Meet Our Team


The Teachers

Dominique BEKIARIAN

Dominique BEKIARIAN

Teacher

Arnaud BENASSY

Arnaud BENASSY

Teacher

Sandra CAUDAL

Sandra CAUDAL

Teacher

Laureline MARTIN

Laureline MARTIN

Teacher

Tina PARBHU

Tina PARBHU

Teacher

Aurelia VACA

Aurelia VACA

Teacher Assistant

Annelise ORGEUR

Annelise ORGEUR

Teacher

Julie EVRARD

Julie EVRARD

Teacher

Julie RAPEBACH

Julie RAPEBACH

Teacher

Maud BOUCHER

Maud BOUCHER

Teacher

Melissa HECQUET

Melissa HECQUET

Teacher


The Administration Team

Laurent POINTUD

Laurent POINTUD

Director

Lesley COOPER

Lesley COOPER

Office Administrator

Kady HADJAB

Kady HADJAB

Receptionist

Ilona SOLINSKA

Ilona SOLINSKA

Operations Manager


The Committee

The Alliance Française d'Adelaïde Executive Committee is a crucial part of the organisation. It is comprised of the Director of the Alliance Française d'Adélaïde and 9 volunteer community members. These members come from a wide range of professions and businesses, bringing expertise in governance, finance, law, education, business and communications to the committee.

Bryan FAHY

Bryan FAHY

President | Bryan is a senior executive in a large government organisation in South Australia.  He is an experienced board member with many years’ distinguished service as the President of the Board of Diabetes SA .In early 2014  he was elected chair of the Alliance Française committee.  Bryan and his wife Kathy are keen francophiles, regularly enjoying time in France.

Hugh CHEVRANT-BRETON

Hugh CHEVRANT-BRETON

Vice President | Hugh is the Managing Director of Singapore Airlines in South Australia. He is originally from Grenoble, and has worked worldwide in management roles for Singapore Airlines in Paris, Sydney, New Zealand and Cairns. Hugh migrated to Australia in 1982, and has been a great supporter both personally and professionally of the Alliance Française.

Keith ROBINSON

Keith ROBINSON

Treasurer | Keith is a Chartered Accountant who started with Ernst & Young in 1989 before spending 8 years at Orlando Wyndham, part of the Pernod Ricard group. A visitor to France on a number of occasions, Keith is partner at Robinsons Chartered Accountants, a small tax and business advisory firm located in Adelaide CBD.

Lani CARTER

Lani CARTER

Public Officer/Secretary | Lani is an Insurance Lawyer at Sparke Helmore Lawyers in Adelaide. She recently completed a Masters in Law at the University of Melbourne, and studied at the Alliance Française in Rouen during her undergraduate degree. Lani has a love of all things French, and is a firm believer in the power of French champagne to facilitate the learning process.

Stéphane COLLIGNON

Stéphane COLLIGNON

Committee Member | Stephane worked for IT companies like Burroughs in Paris and Honewell in Sydney. Stephane migrated to Australia in 1981. Stephane is a senior IT officer in the Department of Defence. He is also an active Health and Safety Representative in his working environment. Stephane was on the Board of the Alliance before and contributed to the addition of an extra-floor  to the building. 

Chloë FOX

Chloë FOX

Committee Member | Chloë is a former journalist, teacher and politician who worked in France for four years. Chloë currently sits on the board of the Lifetime Support Authority, and is an ambassador for the Miracle Babies’ Association, a not-for-profit group which supports premature babies and their families. 

Deborah LAVIS

Deborah LAVIS

Committee Member | Deb is a multi-skilled business woman who established The Eco Tile Factory in 1987. She also works as a film producer within her own company, Ginger Gecko Productions. Deb has significant board experience, including, amongst others, the Australia India Business Council and the Small Business Advisory Council. 

Philippe GRAVIER

Philippe GRAVIER

Committee Member | Philippe is manager at Seaway Logistics, International Freight forwarder. Originally from Lyon, he has worked in that industry since 1990 in Hong Kong, France and Australia. Philippe has significant board experience with French Australian Chamber of Commerce (FACCI SA) in Adelaide.

Jean FORNASIERO

Jean FORNASIERO

Committee Member | Jean is Emeritus Professor of French Studies at the University of Adelaide. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and Officer in the Order of the Palmes académiques. She has taught French language and culture at the University of Adelaide and filled many administrative roles both locally and nationally, including as President of the ASFS, Australian Society for French Studies.  She is currently the Chair of Creative France in South Australia, President of LCNAU, the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities, and Director of Publications for the Natural History Museum of Le Havre. 

To express our gratitude for 37 years of dedicated and distinguished service, Andrew McKenzie was awarded the very first Alliance Française d’Adelaïde Honorary Life Membership.