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 Deb Williamson

Deputy Principal

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

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

Deputy Principal

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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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., B.Ed. (Prof Hons), 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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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. Clarissa is a member of The Tasmanian Leaders Foundation Board. 

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 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 Nicole Tuck

Head of Senior School

BHM(Hons)

Born and raised in Hobart, Nicole represented Australia at the 2001 World Swimming Championships and was awarded the 2001 Tasmanian Female Athlete of the Year. In 2002, she was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian Government for her service to the community through swimming and as a role model for Tasmanian youth.

In 2011, Nicole completed a Bachelor of Human Movement with Honours through the University of Tasmania and was admitted to the UTAS Dean’s Roll of Academic Excellence in the Faculty of Education from 2009-2011.

She began her teaching career at St Michael’s Collegiate in 2012 in the Health and Physical Education faculty, becoming Faculty Head in 2013. In 2016, Nicole assumed the role of Head of Senior School.

As a passionate advocate for girl’s education and empowerment Nicole personifies those qualities for our students to see. She is a proud Health and Physical Education teacher, an avid sports fan and a wide reader. She lives with her husband Geoff and their son.

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Mr Rodney Wiggins

Head of Junior and Middle School

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Teaching

Rodney has been a member of the teaching staff at Collegiate since 1999. His roles have included Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 classroom teacher and mentor, Junior School sports coordinator, teacher of HPE, House Dean of Kilburn, Year Level Coordinator in the Middle School and Head of the Faculty of Mathematics (K-12).  Rodney has great loyalty and commitment to Collegiate, he is a strong advocate for the importance of girls education and has been a key contributor to the formation of the Middle School culture.

Rodney was a keen sportsman and is now an avid supporter who enjoys early morning runs, backyard cricket and football games with his family. He is a passionate supporter of the Melbourne Football Club and enjoys watching cricket. He lives with his wife Rebecca and their two boys.

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Ms Louise Waterworth

Manager of ELC and OSHC

Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management, Diploma in Children’s Services, Diploma in Management, Cert IV Training and Assessment

Louise Waterworth has thrived in Early Childhood Education and Care all her working life and accepted her first management position when she moved to the Northern Territory. 

On her return to Tasmania, Louise became the State Manager for CatholicCare Children’s Services and enjoyed a fabulous five years in that diverse, challenging and rewarding role. 

In order to spend more time with her children as they began upper primary school, Louise stepped back and worked part-time at Lady Gowrie Tasmania.

Louise is excited to join Collegiate as the Manager of ELC and OSHC. Our students, families and educators have given her a warm welcome and she finds the learning environment engaging, stimulating and authentic. She has fed the chooks, run across the field and enjoyed lunch with the children.

Louise enjoys gardening, swimming, water polo, days at the beach with her children and spending time on the East Coast.

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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 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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    Dr Adam Forsyth

    Principal

    BEd, BAppSc, MEdSt, PhD, MACE, MAICD

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    Mrs Deb Williamson

    Deputy Principal

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

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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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    Ms Clarissa McCoid

    Director of Community Engagement

    BCA, MFIA

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    Mr Tim Innes-Brown

    Director of ICT

    BInfoTech, PGradDipEd, GradCertCybSec, MEd

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    Ms Nicole Tuck

    Head of Senior School

    BHM(Hons)

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    Mr Rodney Wiggins

    Head of Junior and Middle School

    Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Teaching

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    Ms Louise Waterworth

    Manager of ELC and OSHC

    Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management, Diploma in Children’s Services, Diploma in Management, Cert IV Training and Assessment

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    Rev Kate Boughton

    Chaplain

    BMus (Hons), MDiv

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    Mr Brian Jones

    Campus Manager

    Cert IV Leadership and Management

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