Meet Our Team


The Teachers

Arnaud BENASSY

Arnaud BENASSY

Teacher

Sandra CAUDAL

Sandra CAUDAL

Teacher

Laureline MARTIN

Laureline MARTIN

Teacher

Annelise ORGEUR

Annelise ORGEUR

Teacher

Julie RAPEBACH

Julie RAPEBACH

Teacher/ Adult Courses Coordinator

Maud BOUCHER

Maud BOUCHER

Teacher/ Children Courses Coordinator

Manon KIEGER

Manon KIEGER

Teacher

Sarah ZAGLIA

Sarah ZAGLIA

Teacher

Bastien PENAUD

Bastien PENAUD

Teacher

Bianca  FISHER

Bianca FISHER

Teacher Assistant

Hayli VERRIER

Hayli VERRIER

Teacher Assistant


The Administration Team

Laurent POINTUD

Laurent POINTUD

Director

Lesley COOPER

Lesley COOPER

Office Administrator

Kathy STANFORD

Kathy STANFORD

Receptionist
Communication Officer

Andrei PICK

Andrei PICK

Social Media Manager
Graphic Designer


The Committee

The Alliance Française d'Adélaïde Executive Committee is a crucial part of the organisation. It is comprised of the Director of the Alliance Française d'Adélaïde and 8 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.

Stéphane COLLIGNON

Stéphane COLLIGNON

Vice President | 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. 

Deborah LAVIS

Deborah LAVIS

Vice President | Deb is a multi-skilled business woman who established The Eco Tile Factory in 1986. She also works as a film producer within her own company, and is creator of ECOtvc film competition. Deb has significant board experience, including, among others, the Australia India Business Council and the Small Business Advisory Council.

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.

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. 

Laurence POQUET-AUTRET

Laurence POQUET-AUTRET

Committee Member | After living in France and the USA, Laurence has a great experience of governance in not-for-profit organisations. She is a current teacher in the French bilngual and binational programme at Highgate and a former teacher at the Alliance Française d'Adélaïde. Laurence is passionate about the French community in South Australia and a great supporter of the growing relationship between France and South Australia.

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