The role of the Monivae College Board is to set strategic direction and priorities for the school so that the school can continue to achieve its core objective of providing quality education to its students.

 

Sabrina Watt - Chairperson

Born and raised in the US Sabrina grew up on her family's cattle property in Nevada and attended a one-room school for eight years. Sabrina has a BA in Journalism/History and worked at the U.S. Senate in Washington D.C. as a legislative aide before settling in Victoria in 1990. She and her husband Gerard (Old Collegian '73) operate a fine wool growing property in Balmoral. They have two children Janet (Old Collegian 2012) and Marcus who was the Boarding House Captain for 2016.

Sabrina is employed as Executive Administrative Officer at the Balmoral Bush Nursing Centre. Her interest include writing, governance, community service and travelling.

 

Fr Bob Irwin MSC

Fr. Robert (Bob) Irwin is the Director of MSC Education and is the MSC representative on the Monivae College Board. A former MSC Provincial Superior of the MSC Australian Province and Headmaster of three schools; Chevalier College Bowral, St. John’s College Darwin and Daramalan College Canberra, Fr Bob has extensive experience in both education and governance.

  

Mark McGinnity

As Principal of Monivae College, Mark McGinnity is automatically appointed to a position on the Board.

 

Captain Peter Gracias

Peter was born and raised in Pune, India where he completed his schooling before embarking on a career on the high seas commanding vessels engaged in international trade. Peter migrated with his family to Australia in 2000.

Peter is a qualified Master Mariner and is one of the leading Managers for the large Gas Develpoment for Chevron in WA . He has also held senior management roles in business development, safety and environment.

In 1992, Peter married Tania Sousa and they have two children who completed their studies at Monivae, Errol who was a School Leader in 2013 and Dylan, who was the School Captain in 2014.

 

Helen Morrison

Helen has most of her background growing up in Hamilton. She attended La Trobe University and subsequently taught at Horsham High School for four years. She spent time overseas and returned to Hamilton to work in the family real estate business. Helen married David in 1987 and they have two children, Jess who is studying at Melbourne University, and Oscar who finished at Monivae in 2008. Helen has been on the Monivae College board since 2003.

 

Kevin Safe

Kevin came to Hamilton in 1965 and was employed for 30 years with the Hamilton City Council, this included 17 years as the City Engineer. In 1995, Kevin was appointed as the CEO of the newly formed Glenelg Region Water Authority and remained there until his retirement 10 years later.

Kevin married Carolyn just prior to coming to Hamilton, and they have five children, all of whom attended Monivae. Kevin and Carolyn also have 14 grandchildren. Kevin joined the Monivae College board in 2008.

 

Sally Cunningham

Sally came to Hamilton in 1990 from Adelaide to work in soil conservation and Landcare. She currently works for the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority. She is actively involved in the Hamilton Baptist Church.

Sally and husband Peter spent 10 years working amongst subsistence farmers in agricultural development in Niger, West Africa. She home-schooled their two sons until returning to Hamilton in 2010. Aaron completed Year 12 at Monivae in 2015, and Steven commenced Year 7 in 2016.

 

Tim Hallam

Tim was born in Hamilton and is a self employed Solicitor. He was appointed to the Board in January 2013.

 

Nick Starkie

Nick joined the College Board in 2016. He is a Monivae Old Collegian and attended at the College from 1984 to 1989.  He holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and is currently the Director of Corporate Services at Western District Health Service.

Nick brings a broad range of commercial, people and financial management skills to the Board. Nick and his wife Lou live in Hamilton and their two sons Dylan (Year 12) and Ben (Year 9) both attend Monivae.