan, who attend Grimwade House.
John Jesson joined the Foundation Board in 2011, following his appointment as the School's Director of Finance & Administration. Prior to that, he had been the School's Finance Manager for eleven years. Married to Janene, John has two children, Louise and James (OM 2010). John spends many of his weekends in Wangaratta, and his interests include hockey and working on old radios.
Roy Kelley is the 14th Headmaster of Melbourne Grammar School. He has been a Foundation Board member since 2009. Roy was Headmaster of Auckland's King's College from 2003 – 2009, and before that was Deputy Headmaster of Perth's Hale School from 1991 – 2002. He also taught at Sherborne School in Dorset during the late 1980s. Roy's family migrated to Australia in 1964 and settled in Perth. He completed his Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education and Masters Degree at the University of Western Australia. He is the Chairman of the Dialogue Australasian Network, which fosters an academic approach to the teaching of religious education and values in Australian schools. Roy is married to Ann and has two daughters, Amy and Sarah. His interests include the theatre, bridge and many sports, including soccer, Australian Rules Football (West Coast Eagles) and cricket.
Ian Ward-Ambler (OM 1982) joined the Foundation Board in 2012, and serves as Chair of the Indigenous Programme Steering Committee. Ian is Vice-Chair of Voyager Indigenous Tourism, Chair of The Indigenous Land Council’s Finance, Legal and Investment Board Sub-Committee, and a Director of ANROWS. Ian was previously CEO of Goldman Sachs’ Australian Asset Management Business. Ian is married to Penelope. They have three daughters and a son at Wadhurst.
Professor Geoffrey Taylor
Professor Geoffrey Taylor joined the Foundation Board in 2015. He is also a member of the School Council. Geoffrey is Professor of Physics at the University of Melbourne and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale (CoEPP). He leads the Australian High Energy Physics program with major experiments at CERN, and at the Japanese National Laboratory, KEK, in Tsukuba. In particular, he leads the Australian program in the ATLAS experiment at CERN, in which after more than two decades of preparation, the famous Higgs boson was discovered and reported synchronously at CERN and Melbourne, where Professor Taylor was Chair of the key international conference in the field. He received his BSc (Hons) and MSc from the University of Western Australia, followed by his PhD from the University of Hawaii. He worked in Chicago, Berkeley, the University of Oxford and CERN in Geneva, before returning to Australia. He is a keen age-group triathlete, with national and state titles to his name, as well as placing in the world top ten on several occasions.
Graham Brown AM
Professor Graham Brown AM (OM 1964) joined the Foundation Board in 2015 and is past Foundation Director of the Nossal Institute for Global Health. He is also past Head of Infection and Immunity at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, past Head of the Victorian Infectious Diseases Service at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and James Stewart Professor of Medicine. He has also worked in education and research in Papua New Guinea and Tanzania and completed his Master of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has served on various national and international review committees and was a member of the Strategic Advisory Council for The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Children’s Vaccine Program. Graham has held a number of appointments advising the Tropical Disease Research Program of the World Health Organization and is currently Chair of the Malaria Vaccine Advisory Committee. He serves on the board of Roll Back Malaria, representing the Research and Academia constituency, and is Chair of the Scientific Consultants Group of the USAID Malaria Vaccine Development Program. His research interests include immunity to malaria, particularly malaria in pregnancy, and the challenge of malaria elimination. In 2010, Graham was made a member of the Order of Australia for service to medicine in the field of infectious diseases.