On behalf of the St John’s College Council, I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Rose Alwyn as the fourteenth Warden of St John’s College.

The selection process has been thorough and exhaustive, including consideration of both Australian and international high calibre candidates and Ms Alwyn was selected as the outstanding candidate to lead the College through its next phase of development including overseeing a complete review of the College’s corporate governance with due focus on organisational improvements across the board.

Ms Alwyn joins us from St Mark’s College in Adelaide, where she has been Master for 12 years, following on from her five-year tenure as the College’s Dean. Prior to that Rose worked within the human services sector and was involved in a number of public policy advisory committees and held Board directorships in the not for profit sector specialising in strategy, business planning and social justice initiatives and most recently as a Board Director of South Australia’s leading sexual health service SHineSA.

Ms Alwyn is a well-known identity in the tertiary sector and proven leader of the Australian College sector. She is the immediate past president of the peak industry body, University Colleges Australia. 

The Council is delighted to appoint Ms Alwyn, who will foster a dedication to the deep connection between the College and the Anglican Church, while applying her sector-acknowledged depth of experience and professionalism to the management of the College. We are particularly excited to welcome her as the first female Warden in the history of St John’s.

Please join me in congratulating Ms Alwyn on her appointment as Warden of St John’s College.  We are all very much looking forward to working with Ms Alwyn as she leads our College and prepares our resident students for their future.


John Peden QC
Chair of the Council