Padua College is a school which operates with the consent of the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne and is operated and governed by Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS).
MACS governs and operates Catholic schools in the Archdiocese to continue the mission of Catholic education to proclaim the Good News and equip our young people with the knowledge, skills, and hope to live meaningful lives and enrich the world around them.
Because the good work of educating the young is a co-responsible task led by every member of the Catholic school community, School Advisory Councils have been established to provide a crucial point of connection between the wider school community and school leaders. This governance model was designed to ease the administrative burden on our schools and parishes, allow parish priests to focus on the mission of education in the parish, enable greater collaboration between schools and ensure greater consistency in school policies and procedures.
More information on MACS is available at www.macs.vic.edu.au
Fr Geoff McIlroy – President of the Association of Canonical Administrators
Mr Jamie Cooke – Parent Representative
Jamie Cooke is the Managing Director and CEO of Drummond Golf. He began his journey in golf retail working for a local golf professional in his hometown of Bendigo in 1989 and then started working in Drummond Golf in 1992. In 1995, at the age of 23, Jamie and his close friend Chris Wilkinson purchased the Drummond Golf Bendigo franchise store.
In 2002 Jamie became part of a shareholder syndicate to buy the Drummond Golf franchise business, which had 12 franchise stores at the time. Jamie and two other Executive Directors - Mark & Ravi Abeyaratne - formed the management team with a charter to grow Drummond Golf into Australia’s only national bricks-and-mortar golf franchise business. By 2011 Drummond Golf had 49 stores in Australia with representation in every state and territory.
Jamie and his wife Amanda have three daughters at Padua College.
Mr Chris Menagé – Parent Representative
As an interdisciplinary educational leader with over 20 years’ international experience across private enterprise, government administration, not-for-profit, and education sectors, Chris Menagé applies critical and systems thinking to design award-winning, innovative pedagogy. Chris brings fresh insights through e²: educational ecosystems to help shape future-focused, real-world, engaging cultures of learning. Chris is a father to two children at Padua.
Mr Mick Storr – Parent Representative
Mick Storr is a current Padua parent, and past student, and has a long family involvement with the College. He completed a Physiotherapy Degree after leaving school and has also undertaken a Masters of Education. He has worked extensively in the private and public health sectors and is currently the Course Co-ordinator for the undergraduate Physiotherapy program at Monash University.
Mick is a member of the Mornington Cricket Club and has been involved in junior sports coaching for several years. He continues to outlive his welcome on the basketball court, has unrealistic desires of playing on the golf seniors tour, and is a long-suffering Melbourne supporter.
He is married to Beth, and they are parents to Tom and Alice. Mick is a passionate educator and is honoured to be a Parent Representative on the Advisory Council.
Mr Craig Turner – Parent Representative
A professionally registered cultural heritage practitioner, Craig is currently on a sabbatical exploring other interests and opportunities for community involvement. Craig looks forward to sharing his experience in the sporting, community, and academic spheres, and to seeing what the School Advisory Council can achieve in the years to come.
|Mr Steve Peart – Parent Representative
Steve is a former Padua College student who attended both the Rosebud and Mornington Campuses. His wife Christina also attended Padua and they now have a daughter enrolled at the Tyabb Campus, with a son ready to follow in a few years.
Steve is the current School Principal at St Francis Xavier Primary School in Frankston. He has a passion for Catholic Education, having worked in the sector since 2003. Steve has completed a Masters of Education at the University of Melbourne.
He is keenly involved in local sporting competitions, especially through the Tyabb Junior Football Club, and coaching local basketball teams at Westernport.
Ms Marg McInnes – Parish Representative (Mornington)
Educated by the Mercy nuns and Marist Brothers in Adelaide, Marg McInnes has always had Catholicism at the heart of her everyday life and being and is passionate about Catholic Education.
With tertiary qualifications in health science, pharmacoeconomics, adult education and training, marketing and child psychology, most of her career has been spent in pharmaceutical management specialising in clinical trials, therapeutic guidelines, and drug development. She was National Business Manager for Johnson and Johnson, Scotland and Northern England for many years. After 18 years overseas, Marg and her family returned to Australia to live on the Mornington Peninsula. Her current roles include; member of the Catholic Plenary Council Sorrento/Portsea/Rye, Childsafe Committee Member - Sorrento/Portsea/Rye, Music Committee, General Committee Member - Sorrento and Portsea RSL, St Joseph’s Secretary and Parish Liaison School Advisory Council.
Interests and hobbies include tennis, golf, playing cards, photography, floristry, cooking and philanthropy. Marg is a proud member of the Padua community, she has three children at the College and looks forward to contributing to the School Advisory Council.
Mrs Maree Leydon - Parish Representative (Westernport)
Maree trained as a Victorian Primary School Teacher and worked full-time until 1974. After that time she was a full-time mother of three sons who are all now married and have children of their own. From 1972 until 2008 her family were members of the St Mary’s Greensborough Parish and from mid-2008 she and her husband have been members of the Westernport Parish.
Maree and her husband have a very strong focus on assisting those who live alone in the local community and need friendship and support. They both are active members of the Westernport Conference of St Vincent de Paul Society, servicing the wider community in the Westernport region.
Mr Anthony Whitty – Parish Representative (Mt Eliza)
Anthony Whitty is a parent to Finn and Hollie Whitty, both at Padua College. Anthony grew up in Sydney and was taught by the Patrician Brothers. He has always believed strongly in the support and growth that Catholic Education provides young people and their families. Anthony has been employed at The Australian Catholic University (ACU) since 2012 and has led many learning and teaching initiatives including a sport for development program in Baucau, Timor Leste.
His current role at ACU is Associate Professor and Director of the Learning and Teaching Centre. Within this role, he oversees all learning and teaching activities within the University as well as all policies and procedures that underpin the student learning experience. He was appointed by his local archbishop as a member of the ACU Victoria Chapter which acts as an advisory body to the Senate. Anthony is also the nominated representative from ACU to work with MACS on the sponsored study programs delivered by ACU.
Mrs Penny Farmer - Alumni Representative
Penny is a Chartered Accountant and former Padua College student. Having attended Rosebud and Mornington Campuses, Penny loved her time at Padua and is very happy to be helping shape the future of the College via her contribution to the Council.
Penny has worked in accounting for over 18 years, for large and small accounting firms in Melbourne and the UK. Public practice has exposed her to many industries and the challenges facing different business owners and stakeholders (cash flow, budgeting, statutory obligations, staff and employee management, and software implementation).Her role on the School Advisory Council will see her utilise her skills to ensure the ongoing strength of the school’s financial position and, with two young children, Penny is keen to assist with the long-term growth and success of the College.
Mr Michael Hoye - Director of Finance
Michael joined Padua College in March 2021 as the Director of Finance.
Originally from Ballarat, Michael has experience in finance and commercial roles in several different companies and industries, including Toll Holdings, MSS Security and Downer Rail.
Before taking up the position at Padua, Michael was the Head of Finance at Greencap, a digital and consulting company dealing with property, environmental and safety compliance. Greencap was a member of the Wesfarmers group of companies.
Michael and his wife Anne, live in Hampton and their children, Ben and Sophie, attend a local secondary school.
Mr David Lawn - Director of Business
David is a global, strategic Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer with extensive experience gained in the UK, USA, Asia, India and Australia. David had a very successful eight-year tenure with Tier 1 Global Investment Bank, JPMorgan, six of which were spent in Asia leading Technology, Finance and Business Management teams across 15 countries. Since moving to Australia, David has held senior leadership positions with CBA, ANZ and Australia Post, and most recently was Chief Operating Officer for Xavier College in Kew. A passionate leader who is committed to personal and professional staff development, David lives on the Mornington Peninsula with his wife Wendy, and primary-school-aged children Georgie, Cooper and Piper (twins).
Ms Kelly McGurn - Principal
Kelly has a lifelong commitment to Catholic life and education and considers Catholic leadership as a mission. Kelly endeavours to loyally serve through leadership within our College Community, nurturing student confidence, awareness and motivation, inspiring capable, faith-filled and passionate young people who will enrich and contribute to the common good of our society.
Kelly joined Padua College in 2017 and is the Senior Vice Principal, Learning and Teaching. Kelly was at PCW for nearly 20 years prior, 12 of those in various senior leadership roles that spanned all spheres including Deputy Principal – Staff and Assistant Principal – Learning, during her last eight years at the College. Kelly has had experience in Learning and Teaching, Staffing, Learning Technologies, Professional Learning, School Operations, Learning Data Management and Leadership. She has a particular interest in data-informed learning and the development of adolescent emotional intelligence. Kelly has presented at a number of conferences throughout her career and has received a number of scholarships and awards including the PAVCSS Memorial Scholarship that enabled her to undertake the Harvard University Future of Learning Program. Kelly most recently completed her Masters in Educational Policy (International) at the University of Melbourne. In her spare time (and prior to COVID restrictions) Kelly enjoys traveling to Ireland to spend time with family.
Mrs Carolyn Cockerham - Secretary
Carolyn is a past student of Padua College and has worked in a number of educational settings including John Paul College and as the Personal Assistant to the Faculty Manager in the Education Faculty at Monash University. She commenced working as the Principal’s Personal Assistant at Padua College in 1997 and has two children who attend Padua College.
Carolyn has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course and she enjoys being a part of the Padua College School Advisory Council and feels privileged to have been involved with discussions and decisions that have seen such positive results for the College.
Padua College is a school that operates with the consent of the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne and is operated and governed by Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS). MACS governs and operates 292 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese to continue the mission of Catholic education to proclaim the Good News and equip our young people with the knowledge, skills and hope to live meaningful lives and enrich the world around them. Because the good work of educating the young is a co-responsible task led by every member of the Catholic school community, School Advisory Councils have been established to provide a crucial point of connection between the wider school community and school leaders. This governance model was designed to ease the administrative burden on our schools and parishes, allow parish priests to focus on the mission of education in the parish, enable greater collaboration between schools, and ensure greater consistency in school policies and procedures.
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