In 1993 St Vincent's College was incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee and the Sisters of Charity entrusted the governance of the College to a Board appointed by the Sisters.
In 2009 Mary Aikenhead Ministries (MAM) was established by the Holy See at the request of the Congregation of the Religious Sisters of Charity of Australia and the education ministry was transferred to MAM in July 2009. For more information on Mary Aikenhead Ministries and Mary Aikenhead Education Australia please visit their website.
The Directors of the St Vincent's College Board are collaborators in the MAM educational mission. They contribute their expertise, experience and creativity in order to sustain and continually renew the life of the College. We are inspired by those who have gone before us and we accept that the future of St Vincent’s College will be shaped by our choices and responses to current opportunities and challenges.
Jane Doolan is a lawyer and business development professional who is passionate about understanding and delivering value to clients and serving the community. Jane has worked for MinterEllison for 20 years, as an employment lawyer and since 2005 in business development where she has held a number of leadership positions across the firm's government, real estate and education practices. Jane is currently on the Board of the Bread and Butter Project, Australia's first social enterprise bakery, where 100% of its profits are reinvested into baker training and employment pathways for refugees and asylum seekers. Jane is a proud alumni (Class of 1986) and her two daughters attended the College and have previously served on St Vincent's College Board for nine years. Jane is an outward-looking Catholic, inspired by the charism of the Sisters of Charity.
Current College Board Members:
Jessica is the Senior Legal Counsel for Group Property and Security at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, as well as being its lead lawyer on the Modern Slavery Project. Her career in law spans over ten years and includes positions at Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers and McGrath Limited. Her areas of expertise include commercial property, privacy and IT policies.
Jessica has been involved in various pro bono initiatives including Director on the Board of Mount St Benedict College and member of the Future Resources Committee for the Brigidine Sisters. She has extensive experience providing legal advice to religious institutions, not-for-profits and corporations.
Jessica gained her Bachelor of Laws degree from Western Sydney University as well as an Arts degree in Government & International Relations and Sociology from the University of Sydney.
Board Director since 2020
Sean Rahilly has had 30 years' experience in accounting and investment banking and was previously the Head of Compliance, for the Investment Banking division of Societe Generale covering Australia and Asia. Prior to this, he worked for Hambros Australia, HSBC and Price Waterhouse. He has also been on the board of Charingfield Age Care (Charing Cross) and Eastern Suburbs District Rugby Union Club.
Sean has a BCom. from the University of NSW, is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Sean has been a Board Director since 2021 and is the current Chair of the Finance Committee.
BsC(Hons) LLB(Hons) MEL AccSpec(Govt & Admin)
Kate is a proud ex-student of St Vincent’s College. She is a senior government lawyer having worked for many state government agencies and has held leadership roles in government and her community. She has expertise across subject areas including the environment, heritage, planning, energy, and local government law as well as in governance. Kate is accredited by the Law Society of NSW as a Specialist in Government and Administrative Law.
Board Director since 2019
Jennifer joined the College Board in March 2022 and has brought to her Director's role an extensive array of professional experiences as an educator and in governance. Jennifer is currently employed by the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits) in the role of Delegate for Social Ministries. She has previously served as Delegate for Education. Jennifer has considerable experience as a teacher and leader in Independent Catholic Schools. She holds a preliminary degree in Mathematics and Commerce; a Master of Administration Leadership; a Master of Arts (Theology) and a Graduate Diploma in Canon Law. Jennifer is a Graduate of the Directors' Course of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Jennifer has considerable capacity to contribute to the governance of St Vincent's College in the areas of mission, spirituality, governance, and education.
Board Director since 2022
Ms Justine Hughes was invited to join the College Board in March 2022. Justine holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws Degrees from University of Sydney and has extensive corporate experience with large property development companies. Justine has had demonstrated success in managing transformational change, inspiring, and leading teams and making strategic decisions. She has extensive interests in education and the Not for Profit sectors having served on the Advisory Committee of St Margaret Mary Primary School, a P&F Executive member of St Vincent's College, the Gawura Volunteer Program at St Andrews Cathedral School and has been Secretary of Project/Kindness. The College Board will be enriched by Justin's personal and professional capacities.
Board Director since 2022
Melissa Webber is the founder and Managing Director of Holy Cow! Design & Advertising, a creative agency in Surry Hills. Originally from Canberra, Melissa studied graphic design then worked overseas for several years before returning to Sydney set up her own agency.
Since its inception, Holy Cow! has worked with charitable organisations and national and international corporations, and has provided pro bono services to the Sisters of Charity Outreach, a cause dear to her heart. She also served on the Outreach Committee from 2003-2013 and has had a long association with the both Sisters of Charity and Mary Aikenhead Ministries in various capacities.
Board Director since 2015 Chair, St Vincent's College Foundation
While Catherine joined the College Board in March 2022 her association with the College started as a student at the College in the 1970's. She returned to the College in 2021 as a member of the Mission, Identity and Education Committee and now as a Board Director will chair that committee. Catherine has a Doctorate in Education from Australian Catholic University (2018) and also holds Master's Degrees in Theological Studies and Education. Her earlier Tertiary studies were in Teaching, Religious Education and Counselling. Catherine has held positions of Teacher, English Adviser, Principal, Head of Primary Curriculum (Catholic Education Office) and Acting Curriculum Inspector of NESA. Catherine is well placed to contribute to her alma mater in a broad spectrum of Educational issues, Mission and Spirituality through her perspective as and connection with the Alumnae of the College.
Board Director since 2022