Foundation Members

Meet the Board

We are pleased to introduce the members of the Saint Ignatius’ College Foundation Board. The College Foundation Board works closely with the College Advancement 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.

Susan Dodson

Foundation Board Chair

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) assisting the Deputy Director in the area of School Quality and Performance.

What is 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. Our son is also an Old Scholar and our daughter is at the Senior School. We were also privileged to be a host family to Old Scholar, Yi-Ling (Agnes) Dong for nine years. A relationship which still thrives today.

Why did you join the Board?
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.

David Prescott

Foundation Board Deputy Chair

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

What is your Connection with the College?
Old Scholar (Class of ’93). A parent of four children, one at the Senior School and three at the Junior School.

Why did you join the Board?
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.

Michael Ryan

Foundation Board Member

Michael Ryan is a Partner at Norman Waterhouse in the firm’s Property, Infrastructure and Development team. He has extensive experience in all types of property, finance and general commercial transactions, acting for both institutional and private clients. Michael is an Old Ignatian from the Class of 1986. He is a father to three children, Henry (’18), Lily (Year 12) and Sophie.

Cecilia White

Foundation Board Member

What you do?
I am a Director of Perks People Solutions, an HR & Recruitment consultancy business. I have a background as an employment lawyer, and now work as an HR consultant providing advice to employers on all workplace matters.

What is your connection with the College?
I have two children at the College, in Year 4 and Year 8. My husband is also an Old Scholar and a teacher at the Senior School.

Why did you join the Board?
I love being a part of the College community. My children (and husband) have had an incredibly positive experience throughout their education at the College. The strong sense of community and the emphasis on social justice and educating the whole person at Saint Ignatius' College are such important facets to a positive learning experience - and I feel strongly about providing the same opportunity to those children who may not otherwise have access to that learning experience. I believe the role of Foundation is of great value and importance, as part of the broader College community, in providing these opportunities and I look forward to working with the Foundation and its members to continue this important work.

Richard Scollin

Foundation Board Member

What do you do?
I recently retired from State Government after 30+ years spent managing government initiatives designed to help people find employment. I now work part time supporting people with intellectual disability to make better connection to and within the community. I have been fortunate to work in areas that allowed me to live the out the principles of social justice which were a cornerstone of my experience at the College.

What is your connection to the College?
I am one of 5 brothers who went to the College in the 60's and 70's; I finished in 1979 and since leaving school have been actively engaged in the football and cricket clubs, a past Committee Member of the Old Ignatian's Association and I now provide mentor support to a recent graduate of the College.

Why did you join the Board?
The College had a profound impact on my professional and personal life and I am keen to be able to give back in some way. I recognise that in order to provide excellent standards of education to future generations the College must be able to continue to develop and grow the facilities offered at the College.

Jon Davis

Foundation Board Member

What do you do?
I work at Defence Science and Technology Group with around 2000 other scientists and engineers to develop a sovereign capability edge for Australian Defence via collaborations with universities and industry with the aim of ensuring a more prosperous, secure and free Indo-Pacific region.

What is your connection with the College?
I am an old scholar from the Class of 1990.  We have two children at the school, Josh in Year 12 and Sylvia in Year 11.

Why did you join the Board?
The Foundation has been used for new school buildings, maintenance, learning materials, and bursaries. Our children have benefited from this, such as when using amazing facilities including the open-learning area and workshop in the Caroline Chisholm Building as well as the Richard Flynn Theatre.  Having a range of school facilities provides more opportunities for students to discover and develop their gifts.  As part of the Board I hope to contribute to the ongoing work of the Foundation so the school can continue to provide opportunities in accordance with its values.

John Kavanagh

Foundation Board Member

What you do?
I am Deputy General Counsel at SA Power Networks with a background in construction and infrastructure law.  I predominantly work on electrical and telecommunications infrastructure projects and large scale renewable energy programs. 

What is your connection with the College?
I have four children at the College, with three at the Senior School and one at the Junior School. 

Why did you join the Board?
The Foundation is an integral part of Saint Ignatius’ College.  It plays a vital part in assisting students to have the benefit of an education at the College, who may otherwise have not been afforded such a valuable opportunity.  It has also contributed over many years to some of the special building projects, which our children and future generations of Ignatian students will benefit greatly from.  I hope through my role on the Board, I can assist the Foundation to continue to grow its legacy and positively contribute to its important role in the broader College community.