Board Members

Governance

The College is a registered Catholic Secondary College for girls, first established in 1883 by the Presentation Sisters. The College Board has responsibility for the management of the College and the continuance of the educational mission of the Presentation Sisters. The College is a member of Kildare Ministries.

The Board comprises dedicated people with a range of talents and backgrounds and meets regularly throughout the year.


Lisa Dwyer, Chair of Board 

 


Lisa graduated from Star of the Sea College in 1986.  She studied computer programming at Victoria College and Japanese at Monash University, now holding a Bachelor of Applied Science in Scientific Information Services. Lisa joined BP in Australia on their graduate program, working for 10 years in operational roles such as oil trading, ship chartering and gas marketing.  She moved to the US with BP in 1999, then London for nearly 10 years in strategic and corporate development roles.  Lisa returned to Australia in 2010 and has worked in a range of corporate and consulting roles.  

After re-connecting with the Star community, Lisa joined the Star of the Sea College Board in 2016 and became Chair in June 2018.  She is also a member of the College Risk and Governance Committee and Finance Committee.  

Lisa's extensive corporate experience provides our school with valuable insights and direction.  

We are grateful to have such a respected leader as our College Chair.


Gabrielle Sheehan 

 


Gabrielle graduated from Star of the Sea College in 1988.  After graduating from Swinburne University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Business (Marketing/Economics), Gabrielle commenced her career in Advertising, and over the following 12 years she collaborated with many household brands in Australia and the UK as a Brand Strategist.  After completing her Masters of Marketing in 2003, she worked with GSK until 2008 when she joined HBA and was part of the leadership team that launched Bupa in Australia.  More recently, Gabrielle has been working as a Marketing consultant helping commercialise brands.  Her experience spans Retail, Financial Services, Not for Profit, Health and FMCG sectors. 


Gabrielle has a personal interest in social justice and has been involved in numerous NFPs including the launch of the Life Support Committee at the Alfred Hospital. She also supports her local food bank and is the Chair of ONE IN FIVE (finding a cure for mental illness).  As a member of the College Board she is excited about supporting Star’s mission for enriching our students lives and helping them to become the best versions of themselves, find their personal gifts and ready them for life after school. 

Mark Kerrins 

 


Mark has degrees in Science (B.Sc. (Hons) Uni of Melb.), Architecture (B.Arch. UNSW) and Theology (MA, DSPT/GTU, Berkeley).  He has worked in the architectural and construction fields for the past 28 years.  He is a sole practitioner and Managing Director of his own architectural firm, a registered architect and member of the American based Association of Consultants for Liturgical Space (ACLS). He has a strong interest in Sacred Space exploring concepts of meaning and place making.  

Mark has been a board or committee member for various not-for-profit, educational and municipal planning institutions in both Australia and the US and has an active involvement in leadership. He also volunteers with various community, residents and parish groups. Mark has also worked with several faith-based institutions as either a presenter or program facilitator. 



Tim Coyne

 


Tim completed an Economics, Accounting degree at Monash University.  Tim is a senior partner at Ernst & Young and has extensive experience as an external auditor, advisor and transaction partner in Financial Services over the last 28 years.

Tim is married to Bridget and has 4 children, Isabelle, Victoria, Zachary and Madeleine. Isabelle and Victoria attended Star from 2009 until 2017 and now are completing university courses at RMIT in fashion design and psychology respectively. 


Stephen Sweeney

 


Stephen has been a parent at Star of the Sea for over 10 years; he served as treasurer of the Parents Association before joining the Board in 2013.  Stephen is also a valued member of our Risk and Governance Committee and is the inaugural chair of this committee. 

Stephen is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants, Australia and New Zealand (FCA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Heriot-Watt (Edinburgh Business School) University, Scotland.

Stephen is also a fellow of the Governance Institute (FGIA) and holds a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching (GCETT).  Stephen has over twenty-five years' experience in senior financial management positions in media, advertising, financial services, government, not for profit and consulting.




Angela Alibrando

 

Working for Victoria University delivering training and coordinating workplace education, Angela is currently studying Masters of Education (Leadership and Management - minor units in Student Well Being) at Melbourne University (March 2018 – ongoing).   She has extensive qualifications in education and Foster Care including a Bachelor of Education, Melbourne University, as well as post graduate qualifications in Social Investment and Philanthropy, Executive Coaching and Training and Assessment.  

Angela has spent a significant number of years in the education sector working as a primary and secondary teacher, taking on other roles such as curriculum coordination, Vice Principal, Head of Early Childhood and Head of Primary. Angela is currently working in the not for profit sector as a Team Leader and also coordinates recruitment, training and accreditation of volunteer carers for children, and adolescents and adults with a disability.

Whether Angela is working with refugee communities, Indigenous communities in the Kimberley, newly arrived immigrants, children with disability, volunteers, executives or her peers, she demonstrates her belief that relationship, conversation, story and a value of each person is foundational to creating transformational change. 

Angela is also Melbourne University Alumni and holds a current Teacher Registration in Victoria.  Angela’s Career Objectives are to strategically use her education and leadership skills to work collaboratively for continuous improvement and innovation in the area of inclusion and diversity. To work from a strength based approach to support those who most need support to access education and learning.