Senior Management

 

Our Senior Management Team provides a framework for innovative and dynamic learning

 

Our Senior Management Team share a passion and energy for girls’ education. Under the vibrant leadership of the Principal, Dr Adam Forsyth, they foster a culture of high expectation that nourishes the development of creative, confident and accomplished young women. Adopting a collaborative approach, our team support Collegiate’s outstanding teaching staff to deliver exemplary learning opportunities.

The Senior Management Team is supported by Ms Deborah French, Executive Assistant to the Principal.

Individual Senior Management Team profiles can be accessed by hovering over each image below.

Dr Adam Forsyth

Principal

BEd, BAppSc, MEdSt, PhD, MACE, MAICD

Dr Forsyth is an outstanding educational professional. His educational philosophy is based upon the holistic education of every child and the importance of nourishing the strengths and needs of each individual student. Dr Forsyth has embraced the role of Principal of Collegiate, drawn by the School’s vibrant and supportive community, unique heritage, extraordinary history of academic success and ongoing commitment to innovation.

Dr Forsyth brings impressive leadership experience to Collegiate across the teaching and learning, pastoral care, boarding, staff and community sectors.

His previous senior leadership roles include serving as Deputy Headmaster at The Hutchins School; Head of Senior School at St Peters Lutheran College in Brisbane; Director of Boarding and Senior Housemaster, and Dean of Studies at Brisbane Boys’ College; and Deputy Director of the Summer School at Concord College in Shropshire, England.  Dr Forsyth is also a Lay Canon of St. David’s Cathedral in Hobart.

He has a particular passion for Science and Mathematics and has taught these subjects across Years 7-12 in both single-sex and co-educational day and boarding schools in Australia and the United Kingdom.  He has also taught undergraduate and postgraduate students within the School of Education at the University of Queensland.  Dr Forsyth has also enjoyed coaching a wide range of sports, including Rugby Union, Cricket, Basketball and Netball.

He is committed to excellence in education and has been involved in a range of initiatives from Kindergarten to Year 12, including: the development and implementation of whole school strategic plans, designing and delivering the professional development and mentoring of teachers, the development and implementation of teaching and learning and pastoral care frameworks, and designing and conducting student leadership programs and academic skills workshops.

Dr Forsyth holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Applied Science from the Queensland University of Technology, and a Master of Educational Studies from the University of Queensland.  He recently had a chapter, Considering the Nature of Science and Religion in Science Education, published in the book What Teachers Need to Know: Topics in Diversity and Inclusion.

Dr Forsyth is married to Megan and they have three children; a daughter at Collegiate and two boys at The Hutchins School.

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Mrs Cawley Farrell

Deputy Principal

B.A., B.F.A., B.A (Art ED), MACE

Cawley Farrell, B.F.A., B.A., B.Ed., Nova Scotia University of Art and Design. 

Deputy Principal

Cawley grew up in Newfoundland and was educated in Canada before migrating to Australia 1986.  Arriving in Hobart she worked for the University of Tasmania and various schools in the greater Hobart area.  Cawley was able to showcase her talents an Artist in Residence at the CSIRO and held both solo and group exhibitions during this time.  In 1990 Cawley was appointed as Head of the Faculty of Art at Collegiate and also held an artist residency at IASOS, UTAS. In 1994 she was promoted to the senior position of Head of Pastoral Care (K to 12).  After taking time to have her daughter Isabella (Leaver 2013) she returned to the position of Head of Girls in 1997 and in 2004 was appointed Deputy Principal.  Cawley continues her lifelong love of learning and is presently enrolled in a Doctorate of Philosophy through Curtin University.  She has qualifications in Leadership Coaching and Cognitive Coaching.  Having successfully guided the School through the Council of International Schools (CIS) accreditation she has also been invited to be a team assessor for several CIS team visits to school around Australia.

Cawley has a true passion for girls’ education and feels a strong connection to the St Michael’s Collegiate community.

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Mr Fergus Leicester

Chief Operating Officer

B.Bus., B.Ed. (Prof Hons), MBA, GradDip Applied Corporate Governance, FCPA, FCA, FGIA, FAICD

Fergus Leicester, B.Bus., MBA., GradDip Applied Corporate Governance, FCPA, FGIA, FAICD

Chief Operating Officer

Fergus is an experienced manager with over 20 years of commercial, financial and operational experience. During this time, Fergus held two Chief Financial Officer (CFO) roles with ASX listed companies, both national groups operating in agriculture and financial services. He also has experience operating a consulting business, assisting not-for-profit, small business and corporate clients. He has a strong customer service focus.

The COO’s responsibilities include financial management, governance, risk management, ICT, enrolments, business operations and property services. Fergus is an ex officio (non-voting) member of, as well as Secretary to, the School’s Board.

Fergus has a Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Education with Professional Honours from the University of Tasmania, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Deakin University, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Governance Institute of Australia and Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Fergus is married to Rachel and their three daughters are students at Collegiate. On weekends he enjoys spending time with family and cycling. His community involvement includes volunteering at other not-for-profit organisations, one as a Director and another as a youth mentor.

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Mrs Deb Williamson

Head of Middle and Junior Schools

B.Ed. (Prof Hons), Grad.Cert.Lit.

Deb Williamson, B.Ed ProfHons., Grad.Cert.Lit.

Head of Middle and Junior Schools

Deb has had a wonderfully diverse teaching career. Her first position was in Papua New Guinea at Madang International Primary School. She went on to teach in Greece, London, Indonesia and then in Hobart for the Department of Education. Working mostly with primary age students, along with early learning, she has also enjoyed coaching international students in preparation for university.

Appointed as the Literacy Coordinator for Prep to Year 6 at Collegiate, Deb graduated as a Master Teacher in 2006. She took on the position of Director of the Enrichment, Differentiation and Gifted Education (EDGE) program in 2007.

An Old Girl of the School (as are her sister and three nieces), Deb knows that she covered a lot of ground between being a student and returning as a teacher. She highly values the strong bond within the school community and feels privileged to be working at Collegiate.

Deb received an ASG National Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010. She is married and has two sons.

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Ms Katie Walker

Acting Co-Head of Senior School

BTeach, BAHons, BEd

Katie Walker

As well her role as Years 9 and 10 Coordinator, Katie is Acting Co-Head of Senior School. She is a passionate teacher of English and Humanities and her aim is to work with senior students to help them become the best possible version of themselves. Her intention is to support them to be proud of their choices, interactions, growth and achievements and to feel optimistic about their future.

Katie has worked at Collegiate for 13 years and loves the sense of community and growth within our school. She advocates that there is great power in attending an all-girls school having personally experienced tremendous support, change in personal direction and growth at a girls’ high school.

Katie is studying for a Masters in Education Leadership and is an enthusiastic reader, runner and maker.

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Mr Michael Steedman-Cross

Acting Co-Head of Senior School

BA (Education), GradDip Computer Ed

Michael Steadman-Cross

Michael grew up in Fremantle, Western Australia and in 1994 began his teaching career in Katanning, a farming town located 290 km southeast of Perth.

He moved to Sydney in 1996 and worked in educational publishing with Pearson Education. In 1999, Michael became their Commissioning Editor and moved to Melbourne.

After five years in publishing, Michael had a strong urge to be in the classroom and returned to teaching. He was nominated runner-up Victorian Teacher of the Year in 2003.

Michael moved to Collegiate in 2005 and has been Dean of Kilburn, Director of Pastoral Care, Head of Senior School and Dean of Reibey before assuming the role of Years 11 and 12 Coordinator. He is also Acting Co-Head of Senior School.

He finds his strength and energy through the love of his incredible wife and five awesome kids. Spare time is spent with family and often in the backyard with his garden and chickens. He balances his great luck in life with an unfailing support for the Fremantle Dockers.

Michael has 15 years of Collegiate service, is a husband and son-in-law of Old Girls and the proud father of a Collegiate student.

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Rev Kate Boughton

Chaplain

BMus (Hons), MDiv

Reverend Kate Boughton is the Chaplain at St Michael’s Collegiate School in Hobart. She was ordained as a Deacon in 2008 and a Priest in 2010. Before coming to Collegiate her roles have seen her working extensively with children, youth, young adults and their families, both here in Tasmania as Assistant Curate at St David’s Cathedral and Diocesan Ministry Assistant, and in Melbourne as an Associate Minister at St Jude’s Anglican Church.

In Parish context, Kate reflects that she might see students for four hours each week. In comparison, the school environment can see communication with students for up to where it can be thirty five hours plus. Schools have a huge influence on our young people – second to the family – and Kate is honoured to be here serving the Collegiate community, its students, staff, and families.

Kate’s prayer is that our students will indeed flourish, that they will think well and thoroughly about the Christian faith, and that they will believe in Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

Kate continues to work with the Arrow Leadership Program in Australia and holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours, a Master of Divinity and is currently completing a Master of Teaching.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

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Mr Tim Innes-Brown

Director of ICT

BInfoTech, PGradDipEd, GradCertCybSec, MEd

Tim Innes-BrownBInfoTech, PGradDipEd.

Director of ICT

Tim began his career as a software engineer before moving into ICT in the education sector. Prior to joining St Michael’s Collegiate, Tim and his family lived in Sydney where Tim led the team at Kambala, one of NSW’s top girls schools.

With two young daughters of his own, Tim is dedicated to ensuring that students have access to the educational skills and opportunities that they will need in the world of tomorrow. By the time our youngest students enter the work force, it will be a vastly different landscape to that of today. Students will need to be innovative and adaptable to carve out a career in industries that may not even exist today. Tim’s goal is to ensure that our students have resources to explore and adapt to the changing nature of the global workforce.

To better lead the fusion of education and technology, Tim is currently undertaking a Master of Education which complements his Bachelor of Information Technology and other industry certifications. 

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Ms Clarissa McCoid

Director of Community Engagement

BCA, MFIA

Clarissa McCoid

Clarissa is widely recognised for her innovative approach to fundraising and philanthropy, marketing and community engagement.

After attending seven schools in three countries, she is passionate about education and empowering girls to become robust global citizens.

Specialising in enabling positive community and educational outcomes through securing private and public funding, Clarissa develops meaningful connections within communities and has instigated positive change throughout her career across the not-for-profit, government and private sectors.

Having conquered Tasmania’s most remote and challenging bushwalks with her husband and three young children, she is now more likely to be shredding the mountain bike trails at Derby, Tasmania. You may also find her enjoying contemporary art.

Clarissa is the proud mother of a Collegiate student.

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Mr Brian Jones

Campus Manager

Cert IV Leadership and Management

Brian has been a valued member of the Collegiate community for over 15 years, leading a dedicated team of maintenance staff in caring for our extensive buildings and grounds. In this time he has overseen significant redevelopments and coordinated major building projects.

With three individual campuses to maintain, as well as Collegiate’s sporting facilities at Tolmans Hill, Brian’s attention to detail is clearly evident. The time and effort required to ensure the preservation of Collegiate’s many historic buildings is testament to Brian’s outstanding project management skills. 

Brian has recently completed a Certificate IV in Leadership & Management.

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Ms Sharnee Kelly

Manager of ELC and OSHC

Advanced Diploma in Education and Care, Cert IV in Training and Assessment, Cert IV in Life Coaching and Development

Sharnee Kelly brings with her a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion for professional development and education; with a particular focus on the early years. Sharnee has an extensive background as an educator, business owner and consultant as well as having had the opportunity to work closely with both the State Government and ACECQA in the initial implementation stages of the National Quality Framework.

In undertaking a personal research program on well-being and the impact of security verse trauma on the development and wellbeing of children, Sharnee has developed a passion for the creating safe, secure and engaging environments for children; creating a space where children feel secure and able to communicate through a variety of different mediums. 

Sharnee is currently undertaking her Bachelor of Early Years and holds an Advanced Diploma in Education and Care, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and a Certificate IV in Life Coaching and Development and as a past parent of St Michael’s Collegiate School, is very excited to be once again joining the St Michael’s Collegiate community.

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    Dr Adam Forsyth

    Principal

    BEd, BAppSc, MEdSt, PhD, MACE, MAICD

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    Mrs Cawley Farrell

    Deputy Principal

    B.A., B.F.A., B.A (Art ED), MACE

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    Mr Fergus Leicester

    Chief Operating Officer

    B.Bus., B.Ed. (Prof Hons), MBA, GradDip Applied Corporate Governance, FCPA, FCA, FGIA, FAICD

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    Mrs Deb Williamson

    Head of Middle and Junior Schools

    B.Ed. (Prof Hons), Grad.Cert.Lit.

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    Ms Katie Walker

    Acting Co-Head of Senior School

    BTeach, BAHons, BEd

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    Mr Michael Steedman-Cross

    Acting Co-Head of Senior School

    BA (Education), GradDip Computer Ed

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    Rev Kate Boughton

    Chaplain

    BMus (Hons), MDiv

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    Mr Tim Innes-Brown

    Director of ICT

    BInfoTech, PGradDipEd, GradCertCybSec, MEd

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    Ms Clarissa McCoid

    Director of Community Engagement

    BCA, MFIA

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    Mr Brian Jones

    Campus Manager

    Cert IV Leadership and Management

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    Ms Sharnee Kelly

    Manager of ELC and OSHC

    Advanced Diploma in Education and Care, Cert IV in Training and Assessment, Cert IV in Life Coaching and Development

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Our goal is to bring the world to our students in Tasmania. We provide a global education and the skills that they will need to excel in whatever direction life takes them."
Tim Innes-Brown
Director of ICT
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Excellence in teaching and learning underpins everything we do at Collegiate. The business services team strive to support and enable our academic staff and students. We are committed to putting students at the heart of our operations."
Fergus Leicester
Chief Operating Officer
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At Collegiate, we are committed to providing a truly holistic educational experience: an academic environment where students are encouraged to realise their full potential coupled with a strong emphasis on pastoral care and exceptional co-curricular opportunities."
Dr Adam Forsyth
Principal
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Our extensive range of co-curricular programs provides opportunities for our students to thrive and help them grow into confident and well-rounded young women who are ready for the joys and challenges of life beyond school."
Dr Adam Forsyth
Principal
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Girls enter the Middle School as young girls and leave as confident young women. It is a privilege to support the girls and their families throughout the Middle School years."
Deb Williamson
Head of Middle School
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We are proud to offer the students in our Senior School meaningful academic and co-curricular opportunities, a thorough and mindful pastoral care program, and empowerment for whatever pathways they may choose following the completion of their time at Collegiate."
Nicole Tuck
Head of Senior School
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The rich educational journey experienced by our students will allow them to take their place beyond Collegiate as leaders with a global perspective, sense of purpose and social justice."
Cawley Farrell
Deputy Principal
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