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Meet the Executive Team

Josephine Quinlan

Head of Junior School

Josephine Quinlan commenced with Lauriston early in 2014 as the new Head of Junior School. Josephine previously held the position of Deputy Principal at St Mary’s Primary School in Echuca and prior to working at St Mary’s was on the Executive Leadership team at St Joseph’s College in Echuca and Sacre Coeur in Melbourne.

An accomplished educator, Josephine has experience working in Australia and in the UK and holds a Masters in Education from both The University of Melbourne and RMIT. She also holds several postgraduate qualifications. Josephine’s overseas experience includes working as Head of Department and teaching at a number of schools in the UK and also as an educational consultant in Norway and Japan. She has presented at international conferences in the areas of Drama, English and IT.

Josephine has an extensive professional development portfolio and a clear vision of what comprises learning and teaching in the 21st Century. In her spare time Josephine loves to both play and watch tennis and is a keen theatre patron. She enjoys getting back to country Victoria and returning to Europe to visit  family and friends.



Nene Macwhirter

Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School

Nene Macwhirter commenced at Lauriston Head of Senior School in 2008, becoming Deputy Principal in 2011. Prior to Lauriston, Nene held the position of Deputy Principal at Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School and previously worked in various government secondary schools in the northern and eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

A highly qualified educator, Nene holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English, History and Philosophy, a Diploma of Education, a Master of Science and a Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Design and Implementation. As a part of her studies, she undertook a teacher fellowship in India through the Murdoch Asia Education Foundation. Nene has also worked as a Science Communicator for the Swinburne Travelling Science Show.

Nene holds a keen interest in girls’ education, and is a passionate teacher of English and Literature. She particularly enjoys the energy, creativity and positive outlook on life of teenagers. In her spare time, Nene enjoys going to the opera and AFL games, especially when Essendon is playing.



Cathy Tan

Business Manager

Cathy is a qualified Chartered Accountant with a background in business services and tax; she initially worked in small and second tier accounting firms. Cathy moved from the accounting field to work as Group Financial Controller of a leading patent and trademark attorney firm, and then decided to take a career break to complete her Master of Business Administration.

In her spare time (in between work and looking after her two young kids), Cathy likes to cook, potter around in the garden, catch up with friends, read and watch movies.



Nick Thornton

Director of the Lauriston Institute

The Lauriston Institute is responsible for the ongoing professional learning of teaching staff and teacher assistants. Nick believes that the quality of teaching has a direct effect on educational outcomes for students so he takes the ongoing professional learning of teachers very seriously.

Previously, Nick was the CEO of a leadership training organisation, a Regional Director and Principal in the government education service and General Manager of disability services for SCOPE.

Nick began his teaching career in Portland and has taught Accounting, Legal Studies and Economics in several secondary schools as well as lecturing in Accounting at Deakin University.