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David Weil

Board President

David Weil is a lawyer with specialist accreditation in property law from the Law Institute of Victoria. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a now-retired member of the Australian Society of CPAs. David serves in a voluntarily capacity on a number of community organisations including the Australian Children's Theatre Foundation (ACTF) and the Sir Edward Dunlop International Students Emergency Fund (SEDISEF) and is a Past President of the Australian Asian Association of Victoria. He was recently elected to the Board of Independent Schools Victoria (ISV).

A long-time member of the Huntingtower School Board and a former student, David is remembered also for having appeared in a number of old student (HOSA) theatrical productions.

Claudia Banks

Board Member

Claudia Banks has extensive experience in the Real Estate and Property Market. She has qualifications as a Real Estate Officer in Effective Control and as a Tutor and Trainer in Real Estate, Interior Design and Presentation for Sale.

She is also a property manager responsible for 600 residential and commercial properties. She is very proud that her 4 children all have successful and fulfilling careers in Real Estate.

Claudia is a long-term member of the Huntingtower Board and a stalwart member of the Christian Science Church.

John Bruce

Board Member

John Bruce was educated at Huntingtower, Melbourne Grammar and RMIT. As an architect he oversaw the administration of the construction of major hospital and commercial projects in Victoria and interstate. His work has also included commercial projects, two retirement villages, churches and residential projects.

From 1975 to 2015 he designed all Huntingtower building projects and acted in an honorary capacity as Construction Manager to enable the school to build as ‘owner builder’- leading to major cost savings. A member of the Huntingtower Board for many years, John’s four children and six of his grandchildren have all attended Huntingtower. 

Steven Cramer

Board Member

Steven Cramer works in strategic marketing, business development and innovation. He was educated at Huntingtower and received his Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Business Administration at Monash University. He has worked for numerous multinational organisations in Australia and globally in a variety of professional roles, the emphasis being on business strategy, change management and marketing communications.

A member of the Huntingtower Board for many years, he is a keen golfer, innovation blogger and a lawn bowls enthusiast. Steven’s 3 sons have all attended Huntingtower.


Amanda Dunsmore

Board Member

Amanda Dunsmore is the Senior Curator of International Decorative Arts and Antiquities at the National Gallery of Victoria. She was educated at Huntingtower before studying for her BA (Hons) and MA (Research) at Monash University.

Trained as an Egyptologist, she worked for 16 years on archaeological projects in Egypt where she specialised in ancient Egyptian ceramics.

Amanda now works in the field of European decorative arts and when she has the time, she is a keen gardener and cellist.

Pauline Hutchinson

Board Member

Mrs Hutchinson’s professional experience includes 33 years with the W.A. Education Department in the roles of teacher, Deputy Principal, Principal and Superintendent of Equal Opportunity. She also taught for a year at Huntingtower and is now a Christian Science Practitioner.

She has one daughter and 2 grandchildren. Other interests include church work, gardening, bird watching and reading.

Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks

Hon. Treasurer

Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks was educated at Huntingtower’s sister school, Claremont Fan Court, and at Reading University. He held senior executive positions in the State Government and in the Transport, Banking, Property and Aviation industries.

Nigel served as a Councillor at the City of Waverley and as Councillor and Mayor of the South Gippsland Shire Council. He has run his own property consulting business since 1992. He joined the Huntingtower Board in 1987, serving as Chairman from 1999 – 2002. He has served as the Hon. Treasurer since 2003.

Peter Thompson

Board Member

Peter Thompson brings extensive business experience in tourism, manufacturing and fashion. He currently owns a men’s fashion business with operations in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada, and his work regularly takes him to China where he has travelled extensively. Career highlights include receiving the NSW government’s highest achievement award for services to Tourism NSW and the establishment of the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse.

Peter is a former student of Huntingtower and has four children who are either students or past students. Family contact with Huntingtower goes back to the 1940s. He is the current president of the Huntingtower Old Students Association (HOSA) and has produced, directed and acted in many HOSA theatrical productions.

Wendy Verhagen

Board Member

Wendy is a past student and teacher of Huntingtower. She has served on the Huntingtower Board since 2006 and has also served on the boards of Huntingdale Technical School and Genesis. Her service on the Huntingtower and Genesis Boards includes time as Chairman. Wendy started and served as Chairman for Winnaccom, a very successful organisation designed to provide accommodation for children with a disability.

Married for over 30 years, Wendy is proud of the accomplishments of her children. Her eldest son lectures at RMIT and her two younger sons attended special schools. They now work full time at Waverley Industries.

James Younger

Board Member

James Younger is a group executive with a background in Technology Programs, Financial Services and M&A Consulting. He was educated at Brisbane Boys' College and QUT. He has many years’ experience in leadership roles at a number of leading international organisations, leading teams across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, India, China, Philippines and the United States. Currently his focus is on digital strategy, supply chain process improvement and technology program delivery.

James has three children currently attending Huntingtower and he is married to Gabriel, an ex-school captain. His parents-in-law are also retired teachers from the school, so Huntingtower runs in the family. James has been a boarding house parent and has served on the HOSA committee. Outside of Huntingtower and work, James plays basketball and drums.

Sholto Bowen OAM

School Principal

Mr Bowen attended Parktown Boys High in Johannesburg and completed his tertiary studies at the Johannesburg College of Education, the University of the Witwatersrand and the Rand Africaans University. He was Head of Science and Senior Master (Administration) at St Stithians College, Johannesburg, before commencing teaching at Huntingtower in 1987.

At Huntingtower, Mr Bowen undertook a number of roles before being appointed Vice Principal and then Principal in 1999. Mr Bowen has been a Board Member of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools since 2013 and has served as the Chair of this association from 2013-2015. He was also an Executive Member in 2013-2014 and 2004-2010. He was President of the Eastern Independent Schools of Melbourne in 2005 and 2006, serving as Vice President from 2003-2004 and 2011-2012.

He is President and Co-Founder of the International Association of Schools based on Christian Science. He is a founding Board Member of Elevating Education Everywhere (E3), formed in 2013 to support Christian Science based schools around the world, particularly in impoverished areas of Africa and South East Asia. He was also a Board Member of the Sunrise of Africa School in Kenya.

In 2014, Mr Bowen was presented with an Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) Fellowship Award. An ACEL Fellowship (FACEL) is a special category of membership awarded to members who have made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of student and organisational outcomes.

In 2015, Mr Bowen was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to secondary education and to professional organisations.

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