About Us 2014


The idea for a Foundation flowed from a number of Vestry meetings when the proposal for an initiative to found a Centre to assist the street people and disadvantaged was discussed. Many years ago Saint Peters was involved in the establishment of the Brotherhood of St Laurence with Fr Tucker. At the same time the cost of refurbishing the Tower on the Church was a constant agenda item.
Our Architect, Stuart Winston Hall, had calculated that an amount in excess of $200,00 would be needed to cover the cost of the Tower and although a useful amount could be obtained from the Heritage Fund, well over $120,000 would still be needed.
At the same time through assistance from Deputy Prime Minister, Brian Howe, and Senator Jim Short a property in Spring Street was offered on a modest annual rent for the site of a Centre for our social welfare activities. The property was the original site of the Mission for Streets and Lanes. This was attractive but the refurbishment cost was prohibitive.
It became apparent that a vehicle for raising capital and ongoing needs to fund both proposals, Heritage works and social welfare activities, would be needed. A decision to form the St. Peter’s Eastern Hill Charitable was taken.
With the help of Solicitors Deacons, Graham & James, acting on a pro bono basis, and the endeavours of our Accountant, Mr Peter McWhinney, the Foundation was formed. The initial Board members were elected with Mr Will Bailey being appointed Chairman.
The Directors were: Primrose Lady Potter AO, the Hon Mr Justice Alex Chernov, Robin Briggs, Stuart Winston Hall, Willoughby Bailey AO and Dr John Davis (Vicar).
This Board remained in place for a number of years and it was successful in raising sufficient funds to complete the Tower refurbishment and working with the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem to establish a Centre to provide support for the disadvantaged and marginalized in the City of Melbourne. 

John Taaff

John Taaff has been a parishioner of St Peter’s Eastern Hill since 1964. He served on the restoration committee in the mid 80s. John has been a member of Vestry for 16 years and Vicar's Warden for 14 years. He is also the Property Warden and is a member of the book shop committee. John has been a Trustee of the Foundation for 14 years and chairman for 7 years. He is a director of Lost Valley Wines Pty Ltd.

Canon Dr Ray Cleary AM

In 2008 Ray Cleary was awarded Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for services to the Anglican Church of Australia and to the community through executive roles in a range of social justice and welfare organisations. In 2010 he joined the Trinity College Theological School, part of MCD University of Divinity, as lecturer in public and pastoral theology  He continues to act as a consultant to agencies in the community sector, is a member of the Victorian Children’s Council  and a mentor to a number of senior executives.  Ray has recently published a book titled Reclaiming Welfare for Mission, choices for Churches. He continues to write and comment on public issues and has presented a range of papers at conferences and by special invitation on the role of faith–based agencies in the public forum. At the International level Ray is a special advisor to the International Forum for Child Welfare and until 2013 a Board member of the agency, presenting at the WorldForum on matters of child welfare and justice issues. He is a Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne and has served as Chair of the Social Responsibilities Committee from 1993 -2010.

Fr Hugh Kempster

Fr Hugh is the Vicar of St Peter’s Eastern Hill, the Area Dean of Melbourne, and has academic research interests in the area of Medieval Mysticism, and in particular Julian of Norwich and Richard Rolle. He also has an interest in Positive Psychology and its application to Parish ministry. Fr Hugh currently serves as a board member for the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Rachel Ellyard

Rachel is a member of the Victorian Bar where she practises in civil and administrative law with a particular focus on regulatory matters, including disciplinary proceedings, inquests and civil claims. She is a member of the Church Law Commission and the Legal Advisory Group for the Diocese of Melbourne and the Deputy Advocate for the Diocese of Wangaratta.
Rachel’s connection to St Peters dates to 2000 when she first joined the parish, attracted first by its choir and musical tradition. She remains a member of the choir and of the parish council and is delighted to be introducing her son and daughter to the delights of the St Peter's liturgical tradition as well as to its long record of work to support the disadvantaged and vulnerable in society.
Rachel became a trustee of the Foundation when first elected as a churchwarden of St Peters in 2004 and was honoured to be invited to remain a trustee after her tenure as a warden concluded in 2011. 

Konstantine Soteriou

Treasurer of the Chaitable Foundation and financial markets professional, Kostantine earned a Double Bachelors Degree in International Trade/ Banking & Finance from Monash University in 2001 and has since worked across several industries ranging from FMCG's to Financial Markets. He currently consults to a range of business and administers the Parish on a part time basis.

Michael Gronow

Michael Gronow is a barrister practising in general commercial law including insolvency.  He is also the lecturer and subject co-ordinator of the ‘Insolvency Law’ subject at the University of Melbourne Law School, and the author and co author of works about insolvency law, including bankruptcy and company liquidation.  He is married to Sharon, has two children (Miranda and Christian) and lives in North Fitzroy.  He enjoys reading, listening to music, cycling and sailing.  He and his family have been parishioners at St Peter’s Eastern Hill since the early 1990s.  He is also the honorary secretary of the Melbourne Anglican Trusts Corporation.  

Jane Munro

Associate Professor Jane Munro was awarded an AM in 2012 for services to education and to international students.  Her connection with St Peter’s dates from 2005 and she is at present a Churchwarden. Jane’s academic background is in East Asian Languages and Civilisations, with a BA Honours First Class with University Medal degree from the University of Sydney, and a PhD from Harvard University.  While studying at Harvard, Jane had the privilege of being a chorister at Harvard’s Memorial Church. As an academic administrator her experience includes being Director, Institute of Languages at the University of New South Wales, before taking up the roles of Principal of Firbank Grammar School 1990-2003 and Head of College at International House (University of Melbourne) 2004-2015. Her interest in social issues is ongoing and she was President (Board Chair) of the Children’s Protection Society until November 2016.  She is experienced in directorship in the not for profit sector and is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors’ Course. At present she is researching and writing on national apologies in the international arena, and is an Honorary Principal Fellow of the Asia Institute of the University of Melbourne.

Patron of the Foundation - Lady Primrose Potter AC

Lady Potter is a founding trustee of the St Peter's Eastern Hill Melbourne Charitable Foundation. She stepped down in 2015 and has chosen to retain her involvment in the capacity of Patron. lady Potter is a philanthropist and has been Director and Victorian Chairman of the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust 1989-91; Director of the Bell Shakespeare Company 1990-91; Trustee of American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia since 1989; National President of the Australian Ballet Special Events Committee 1993; member of the Howard Florey Institute; member of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research; Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Artfrom 1999; and Life Governor of the Ian Potter Foundation. She was founding Honorary Patron of the Melba Foundation, Founding Patron of the Victorian Opera Company, and Patron of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Lady Potter has also raised funds for The Smith Family, the St Vincent de Paul Society, and the AIDS Council.