Tess Gross is Executive Assistant to the Director. She originally trained as a secondary school teacher in History and English but has spent most of her working career in tertiary institutions including both Melbourne and Monash Universities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with a major in History and a Graduate Diploma in Education and has nearly two decades of administrative and teaching experience.
Tess has a connection India stemming from a childhood in Fiji where Fiji-Indians were the backbone of the sugar industry, and expat workers like her father spoke Hindustani in the normal course of their day. Later travel to both India and Sri Lanka reacquainted her with these early Indian connections.