MS NIKKI DEIGHTON (COUNCIL CHAIR)

PARENT OF TWO PAST STUDENTS; EDUCATION, LEADERSHIP AND STRATEGIC PLANNING EXPERTISE

Having worked in education for 30 years, Nikki has extensive experience in leadership development, strategic planning, curriculum and pedagogical innovation. She has worked as a secondary teacher with leadership roles in Curriculum, Learning Support and Year Level Coordination and as a Manager in the Department of Education’s learning technologies and online education teams.

In 2013, Nikki completed her Masters by Research through which she explored a future-oriented vision for schools in Australia. As Director of her own consulting company, Nikki has worked with educational leaders across Australia and internationally, sharing her passion for learning and engagement at all levels and building student, teacher and school leader capacity to envisage and design outstanding schools for the future.

Nikki was a foundation member of the St Bernard’s College Social Justice Network and coordinated the weekly St Bernard’s parent volunteer program which provides helpers each Tuesday night for the St Vinnies Soup Van in Footscray. She joined the College Board in 2017. Nikki is committed to nurturing strong and authentic community connections across the College.

MR PETER DE LEUR (COUNCIL DEPUTY CHAIR)

PARENT OF PAST AND CURRENT STUDENTS; ENGINEERING EXPERTISE

Peter joined the College Board in mid 2013. Peter is a Mechanical Engineer with 36 years service with Ford Motor Company. During this period he has held numerous Engineering and Business roles in the Asia Pacific region involving global and local Product Development and Manufacturing. Peter has held Chief Program Engineer positions for Ranger, Falcon and Territory nameplates.

Peter was previously a member of the St Therese’s School Board and is currently Chairperson of the St Therese’s Finance Committee. Recent projects have included running the sacrificial campaign and overseeing the Parish Community Centre refurbishment program.

Peter wishes to contribute to the further development of the College in appreciation of what the College has offered his family and the broader community.

MR CHRIS CHETCUTI

LEGAL EXPERTISE

Chris joined the Student Advisory Council in October 2020 and is the Chair the newly established Governance and Risk Committee.

Chris is currently the Board Secretary at the Transport Accident Commission where he provides governance and secretariat services to the TAC Board and its committees.

Chris has commercial legal experience gained at K and L Gates (formerly Middletons Lawyers) and Ashurst (formerly Blake Dawson) in their commercial property divisions. He also has in-house legal experience gained at Australian Unity Limited within its retirement living and aged care division.

Chris’ legal experience is supplemented by commercial experience in investment consulting gained at Towers Perrin Actuaries and Consultants.

Chris is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Portarlington Community Association which is a group of community members that advocate and champion local issues on behalf of the residents of Portarlington.

In the past, Chris has served on the Board of United Housing Co-operative Ltd (UHCL) and on the Committee of Management of Bellarine Bayside. UHCL is a not-for-profit housing co-operative providing secure, affordable and appropriate housing for members in the western and northern regions of metropolitan Melbourne. Bellarine Bayside is the land manager for seventeen kilometres of coastal Crown land on the Northern Bellarine Peninsula.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from The University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Monash University and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Chris is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Chris has a nephew in Year 9 at the College.

MS KAREN FOGARTY

PARENT OF PAST STUDENT

Karen is a marketing and communications professional with a personal interest in volunteerism and community development. Karen has over twenty years’ experience in marketing premium brands and local area marketing in the UK and Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, (Marketing/English) and is the director of Karen Fogarty Consulting.

Karen has always been an active member of her community including 12 years of leadership on the St Peter’s Parents & Friends Committee, 10 years as founding member and leader of St Peter’s Children’s Liturgy of the Word and manager of countless sports teams. She was a founding member of the St Bernard’s Social Justice Network and responsible for the group’s communications strategy.

As the parent of two past students, (2016 and 2019) and a daughter at St Columba’s College, she values the role St Bernard’s plays in the community and appreciates the opportunity to contribute to its mission and success


MS NICOLE HORNSBY

PARENT OF PAST AND CURRENT STUDENT

Nicole joined the Finance Committee in 2015 and the College Board in 2018. Nicole is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Communication. Nicole is a tax manager with Pitcher Partners Advisory and also Director and CFO of Launchpad6.As a parent of three St Bernard’s students, Nicole is an advocate of a student centred approach to education where student voice is acknowledged and decisions are made with regard to “what is best for the students?” As Finance Committee Chair she is also committed to helping ensure St Bernard’s has the resources and facilities necessary to offer a variety of educational techniques recognising that no two students are the same, and that all students deserve the opportunity to be the very best they can be regardless of background, ability or talent.

MR GREG HUGHES

OLD COLLEGIAN ’88 AND PARENT OF A CURRENT STUDENT

Greg has been a C suite executive and leader in the Health Care sector for the past 20 years.

An experienced Director in listed, private and not for profit entities Greg has a strong background in strategy, governance, and business development. As an industry leader and elected representative of several member peak bodies he has served on many Federal and State Government committees, advisory panels and key projects.

With a passion for inclusion and development Greg is looking forward to helping the continued development of the College, to ensure the young men of the region continue to have access to high quality education that caters for students of all abilities.

MR JUSTIN NOONAN

PARENT OF PAST STUDENT

MS MEAGAN O'CONNELL

EDUCATION EXPERTISE

Megan is one of Australia’s leading policy experts, with experience across the entire education spectrum. Her work frequently underpins policy that improves outcomes for young Australians. Her recent publications include co-authoring Beyond ATAR, an influential policy paper that advocates for change in senior secondary pathways and Those who Disappear, which casts a spotlight on the tens of thousands of children who are not in the education system.


Megan spent more than two decades dedicated to developing policy and programs to support children and young people to thrive through education. Megan is a Senior Associate, Education Innovation at RMIT, Policy and Research Manager at Community Early Learning Australia and director of Megan O’Connell Consulting. Megan continues to work with schools, early childhood organisations, not-for profits and academics to inform practice and support policy that improves access to quality early childhood development, education and training.

Megan has a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Public Policy (Hons) and a Master of Arts. She has two boys currently at St Bernard’s.

DR MICHAEL DAVIES (PRINCIPAL)

MS THERESE WILSON (DEPUTY PRINCIPAL)

Mr Stephen O'Shea (BUSINESS MANAGER)

MRS PAULINE ZAMMIT (COUNCIL SECRETARY)