Foundation Board of Directors
Adrian was appointed Foundation President in 2019 and is a member of School Council and the School Investment Committee. Adrian is the Executive Chair & Chief Investment Officer at Merricks Capital, a multi-billion-dollar asset management group, which he founded in 2007. As Executive Chair & CIO, Adrian is responsible for investment strategy, investors, and portfolio across all Merricks Capital products. Prior to Merricks, Adrian worked at Citadel Investment Group in Chicago. Between 1993 and 2005, Adrian worked for Merrill Lynch in New York, Hong Kong & Melbourne, his responsibilities included the position as Head of Pension and Endowment Strategy.
Adrian has a son at CGS, and a daughter who recently graduated, and his wife Christina teaches yoga and meditation to staff and students in the School’s wellness program. Adrian is the Deputy Chairman of the Investment Committee for Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.
Jim served as the President of the Foundation for 2 years until 2019, having been a member since 2010. Jim has been a member of the School Council on three separate occasions and was appointed President in May 2016. Jim is a former managing partner at Heidrick & Struggles’, a global executive search firm and has extensive experience in finance, mergers and acquisitions, executive recruitment and directorships. Jim is also non-executive Chairman of a Perth based engineering technology company. He is a past student, past President of the Caulfield Grammarians’ Association and past parent of two boys who attended Caulfield Grammar School.
Lynn’s family has been part of Caulfield Grammar School since 1988 when Lynn commenced Year 7. Her parents established the WH Society for Asian Languages & Arts. Graduating from Monash University in 1996, Lynn worked in the international tax practice of a global accounting firm in Sydney and Tokyo until 2010. She returned to Melbourne and CGS in 2011 as a parent. Lynn is an active member of the school community as a junior school class representative and member of the P&F. Her three children are all currently at the Wheelers Hill campus. Lynn joined the Foundation Board in 2017.
Talya Masel is a proud graduate of WAPPA acting programme. Since graduating she has performed, directed and written several plays before entering into the world of Opera and Music Theatre. She has directed many works including for the Victorian Opera and Opera Australia. Following on from receiving her mediation qualifications Talya has recently completed her Masters in Bio-Ethics and is continuing to pursue her interests in the world of ethics.
Committed to giving back, Talya is Director of her family foundation and sees the work of helping others as critical to making the world a better place. Her work in Philanthropy has given her the opportunity to meet some extraordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.
She was excited to join the Caulfield Grammar School Foundation in 2019 and hopes that her experience in Philanthropy will be an asset to the School Foundation
A Grammarian and future parent, Nick is Managing Director at Dorman Capital Investment Group, the private investment office of the Melbourne based Dorman family. Dorman Capital traces its origins back to the formation of what is now Regis Healthcare, one of Australia’s largest builders, owners and operators of residential aged care facilities founded in 1992. The family remains active in the business at a board level and has retained a significant shareholding. Nick is a Director of the Dorman Family Foundation, its aim is to “implement sustainable programs to provide opportunities for present and future generations. He is a Graduate and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2013). Nicholas joined the Foundation Board in 2022.
Diana Cregan’s association with CGS started in 2013 when her son commenced at the Malvern campus soon to be followed by his older sister. She has been actively involved in the School community and started on the P&F Exec in 2017 and has been a class rep every year for both her children’s year levels. Her daughter graduated from CGS in 2021 and her son is due to graduate 2024. Diana has a diverse mix of corporate and small business experience across a range of industries. She and her family, lived in the USA for 7 years before returning to Australia in 2012 when she started her own small business. She shares a broad range of philanthropic interests with her husband Tom and she is the Victorian State Chair of a national giving circle which exclusively supports the Australian Red Cross. Diana joined the Foundation Board Advisory Committee in 2022.
Adam Agosta is the Executive Chairman of Bamfa Properties, an organisation that employs over 500 people and has significant interests in commercial property development, residential master planned communities, self-storage, building supplies and child care development and operations under the Nino brand with over 2,500 children in daily care. Adam holds a Bachelor of Business in Property, is a qualified property valuer and Harvard Business School alumni. Adam has one daughter at CGS and another that will commence in 2023. Adam joined the Foundation Board Advisory Committee in 2022.
Emily joined the School Council in 2020 and is the President of the Caulfield Grammarians’ Association. She is currently the Head of Brand and Content at Mercedes-Benz Australia. Emily is a past student and School Co-Captain (2007-2012) and has completed a Double Degree at Monash University, a Bachelor of Business Management and Marketing. Since graduating from the School, Emily has remained a keen contributor through the Caulfield Grammarians’ Association and is the second ever female to hold the presidential position. Emily joined the Foundation Board Advisory Committee in 2022.