Who We Are

Richard Cook – Founder and Warden 200 - 2019

The College was established by Richard Cook, a Barrister who practiced law for over 35 years. He lived in Burgmann College at ANU in Canberra during his undergraduate degree and he established Brunswick Street College in 2000 because he was concerned that students coming to Melbourne to study could get “lost in the system” if they didn’t know anyone. His original idea was to create a community for these students and he built the College from its original five students to the thriving community it is in 2021.  Sadly Richard died suddenly in late 2019 but his legacy continues through the College.

Juliet Cook – Warden
Juliet was Richard’s wife and was involved in the administration of the College for a number of years.  She works with the College Committee of Management to chart a course for the future of the College.  When she is not helping to run the College, Juliet runs a leadership consultancy, has an online leadership programme and raises their daughter, Annabel.  She works closely with the House Wardens and will be at dinner each week to talk with everyone.

Monique Chiari - Business Manager

Monique has a bachelors degree in Fine Arts, with specialisations in drawing and new media, while completing internships in local galleries. Originally hailing from Perth, Monique lived in Brunswick St College for two years and worked her way to being a House Warden after being heavily involved in College activities. She was the curator of the previous College 'Lamb on Gore' exhibitions, converting the Gore St college house into an unconventional exhibition space and band room. She is now cementing her own space in the Melbourne's  creative environment whilst managing all aspects of admissions, maintenance and everything in between.

 
House Warden - Annie Fraser
Annie joined BSC as a student in 2013.  Since then she has been out in the world studying, travelling and working.  This year we have enticed her back to work with us.  Annie is currently in her second year of a two-year Master of Urban Planning and Design at Monash University, having completed an undergraduate Arts degree, majoring in international development and politics and minoring in visual arts. She has spent a lot of time since completing her undergraduate degree, travelling around Australia and the world, as well as working in odd jobs and semi-professional roles.  Annie is looking forward to seeing friendships form and watching people fall in love with Fitzroy and Melbourne, just as she did in 2013. 
Senior Tutor - William Cook
In 2019 Will returned from five years living and working as a lawyer in Prague.  He is currently studying for a Masters of Information Management and helped out as a House Warden, dealing with all the challenges of Covid-19 in 2020.  Will will be keeping an eye on all our students and helping out with study skills, reviewing essays and organising tutorials as required.  Will initially studied at the University of Melbourne and completed his Arts/Law degree on exchange at Charles University so he can offer advice to students wanting to study on exchange as part of their degree, should that become possible again.
Committee of Management
The committee was formed by Richard to help guide and drive the College. 
Current members:
John McBain AO (Chair)
Gordon Chisholm
Jeremy Cook
Juliet Cook
Harriet Lobb
Vanessa Todd.
We are also fortunate to be able to seek the advice of a range of people including:
Darren Bracken
Michael Gronow QC
Bill Ranken.