College Board
The Mt St Michaels College Board works to ensure the goals and objectives of the College Strategic Plan are met through alignment with the mission, vision and values of the College.

The Principal, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the College, is ex-official of all Board sub-committees and is responsible to the College Board for the internal leadership and management of the College. At the eight Board meetings held annually, reports are tabled by the Principal and the standing sub-committees.

Sub-committees cover such areas as: education, governance, finance, foundation and educational facilities. The Board works collaboratively with the Principal on all key matters.

David Thornton

David Thornton

Position within the Board: Director and College Board Chair
Connection to the College: Past parent
Current Occupation: Director/ Business Owner
Current Employer: Bayside Linemarking
Qualifications: CPA
Professional Memberships: Member of the Australian Society of CPA’s and the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Member of Board since: 2013
Brief Biography:
David and his wife Therese currently own and operate their own businesses – Bayside Linemarking, Boyle’s Badges and BadgeWorks.  Prior to moving out of his corporate roles, David held CFO and General Manager roles in a number of listed and private companies covering a range of diverse industries including Oil and Gas, Construction, Media and Manufacturing.

Kate Whalan

Kate Whalan

Position within the Board: Director and College Board Deputy Chair
Connection to the College: Local Ashgrovian
Current Occupation: Senior Associate
Current Employer: Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers
Qualifications: Bachelor of Business Management and Laws, The University of Queensland.  Admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia
Professional Memberships: International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Committee member.  Member of Women Lawyer’s Association of Queensland
Member of Board since: 2012
Brief Biography:
Kate Whalan has over 12 years’ experience as a commercial litigator, alternative dispute resolution and insolvency specialist. She practices across a wide variety of industries including the education, insurance, transport, construction, manufacturing, mining, employment, finance and retail sectors. She has expertise in an array of commercial matters including employment, contract disputes, trade practices actions, negligence and corporate governance issues. Kate adopts a commercial, practical and results-driven approach in all of her dealings and has a keen interest in educating clients about their statutory and legal obligations and implementing appropriate protocols to safeguard their interests.

Tom Hart-Davies

John Patterson

Position within the Board: Director and Chair of Finance Committee
Connection to the College: Past Parent.
Current Occupation: Managing Director
Current Employer: Retailquip
Professional Memberships: Australian Institute of Packaging(AIP).  Logistics Association of Australia(LAA).
Member of Board since:  2014
Brief Biography:
Tom and his wife Jacky own the Retailquip Group of companies which supplies and services material handling and returnable load carrying equipment to major Retailers and food  manufacturing throughout Australia and New Zealand.  Prior to starting Retailquip in 2001, Tom worked in agriculture, managing mixed farming properties in Victoria and 10 years working as a livestock agent throughout Victoria and NSW. Tom has previously served in the following roles at MSM:

  • President Parents and Friends Association
  • Director of MSM Foundation
  • Member of MSM Education Facilities Committee

Clare Webster

Clare Webster - Small

Position within the Board: Director and Chair Foundation Committee
Connection to the College: Past Parent
Current Occupation: Freelance Editor
Current Employer: Self-employed
Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) – The Australian National University Canberra, Graduate Diploma Asian and International Studies – Griffith University Brisbane, Graduate Diploma Governance and Public Policy – The University of Queensland Brisbane.
Professional Memberships: International Association for Community Development
Member of Board since: 2016
Brief Biography:
Clare is currently working as a freelance editor while she completes a Master of Governance and Public Policy at the University of Queensland. She was most recently the Director of GD Eco Design Innovations Pty Ltd and her career has been characterised primarily by positions in research and policy development and writing and editing roles across the political, not-for-profit, public and private spheres. Clare is particularly interested in issues concerning the development of social policy and associated matters of governance.

Kathy Mac Dermott

Kathy Mac Dermott

Position within the Board: Director
Connection to the College: Daughter is a current student
Current Occupation: Chief Operating Officer
Current Employer: Property Council of Australia
Qualifications: Bachelor of Business Communications QUT, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Professional Memberships: Australian Institute of Company Directors
Member of Board since: November 2014
Brief Biography:
Kathy Mac Dermott is the Chief Operating Officer of the Property Council of Australia, the leading advocate for Australia’s $670 billion property industry.
Over 2,200 organisations are members of the Property Council across the country, comprising the nation’s major investors, property owners and developers – as well as the industry’s professional service and trade providers.
Kathy’s 29 year career in property includes 11 years as a journalist for The Australian Financial Review, seven as the Queensland bureau chief.
Kathy has also worked in corporate communication roles in Australia and London.

Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson

Position within the Board: Director and Chair Education Facilities Committee
Connection to the College: Current Parent
Current Occupation: Commercial Manager
Current Employer: Nilsen QLD
Qualifications: Chartered Accountant (CA), Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA)
Professional Memberships: Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM), Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)
Member of Board since: 2013
Brief Biography:
Tim is a senior finance professional and chartered accountant with a background in both listed and large private companies within electrical contracting, heavy engineering for the mining sector, military aerospace and banking. Tim has widely diversified skills across these industries with an international perspective gained within general management, financial management, change management, risk management, IT and HR.

 

Suzette Clark

Suzette Clark

Member of Board since:2015

Position within the Board: Director
Connection to the College: Sister of Charity
Current Ministry: Sisters of Charity Congregational Councillor
Qualifications: Degrees in Education and Theology; Qualifications in Pastoral Ministry and Spirituality
Brief Biography:
Suzette Clark has been a Sister of Charity for over 40 years. She has worked in several education and healthcare facilities in Australia and in Zambia, Africa. In more recent years, she has worked in Catholic Church social justice agencies. Recently she has taken on the role of Congregational Councillor and continues her ministry in social justice.