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.

Patrick Coleman

Photograph - Patrick Coleman

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.

Kate Whalan

Kate Whalan

Position within the Board: Director and College Board Deputy Chair
Connection to the College: Local Ashgrovian
Current Occupation: Special Counsel
Current Employer: McInnes Wilson 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

Bob Hunt

Bob Hunt

Position within the Board: Director
Member – Finance Committee
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

Suzette Clark

Suzette Clark

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:
Member of Board since: 2015
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.

Mandy Anderson


Position within the Board: Director
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.