New appointees to School Advisory Council

February 5, 2021

St Patrick’s College is pleased to announce the appointment of several new members to the School Advisory Council for 2021.

Late last year the College was delighted to receive a large number of expressions of interest from incredibly talented people in our community, all wishing to provide some professional input and guidance into the running of the College.

Principal Steven O’Connor said he “was very impressed with those who I met via the shortlisted interviews”.

Following the interviews, the following people have been recommended by the College for endorsement by EREA to join the School Advisory Council (subject to the completion of EREA formation and induction training):

  • Ms Wendy Graham – Wendy is a vastly experienced educator and education and leadership consultant who has worked in educational settings for over 40 years – having held principal class positions in both primary and secondary schools, and a regional role for Central Highlands Wimmera in Victoria for supporting schools in their Strategic plans and Data analysis.
    During these years of leadership Wendy was active in many forums for decision-making in school settings and also on many statewide forums in which the focus was always on improving teaching and learning provision for schools.
    Wendy now works as a consultant specialising in strategic planning processes, professional coaching, and leadership development initiatives. In recent years the main focus of her work has been related to the development and facilitation of leadership programs, working in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, and the Northern Territory.
    She is the immediate past Chair for Country Education Partnerships in Victoria and was a Director on the Board of Sacre Coeur, a Catholic Independent Girls School in Melbourne, serving as Chair for the final five years of her term of office.
  • Mr Jon Kanoa – Jon is an Old Collegian of the College who graduated in the Class of 2000 and is a proud Kerrupmar/Bundij man who also celebrates and recognises his Irish, Scottish and Welsh ancestry.
    Since his time as a student Jon has enjoyed a flourishing career working within Aboriginal Affairs at local, regional and statewide levels. Jon is the Chief Operating Officer at the Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-Operative (BADAC) and also the Co-chair of the Koorie Engagement Action Group (KEAG) through the City of Ballarat.
    Jon is a graduate of the Leadership Ballarat program in 2016 and is also involved with a College committee charged with writing the St Patrick’s College Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Ms Angela Morrison – Angela is a current parent of the College with her son Christian in Year 8.
    Angela has a strong professional background in financial management, accounting, risk management and compliance and is currently employed as the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of the Sovereign Hill Museums Association.
    Angela has previously held positions in major firms such as KPMG, Ernst and Young and Price Waterhouse Coopers and is a past Chief Financial Officer of the Hepburn Health Services and a past Director of Finance at Albury Wodonga Health.
    Angela has also served extensively on the board, including a period as chair, of the Tallangatta Health Service.
  • Mr Colin Marshall – Colin is also a current parent of the College with his son Oliver in Year 11.
    Colin specialises in commercial and facilities services operations and strategic stakeholder management in both public and private sector environments and is currently employed as the Manager of Facilities and Operations at the Macedon Ranges Shire Council.
    Colin’s work history includes an extended stint as the Director Campus Life (DCL) Commercial Services at Federation University and as the Regional Victorian Manager of Operations for The Spotless Group.
    Colin is currently pursuing a PhD which examines themes of transition, identity and cultural capital associated with the development of aspiring leaders in regional communities.
  • Ms Jane Valpied – Jane is also a current parent of the College with son Fred in Year 10, continuing a long family tradition at SPC. Jane’s late father Dr Geoff Torney is an inducted Legend of the College and one of our most respected alumni.
    Jane has enjoyed an extensive career in business operations, property valuations and building design and human resources.
    Jane has also served on many committees around Ballarat including at Loreto College and is the current Vice President of the Ballarat Mechanics Institute Board.
  • Mr Jarrod King – Jarrod King (SPC 200-05) is an Old Collegian of St Patrick’s College who went on to study a Bachelor of Information Technology at Federation University.
    Upon graduation Jarrod secured employment at IBM before later moving to work at Ballarat Health Services where he currently holds the title of Chief Technology Officer for the Ballarat Health Services and the Grampians Rural Health Alliance.
    Along with his wide array of IT-related skills, Jarrod has extensive experience in project and program management, stakeholder management and business analysis.

The College is pleased to advise the SPC community that Mr Peter Wilson has agreed to continue as Chair of the Advisory Council following his role as Acting Chair in 2020.

As such, the College’s Advisory Council for 2021 will be comprised of the following:

Chair: Mr Peter Wilson

Members: Mr Peter Flynn, Mr Charles Flynn, Mrs Angela Carey, Mrs Jo Stevens, Ms Wendy Graham, Mr Jon Kanoa, Ms Angela Morrison, Mr Colin Marshall, Ms Jane Valpied and Mr Jarrod King.

Staff members: Mr Steven O’Connor (Principal), Mrs Elizabeth Ryan (Deputy Principal), Mr Andrew Ballesty (Business Manager)