mr rod lamplugh

Board Chair and Parent of a Past Student

Rod Lamplugh joined the College Board in 2008 and become Board Chair in 2015. Rod is a commercial lawyer and a director of the Dentsu Aegis group of media companies, the Melbourne Rebels Rugby Union Club, the Harold Mitchell Foundation, the Ochre Health Group, the Mitrofanoff Foundation, the Mitchell Group of companies and Lamplugh McIntosh Lawyers.

He holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Jurisprudence. He is the parent of a former school student and is involved in a number of local sporting clubs. Rod has a keen interest in ensuring that the school not only affords each student the opportunity to excel academically, in sport and the arts but develops them into men who care about others into the community.

mr matthew mulkearns

Board Deputy Chair, Old Collegian, Parent of a Past Student

Matthew is one of six brothers that attended St Bernard’s College throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He graduated from the College in 1981 and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree from Victoria University in 1985.

'Matthew currently works as Director - Investment and Infrastructure for Tourism Victoria. Prior to this appointment, Matt has held executive positions across a diverse range of industries including property, advertising and sport. He joined the College Board in 2010 and became Deputy Chair in 2015. He has particular expertise in management, business growth and investment attraction.

Matt is married to Kerrin and has a daughter and son. His son Adam attended St Bernard's throughout his secondary education and graduated from the College in 2014.

Matt is actively involved in several community organisations including the Old Collegians Football Club.


Ms Meagan o'connell

education expertise

Megan has spent the bulk of her career as a public servant in a variety of social policy portfolios. Most recently she worked as an Executive in the Department for Education and Early Childhood Development, managing a division tasked with the role of supporting young people to complete Year 12 and make a smooth transition to further education, training and employment.

Megan has a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Public Policy (Hons) a Master of Arts and is currently completing her PhD in Business and Economics at Monash University. Megan is a mother of two young boys who attend a local Catholic Primary School.

mr peter de leur

Parent of Past and Current Students; Engineering Expertise

Peter joined the College Board in mid 2013. Peter is a Mechanical Engineer with 25 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’s current role is Chief Program Engineer for 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 2013 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.


ms nikki deighton

Parent of a Current and Former Student; Education, Leadership and Strategic Planning Expertise

Nikki is a parent of two St Bernard’s College students, one of whom completed his Year 12 studies in 2015. 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 has been a member of the St Bernard’s College Social Justice Network since its inception and coordinates the weekly St Bernard’s parent volunteer program which provides helpers each Tuesday night for the St Vinnies Soup Van in Footscray.

Nikki is committed to nurturing strong and authentic community connections across the College.


ms nicole hornsby

parent of past and current students

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 currently a 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 Rob purcell

Old Collegian and Current parent


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 has held a number of functional and operational roles during that time. Rob now leads the Operational Response Policy and Assurance Department.
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.


DR Michael Davies


Ms Therese Wilson

deputy principal 


mrs pauline zammit

board secretary