School Association

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 comprises the following individuals:

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 Ankenbrand

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.

Evelyn Douglas

Evelyn’s role on the board is to advise on educational issues such as curriculum and pedagogy. She has over thirty years of experience teaching German and English in secondary schools in both government and non-government systems in Victoria and Tasmania. She has co-authored the Australian Report of  "Why not the best schools?", a study identifying factors that determine the success of schools. She completed her master's thesis on the establishment and organisational model of Deutsche Schule Melbourne.

Collin Hamilton

Collin is the secretary of the board. He is passionate about championing continuous improvement at Deutsche Schule Melbourne. Throughout his career, he has had extensive experience working with a variety of Manufacturing and Financial Services Companies in the areas of strategy development, corporate functional review, business improvement and process excellence.

Bernd Kalinna

Bernd's focus on the DSM board is in the area of marketing. Professionally, he is Associate Professor for Parasitology at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, the University of Melbourne. He is also the chief editor of one of the leading international scientific journals in his field and has substantial experience in marketing and graphic design.

Martina Korff

Martina is the board member responsible for HR and personnel management. In this role, she is able to contribute her expertise in personnel management both in Germany and Australia. Currently, Martina is a consultant and project manager at Accenture mostly involved in large scale HR transformations and system implementations.

Peter Wabenhorst

Peter is the school's treasurer. He also represents the German Trinity Church (Dreifaltigkeitsgemeinde) on the DSM board. Peter has had a very successful career in senior management with multinational companies. He has also had many years of experience working as a board member for not-for-profit organizations, including Deutsche Schule Mumbai.


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