School Association & Board
Deutsche Schule Melbourne is a not-for-profit incorporated association with more than 180 members. Members support the success of the school in various ways. They are involved in different working groups or committees, support school events or are members of the board.
Most board members are elected representatives of the school association. In addition, the German-Lutheran Trinity Church and the German-Catholic St. Christophorus Church hold one board position each.
The Board is responsible for the overall governance and performance of the Deutsche Schule Melbourne. It oversees the school management team and the members of the Board are personally liable under common Australian company law.
Florian Dehne (Chair)
Florian is Chairman and one of the founders of the school. He led the start-up of the school and since its opening has focused on school development and governance. He is also a member of the HR committee. Florian has a background in management consulting and driving the growth of internet businesses - currently with SEEK.
Volker represents the St Christophorus church on the board. He joined the board in 2007 and is also the Chairman of St Christophorus Parish Council. Volker's background is in technical consulting. He works at CSC specialising in the implementation and operations of SAP systems.
Penny joined the Board in April 2015. She has extensive management experience working across a number of sectors including professional associations, higher education, Not-For-Profits and secondary schools. She will specifically contribute to the strategic planning, partnerships, marketing, and community engagement strategies.
Bernd's focus on the DSM board is in the area of marketing and he has a strong interest in STEM curriculum development.
Professionally, he holds an honorary position as Associate Professor (Parasitology) at RMIT University and is the Editor-In-Chief of one of the leading international scientific journals in his field. Bernd recently also finished a Master of Teaching (Secondary) degree at La Trobe University.
Paul is the Finance Manager of SEEK Learning. Together with the SEEK Learning Leadership Team, he continues to work with Education partners to help provide a platform for individuals to achieve their career objectives by pursuing different education options. Paul has worked across Australia and Japan with PwC as a chartered accountant, as well as being involved in various youth and disability organisations. He joined the DSM board in 2017 and is excited to be working with DSM to help the school grow and provide its students with a positive life experience.
Paul M. Southwick
Paul is a chartered accountant, journalist and test pilot. He is of German heritage and was previously an officer of Allianz AG in Munich and CFO / company secretary for ASX listed entities. Published internationally on business, aviation and culture topics, Paul is a business consultant, company director, and Vice-Chair of the Graduate Union of Melbourne University.
Eleanor joined the board in 2015 and is currently a management consultant working in the education sector for KPMG. Eleanor worked in a variety of roles in the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) including as Acting Director of Performance Insights and senior positions in the Higher Education and Skills Group, and Infrastructure and Financial Services Group. Eleanor has extensive experience in data analysis, strategic policy development, research and evaluation, and stakeholder engagement and will focus on the secondary school development.