Medley is lead by a small team committed to ensuring the academic and personal success of our students.

Helen Lamb

Dr Helen Lamb, Principal

Helen joined Medley Hall as the Deputy Principal in 2017 and is currently Principal following the retirement of Phillippa Connelly at the end of 2019.  She is responsible for the day to day running of the College and for enacting its vision provide an intellectually and socially invigorating residential community for students of the University of Melbourne, especially under-represented and disadvantaged students.

Helen has an undergraduate degree in Physical Geography and PhD  from Bristol University in the UK. Since moving to Australia in 2004, Helen has worked in various administrative, student-support, and management roles at Melbourne University.  She has been a sustainability advocate all her working life and enjoys leading and supporting others to create positive change.

Effie Maniatis

Effie Maniatis, Business Manager

Effie Maniatis has been the Business Manager since 2002. She manages the financial and physical resources of the college and all day to day operational aspects.  She has a vast knowledge of the workings of the University and is the go-to person for all residents, staff and guests. She has travelled around the world but lived all her life in Melbourne.  She is happy to share stories of her travels,  the good, the bad and the funny, and let you know where the best places to visit around town are. So, be sure to drop into the office for a chat.

Desi Pastras

Desi Pastras, Adminstrative Assistant

Desi joined the team in 2013. Before coming to Medley she worked as a  teacher and  in administration at Melbourne University and RMIT.  She supports students with resources to assist them in their transition to University life and manages the website. Desi enjoys getting to know the student residents and loves to share her travel stories. Her passions include photography, cooking and discovering new places in the most liveable city in the world and sharing her knowledge.