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Saint Ignatius’ College is a ministry of the Australasian Province of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). Saint Ignatius’ College (Adelaide) Limited is the separately incorporated legal entity that conducts the College, with which stakeholders engage, and is the employer of all the staff at the College. The College Board of Directors reports to Jesuit Education Australasia (JEA), and through it, to the Society of Jesus in Australasia (SOJA). JEA has overall responsibility for ensuring that the College operates as a Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition.

The College Board is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of the College, ensuring that its outcomes remain aligned with Jesuit traditions and values. The Board guides the College’s strategic direction, developing the annual budget and addressing the risks faced by the College. The Board is assisted by the following committees: Finance and Audit, Risk and Compliance, Property and Building, and Nominations Committee.

Saint Ignatius’ College comprises the Senior School (Years 7 to 12), the Junior School (Reception to Year 6), and Ignatius Early Years. The Principal and Rector report to the Board and share responsibility for the day-to-day leadership and operations of the College. The Principal is the Chief Executive Officer of the College and is responsible for the management, good order, and quality of performance of the College, including its educational and wellbeing programs. The Rector is a Jesuit with particular responsibility for pastoral care, Ignatian charism, and Jesuit mission.

The College Board

Sean Keenihan
Board Chair
Sean is the chair of the board at Norman Waterhouse and specialises in major commercial, infrastructure and property projects, as well as foreign investment law and transactions.

He has a wealth of experience from over 25 years in legal practice, both internationally and in South Australia.

Sean is the current chair of Study Adelaide – South Australia’s peak body in promoting Adelaide as the nation’s premier learning city and in growing SA’s largest export industry. Sean is also a national board director and state president of the Australia China Business Council.

Sean is an old scholar and a current parent at the College. He has been the chair of the College Board since 2022.

Sean Keenihan

Marcus Black
Marcus is the global operations finance director at Pernod Ricard Winemakers, part of the world’s leading premium spirits company.

He has also held senior management and director positions at multinational, listed and private corporations – in finance and transformation – across Australia, New Zealand, and the US.

Marcus holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Adelaide and is a certified practising accountant.

Marcus was appointed to the College Board in 2022 and is the chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. He is an old scholar, a current parent at the College, and a former school captain.

Marcus Black

Paula Capaldo
Paula is a chartered accountant and a senior partner at Deloitte. She is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ), a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), and a fellow of the Tax Institute of Australia.

She has been a board member and chair of the finance committees of HomeStart Finance, the Australian Institute of Management (SA), and the SA Museum, as well as holding executive and leadership roles at Deloitte – both past and present.

Paula is an old scholar and a parent of old scholars at the College and was appointed to the College Board in 2020. She has been a member of the College’s Finance Committee and the chair of the Bursary Committee and is a current member of the Nominations Committee.

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Timothy Chia
Tim is the chief executive officer at Lutheran Homes Group – one of the largest providers of residential care, home care, and retirement living in SA.

After beginning his career in professional services (accounting and asset management), Tim held various senior executive roles within the community services and healthcare sector.

Tim also serves as a board director at Lincoln College, a residential college based in North Adelaide, and chairs its property committee.

He was appointed to our College’s Board in 2024 and is the chair of its Property & Building Committee too.

Tim is an old scholar and former Xavier House and drive tennis captain. As well, he was the drive tennis coach for almost 10 years, and in 2008, founded the Old Ignatians’ Tennis Club.

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Wendy Hoad
Wendy is the general counsel at Workskil Australia – a national, not-for-profit employment services provider and registered charity, transforming lives through its employment, Indigenous, youth, and disability services.

Previously, she held senior executive roles at Saab Australia and ASC and was a partner at Finlaysons.

Wendy holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Adelaide and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She was appointed to our College Board in 2019 and is a parent of old scholars. Wendy is the chair of the College’s Risk and Compliance Committee and is a former member of its Finance & Legal Committee.

Fr Christopher Horvat SJ
Christopher joined the Society of Jesus in 1970 and has had two stints at Saint Ignatius’ College: two years teaching at the Senior School and more than a decade as the Junior School chaplain.

He has also previously taught at Saint Ignatius’ College in Sydney and served as the regional secretary for East Asia and Oceania while based in Rome at the General Curia. Since 2009, he has been the Australian Province Secretary.

Christopher holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Monash University and a Master of Music from the University of Melbourne.

He was an assistant chaplain at the University of Melbourne’s Newman College for over 11 years before returning to Adelaide in 2020.

Chris is an old scholar and was a founding student at our Athelstone campus.

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Fr Brendan Kelly SJ
Brendan is a superior of the Jesuit community – and an assistant retreat-giver – at the Sevenhill Jesuit Retreat Centre in the Clare Valley.

He entered the Society of Jesus in 1970 and taught as a regent at Saint Aloysius’ College in NSW’s Milsons Point. After ordination, he taught for six years at our Senior School before undertaking tertianship at NSW’s Canisius College.

Brendan later served as a province consultor, rector, and prefect of studies at NSW’s Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview. As well, he spent 18 months in the US, undertaking a Master of Education at Fordham University.

Following his US stint, Brendan was appointed the principal of Loyola College in western NSW – a position he held for 10 years.

Along with being a director on our College Board, he is the chair of the Sevenhill Joint Ministries Committee and a member of the Sevenhill Cellars Board. Brendan is also an old scholar of the College.

Melissa Librandi
Melissa is an internationally recognised leader, who has worked in the media, tourism, travel, consultancy, and with the AFL.

A passionate ambassador for growth industries and global megatrends – and a driver of high-performing organisations – she was also an early adopter and now leader in marketing technology (MarTech).

Melissa is known as a creative and disruptive strategist, and in 2016, was awarded an Australian Marketing Institute Award for ‘marketing excellence in innovation’.

In 2014, she was a key member of the team, which won ‘best tourism film in the world’ for the Barossa, Be Consumed commercial.

She is a genuine ‘people person’, who uses her scope of influence to empower others and create a culture of innovation, inspiration and continuous learning. Melissa is a current parent at the College.

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Sarah Moller
Sarah is the vice-rector and academic director at Aquinas College, leading academic life there.

An experienced educator, she has degrees in education and arts from the University of Adelaide.

Sarah has also completed a PhD in visual arts at Charles Darwin University, undertaking research for the qualification at Germany’s Johannes Gutenburg University.

With more than 20 years’ experience in education, Sarah has taught in a secondary setting in Adelaide at Saint Ignatius’ College and Loreto College, and in Darwin, at O’Loughlin Catholic College.

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The College Executive

Lauren Brooks
Principal

Lauren brings a wealth of experience across R-12 contexts, having held executive leadership roles in junior, middle and senior schools in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Since her arrival at Saint Ignatius’ College in October 2023, Lauren has been passionate about working alongside our students. She believes in partnering with the students to shape the future of the College together.

In her previous roles as a Deputy Principal and Head of School elsewhere, she delivered innovative and future-focused programs. This resulted in higher student engagement through a focus on increased student agency and improved academic outcomes.

Lauren is a strong advocate for the professional development of staff, leading through relationships built on trust and underpinned by Christian values.

She holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Sydney and a Master of Educational Leadership from the Australian Catholic University. Lauren is a member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lauren Brooks

Fr Peter Hosking SJ
Rector
Peter undertook his Jesuit training in Sydney and Melbourne and was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1987. He is also a clinical psychologist, completing his master’s degree in 1985.

Previously, Peter was the director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Australia and in East Timor. He has also been a psychologist team leader and clinical supervisor at Jesuit Social Services, working with young adults with mental health and substance misuse issues.

As well, Peter was the director of the Uniya Jesuit Social Justice Centre in Kings Cross and a parish priest at Saint Ignatius’ Church Richmond.

Before joining our College in 2018, Peter was the rector of Saint Aloysius’ College in NSW’s Milsons Point. He is an old scholar of our College.

Fr Peter Hosking

Sam Trenerry
Head of Business

Sam has more than 25 years’ experience in business operations and management accounting.

Prior to joining the education sector, she worked in commercial and wholesale distribution.

She holds a Bachelor of Accountancy and a Certificate in Governance Practice and is a member of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Along with working in business operations at the College, Sam is the company secretary, administering its affairs and supporting the business of the Board and its committees.

Sam is a parent of old scholars at the College.

Sam Trenerry

Phil Donato
Head of Senior School
Phil started his career as an educator at Cardijn College in 1986. He later moved onto leadership roles, including as the R-12 deputy principal at Loreto College and the deputy principal at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College.

Phil is now the Head of Senior School at Saint Ignatius’ College, joining the school in 2018.

He has a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) from the SA College of Advanced Education, a Master of Theological Studies from Flinders University, and a Master of Educational Leadership from the Australian Catholic University.

Phil is committed to the vibrant Jesuit ethos and the community of Catholic schools in this ever-challenged world. He works devotedly to improve our learning environment and foster the spiritual, emotional, physical, social and intellectual development of the students.

Phil Donato

Nic Boys
Head of Junior School
Nic was educated by the Jesuits in Sydney and has taught in several Jesuit schools. His national and international teaching experience spans more than 20 years.

He has a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Education (Primary) from Macquarie University and a Graduate Certificate of Education in Educational Leadership from London’s St Mary’s University. He is now completing his master’s in educational leadership at the Australian Catholic University.

Nic’s passion for Ignatian spirituality led him to undertake the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in Panama.

He was appointed the Head of Junior School in 2018 and is a current parent at the College.

Nic is committed to fostering a culture of inclusivity, excellence, collaboration and continuous improvement, in which every individual can thrive and contribute to a better future for all.

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Rosemary Allen
Head of Ignatius Early Years
Rosemary began at our Junior School in 1996, the same year that her own children started Reception at the Norwood campus.

Initially working as a relief teacher, she joined the College full-time as a reception teacher in 2001. In 2003, Rosemary became the junior primary co-ordinator.

She briefly taught Year 2 before supporting the development of Ignatius Early Years (IEY). IEY opened in 2009 as a preschool, with Rosemary becoming the director in 2009. In 2017, she joined the college leadership team as the Head of Ignatius Early Years.

Rosemary has a Bachelor of Teaching and a Bachelor of Education from the University of South Australia, a Bachelor of Special Needs from Flinders University, a Graduate Certificate in Catholic Education, and a Master of Education (Early Childhood) from the Australian Catholic University.

Rosemary Allen

Jess Morrish
Head of Co-curricular

Jessica has teaching experience in the areas of health and physical education (HPE), religious education, and science.

She has held a diverse range of roles, including in curriculum leadership in HPE and religious education, and as a sports coordinator at junior and senior schools.

Jessica has also been a youth minister and lay chaplain at our College, as well as having held such roles at Brisbane’s Redeemer Lutheran College and Marryatville’s Loreto College.

Elsewhere, Jessica has been the lead practitioner for physical education (PE) with the SACE Board and founded The Learner Dynamic – an online learning support platform for PE teachers and students.

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Human Movement and Master of Teaching from the University of South Australia. She is an old scholar and a current parent at the College.

Jess Morrish

The Jesuit Province

Saint Ignatius’ College is a ministry of the Australasian Jesuits. The Board of the College reports to Jesuit Education Australasia (JEA) (its member) and, through it, to the Provincial. The diagram below sets out the structure of incorporation governance:

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