Meet our Board | Fintona Girls' School

Meet our Board

The role of the Board is to ensure Fintona's viability and that its values are continually upheld.

From its foundation in 1896 until 1961, Fintona was privately owned firstly by Miss Annie Hughston then, in 1932, by Miss Margaret Cunningham. On her retirement Miss Margaret Cunningham bequeathed the School to the Fintona community.

Formally, this community exists as a Company whose members are former students and teachers. Constitutionally, the Board of Directors is accountable to the Company and their actions are governed by the Corporations Act.

The role of the Board is to ensure Fintona's viability and that its values are continually upheld especially as the School adapts to the changing needs of its students and the broader community. The Board sets the strategic direction of the School and also sets and oversees the budget.


Mrs Jackie Besley (Robertson 1986)
Board Chair (May 2021)
BA, BPsych (Hons)

Jackie is a Consultant with Devereaux Consulting, and has previously worked with the global executive search firm, Odgers Berndtson, focusing on the education and government sectors. Earlier in her career, Jackie held the position of Engagement Manager with a global executive search practice, and was previously a Research Executive in an international professional services firm where she worked within the Corporate Finance division, providing specialist research for the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions and Valuations practices.

Jackie holds a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University and a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from James Cook University. She is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society and an Affiliate of the APS College of Organisational Psychologists. She attended Fintona from Years 7 to 12.

Mrs Alison Rodriquez (O’Grady 2003)
Board Deputy Chair (May 2021)
B.Bus (Monash University) and Grad Diploma Applied Finance & Investment (Finsia)

Alison commenced her career as an Analyst at Goldman Sachs JB Were, has worked with Evans and Partners as an Associate Advisor, and is now is a Wealth Advisor with Dixon Advisory.

In 2011, Alison took up a role with Morgan Stanley in New York where she worked in the company’s Capital Markets Group and gained valuable experience across global equity and capital markets. Upon relocating back to Australia in 2014 Alison re-joined Evans and Partners and in mid-2017 Alison took up Wealth Advisor role with Dixon Advisory. As a Wealth Adviser, Alison is focused on building and managing quality investment strategies for Self Managed Super Funds and their families.

Alison is a keen member of the Hawthorn Football Club, Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club and the National Gallery of Victoria. Alison attended Fintona from 1997 to 2003.

Dr Michael Lee
MBBS (University of Melbourne)

FACD Fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatologists

Dr Michael Lee is a consultant skin specialist. He is currently in private practice at the Epworth Eastern Medical Centre. Dr Lee is also a visiting dermatologist at the Epworth Eastern Hospital in Box Hill. He has special interests in skin cancer management and inflammatory skin disorders including psoriasis.

He has two daughters who completed their secondary education at Fintona.

He enjoys golf and performing and visual arts.

Mrs Catherine Vickers-Willis (Maxwell 1978)
BA (University of Melbourne)

Catherine has been actively involved in both the independent and government school sectors over the last 25 years. She has held various roles which include all four pillars of Advancement – Admissions, Marketing and Communications, Fundraising and Alumni. She also worked with the Geelong Grammar Foundation and Community Relations Department to develop the concept of the Past Parents Network and is currently working on contract in the Health Industry.

Catherine and her husband Rob have four sons and her involvement with their schooling has driven her interest in the education sector. She is a second generation Fintonian and joined the Fintona Board in August 2015.

Mrs Jane Rodgerson (1974)

Jane has recently retired after 32 years of service with the RACV in a variety of management roles in Training and Development, Tourism and Travel Product Development and Sales and Member Relations.

Jane attended Fintona from 1962-1974 and is the current 1974 Year Secretary. Both her mother and sister also attended Fintona.

Mrs Claire Levi (Buckner 1983)
BA (Hons), MA (Public History)

After leaving school Claire worked in the hospitality industry and obtained a diploma in hotel management. Returning to university to follow an interest in History, she pursued further studies to turn her passion into a career and began working with HistorySmiths Pty Ltd in 2006.

Claire attended Fintona from Year 1. She was delighted to renew her connection to the school while researching and writing Fintona's latest history, For the honour of our school published in 2016 to celebrate its 120th anniversary.

Claire has two sons, currently attending secondary school. She joined the Board in January 2017.

Mr Jason Karametos  
BCom / LLB (Hons) (Monash University), LLM (University of Melbourne)
Australian Lawyer – Supreme Court of Victoria

Jason is a PwC partner in the corporate and global tax practice. As a member of the PwC tax leadership team, Jason leads the PwC Australia Corporate Tax team, Industries and Stamp Duty.

With over 18 years’ experience advising a broad range of Australian and multinational public companies on corporate issues, Jason has developed expertise in Mergers & Acquisitions, structuring, global tax and capital management strategies.

Jason has two daughters at Fintona currently in the Junior and Middle Schools. He joined the Board in February 2018.

Mr Gary McGrath
BA, B.Soc.Wk, LL.B (Adelaide University), LL.M ( Sydney University)  Grad.Dip.App.Corp Gov

Gary is currently the Head of Compliance at Hostplus, one of the largest industry superannuation funds in Australia.

He has extensive experience in the financial services industry, in particular, the superannuation sector having held prior positions as a Senior Financial Services Lawyer, Company Secretary and Risk & Compliance Executive.

Gary joined the Fintona Board in October 2018.


The Company Secretary is Mrs Geraldine Ilott, Fintona's Business Manager. The Principal, Ms Rachael Falloon, and Geraldine attend all Board and subcommittee meetings in an ex-officio capacity.