College Board

Ensuring goals and objectives are met

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.

Bob Hunt - Board Chair

Position within the Board: 

Board Chair

Connection to the College: 
Past Parent

Current Occupation: 
Computer Systems Engineer

Current Employer: 
Fujitsu Australia Ltd

Qualifications: 
IT specialist – 43 years’ experience

Professional Memberships: 
Australian Computer Society

Member of Board since: 
2018

Brief Biography:
Originally from Gloucester, UK Bob has over 43 years’ experience in the IT industry as a systems engineer initially with UK Ministry of Defence, with Fujitsu since 1982, and with Fujitsu in Australia since 1983. Bob is a specialist in computing infrastructure currently serving as Fujitsu’s regional enterprise products manager. Bob is one of Fujitsu’s senior and longest serving system engineers in Australia.Bob, and his wife Marie, have two daughters Lauren and Sarah who graduated from MSM in 2004 and 2006 respectively.Bob has been actively involved in the Mt St Michael’s community since 2000 and has served in the following roles:

  • Parents and Friends Association - Treasurer - 2001 to 2006
  • MSM Foundation Ltd - Director - 2007 to 2009
  • MSM Finance Committee - Member - 2009 to present
  • MSM Foundation Committee - Member - 2009 to 2012, Chair 2012 to 2015
  • MSM College Board - Director - 2010 to 2015

Mandy Anderson - Deputy Chair

Position within the Board: 

Deputy Chair

Connection to the College: 
Past parent

Current Occupation: 
Director Education

Current Employer: 
Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC)

Qualifications: 

  • Masters degrees in Education (Curriculum); 
  • Arts / Leadership; International Education Policy

Member of Board since: 
2017

Brief Biography:

Mandy has spent her working life in education: in teaching, school principalship and, for many years now, within the peak strategic body for Catholic education. She enjoys the opportunity for school level interaction.

Michael O’Keeffe - Director

Position within the Board: 
Director

Connection to the College: 
Parent

Current Occupation: 
Consultant / Principal

Current Employer: 
Nomenade Consulting Pty Ltd

Qualifications: 

  • B. Science (AES) (Hons 1) (Griffith);
  • M. Environmental Engineering (Griffith);
  • G.Dip. Community Relations (Uni Qld)

Professional Memberships:

  • Environmental Institute of Australia & New Zealand 
  • Certified Environmental PractitionerAusIMM

Member of Board since:
2018

Brief Biography:
Michael has a background in environmental science, engineering and community relations with expertise in environmental risk management, approvals, project management and technical evaluation in the resources and infrastructure sectors. Most of Michael’s experience has been with large companies, including Shell, Anglo American and Rio Tinto across operational, technical support and capital project evaluation roles. He has worked across Australia and overseas, including over three years living in South America. Since 2016 Michael has run his own consulting business.

David Thornton - Director

Position within the Board: 

Director

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.

Patrick Coleman - Director

Position within the Board: 

Director

Connection to the College: 
Parent

Current Occupation: 
Policy and Stakeholder Relations Adviser

Current Employer: 
Aurizon

Qualifications: 
Bachelor of Arts, Monash University. Master of Management, Australian National University

Professional Memberships:
Economic Society of Australia (Queensland)

Member of Board since:
2018

Brief Biography:
Patrick has worked at Aurizon for more than six years as an adviser on policy, regulation and stakeholder relations, focusing on infrastructure investment and regulation, transport and environmental issues. Previously he worked as Director Policy at the Business Council of Australia, where he was responsible for managing public policy research and advocacy in the areas of trade, investment, education, skills and innovation. Patrick also has experience in Federal Government policy roles, including as an adviser in the Office of the Prime Minister and a senior adviser in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Suzette Clark rsc - Director

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

Member of Board since:
2015

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.

Michelle Apps - Director

Position within the Board: 

Director

Connection to the College: 
Current parent

Qualifications: 
Professional Memberships: Member of the Australia New Zealand Chartered Accountants and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Member of Board since:
2018

Brief Biography:
Michelle is an experienced CFO, business owner and auditor with over 25 years in the IT, banking and finance sectors.  Prior to retiring in 2018, Michelle was the CFO and co-founder of Agility Applications, an ISO 27001 certified technology company, providing specialised technology solutions to the finance and capital markets industries.  Previously, Michelle held senior audit roles at Suncorp and KPMG.  This experience has provided her with a strong understanding of internal controls, risk management and governance frameworks.

Peter Rowell - Director

Position within the Board: 

Director

Connection to the College: 
Present parent and Ashgrove resident of 35 years.

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland.
  • Bachelor of Law, University of Cambridge.
  • Admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland (15 December 1977) and the High Court of Australia.

Member of Board since:
2018

Brief Biography:
Peter practiced as a solicitor for over 35 years; including as a Partner in Neil O’Sullivan and Rowell Solicitors for 12 years and subsequently Consultant/Special Counsel with Ashurst Australia (formerly Blake, Dawson Waldron) for approximately 17 years. He was later appointed as Director of Legal Services with the then Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, a position which he held for 2 years. He was also Lecturer-in-charge of Advanced Planning Law, a subject offered in the QUT Master of Laws Course over a period of approximately 15 years.

Peter is currently the Secretary of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Ashgrove Conference and a voluntary legal advisor to the Environmental Defenders Office (Qld), a public interest law group.