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Where Ambition Meets Compassion


College Board & Strategic Plan

College Board of Governance

Responsibility for the governance of St Patrick's College rests with a Governance Board of Directors and by Mercy Partners, a canonical body which governs Mercy ministries in Queensland.  Members of the St Patrick's College Board:

Strategic Plan (2015-2020)

The St Patrick’s College Strategic Plan (2015-2020) was developed in consultation with a broad stakeholder group, comprising staff­, students, parents, ex-students, the College Leadership Team and the Board.

Underlying the plan are the College values of Compassion, Respect, Integrity, Justice, Hope and Joy which are at the heart of the charism of the Sisters of Mercy who founded the College in 1878. We have been guided by the educational philosophy of Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy and have drawn on data gained through a comprehensive information-gathering process.

The next five years will see the College build on the developments of the recent past, during which time there have been significant upgrading and enhancement of facilities, changes in the technologies available to students and staff­ and increasing awareness of the importance of our Mercy heritage in the way we equip our students to face the challenges of the future.

At the very heart of the Strategic Plan are our students. The welfare, growth and intellectual engagement of each girl is at the centre of the work of the College. Our activities over the next five years will be guided by the strategic framework in this Plan and by the underlying action plans we have developed.

Contact Us

If you wish to contact the Chair of the Board, please email

Mr Steven Mosch

Steven is a Magistrate with more than 25 years’ legal experience, including almost 20 years as a Partner in a law firm.  He is Vice President of the Magistrates’ Association of Queensland and a Past President of both the North Queensland Law Association and the Townsville District Law Association. Steven is a Governing Member of the National Trust of Queensland and has previously served on the Council of James Cook University, the Belgian Gardens Scout Group Committee and the Vocations Awareness Committee for the Diocese of Townsville.

Sr Helen Mary Peters rsm

I am a North Queenslander by birth and education. Upon leaving school I joined the Sisters of Mercy – a decision that has enriched my life in ways I had not thought possible. My professional background is in teaching, adult and religious education and administration at diocesan, parish and school levels. In recent years I have become heavily involved in ecumenism at the local level and have a role in the management of Stable on the Strand, annual Walk of Witness and the Street Chaplains Association. I am also a member of the Australian Catholic Council for Ecumenism and Interreligious Relations which is advisory to the Bishops’ Commission of the same name, and I represent the Diocese on Queensland Churches Together.

However, my abiding passion remains the mystery and beauty of the life journey especially the faith journey of myself and others. I treasure the experience of sabbaticals, pilgrimages, retreats, RCIA processes and spiritual direction and have experience and some training in these areas. My dream is that all people may experience the journey towards true freedom to live lovingly in the presence of each other in this world, and reach towards the fullness of personal integrity that is the essence of being human.  Hence I have an abiding interest in all things to do with the adult life journey and spiritual formation of people.

Mr Peter Cavallo

After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from James Cook University in 1993, Peter gained extensive experience in accountancy and taxation across a broad base of industries practising in areas of accounting, taxation, superannuation and business development.

Peter has owned and operated his own accounting practice as well as being a principal in a large national firm.

As a Director/Partner at Carey Group, Peter oversees accounting and taxation support and manages clients in a variety of industries including small to medium business, construction, primary production, and high net wealth individuals.

 Other positions Peter holds include:

  • Chairman HIA North Queensland IR & Legal Committee
  • Director Townsville and District Rugby Union
  • Director Townsville Chamber of Commerce
Mr Jon Larrazabal

Jon is a registered Architect and a director of i4architecture, based in Townsville. He is the immediate past chairperson of the NQ Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects and a Green Star accredited professional. He has a keen interest in educational and boarding architectural design.

Ms Pam Griffiths

With a passion for strategic marketing, Pam has 18 years’ experience working within industries including property, media, events and education in both government and private sectors.

Pam’s current role as Marketing Manager with Lend Lease has allowed her to share her knowledge and expertise through national initiatives and has specifically supported teams in Melbourne, Sunshine Coast, Cairns and Brisbane.

Pam has also been involved in a number of community committees and boards and currently chairs a subcommittee for the Townsville Business Women’s Circle, assists with the Townsville Hospital Foundation’s Gala Ball and serves on the Management Committee for her children’s day care centre and daughter’s kindergarten.

Pam is a St Patrick’s College alumni of the class of ‘96 and loves the Townsville life which she shares with her loving husband, four beautiful children and an extremely close family and friendship network.

Ms Tia Cox

A former student of St Patrick's College, Tia has been a lawyer for 22 years. She gained her first job at a Townsville firm in 1995 whilst in her 4th year of university. She went on to become a Partner in 2005 and left the firm after 22 years in 2017 to open her own firm, Organic Legal. Tia has three children.

Contact Us

St Patrick’s College Townsville
45 The Strand (PO Box 721)
Townsville Qld 4810

College Administration:
T (61) 4753 0300
F (61) 4753 0336
Email Administration

College Absence Line: 47530377

CRICOS No: 03317K

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