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Senior & Middle Common Rooms

The Senior and Middle Common Rooms bring together graduates, postgraduates, academics and professionals within the College.

Combined, their expertise and experience assists students with their studies and help with the operation of the College.

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Senior Common Room Members – detailed information

Middle Common Room Members -  list of members

Senior Common Room Members

  • David T Runia smallerMaster, Prof David T. Runia

    BA (Hons), MA DipEd Litt D (Melb), DLitt (VU Amsterdam), FAHA

    Born in the Netherlands and descended from solid Frisian stock, David has spent his life moving backwards and forwards between the Netherlands and Australia. He first came out to this country with his parents at the age of four and grew up in Geelong, where he attended The Geelong College and was dux of the school in 1968. His youth in Geelong has resulted in an indelible Australian accent and inevitable support for a particular football team (though he also greatly enjoys cricket).

    In 1969 he went up to Queen’s on a Hitchcock scholarship and resided here for three formative years while he studying Classics, History and Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. On completing his BA (Hons) in 1972 he continued to study at the University and obtained a MA (thesis subject: The letters of Synesius of Cyrene) and a DipEd. In 1977, having won the University of Melbourne Travelling Scholarship, he returned to The Netherlands and pursued a doctorate in Ancient Philosophy at the Free University, Amsterdam. It was completed in 1983 and obtained the highest grade of cum laude. Its subject focused on the Greek-speaking Jewish philosopher Philo of Alexandria and the use he made of Plato’s dialogue the Timaeus in interpreting the creation account in Genesis, the first book of the Bible.

    On completing his doctorate David obtained the prestigious C & C Huygens Post-doctoral award in the Netherlands, which allowed him to continue his research and become a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, U.S.A., and the Humanities Research Centre, ANU, Canberra. In 1989 he spent a year in Münster, Germany, as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow. In 1990 he was appointed lecturer in ancient philosophy at the Free University, Amsterdam. The next year he became Professor Extraordinarius at the University of Utrecht, and in 1992 he was appointed to the chair of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands’ oldest and most famous university. From 1995 to 1999 he was Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy.

    In 2002 David returned to Melbourne to take up the position of Master of his old College. At present, in addition to being Master, he is also Professorial Fellow of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University, as well as being Professor Extraordinarius in the Department of Ancient Studies at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

    David’s chief research interests have been in the history of ideas and particularly the relation between Greek philosophy and the Judaeo-Christian tradition. He is a world authority on the figure of Philo of Alexandria, the learned Greek-speaking Jew who lived at the same time as Jesus Christ. He is also currently doing research on the sources for the history of early Greek philosophy. This research has been supported by two Australian Research Council grants which enable him to work together with colleagues from overseas.

    David is married to Gonni, who also has a Dutch background. They have three children. Their daughter Emma lives in Amsterdam She is married to Daniel and they have a son Oliver. Their two sons moved with them to Australia and now live in Melbourne.

    As a result of many years of research and teaching experience David is convinced that ancient ideas, especially in the areas of ethics and spirituality, are highly relevant to our lives and culture as we experience them in the 21st century. He also believes that the College, as a residential academic community where senior, middle and junior members mix together, is an excellent place for such ideas to be presented and discussed.

    Read more about the Master on Wikipedia

  • Dean of Studies, Dr Brenda Holt

    BA, DipEd, MA, PhD

    Brenda joined Queen’s College in late October 2014 as the inaugural Dean of Studies.

    Brenda’s work as an educator over the last 25 years has spanned from secondary to tertiary institutions. Starting her career at an outer suburban high school in Melbourne as an English teacher, Brenda moved to the higher education sector in 1993. She has worked as an academic advisor, counsellor, teacher, head of a residential college, researcher and administrator during this time. Although she grew up in rural Texas in the USA, she has been a happy migrant in Australia, mainly Melbourne, since 1989.

    For the last decade, Brenda’s academic work has been focused around equity and access for underrepresented young people. Frustrated with seeing young rural Australians represented mainly in educational statistical data, Brenda decided to undertake a PhD in order to demonstrate some of the complexities of inequality in education that are hard to measure. Her thesis, Global Routes/Rural Roots: Identity, Rural Women and Higher Education, was completed at the end of 2007 and won the 2009 Chancellor’s Prize (Social Sciences). 

An Honorary Fellow in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Brenda has written several published articles and is a regular presenter at education conferences.

    Outside of work, Brenda’s interests include reading (she’s in two book clubs), going to live theatre, eating out in Melbourne and spending time with her husband and teenage children.

  • Dean of Wellbeing, Assoc Prof DrTim Corney

    tim webBA, MA, PhD

    Tim was appointed in July 2014 as the inaugural Dean of Student Wellbeing and has worked with young people and students in academia, industry and the community sector for more than two decades. He has fulfilled roles as a youth worker, senior manager of youth services, researcher, academic, and as a consultant and adviser to community agencies, peak bodies and governments. Tim has published widely in the area of youth studies and is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Victoria University. Among his research interests are the sociology of youth, school to work transitions, youth and community development, and programs for young people at risk.


  • Associate Chaplain, Mr Ian Chapman

    Ian Chapman

    Ian has studied Theology in the U.S., England, and Australia. He has come to Australia to work on his Theological Master’s (Mts) and serve the Community in love and truth as Chaplain.

  • Director of Music, Dr  Kathleen McGuire

    Kathleen McGuire

    BMus, GradDipA(Mus), GradDipEd, MMus, DMA, ASCAP

    Kathleen is Director of Music at Queen’s College. Originally from Melbourne where she completed studies in music composition, conducting and education at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Victorian College of the Arts and Monash University, she returned to Australia in 2013 with a master’s degree (distinction) from the University of Surrey (Guildford) in the UK as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Fellow and a doctorate in conducting at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA (elected to Phi Kappa Lambda – National Music Honors Society). Most recently she spent 13 years in San Francisco, conducting choirs and orchestras. She has received many accolades for her community work and as an educator, including a special citation in Music Education from The American Prize. Her music specialty is conducting while she is also an accomplished singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer. Alongside her work at Queen’s, she is the co-artistic director of the School of Hard Knocks. For more information, visit: www.kathleen-mcguire.com.


  • Mr Simon Royce

    Simon Royce BA (Hons), BSc (Hons), PhD

    Simon is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Allergy and Immunology Department, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital. His group is conducting a number of projects concerned with preventing and treating asthma and lung disease. Three powerful pharmacological approaches are being trialled. Drugs which restore normal airway structure, drugs which protect and heal the internal lining of the lungs, and drugs which modulate immune and proliferative function by changing DNA chemistry. Those interested in these research projects should contact Simon. Studentships are available.

    Simon enjoys teaching year 1 Biology/Genetics through to year 4+ research students. Teaching is conducted at Queen’s College and the Departments of Pathology and Paediatrics, University of Melbourne. Simon’s extracurricular interests include classic automobiles, the country, golf, the crusades, travel and the sea.

  • Mrs  Sarah Chapman

    Sarah Chapman

    Sarah has previously studied English Literature and International Studies in the U.S. After working in the elderly care field, she is eager to pursue Nursing.

  • Mrs Gonni Runia

    Gonni Runia

  • Revd Dr Sean Winter

    BA(Hons) DPhil

    Rev Sean Winter is Queen’s Dean of Chapel and is Head of Department for Biblical Studies at the United Faculty of Theology

  • Revd Sharon Hollis

    Education Co-ordinator, Uniting Church, Synod of Victoria & Tasmania

  • Revd Prof Geoff Thompson

    Rev Dr Geoff Thompson recently joined the Faculty of the Uniting Church Theological College at the CTM as Professor of Systematic Theology. Geoff returns to Melbourne after twelve years as Principal and Director Studies of Trinity Theological College in Brisbane, the ministerial and theological training college of the Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia. In late June, he relocated to Parkville with his wife Linda and one of his two sons, Jamie. Current research involves finishing a book on a Uniting Church Theology exploring the way the Basis of Union engages with contemporary theological issues. Geoff’s longer term hope is to research in the area of Discipleship Christology and drawing on the way the death and resurrection of Jesus are related to each other in the systematic theological tradition.

  • Choir Director, Mr John Weretka


    BA (Hons), GradCertArts (Art History), PostGradDipArts (Art History), GradDipTheol, AMusA
    John Weretka holds qualifications in mediæval history, musicology, art history and theology and is currently a doctoral student in the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. He is also studying for the Graduate Diploma in Humanities (Classical Languages—Latin) at the University of New England. His doctoral thesis examines the design process behind the construction of the façades of churches in Rome built between 1700 and 1732. John has taught subjects on the history of music in the Renaissance and Baroque period and harmony and counterpoint for the Faculty of Music at the University of Melbourne.

    He has given public lectures and talks for bodies including the Johnston Collection, and the National Gallery of Victoria, and is a frequent preconcert speaker for the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He is a cultural tour leader for Australians Studying Abroad, for whom he has led tours in Rome and Sicily. Active as a performing musician, John has appeared as a singer or viola da gambist in festivals including the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, the Castlemaine State Festival, the Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival, the Four Winds Festival at Bermagui, and the Melbourne International Festival of Organ and Harpsichord/Melbourne Autumn Music Festival and with groups including e21 and Ensemble Gombert. John was Director of Music at St Peter’s Anglican Church (Eastern Hill) from 2003 to 2008.Visit the College choir page for more information.

  • Chapel Organist, Mr David Agg

    BSc, DipEd,ThA
    David Agg has been Chapel Organist since 1986. He is a science graduate of the University of Melbourne and also has diplomas in education, theology and organ. After a brief career in teaching, he travelled to Europe to further his musical studies with Peter Hurford in England and Karl Hochreither at the Berlin Church Music School. From 1988-2000 he was Director of the Melbourne International Festival of Organ and Harpsichord. He has given numerous recitals in Australia and recorded for 3MBS-FM and the ABC as well as lecturing on various musical topics for the CAE. On several European tours he has performed in Germany, Italy, Spain, Denmark, France and England. He is also Director of Music at the Basilica of Our Lady of Victories, Camberwell and a deputy organist at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne. Visit the College choir page for more information.

Middle Common Room Members

  • Jonathon Ball – Currently studying Masters of Teaching

  • Tanya Banagala – Currently studying Masters of Architecture

  • Zoe Bent – Currently studying Doctor of Teaching

  • Tarek Bilani – Currently studying Juris Doctor

  • Jessica Bonaddio – Currently studying Doctor of Physiotherapy

  • Noe Caruso- Currently pursuing a PHD in Mathematics

  • Chris Butler – Currently pursuing a PHD in Medicine

  • Derek Chan – Currently studying Doctor of Medicine

  • Saeid Derakhshan – Currently studying

  • Robert Duca – Currently studying Master of Engineering

  • Sean Griffiths – Currently studying Doctor of Medicine

  • Vanessa Guerra – Currently studying

  • Anna Ha – Currently studying Doctor of Dental Surgery

  • Kerry Halupka – Currently pursuing a PHD in Engineering

  • Liesel Hardy – Currently studying Doctor of Medicine

  • Haryadi Herdian – Currently studying Master of Engineering (Software)

  • Tatiana Hitchen – Currently studying Doctor of Medicine

  • Laurence Jacuzzi – Currently studying Doctor of Medicine

  • Vanessa Kambouropoulos – Currently studying Juris Doctor

  • Kostas Kazakos – Currently studying PHD in Engineering

  • Noor Lammoza – Currently studying

  • Faith Lamont – Currently pursuing a PHD in Science

  • Darren Lee – Currently studying Doctor of Dental Surgery

  • Cynthia Leung – Currently studying Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

  • Katrina Liu – Currently studying

  • Taryn Luitingh – Currently studying Doctor of Medicine

  • Philip Marquet – Currently studying Juris Doctor

  • Jaime Martin – Currently studying Doctor of Medicine

  • Stephanie Milne – Currently studying Master of Biotechnology

  • Carolina Monar Coloma – Currently studying Master of Public Health

  • Malcolm Moss – Currently studying Doctor of Medicine

  • William Osborn – Currently studying Doctor of Medicine

  • Danny Park – Currently studying Doctor of Dental Surgery

  • Christa Purdie – Currently studying Doctor of Medicine

  • Ellie Richards – Currently studying Master of Arts & Cultural Management

  • Emma-Leigh Rudduck – Currently studying Doctor of Medicine

  • Edwin Salvador Pesantes – Currently studying Master of Engineering

  • Talweez Senghera – Currently studying Juris Doctor

  • Meghana Sharma – Currently studying Juris Doctor

  • Stella Shin – Currently studying Doctor of Dental Surgery

  • Annabel Short – Currently pursuing a PHD in Medicine

  • Gemma Skaczkowski – Currently pursuing a PHP in Science

  • Liana Tay – Currently studying Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

  • Megan Tucker – Currently studying Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

  • Jonathan Ucinek – Currently studying Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

  • Ruby Wyett – Currently studying Doctor of Optometry