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Meet the Executive Team

Chris Toms

Head of Junior School

Chris Toms has taught at Lauriston for ten years and has held the Lauriston positions of Year 4-6 Classroom Teacher and Director of Learning. Chris has played a crucial role in leading and managing the Junior School teachers in the development of curriculum, assessment practices and reporting from Kindergarten to Year 6. He has developed initiatives aligned with current educational research and practice and collaborated with the School’s Executive on the implementation and evaluation of the Strategic Plan.

Prior to Lauriston, Chris worked for Kilvington Grammar School and held positions including Team Leader for Years 3-6. He holds Masters of Education from Monash University where he focused on Leadership, Management and Information Technology.  He also holds a Bachelor of Education from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne.

Chris is a parent to two young children and also enjoys playing tennis and golf in his spare time.



Annette Rome

Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School

Annette Rome has a diverse background in education, having previously worked as the Director of Staff Learning at Methodist Ladies College, Director of the Wesley College Institute for Innovation and a range of leadership positions in various Melbourne schools. She has also been adjunct lecturer at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne.

A passionate educator, Annette is involved in several organisations, including the CSE International Action Group, Indigenous Education Focus Group and is the Immediate Past President of the Australian College of Educators (Vic). Holding a particularly keen interest in science, Annette has written a number of science and education resources and regularly presents at national and international conferences. Her long list of accolades includes her appointments as a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, a State Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL) in 2011 and a National Fellow of ACEL in 2014. Annette is also a recipient of the prestigious International Baccalaureate Jeff Thompson Research Award.

Annette embodies the School’s values and ethos through her teaching, leadership and strong commitment to pastoral care. She particularly enjoys the energy, creativity and development of young adults and strives to assist them to the best they can be – true citizens of the world. In her spare time, Annette is an active member of several not-for-profit organisations and enjoys relaxing and home with her family.



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.