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.
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 an Honorary Fellow of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education 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 one boy in primary school and another who recently commenced at St Bernard’s.
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. As a parent, Peter is an active volunteer in the St Bernard’s Old Collegians Football Club.
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.
Nikki is a parent of two past St Bernard’s College students (2015, 2019). 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.
Rob was born 1965 in Coburg, Melbourne and grew up in Essendon. He attended St Bernard’s College between 1977 and 1982 and played junior and senior at football at St Bernard’s Football Club until 1994.
Initially he worked as an electrician before joining the Metropolitan Fire Brigade in 1989 as a Firefighter. Rob was promoted to Assistant Chief Fire Officer in 2009 and held a number of functional and operational roles during that time.
He resigned from MFB in January 2020 and now is the Chief Fire Officer of Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting Service (ARFFS), providing rescue and fire fighting service for Australia’s 26 major airports.
Rob’s is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and is a former member and Deputy Chair of the Board of Fit2Drive, and a former Chair of LINK Community transport.
Rob is a fellow of Leadership Victoria and an active participant in his children’s sporting teams.
He’s married to Nicole with children Olivia (2002) and Aiden (2004), a current St Bernard’s student.