Foundation Members

Saint Ignatius College Foundation

We are pleased to introduce the members of the Saint Ignatius’ College Foundation Board. The College Foundation Board works closely with the College Development Office to nurture a culture of Philanthropy amongst the community.

The College and Foundation recognises that it is only with the contributions and gifts from our families and friends that the development of College facilities and the provision of bursaries can continue.  Such generosity will be of benefit to current and future students as they follow their dreams and prepare to set the world alight.

The Saint Ignatius’ College Foundation is a registered incorporated association governed by the Associations Incorporation Act.  

Suzanne Le Mire

Foundation Chair

What you do:
I am Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching and senior lecturer in law at the Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide and Member of College Council.

Your Connection with the College:
I am an Old Ignatian (Class of '83). My husband Chad also graduated from the College in that year.  My children, Emily (Class of ‘09), Jonathon (Class of ‘11), Lucy (Class of '13) and (Charlotte '15) are all old scholars.

Why are you here:
The Foundation has a proud history and an ongoing critical role in supporting the College’s educational and spiritual mission, and providing bursaries for children who would otherwise not be able to attend the College.  Given that my time at Saint Ignatius’ College changed my life academically, socially and spiritually, I am committed to doing all I can to ensure a similarly life-changing experience for current and future students. 

Peter Britten-Jones

Foundation Member
Immediate Past Chair 2007 - 2014

What you do:
I am a barrister at the independent bar practising from Bar Chambers.

Your Connection with the College:
I am an Old Ignatian (Class of '86) and so are my brothers, Mark (Class of '80) and Tony (Class of ’81), and uncles, Bill and Alan. My father boarded at Xavier College in his senior years.  We have four children at the College – Louis in Year 12, William in Year 10, Oliver in Year 6 and Camille in Year 2. 

Why are you here:
The College relies on support from current parents and old scholars.  This has enabled a steady growth from humble beginnings to the magnificent educational facility we have now at Norwood and Athelstone. I received a wonderful education at Ignatius and I feel a duty to give something back in return. 

Fr Robert Davoren SJ

Foundation Member

What you do:
I am the Rector of Saint Ignatius’ College. I am also a member of the Province Building and Finance Committee and a member of the Saint Aloysius’ College Council.

Your Connection with the College:
I grew up in Adelaide and was educated by the Jesuits at Saint Ignatius’ College Junior and Senior Campuses. Following my time as a student at the College I trained as a Jesuit and was ordained in 1983.

I was posted to Saint Ignatius’ College, Adelaide, as the Pastoral Director in 1991 and taught Religious Education, Social Sciences and Media Studies and was later Deputy Head (Students). 

Following time at Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview, from 1998 to 2006 I was appointed Headmaster of Saint Ignatius’ College, Adelaide, in February 2007. I held this role until late 2013 when I became Rector.

Why are you here:
The Foundation plays an important role working alongside the College to connect with the College community (current parents, past parents, old scholars and friends) who have a great affection and vision for the College. The Saint Ignatius’ College Foundation provides the opportunity for our community to meaningfully contribute to the future through the Building Fund and Ignatian Bursary Fund. 

It is a joy for me to work together with Foundation and the community in providing opportunities for education at the College accessible to families that otherwise could not attend, and to support the development of state-of-the-art buildings and facilities, further enhancing the standard of education that Saint Ignatius provides. 

Jayanthi McGrath

Foundation Member

What you do:
I am a Magistrate of the South Australian Magistrates Court presently based at Holden Hill Magistrates Court.

Your Connection with the College:
We are parents of four children who are all attending the school ranging from Year 12 to Year 5. My husband, Damian, is an Old Scholar along with his five brothers.

Why are you here:
I have seen the spirit of social justice and community which the school emphasises as part of the education of its students.  The Foundation is in my view integral to reflect that spirit in a corporeal way through the development of projects which aim to benefit those within the Saint Ignatius community and the more general community who may not otherwise have access to certain opportunities which an Ignatian education can provide.

The provision of bursary subsidies to current and prospective students focussed on financial support for families who would otherwise not have the opportunity to enrol their children at the school, and of course families presently at the school who may require assistance, noting of course the support provided by the school already.

I am particularly interested in developing a focus of support for minorities most in need, including indigenous families, refugees and the like.

In continued cooperation with College Council and administration I hope that these projects may flourish in coming years, which can only benefit the entire Ignatian community.

David Prescott

Foundation Member

What you do:
Director and Portfolio Manager, Lanyon Asset Management Chairman, Invest for Kids Foundation

Your Connection with the College:
Old Scholar (Class of ’93). A parent of four children; two of these children are currently attending the Junior School, the other two are enrolled to attend but are not yet of school age.

Why are you here:
I am privileged to have benefitted from an Ignatian education and grateful to be able to offer that opportunity to my children.  The Foundation has an important role in assisting with the funding of bursaries to members of the community who do not have those same opportunities.  The Foundation has also played a pivotal role in helping to fund a number of major building works at both the Junior and Senior campus.  As a Foundation Board member I hope, over what I expect to be a continued long involvement with the college, to be able to contribute meaningfully to the ongoing growth of the foundation and achievement of these objectives. I feel that a Foundation that continues to be well supported by the broader college community is critical to the continued growth of the College and will provide a tangible and everlasting benefit to all current and future students.

Chris Sexton

Foundation Member

What you do:
I am a Medical Specialist in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.  As well as running my own private practice I am a Senior Visiting Medical Specialist at the Womens and Childrens Hospital.

Your Connection with the College:
I currently have three children attending the College.  My eldest daughter Annabel is in Year 12 and I have twins Grace and James in Year 9.

Why are you here:
While at University later in my working life whenever I met old scholars from Saint Ignatius' College I was always impressed by their broad range of interests, their commitment to social justice and their great affection for the school.  I have been able to watch this first-hand as my children make their way through the College.

When we joined the College community I knew members of the Foundation and it was explained to me that while school fees keep the school running it takes extra funds to grow and improve the school.  My own children now benefit from the good work done by those that have gone before them so I am committed to helping further improving the school both for them and for future students.

Paul Shaw

Foundation Member

What you do:
I have twenty five years of experience in the information management industry, having worked for several corporates including Orcale, HP, Telstra, Optus and Dimension Data. 

I now work with a number of senior business consultants, delivering Business and IS strategic planning, business continuity planning, program and projects management and business analysis. My area of expertise lie in ERP, SCM and health informatics and infrastructure, security and ediscovery. The focus of the business consultants is on cost reduction whilst providing long term support for legacy environments during a planned program of migration to cloud services. 

Your Connection with the College:
I am a parent of three boys who have all attended the College. I was initially introduced to Saint Ignatius’ College through my wife Annie, who is a teacher at Ignatius Early Years. Annie's family has had an ongoing connection to the College since the seventies, with brothers, many cousins and friends part of the Saint Ignatius’ College community.     

Why are you here:
As a part of the Saint Ignatius community, I value the contribution that Saint Ignatius has made to my family, and found no justification to extract my sons to attend my childhood school. As a Protestant I recognise the Ignatian tradition and values are a cornerstone of scholastic and social endeavours, and surprisingly as an ex scientist, have observed the Jesuit tradition of questioning the status quo. Social change is fundamental to my industry, so the Ignatian values and outlook is something I believe should be understood and accessible to all. I view the foundation as the vehicle for extending those values to those without the means to otherwise obtain such a valuable education. 

Susan Dodson

Foundation Member

What you do:
I have had the privilege of working in the education sector for many years. I work at Catholic Education South Australia (CESA) in their People and Culture Department, supporting the Assistant Director.

Your Connection with the College:
Upon moving from Sydney to Adelaide, the first Mass I went to was at Saint Ignatius’ Parish, Norwood.  It quickly became clear to me how special the Saint Ignatius community was.  Andrew, my husband, is an Old Scholar along with his two brothers and our two children are now students of the College.

Why are you here:
I have witnessed this community in action for many years and it never ceases to amaze me just how fortunate I am to be a part of it.  Whilst the payment of school fees educate our children, the Foundation Board has the opportunity to lead the community to build.  Whether it is the building of stronger relationships, friendships or structures – they all enhance the community to ensure it becomes the best it can be.  It is particularly important for the Foundation to maintain and develop the Saint Ignatius’ College community in order to continue to provide young people with a high quality education of both their minds and hearts.

Craig Whiteman

Foundation Member

What you do:
I am a Partner and lead our tax practice at EY (Ernst & Young) in South Australia. I am also a member of the EY Oceania Tax Executive.

Your connection with the College:
I am an Old Ignatian (Class of 1990) and have three boys (Thomas, Henry and James) currently attending the Junior School.

Why you are here:
The education I received at Saint Ignatius' College has had a profound and enduring impact upon on my personal and professional life.  Without appropriate support the College cannot continue to improve its facilities and to extend the educational opportunities to those less fortunate.  I am looking forward to making a meaningful contribution to the growth of the Foundation and the College.

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