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.
Current College Board Members:
Mary is a recently retired radiation oncologist. The last 12 years of her professional career have been spent working part-time at Peter McCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, principally caring for children and adolescents with cancer as well as caring for long-term survivors. She has publications in radiation oncology, in addition to having presented at, and chaired sessions at a number of conferences. She was on the Faculty of Radiation Oncology Board for 9 years. She was part of the working groups for the Radiation Oncology Curriculum review, plus the Standards Practice for Radiation Oncology. She was co-chair of the RANZCR Paediatric Oncology Special Interest group for 9 years. She was also on the NSW Radiation Advisory Council for over 10 years. Her medical career started at St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst following in her father and brother’s footsteps. Her nephew is an intern there this year. Three generations touched by the Sisters of Charity.
She lives in the local area, believes that “the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world” but to do so wisely requires a good education. Her parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were passionate about education.
Board Director since 2019
BSc (Computing), LLB
Fiona is General Counsel for Rexel, the Australian subsidiary of a French-listed global electrical wholesaling business, having previously led the professional services function at Sydney Catholic Schools.
Fiona is an experienced lawyer and leader of professionals, with a focus on legal, compliance and risk management services. Fiona’s career has encompassed working in law firms (local, national and international), small consulting firms, the not-for-profit sector and listed companies. Fiona holds degrees in Science and Law.
Board Director since 2017
Chair, Risk & Audit Committee
BA(Hons), DipEd, MEdStuds, PhD, FACEL, FACE
Michael Bezzina is an educational consultant, working with with schools and systems across Australia. Prior to this he was Director, Teaching and Learning at Sydney Catholic Schools for five years. Earlier significant appointments have included Director of the Centre for Creative and Authentic Leadership and Head of the School of Educational Leadership at ACU and Director of Religious Education and Educational Services at Catholic Education Parramatta. He has been a member of several school and diocesan education boards as well as a Ministerial Appointee to the then Board of Studies, Teaching and Education Standards (BOSTES).
Michael is a fellow of both the Australian College of Educators (ACE) and the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL). He has received the Patrick Duignan Award from ACEL, and an Outstanding Educator Award and the Ron Ikin award from ACE. He holds an adjunct Professorship at Australian Catholic University.
Board Director since 2018
Sarah Jane Brazil
MICOMOS, MHeritage Conservation, BA
Sarah Jane is a consultant with over 25 years of experience in the cultural sector. She is recognised as an expert in establishing and implementing innovative policy and operational frameworks and complex projects in the cultural heritage industry at the international, national and state levels.
Sarah Jane has chaired and served on many committees including the Sydney Opera House Conservation Council.
Board Director since 2017
MAppFin, CPA, MAIPM
John is the Chief Operating Officer for Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers. He has over 20 years’ professional experience in financial and operational management practice. John holds a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and is accredited as a Certified Practicing Accountant and Project Management Professional.
John has a passion for community service. As well as serving as a Director for St Vincent’s College, his pro bono contributions also include serving as a Senator for the Australian Catholic University.
Board Director since 2012
Chair, Finance Committee
Sr Elizabeth Dodds rsc
Sister Dodds was a founding Trustee of Mary Aikenhead Ministries (2009-2011) and Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Charity from 2002-2008. Elizabeth has held many leadership positions within Catholic Education including the position of Principal in secondary schools in Sydney and Melbourne, Supervisor of schools in Parramatta and as the Director of the Edmund Rice school system in Queensland and the Northern Territory.
Many of her current ministries involve collaborating with other Religious Institutes in the areas of governance or education. She serves as a director on a number of College Boards and Education Councils as well as a Commissioner on the Australian Bishops’ National Catholic Education Commission.
Elizabeth has a passion for social justice and the renewal and leadership of the laity within the Church.
Board Director since 2013
Mission, Identity and Education Committee
Kate Robinson 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
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
John Williams M.Ed
John has been a Board Director with the College since 2009. John was educated by the Jesuits in Sydney before joining the Army and serving in the Infantry. Whilst in the Army, John deployed to Timor Leste twice, once in 1999 with INTERFET and again in 2001 with UNTAET, working alongside aid agencies, the United Nations and other NGO’s.
John then studied Education and Mathematics at the Australian Catholic University before completing his Masters of Education from Macquarie University. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). He is currently Head of Senior School and a Mathematics teacher at St Aloysius’ College, Milsons Point.
Board Director since 2009 Director, St Vincent's College Finance Committee Mission, Identity and Education Committee