Who We Are

Richard Cook – Founder and Warden 2000 - 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 is at dinner each week to talk with everyone.

Tracy Masur - Business Manager

Tracy has recently joined the Brunswick Street College family, having held roles in business administration in various industries including education, recreation and healthcare.  She has travelled extensively through Australia, Africa and Asia and is passionate about complementary health.  Tracy is a mother of two teeenager and lives in the inner north but grew up in country Victoria and completely understands the challenges that come with moving to the city.  She is looking forward to assisting new students in making the most of their inner city living experience.

Annie Fraser - House Warden

Annie joined the College 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 a range of odd jobs and semi-professional roles.
In her spare time Annie likes to go hiking and camping, play football in Brunswick and spend time with friends exploring new places around Melbourne.  She is looking forward to seeing friendships form and watching people fall in love with Fitzroy and Melbourne, just as she did in 2013.  She is here to help with that process in any way she can.

 

Eliza Paul - House Warden
Eliza joined the College as a student in 2018.  Moving from Tasmania to study Arts, Eliza was searching for a community to give her the opportunities to grow intellectually and socially.  The support she found living at BSC fuelled her newfound independence and she was able to immerse herself in Melbourne’s culture.  Eliza’s favourite things about College life are the discussions students share over communal meals, student and staff organised activities such as gallery openings, house parties and movie nights, not to mention the vibrant locations of the houses and the weekly netball games! Eliza looks forward to welcoming new students into our amazing community.

Nick Martinovich - Finance Manager

In 2020 Nick volunteered to help us with the College accounts and in 2021 he has stepped into a more formal role, to help us develop and refine the business processes that keep the College humming.  Nick is meant to be retired but is far too busy for that. He has worked mainly in commercial business operations (Sales, Exports, Customer Service, Logistics, Finance) in all sorts of industries from hospitality, fabrication, agriculture and manufacturing.  In his spare time he enjoys travelling within Australia and time with the family including his two grandchildren who are 11 and 6 years old.

Lou Graham

Lou joined us at the start of 2021 to provide dinners as Covid cut a swathe through the restaurants on Brunswick Street.  She extended her catering operation, based at The Little Grocer, to deliver us meals at The BSC Common Room every week.  Lou has embraced all our students and goes out of her way to accommodate favourite dishes, birthday requests and, of course, dietary restrictions. 

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.