The Australian Board of Vellore CMCH

The Australian Board of Vellore Christian College and Hospital celebrated it’s 50th anniversary in 1996. The Board was established on 10th July 1956 at the request of Dr. John S. Carman, the Director of CMC&H at that time, to co-ordinate the activities of the various state branches of Friends of Vellore. For many years the board was based around the Sydney Friends of Vellore. Over the years, the Board has evolved into a truly national organisation with representation from various states of the country.

The Annual General Body meeting of the Board is held at different capital cities of the states in rotation. Delegates from the various state groups of Friend of Vellore and Alumni attend the meeting to discuss the activities of the board. The executive is elected from among the delegates. The last AGM was at Melbourne in August 2019. Next one will be in Sydney  in 2020.


The Board of Directors (2019 – 20)



President: Dr. Stephen Aseervatham

Stephen is a Vellore graduate ( batch of 61) and has been involved with the board, NSW FOV and Australian Alumni Association for many years. He served one term as the Board’s secretary and later took over the position as the publicity officer and managing the web site, for almost 10 years. For the past 3 years he was the Vice President. He manages the web Page. He is a retired anaesthetist and lives with his wife Vimalini, a retired GP, in Newcastle. They enjoy travelling and what ever time they could spend with their grand children.


Vice President – Prof. David Runia

David Runia retired as the Master of Queen’s College at the University of Melbourne at the end of 2016. While Master he learnt about the work of the CMC, with which his College has had a long-standing relationship since the days of Dr Edward Gault. He visited Vellore in 2014 and resolved to get more involved in the task of supporting the College and Hospital. David is an academic and remains active in research on ancient philosophy, with a particular interesting the Jewish philosopher who lived at the same time as Jesus, Philo of Alexandria. He is married to Gonni, and they have a daughter living in Amsterdam and two sons living in Melbourne. David and Gonni are of Dutch descent and lived in the Netherlands for 25 years before returning to Australia in 2002.


 Secretary: Ms. Evelyn Lehmann

Evelyn has been involved with FOV Victoria for several years and served as the co Treasurer (with Dr. John Gault) for 5 years. She is still on the Victorian FOV Board as event co-ordinator for their annual Fundraising Dinners, which she has been doing for the past 6 years. Evelyn visited Vellore for the first time in December 2015 and had a very enjoyable time.

She is semi-retired but still works for John Gault as his PA and lives in Bendigo. She has three sons, two live in Melbourne and one currently in Berlin. Evelyn took over the position as the Secretary of the Board two years ago.




 Treasurer: Mr Richard Caitens 

Richard Caitens has been the treasurer of the board for more than 16 years. He has been involved with the Qld FOV for a longer period and has been their treasurer during that time. He is an accountant by profession, working for the Market Direct Campers. His wife Susanna is a teacher and they have 3 children – 2 girls and a boy. Richard visited Vellore for the first time couple of years ago representing the Board at the council meeting.


Dr. Chellam Kirubakaran (1)

Publicity Officer : Dr. Chellam Kirubakaran

Dr. Chellam Kirubakaran is quite well known to most of the Friends of Vellore and alumni world wide. She did her undergraduate studies at Thanjavur Medical College and joined CMC Vellore in in 1971, did her Post graduate degree there and stayed on as a member of  the faculty for 35 years. She was the former Professor and Head of the Department of Child Health and Neonatology. At present she is working as a staff specialist Paediatrician at Mildura Base Hospital, Victoria.

Her Husband Dr, Meshach Kirubakaran is an alumnus of CMC and was the former Professor and Head of the Department of Nephrology. He also worked at Mildura until his retirement a couple of years ago. They have two daughters. Between them they bring lots of expertise and contacts with many Undergraduate and postgraduate CMC alumni over more than 3 decades.


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