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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
A long term Essendon resident who lives with his wife Denise and three adult children
Educated at St Kevin’s College Toorak before going onto study Agricultural Management and Construction Management diplomas.
Post study I worked for the Grollo family before launching my own concrete construction business. Over the past 30 years I have been involved with all aspects of civil / Infrastructural and commercial building and construction projects from both the subcontractor and client side of the table.
Having successfully built up and then sold these business I now manage investment interests in the agricultural/ property and construction industries whilst trying to master the art of playing golf
Pauline joined the College Board in 2021. Pauline has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and has had a 23 year career with PwC as a Chartered Accountant and Senior Manager in the Tax and Legal Services group. During her time working in Melbourne and Perth she has advised both Australian listed groups and Australian subsidiaries of multinational groups on corporate tax matters. Projects included management of software implementation and process re-engineering of corporate tax compliance services.
As the mother of 4 teenage sons Pauline is committed to contributing at each stage of her sons' lives. She served as president of Ave Maria Kindergarten, and was the initiator of the St Monica's parish playgroup and Children's Liturgy group. Along with her husband, Pauline presented at the Catholic Archdiocese's program for Engaged Couples for over 10 years on the topic of Finance and Marriage. She has served as a member of the St Monica's Parish Finance Committee and Parish Council. Her involvement at St Bernard's has included membership of the Welcoming Community Group.
Pauline is looking forward to supporting the school in providing a broad, holistic, high quality education, equipping the boys to go out into the world, ready to serve others in their communities.
Jack joined the School Advisory Council and Finance Committee in November 2021.
Jack is currently a Director at PwC with over 10 years’ experience in Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions. Jack holds a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne, a Masters Degree in Applied Finance from Macquarie University, and is a Chartered Accountant.
As a former student of SBC, Jack is passionate about the continued development and success of the College. Jack recognises the rapidly evolving world in which we live and the challenges and opportunities this presents for students, families and staff. He is excited to support the school in providing students with the platform to develop and succeed in life beyond SBC.
Jack has always lived in the Essendon area and remains active in the community. Jack has undertaken pro bono work for Ave Maria Kindergarten in Aberfeldie, supporting the committee on its financial and strategic plans.