The OWCA Executive is a dedicated team of alumni from various backgrounds, who volunteer their time to give back to Wesley and their fellow OWs, enriching their alumni experience.

Our Executive’s extensive experience equips them to provide expert support and guidance to the OWCA.

The Executive is responsible for:

  • organising and encouraging interest in OWCA events
  • managing and distributing funds throughout the OWCA
  • conceptualising and implementing innovative and relevant OWCA initiatives
  • reviewing and improving OWCA activities.

The Executive consists of office bearers and elected individuals to the positions of President or Co-Presidents, Vice President, Treasurer and general committee members across a number of portfolios.

Who’s on our Executive?

Kate Evans

Kate Evans (OW1998)
President 

In her career as a communications professional, Kate Evans has more than 20 years of know-how across retail, fashion and lifestyle brands. With both extensive agency and in-house experience, she was responsible for launching Japanese apparel retailer UNIQLO into the Australian market. Prior to this, she was National PR Manager at iconic brands Sportsgirl as well as Target and has senior management experience at some of Melbourne's most well-known public relations and event agencies. Having ‘never really left’ Wesley since her final year as College Captain in 1999, she has had the pleasure of serving on the OWCA Executive committee multiple times over the past 20 years. Her favourite event on the social calendar, the annual Founders’ Day Dinner, is a personal passion project that she will forever drive with the heart of a lion. If you could bleed purple and gold, then it’s guaranteed that Kate does. #bleedingpurpleandgold

Contact Kate Evans: kate.evans@wesleycollege.edu.au

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David Kennedy (OW1966)
Vice-President

Most of David’s business life has encompassed the field of marketing and communications and could be largely broken into three major periods. The first of which was in media and advertising, primarily Network 10, working through the ranks to become Director of Sales and Marketing. The second major period was spent in the heart of face-to-face communication, specifically with global communications consultancy Rogen International. This included time as Managing Director of both the Melbourne and London offices and as a Director on Rogen’s Worldwide Board. His third period, which saw him into retirement, was as an independent communications consultant where he spent the majority of his time consulting across the Asia Pacific area. In concert with Roger Mendelson (OW1967), David Crow (OW1967) and Graeme Johnson (OW1966), he has been instrumental in bringing together a large group of alumni who manage to keep in touch, particularly via an annual lunch function.

Contact David Kennedy: dk@dkennedy.com.au

Rob Lancaster (OW1982)
Treasurer

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Rob Lancaster joined the OWCA Executive as Treasurer in 2021.  He is the Chief Financial Officer at St Hilda’s College, a residential college of the University of Melbourne, holds a Bachelor of Business and is a Chartered Accountant.  Prior to joining St Hilda’s some 10 years ago, Rob held management positions at Spotless Group and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Rob is accustomed to voluntary roles, having served on various committees associated with his children’s schools, kindergarten, and Scout group.  He is a life member of Collegians Football Club, having played over 250 games with the Club after school and served as treasurer and was runner for the Club XVIII side for many years.

Committee members
  • Jack Ayerbe (OW1963)
  • Ian Thomas (OW1982)
  • Robert Lancaster (OW1982)
  • Vibeke Pederson (OW1996)
  • Anastasia Malishev (OW1995)
  • Kunal Rastogi (OW2002)
  • Amy McAlister (OW2003)
  • Alessia Francese (OW2016)
  • Thomas Pewtress (OW2018)

Get involved

To get involved with the OWCA Executive team, contact Kate Evans, Strategy and Marketing Manager, OWCA, kate.evans@wesleycollege.edu.au