Sacré Cœur Board
Governance and planning
Sacré Cœur is governed by its School Board. In 1982, Sacré Cœur became an incorporated body and the Society entrusted to the Directors of Sacré Cœur the conduct of the School which had been carried on by the Society since its establishment in 1888. The School Board consists of nine members approved by the Provincial Superior.
The Board is responsible for:
A number of sub-committees exist to provide advice and make recommendations to the School Board on specific areas of our operations. Current sub-committees include:
School Board Members:
Ms Joan Fitzpatrick (Board Chair)
Ms Joan Fitzpatrick, Chair
BA (Hons) LLB, ANZIIF (Fellow), CIP, FAICD
Joan is an experienced company director and leader of business success. Her executive and director experience covers the corporate, government and not‑for‑profit sectors and she has a strong track record of working collaboratively across different stakeholders. Joan has an extensive record of achieving successful business outcomes in complex change environments. Originally qualified as a barrister, she was attracted to a management career which began at 20th Century Fox’s fast-moving consumer goods enterprise in London. She went on to hold senior management roles in heavy manufacturing industries, large start-up projects in Europe, and international insurance operations in Asia. For over 16 years she worked as CEO and Director of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF).
Joan currently works within a diverse portfolio of non-executive director roles, consulting and pro bono charity work. Joan is the President of ESS Superannuation Board, the Chair of Transaction Capital Risk Services Australia Holdings and the Sacré Coeur Glen Iris school and her concurrent non-executive directorships include, CCI, Defence Bank and Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.
Joan is also a Member of the World Vision, Greenfleet and Foundation for Young Australian’ s Business Advisory Councils.
She also consults across a wide range of organisations in the areas of strategic planning, leadership, governance and risk.
Sister Rita Carroll RSCJ
Dip Teach Victoria
BSc (Hons) University of Queensland
MSc Macquarie University
Grad Dip RE University of South Australia
Trained as a Spiritual Director at St Beuno's Jesuit Spirituality Centre, and Summer School with the Jesuits at Santa Clara, Berkeley.
Rita is a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart and an alumna of Stuartholme. She has taught Physics, Chemistry, Science, Mathematics and Religious Education at Kincoppal, Kincoppal-Rose Bay, Stuartholme and also taught for a term at Sacré Cœur. She served as the ANZ Provincial Treasurer for thirteen years. Rita has had experience as a member of the Boards of Stuartholme, Kincoppal-Rose Bay, the Brisbane Archdiocesan Development Fund and the Duchesne College Council.
Rita trained as a Spiritual Director with the Jesuits at St Beuno’s Wales and Berkeley. Currently, she is Chaplain at Stuartholme School.
Rita’s sister, Sister Pauline Carroll (d 1984) spent a number of years in the community at Sacré Cœur.
Bachelor of Mathematics, University of Montreal
Fellow of the Society of Actuaries
Fellow of the Actuaries Institute.
Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
School Sub Committees: Risk (Chair)
Catherine Dubé is Chief Risk Officer at AIG Australia. She is responsible for the overall management and execution of the risk management strategy for the Australasian region. This covers all aspects of enterprise risk spanning across operational, investment, insurance and business risks.
Previously Catherine held the position of Chief Actuary for the AIG operations in Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and PNG. Prior to joining AIG she held a number of actuarial positions in both corporates and consultancy firms across the insurance industry.
Catherine joined the Sacré Cœur School Board in 2017. She was a member of the Sacré Cœur Foundation Board from 2015 until her appointment to the School Board.
Catherine’s daughter Marie-Julietta graduated from Sacré Cœur in 2014.
Mr Jason Gowie
School Sub Committees: Community Relations (Chair)
Until recently Jason was the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Godfreys.
Jason has over 25 years’ experience across the Retail, Healthcare and Financial Services sectors. Prior to taking up his Godfrey's role he held roles as Managing Director of MyHomeGP, Divisional General Manager Sales & Service with Medibank and Managing Director Australia & New Zealand with Oticon Australia.
He served on the Board of the Hearing Care Industry Association from 2011-2013 and Whitelion Open Family, a not for profit supporting disadvantaged youth from 2009-2013.
He is the father of Alyssa, a current Sacré Cœur student since 2014.
Jason has been a member of the Sacré Cœur Board since April 2017 and served on the Sacré Cœur Foundation Board from March 2016-April 2017.
Mr John Marks
Master of Arts, Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Diploma of Education (Melbourne)
Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training
School Sub Committees: Education + Mission
Graduating in Education and the Arts from the University of Melbourne, John was a teacher and leader in secondary independent schools for thirteen years before forming his own recruitment and human resources consultancy - John Marks & Associates in January 1999.
John consults with Catholic, Independent and Government schools. Facilitating experiential workshops, John believes quality teams are open and accepting, tolerant of and interested in one another's differences, supportive, reflective, open to current and future capabilities, and strategic in identifying key opportunities and priorities. John was invited to join our School Board and lead the Education Sub-committee in 2011. He has been Deputy Chair since 2016. John loves working with "a wonderful team of leaders at Sacré Cœur".
Mr Jim Power
Fellow Institute of Chartered Accountants
Fellow Finance & Treasury Association
Registered Company Auditor
School Sub Committees: Finance (Chair)
Jim is a senior partner within Assurance at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), based in Melbourne. He has 30+ years of professional experience in providing Assurance, Risk Management and Strategic Advisory services to many of PwC’s largest clients, primarily in the Financial Services sector.
Jim has been a member of the Sacré Cœur School Board since 2016. He is also Chair of the Finance Committee and Board member of the Skin & Cancer Foundation, Inc.
Jim is married to Eleanor, and they are the parents of Aisling (2012), Kate (2014) and Orla (currently year 11, 2018).
Mr Peter Rahilly
B.AppS (Building) (RMIT)
Register Commercial Builder
School Sub Committees: Building and Property Maintenance
Peter is a co-founder and Director of 2Construct Pty Ltd, a commercial and civil construction company that operates in Melbourne and Regional Victoria.
2Construct specialise in education and community based commercial construction works and have been operating since 2004. 2Construct currently employ over 70 people directly and many more on a sub-contract basis.
Peter was previously a Director at JA Dodd Pty Ltd and a Board Member of the Civil Contractors Federation for 7 years.
He graduated from RMIT in 1988 after completing his HSC at Xavier College in 1984.
He is father to Meg (VCE 2012), Jennifer (VCE 2015) and Emma (Current) and is married to Pauline.
Mrs Marisa Reid
School Sub Committees: Community Council (Chair)
Marisa is a director of a property management, investment and development company.
Upon finishing her entire school career at Sacré Cœur, Marisa completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree at the Victorian College of Pharmacy and worked for twenty years in hospital and community pharmacy both in Melbourne and the United Kingdom. She was involved in mentoring programs, The Pharmaceutical Society and the Association of Professional Engineers and Scientists.
Marisa has been involved with the Sacré Cœur Alumnae Association for many years, serving as President from 2012 to 2018.
She is the mother of Allegra (a student since 2016) and Dante.
Marisa was appointed to the Sacré Cœur School Board 2018 and is currently Chair of the Community Council.
Ms Anne Sutherland-Kelly
LLB, BA (Hons), First Class Honors, University of Melbourne,
NMAS Mediator, MAICD
School Sub Committees: Education & Mission Committee (Chair)
Anne is a lawyer and mediator who runs her own mediation practice. Previously, she worked as a solicitor at Corrs Chambers Westgarth and then in human rights law reform. Anne is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a former director of Resolution Institute, Australia’s leading professional association for mediators and arbitrators.
Anne is a Senior Fellow in the Faculty of Law, Monash University, where she lectures in alternative dispute resolution in the post-graduate program. She is involved in various pro bono activities supporting legal education and access to justice.
Anne is an alumna and a past parent of Sacré Cœur. She is married with three children; her two daughters are alumnae of 2013 and 2017.
Anne has been a member of the Sacré Cœur School Board since 2014.
From strong foundations: 2017-2020
We are delighted to share our Strategic Plan for the 2017-2020 period.
When you read through the pages of the Strategic Plan you will:
True to our commitment to building community as a Christian value, the Strategic Plan was the result of a year-long consultative process with staff, students, alumnae, parents (past and present), Foundation Board, School Board and RSCJ to ascertain what is distinctly Sacré Cœur, what are our strengths, our challenges, our vision and our hopes for the next four years.
We are very indebted to the efforts and commitment of the School Leadership Team, School Board and staff who have worked tirelessly on this very comprehensive Strategic Plan.
Annual Report to the School Community
At Sacré Cœur we aspire to the highest professional standards amongst our teaching and non-teaching staff. This is reflected in the quality of the relationship between staff and students, the learning environment created and the concern for each individual. This school community promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children.
This school community promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children.
Sacré Cœur Women Shape the World