The College Board is a consultative and advisory body which supports the school Principal in strategic, planning and policy matters.

The College Board has the key function of supporting the Principal in the oversight of the Archbishop’s Charter for Catholic Schools.

This Charter focuses on four domains:
1. Catholic Identity
2. Learning
3. Leadership
4. Mission
These domains influence priorities at both the school and system level.

Meet the St Mary’s College Board

Daniel Marr

Planning Consultant
Registered Planner, Planning Institute of Australia
Parent of a current student

Dan Marr is a qualified planner with over two decades of experience working as planner in both the consulting and local government environments. He shares his planning expertise through assisting with the delivery of the Master of Environmental Planning degree at the University of Tasmania.

Dan is a past member and chair of the St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School Advisory Board and past member of the Tasmanian Catholic Education Commission Capital Projects Committee. He is an old boy of St Virgil’s College, having shared classes with St Mary’s College in 1987-88.

Dan’s daughter, Caitlin, is currently in Year 10 with his younger daughter, Madeleine commencing with the College in Year 7 in 2022.  He is committed to strong catholic education in Tasmania with both single-sex and co-education options.

Fr Peter Addicoat CP.PP

Fr Peter is a member of the Passionist Congregation. He was professed into the Congregation in 1968 and ordained a priest in 1973.

As a member of the St Joseph’s parish community he ministered as Catholic Chaplain at the Royal Hobart Hospital. Transferring to Melbourne, Fr Peter was appointed Spiritual Director of Students at Holy Cross Retreat, Templestowe, before being given time to study for a Diploma in Spiritualty in Rome at the Gregorian University. While in Rome he was appointed Novice Master, returning to Sydney to work in this role for 13 years. During this time, he also ministered as Community Leader, Provincial Consultor, Director of Initial Formation and Parish Assistant at St Anthony in the Fields, Terrey Hills. Fr Peter returned to St Joseph’s Hobart as Parish Priest and Community Leader, before moving to Melbourne to care for his mother and aunt, and once again coming back to St Joseph’s. Fr Peter has served the church of Hobart through St Joseph’s parish for 22 years.

Being invited to become a member of the Board of St Mary’s College is another way he and the Passionist Community are able to contribute to the life of the broader church of Hobart.

Melanie Lawrence

Manager, Community Development and Client Services for Relationships Australia
St Mary’s College alumna and parent

 Mel graduated from University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Commerce. Her career commenced in the accounting and then finance industry, with roles held at Ernst and Young, Westpac and ANZ where she held lead positions in both consumer and institutional banking, based in Melbourne. Relocating back to Tasmania 10 years ago, Mel moved to the utilities industry holding project and compliance management roles at both Aurora and TasNetworks. With a deep passion for workplace wellbeing, Mel had a career change during this time, to lead the Wellbeing Program for TasNetworks statewide, working with the workforce to improve and develop understanding of physical and mental wellbeing.

Moving to Relationships Australia earlier this year Mel manages both statewide client services, the Suicide Prevention Team and also well known Tasmanian born and bred Speak Up Stay ChaTy.

Mel completed her schooling at St Mary’s in 1991, with a deep appreciation for the community that the College offered and lasting friendships. Mel has a son in the Junior School.

Mel is an advocate for wellbeing in any stage of life and the importance of fostering at an early age the belief that children develop with resilience, are physically active and enjoy school.

Melinda Anderson

Masters of Business (Tourism Management), Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
St Mary’s College parent

Melinda has worked in the tourism industry for the past 25 years in marketing, communications and management.  Growing up in Hobart, she left Tasmania in 1994, living and working in Victoria and South Australia.  Melinda returned to Hobart with her husband and daughter six years ago to take on the role as CEO, Destination Southern Tasmania before joining Pennicott Wilderness Journeys as its Marketing Manager.  Melinda’s daughter Maddie is currently in Year 8 at the College.

Melinda is committed to contributing and supporting a school environment that fosters strong and resilient young women and is excited to be part of the St Mary’s College School Board.

Michelle Brooks

Mrs Michelle Brooks, B.Com, MAHRI, GAICD

Michelle has worked in Human Resources across a variety of industry sectors for about 25 years and has held a number senior roles including Head of HR Operations at Hydro Tasmania and General Manager People Experience at Aurora Energy.

She is a strategic and pragmatic HR leader with strong commercial acumen and a proven background of developing high performing teams and delivering HR initiatives that drive organisational outcomes. Michelle is experienced in leading organisational change and coaching leaders and executives to deliver organisational agility.

Sr Majella Kelly

Sr Majella Kelly is a member of the Presentation Sisters’ Leadership Team, a past pupil, teacher and Principal of St Mary’s College.

Sr Majella was member of the previous Governing Council since 1998-2014 and joined as a Board Member in 2014.

She graduated the University of Tasmania, and Australian Catholic University with degrees in Science, Theology and Education.

She was the Head of Human Resources at the Catholic Education Office Tasmania, and was the Catholic Education Office representative on the Schools Registration Board and Teachers Registration Board Tasmania.

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