Our College

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 has been a teacher for many years and is now Principal of St Therese Catholic Primary School, West Wollongong. She, together with her husband Peter, is a parishioner of St Therese parish and participates in the liturgical celebrations, as well as being a member of the Parish Pastoral Council. She has three adult children and a young granddaughter. Since 2005, Brenda has been a member of the St Marys Star of the Sea College board and is, at present, Chair of the Board and a member of the Governance and Nominations Committee.

Stuart Barnes

Stuart has been General Manager of the WIN Sports & Entertainment Centres (WIN Stadium and WIN Entertainment Centre) since 1998, 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 a member of the Building and Development Committee. Stuart’s daughter Courtney, who is now a Dance Captain with Carnival Cruiselines, in the USA, was a student of the College, until 2005. Stuart and his wife, Antoinette, are members of the Bulli Parish where they are both highly involved in the liturgy and Stuart is Chair of the Liturgy Committee.

Terry Clout

Terry has 30 years experience in senior management positions in the NSW Public Health System including 14 years as CEO of Area/Local Health Services in rural, regional and metropolitan locations.

His most recent appointment being as CEO of Southern Eastern Sydney LHD. Terry's qualifications are in Australian Social History, Employment Law, Risk Management, Corporate Governance, HR/Industrial Relations and Management. Terry and wife Jenny have 3 adult children with daughter Helen being a graduate of St Mary's. Terry has served on the Board since 2009 and is a member of the Risk Management Committee. Jenny and Terry are active members of the St Therese Parish community. Terry is passionate about social justice.

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 12 years.

She has worked previously within the Diocese of Wollongong and is currently employed within South Eastern Sydney Local Health District. 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, two of whom are currently in Catholic secondary schools with the other two studying at UOW. Michelle is involved in her Parish through Youth Group and Mass commitments; and 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 Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Business 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. 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 chairs the Governance and Nominations Committee. Grace and her husband Tim have 2 grown up children, Fiona, who is studying at ANU, and Seán, who is studying at UOW.

Board Values

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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