Our Clunes team of 40+ staff has extensive experience in meeting the learning and developmental needs of adolescent students in a residential setting.

Meet the Clunes leadership team

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Ben MarslandBen Marsland joined Wesley College as a music teacher in 1997. His involvement in the Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School Induction Program motivated him to undertake postgraduate educational research studies in experiential learning and make the transition to Clunes.

As Head of Wesley at Clunes, Ben has built on the established success of the Clunes Year 9 Program, overseen the ongoing implementation of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program at Clunes, and contributed to the strategic direction of the Wesley at Clunes story.

Kelly McKay

Kelly joined Wesley College in 2018 as the Clunes Head of Welfare - Transition, and commenced in her role as Head of Programs and Staffing in 2020.

Kelly has a Master of Educational Leadership and Administration and has also completed studies that focus on leadership in rural and regional areas. She has spent most of her career in rural Victoria.

Headshot of Catherine Cronin, staff member Catherine is the Clunes Head of Welfare – Transition.

Catherine works closely with the Wesley campuses in Melbourne on house allocation and allocation of terms. She also supports the wellbeing of students during their time at Clunes and leads the Clunes Community Leadership Program.

Daniel LukiesDaniel stepped into the role of Head of Welfare – Houses in early 2019. Daniel has extensive experience in student wellbeing, curriculum development and the implementation of effective social and emotional learning programs.

Daniel is responsible for the student wellbeing program at Clunes and coordinating the Clunes team of house leaders. He is also responsible for the effective day-to-day running of student houses including cooking and cleaning.


I love the meaningful, rich experiential learning we facilitate for the students that come to Clunes. Included in this is the real and authentic impact our students and the Clunes program has within the local community.

Daniel Lukies - Head of Welfare – Houses

I enjoy living in a rural area and having the opportunity to develop the social and emotional learning of students. I also love the experiential nature of the program and particularly enjoy working with this age group.

Kelly McKay - Head of Welfare – Transition

I enjoy most the variety in my work. Every day is different bringing it own challenges and successes. Working with students in a whole host of different ways really embraces the concepts of experiential education.

Jonathan Collenette - Head of Programs and Staffing
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