The Fellowship 

The Fellowship Program is the centerpiece of the incubator and is a blended leadership development journey over 2 years.

Four Menzies Fellows and one Collier Fellow will be appointed for the next three years.

In February 2019 five Victorian school leaders were awarded a Fellowship valued at $150,000 each.


2019 Menzies School Leader Fellows/Collier Fellow. Left to Right: James Taylor, Karen Snibson, Christopher Short, Georgia Heffernan and Tim O'Leary 

What does leadership mean to you?

James Taylor, Assistant Principal, Richmond High School: "I pride myself on my work in the formation and development of school culture and the wonderful inclusive culture created for students and the staff as we work cohesively. I view school leadership as the moral purpose in life and one of the most important professions in growing and sustaining innovative, inclusive and just communities."

Karen Snibson, Principal, Phoenix P-12 Community College, Sebastapol : "As Principal, I believe Educational Equity is truly addressed through high quality teacher practice, bringing this to scale is achieved by building collective efficacy. I have been building my instructional leadership at the University of Melbourne. I am excited that my school is now a part of the University of Melbourne Network of Schools. I am humbled to be the recipient of the Collier Fellowship."

Christopher Short, Principal, Berwick Chase Primary School, Narre Warren South: "I aim to lead a learning community that challenges teachers and support staff to continue to grow and develop. This growth is based on the belief that collaboratively we work alongside our students to help them develop into highly literate, numerate and socially competent global citizens."

Georgia Heffernan, Deputy Principal, Catholic Ladies College, Eltham: "I am thrilled to have received a Menzies Fellowship as I believe it will help me to develop the resilience and confidence as a leader that I need to become more effective in monitoring and leveraging the collaborative power and learning growth of my community. Empowering others to go beyond what they believe they can do, inspires my leadership and enriches my relationships with others. This is all I need to stay motivated and energised enough to keep moving forward!"

Tim O'Leary, Director of Learning, St John's College, Preston: "To date my leadership roles have focused on transforming teacher practice and leading strategic change to improve student learning outcomes. I believe leadership is about taking responsibility for orchestrating conditions that enable teachers to work together effectively, collaboratively and in the pursuit of the best outcomes for all students under their care."