Board of Directors

Our community is blessed by the generous service of our Board of Directors, who provide their time and expertise to support the good governance and leadership of the College.

As a company (limited by guarantee) our Board of Directors carry a significant responsibility in the following areas:

  • assuring the Catholic culture of the College
  • nourishing the connection between the College and the traditions of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan
  • governing the financial affairs of the College
  • providing vision and direction for the plant and facilities of the College
  • selecting and appointing the College Principal / CEO
  • reporting to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission as per regulations

We offer our thanks to the following community leaders:

Brenda Wilson - Chair

Brenda is a past student of St Marys Star of the Sea College.

She was a teacher for many years and has recently retired as Principal of St Therese Catholic Primary School, West Wollongong. She, together with her husband Peter, is a parishioner of St Therese parish where she has participated in a number of ministries. She has three adult children and two grandchildren, who now enjoy more of her time. Since 2005, Brenda has been a Director of the St Marys Star of the Sea College board and is, at present, Chair. She is passionate about the educational experience which can be offered at St Mary's. She enjoys working with the Board and the Principal to continually plan for a spiritual, enriching and relevant educational experience for every student.

Terry Clout

Terry has 30 years senior management experience with NSW Health including 15 years as CEO of Area Health Services.

He is Board Chair of Mary MacKillop Place and an Independent Board Director of the NSW SVDP Company. He is Independent Chair of the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committees of Wollongong City Council, the NSW SES Audit and Risk Committee and Chair of the SVDP Governance, Risk and Nominations Committee. He has a BA from UoW and postgraduate qualifications in governance, risk management, industrial relations and management and holds the following Fellowships: FAICD, FRMIA , FACHSE, FGRCI . He is a Certified Practicing Risk Manager and a JP. Terry has served on the Board since 2009 and on the Finance and Audit Committee and is Chair of the Risk Management Committee. He is the College's Governance Co-Ordinator. Terry and wife Jenny are active members of St Therese Parish Community. Their daughter Helen is a St Mary's graduate.

Chris Cook

Chris is an electrical engineer with a BSc and BE from the University of Adelaide.

He received his PhD from the University of New South Wales in 1976 and then worked for Marconi Avionics in the UK as a project engineer designing aerospace computing systems. On his return to Australia he worked on industrial automation and robotics systems before joining the University of Wollongong in 1982 where he is now Dean of Engineering and Information Sciences. He has served on other non-profit company boards, including the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music and the WIN-Wollongong Symphony Orchestra and several National Research Centres. His three daughters all went to St Mary's and he enjoys tennis, cycling and bushwalking.

Michael Jennett

Michael is a Chartered Accountant who has focussed on the provision of audit, risk and governance related matters in a variety of industries for over 20 years.

He has served on the Board of St Marys since 2011 and currently is Chair of the Risk Management Committee as well as serving on the Finance and Audit Committee. Michael and his wife Kate have two primary school aged children. He is also heavily involved in surf life saving, being the current President of Wollongong City SLSC.

Janelle Bond

Janelle was a student at the college and comes from a long heritage of St Mary’s, as her grandmother and mother also attended.

Janelle has extensive corporate governance experience and has held positions on the Board of Directors of Peoplecare Health Insurance, Chair of the Wollongong City Council Governance Committee, Member of the Shellharbour City Council Governance Committee, and Member of the BlueScope Steel Superannuation Policy Committee. Janelle has extensive experience in commercial management, procurement, outsourcing, contract development and IT service delivery. Janelle’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Information Technology (Information Systems), and MBA (Commercial Law) and is also a Graduate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Beth Riolo

Born and bred in Wollongong, Beth is an ex-student of St Mary's College and considers her membership of the Board of Directors as a great privilege.

Beth has worked in Catholic Education for over 30 years and during that time she has been a Primary teacher, Religious Education Coordinator, Education Officer in Catholic Life Education Mission (CLEM) and is currently Education Officer (Special Projects) in Strategic Planning & Policy/Office of the Director (SPP) at the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Wollongong.

Beth’s qualifications include a Diploma of Teaching (Primary), Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts (Theological Studies).

Beth has been a Board member since 2018 and is passionate about enlivening religious education and Catholic School communities so that they are relevant to both students and teachers working to help schools read the ‘signs of the times’ so that they can be communities of justice, inclusivity, sustainability and hospitality.

Nick Fitzgerald

Nick is a Chartered Accountant specialising in business improvement strategies, business and investment structures and specialist tax advice, helping SME’s see success on every level through planning and strategy.

He has previously also worked as the Financial Controller for a group of education based companies in London, and joined the Board of St Marys and the Finance and Audit Committee in 2019. Nick’s wife Christine was a student at the college and together they have two young children. He is also the Finance Director for Wollongong Touch Association.



Board Values

The work of our Board of Directors is framed by these eight values.

Teamwork

We achieve the best solutions for the College. We work collaboratively with a Shared Mission. We acknowledge that effective teamwork comes from shared values and respect for each other’s experiences, abilities, insights and wisdom. We respect and trust each other because of these qualities.

Integrity

We carry out our work employing processes which include accountability and the highest standards. Decisions are made using reliable information and rigorous debate. All our efforts are focused on achieving the best outcomes for the College and its students.

Respect

We value each person and the contribution he/she makes to the College and society. We treat each person with courtesy, maintaining their individual dignity. We respect others through inclusivity and equity.

Compassion

We are aware of the situations of others and apply the compassion of Christ in our dealings with others. We act with empathy and generosity, while encouraging compassion through supporting social justice.

Excellence

We undertake to deliver what we promise, to add value that goes beyond what is required and to strive to achieve “higher things” through learning, innovation and agility. We undertake to continuously improve our skills and our knowledge, so that our considerations benefit those we serve and with whom we work.

Optimism

We expect the best for the future and work to achieve it. We are aware that we may be asked to solve difficult problems. We are open to the many available possibilities and search for those which will be life-giving to the College.

Stewardship

We ensure that the resources of the College are effectively and efficiently used only for the purposes for which they are provided and the achievement of the College mission. We ensure that the College acts in compliance with applicable laws and conditions of subsidy and that our decisions reflect a “Good Samaritan” approach to the use of available resources.

Transparency

We are open, honest and accountable in our relations. Transparency for us means openly communicating in relation to our decisions and practices.

EOI - St Mary's College Board (1044 KB)

Expression Of Interest - Board Directors and Committee Members (278 KB)