Who We Are
Richard Cook – Warden
Richard is a Barrister who has been practicing for over 30 years. He lived in Burgmann College at ANU in Canberra during his undergraduate degree. He established the 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 works closely with the Assistant Wardens to ensure that continues. Richard has five children and he still drops in to say hello and have a chat at dinner most evenings.
Libby Clark - College Manager & Administration
Libby has qualification in Youth Work and Real Estate. College Manager allows her to combine her two passions in life; nurturing and assisting young people, whilst being able to manage and provide them with homes that can enable them to pursue their dreams. Libby is also a mother raising her own young daughter to be the best she can.
Monique Chiari - Assistant Warden & Publications Officer
Monique is a final year RMIT student concluding her 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 warden position after being heavily involved in college activities. Monique is the creator of the previous college 'Lamb on Gore' exhibitions, converting the Gore St college house into an unconventional exhibition space and band room. She now is working her way into cementing her own space in the Melbourne creative environment.
Assistant Warden - Jakob McKew
Jakob grew up in rural Victoria and moved to Melbourne to study a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne. Jakob resided in the College's Queens Parade & Leicester St houses for the first two years of his degree. Jakob is currently House Warden of the Queens Parade and Moor Street Houses.
Assistant Warden - Georgia Symons
Georgia moved to Melbourne from Perth four years ago to begin her tertiary studies. While completing her bachelor of science, she resided in Queen’s college at the University of Melbourne experiencing college life and gaining mentoring and tutoring experience. She recently finished her honours degree and will continue her research into a PhD in neuroscience.
Nik Sakellaropoulos – Head Tutor
Nik has a long history of involvement with the Colleges of Melbourne University, having lived and worked in several of them. He has worked in various organisations, including the School of Mathematics & Statistics and the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI). At University, Nik read Engineering followed by Arts (in Medieval History and Classics). He has also undertaken postgraduate studies in Education and is currently a senior teacher at an inner-city school.