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.

Stuart Barnes

Stuart was the General Manager of the WIN Sports & Entertainment Centres (WIN Stadium and WIN Entertainment Centre) in Wollongong from 1997 until September 2016, after working for 15 years with Sydney City Council – in the last years, as Manager Sydney Town Hall.

Previous professions have included Teacher, Disc Jockey and Entertainment Officer. Stuart has been on the Board of St Marys since 2005 and is Deputy Chair and chair of the Building and Development Committee. As well as holding a Teachers Diploma from the University of London, Stuart was awarded a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration by the University of Sydney, in 2015 and is one of only 14 venue managers in Australia, to hold the highest international qualification in the venue management industry – Certified Facilities Executive. Stuart’s daughter Courtney, who is now a Cast Manager with Carnival Cruiselines, in the USA, was a student of the College, until 2005. Stuart is now semi-retired but is still involved in the event and venues industry through being a Consultant in these fields.

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 Foundation and an Independent Chair/Member of Governance/Audit Committees of Wollongong City Council, NSW SES and NSW SVDP Society.He is Vice-President of NSW Branch of the Australasian College of Health Services Managers. He has a BA from UoW and postgraduate qualifications in governance, risk management, industrial relations and management. Terry has served on the Board since 2009, is a member of the Risk Management Committee, the Finance and Audit Committee and 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.

Michelle Duncan

Michelle is a Chartered Accountant who has specialised in Internal Audit for the past 14 years.

She has worked previously within the Diocese of Wollongong and South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, is currently employed with a Professional Services firm delivering assurance reviews to a variety of organisations. Michelle has been on the Board of St Marys since 2009 and is Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. Michelle and Damien have four children and she is involved in her Parish through mass commitments is a member of a local Bushcare group. She enjoys yoga and walking.

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.

Grace McCarthy

Grace McCarthy is Dean Sydney Business School at the University of Wollongong.

Grace is passionate about learning and teaching, and in 2012 was awarded an Australian Government Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Her research and teaching focus on leadership and coaching. Grace chairs the UOW College Academic Board. Grace also has many years of experience working in industry, including as European Director of Customer Service of a multinational manufacturing firm. Grace joined the Board of St. Mary’s in 2010 and is also a member of the Governance and Nominations Committee. She is also a member of the Board of The Illawarra Connection. Grace and her husband Tim have 2 grown up children, Fiona, an alumna of St. Mary’s, and Seán, who attended Edmund Rice College.

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.



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.