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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

Professor Sue McGinty - Chair

Prof McGinty has worked in the fields of Education and Indigenous Australian Studies as a teacher and researcher with special expertise in Indigenous Education. She has served in a governance role as Deputy Chair: Edmund Rice Education Australia Board, Inaugural Chair: Ignatius Park College Board, Chair: Townsville Diocesan Education Council and Member: Queensland Catholic Education Commission.   

Ms Anne Garvan

Anne Garvan is a former Principal of several Secondary Colleges, a Secondary Schools Consultant through several States and a Trustee and Member of the Council of Edmund Rice Education Australia.  Anne has a passionate commitment to enabling young people of whatever background or ability to develop the confidence to be balanced and high achieving adults. She is a strong advocate for those who may be alienated by prejudice of any kind and upholds courage and compassion as Mercy ideals.She welcomes the privilege of serving on the Board of St Patrick's College Townsville that occupies such a special place for young women in the history of far North Queensland. 

Mr Steven Mosch

Steven is a Magistrate and has more than 25 years’ legal experience, including almost 20 years as a Partner in a law firm.  He is a Past President of both the North Queensland Law Association and the Townsville District Law Association. In addition to being a Director of St Patrick’s College Townsville Ltd, Steven is a Member of the Council of James Cook University, a Committee Member of Belgian Gardens Scout Group and a Governing Member of the National Trust of Queensland.

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 Kate Lindsay

Kate Lindsay is a Wiradjuri woman and proud former student of St Patrick’s College. She has extensive experience working in Indigenous and non-profit organisations at senior level, as CEO of an Indigenous Peak Body in NSW and as a Legal Advocate. She has worked as a Senior Manager in the welfare, Justice and Health sectors. She has held positions on a number of National and State Boards and Reference groups (both Indigenous and Non Indigenous). She is a currently appointed as a Sessional member on the Queensland Civil Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) and the Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT), and is a Director of her own law firm Benchmark Lawyers.

She completed her Bachelors of Jurisprudence and Law at the University of New South Wales. She is enrolled as a Legal practitioner in the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Queensland and is trained as a mediator / conciliator

Kate is firm believer that whatever background one is from, quality education and the teaching of good morals and ethics as per the Mercy tradition is an excellent and solid foundation which can assist girls and young women who attend St Patrick’s College to aim high and achieve their goals and deal with life’s challenges whatever they be.


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

T (61) 4753 0380
F (61) 4753 0336
Email Boarding

CRICOS No: 03317K

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