Who We Are
Richard Cook – Warden
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 2020. Sadly Richard died suddenly in late 2019 but his legacy continues through the College.
Juliet Cook – Acting Warden
Juliet was Richard’s wife and was involved in the administration of the College for a number of years. She will work with the College Council and act as Warden until a suitable replacement for Richard is found. When she is not helping to run the College, Juliet runs a leadership consultancy, and also has an online leadership programme. She works closely with the House Wardens and will be at dinner each week to talk with everyone.
Libby Clark - College Manager & Administration
Libby has qualifications in Youth Work and Real Estate. Being the College Admin 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 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 is 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.
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 lived in College for the first two years of his degree. He has now completed his Honours year and is working at the University of Melbourne. Jakob organises the Brunswick Street Bunnies, our mixed netball (and, in some years our mixed soccer team) which competes in the Tin Alley competition at the University of Melbourne each year.
Assistant Warden - 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 will be helping to organize Backroom Nights, our Ball and (we hope) our College magazine. Will initially studied at Charles University on exchange completing his Arts/Law degree so, if can offer advice to students wanting to study on exchange as part of their degree.
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 and a lecturer in Mathematics at ACU.