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 Adam Forsyth, BEd, BAppSc, MEdSt, PhD, MACE

Acting Principal

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 Acting 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 for the past 22 years.  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 in Year 8 at Collegiate, and two boys at The Hutchins School in Years 2 and 6.

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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., MBA., GradDip Applied Corporate Governance, FCPA, 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 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, the Governance Institute of Australia and the 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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Ms Eva Perry

Head of Junior School

M.Ed., B.Ed., Dip.Teach., Dip. Man., Adv. Cert. HRD

Eva Perry, M.Ed., B.Ed., Dip.Teach., Dip. Man., Adv. Cert. HRD

Head of Junior School

Eva has enjoyed a diverse career in education having worked in the Independent and Government School sectors both in Australia and internationally, in the United Arab Emirates. She has taught grades Prep to 7 as well as adult education in the tertiary sector in the UAE. Specialising in curriculum, Eva has worked in mainstream classrooms, Special Needs and with EAL (English as an Additional Language) students. She has been involved in several programs of curriculum improvement and professional learning for teaching colleagues. This includes providing training and support for classroom teachers in implementing highly effective self-assessment and reporting strategies for students; training of volunteers and support staff  and has implemented targeted remedial programs for underachieving readers. Eva has been a lead teacher in reviewing and writing curriculum documents across all key learning areas in a variety of school settings.

Eva has held leadership roles as Head of Junior School and Curriculum Coordinator. As part of these roles, she has been involved in new school building design projects for improved learning spaces for children. She is an active member of professional associations of Independent Primary School Heads Association and Australian Primary Principals Association. Eva has developed and run mentor programs for aspiring leaders and middle managers. She is passionate about visible learning and girls education.

Eva has recently relocated to Tasmania and enjoys exploring and travelling around our beautiful and diverse state.

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Mrs Deb Williamson

Head of Middle School

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

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

Head of Middle School 

NEiTA-  ASG Inspirational Teaching State and Territory Award 2010

Deb has had a diverse teaching career. Her first teaching position was in Papua New Guinea where she worked at an international primary school for 2 years. She then travelled overseas teaching English at a Summer School in Greece as well as being a University Entrance Exam Tutor, before teaching in London for a year. 

Deb then returned home to Tasmania to teach in the Education Department. In 1999 Deb then moved to Kalimantan with her family and was the Director of Early Learning Centre and Relief Teacher at the Tanjung Bara International School in East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

After returning to Tasmania Deb was appointed the Literacy Coordinator, for Years Prep to Year 6 at St Michael’s Collegiate. In 2006 Deb became a Master Teacher and in 2007 she took on the position as Director of the EDGE (Enrichment, Differentiation and Gifted Education) Program. 

Deb is an old girl of St Michael’s Collegiate School. She feels that she has covered a lot of ground after leaving Collegiate and then returning as a teacher. Her sister and three nieces all attended Collegiate and her nieces daughter is now in Year 1. Even her eldest son attended Kindergarten at Collegiate! Deb is married and is the mother of two young men who are both now studying at the University of Tasmania. One is studying Engineering and the youngest one is studying Arts/Law. Deb highly values the strong bond that comes with the Collegiate community and feels very privileged to be working at Collegiate. She takes great pride in seeing students enter the Middle School as young girls and leave as confident young women as they transition into the Senior School.

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Mrs Nicole Tuck

Head of Senior School

BHM (Hons)

Nicole Tuck, BHM (Hons).

Head of Senior School

Born and raised in Hobart, Nicole was an outstanding competitive swimmer for many years, competing primarily as a 200m Butterfly and long distance Freestyle/open water specialist. She was a member of various Australian Junior and Senior swimming teams from 2000-2005 and major achievements include being an Australian record holder, being a member of the 2001 Australian Swimming team to compete at the World Championships and the Goodwill Games and being awarded the 2001 Tasmanian Female Athlete of the Year, Junior Athlete of the Year and Sports Personality of the Year. Nicole was also named as the 2001 TIS Female Athlete of the Year and in 2002 was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian Government for service to the community through swimming and as a role model for Tasmanian youth.

Nicole holds a Bachelor of Human Movement with Honours and was admitted to the Dean’s Roll of Academic Excellence in the Faculty of Education from 2009-2011. She is a passionate advocate for girl’s education and empowerment. Nicole is a proud Health and Physical Education teacher, enjoys taking part in hockey, swimming and cycling pursuits and hopes to compete in her first triathlon this year. She lives with husband, Geoff, and their two four legged fur babies, Maggie the Weimaraner and Charli the Great Dane. Nicole hopes to begin her Masters studies in 2018.

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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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Mrs Kylie Britten

Early Learning Centre Manager

Dip. Education and Care

Kylie Britten, Dip. Education and Care

Early Learning Centre Manager

Kylie has been a member of the Collegiate community since 2006 when she commenced as a young educator at the Early Learning Centre before progressing onto a management position a few years later.

Throughout her time at the Early Learning Centre Kylie has been committed to the vital time that is the first 5 years of children’s lives.  It has been a passion of Kylie’s to work closely with her Early Years colleagues to research and implement a Reggio Emilia inspired setting where children are respected as competent and capable citizens and where families are valued as partners in their child’s play and learning. 

Away from work Kylie and her husband are parents to beautiful Eden and Sonny. Their weekends are spent at their Orford shack.

 

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Ms Lisa Harris

Head of Philanthropy

BMus(Hons), GradDipLibInfStud

As Head of Philanthropy, Lisa Harris commands an extensive knowledge of best practice fundraising thanks to her many years of managing fundraising for iconic orchestras and arts organisations.

Her first work in fundraising was at the world-famous Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, home of The Metropolitan Opera, The New York City Ballet and The New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

A major highlight of Lisa’s career was the thirteen years she managed philanthropy and special events for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Lisa’s most recent work has been as a consultant with Brisbane-based consultancy, AskRIGHT. She delights in building a donor base and connecting with donors.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Music majoring in music history with honours from Kings College, University of London, and a Graduate Diploma of Library and Information Studies from University of Tasmania.

Lisa is a popular and well-respected fundraiser but has also donated her time and funds to the School over the past 30 years. Her family’s relationship with St Michael’s Collegiate School extends back over one hundred years; her daughter Olivia (2006 leaver) has given Lisa first-hand experience of the importance of St Michael’s Collegiate School in shaping the lives of thousands of Collegiate graduates.

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Mr Tim Innes-Brown

Director of ICT

BInfoTech, PGradDipEd.

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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Mrs Trisha Lowe

Head of Enrolments

Trisha Lowe, Head of Enrolments

As Head of Enrolments, Trisha Lowe comes to Collegiate from a strong professional background in the educational sector in Tasmania, most recently as Development Manager for Christian Schools Tasmania for over 12 years. In this role she managed the marketing, fundraising, public relations and strategic development of several schools, implementing programs to drive enrolment growth, developing and managing community events and representing the schools in the community.

Prior to this, Trisha’s experience was focused in the areas of marketing, advertising and media management, with experience gained in the print and radio media, music and advertising industries, where she further developed her skills in marketing, design and public relations.

With a passion for art and creativity, Trisha has developed and managed several major art exhibitions in Tasmania, which have been greatly supported and recognised by the local art community as well as local government. 

Trisha enjoys welcoming new families into the Collegiate community and maintaining a genuine interest in each student’s journey throughout their time at our school.  “It is an enormous privilege to share the exciting journey of education with families. From early childhood to graduation we share the experience and delight in the development of confident young women, ready to take on the world”.

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Mr Brian Jones

Campus Manager

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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    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., MBA., GradDip Applied Corporate Governance, FCPA, FGIA, FAICD

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    Ms Eva Perry

    Head of Junior School

    M.Ed., B.Ed., Dip.Teach., Dip. Man., Adv. Cert. HRD

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    Mrs Deb Williamson

    Head of Middle School

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

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    Mrs Nicole Tuck

    Head of Senior School

    BHM (Hons)

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    Rev Kate Boughton

    Chaplain

    BMus (Hons), MDiv

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    Mrs Kylie Britten

    Early Learning Centre Manager

    Dip. Education and Care

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    Ms Lisa Harris

    Head of Philanthropy

    BMus(Hons), GradDipLibInfStud

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    Mr Tim Innes-Brown

    Director of ICT

    BInfoTech, PGradDipEd.

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    Mrs Trisha Lowe

    Head of Enrolments

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    Mr Brian Jones

    Campus Manager

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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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It is an enormous privilege to share the exciting journey of education with families. From early childhood to graduation, we share the experience and delight in the development of confident young women, ready to take on the world."
Trisha Lowe
Head of Enrolments
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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 Early Years are key to establishing a strong educational foundation. We provide a comprehensive, holistic learning program for our girls."
Eva Perry
Head of Junior 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