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.