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The St Edmund’s College Canberra Board works collaboratively with the Principal, Leadership Team and EREA Executive to ensure faithfulness to the Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition and quality stewardship aimed at offering the best possible learning at the College.

The Board provides advice to the Principal and has particular responsibilities for:

  • Faithfulness to the Charter and Touchstones
  • Collaborating with the Principal on submissions to EREA for Strategic Planning, Budget and annual audited statements and Capital works and master planning
  • Endorsement of major policies that are consistent with EREA
  • Support for the Principal in relation to compliance with EREA Risk Policy

The Board also provides advice and support to the Principal on any matters referred to by the Principal, and any significant matter that falls within its delegated responsibilities. It is also represented on selection panels for some senior appointments, and participates in School Renewal and leader appraisal processes.

Appointed by EREA on the recommendation of the Principal and Board Chair, Board Members are chosen to meet the expertise needs of the Board, not as representatives of any body. The Principal is an ex officio member as are the Business Manager and Deputy Principal.

Mr Michael Cooney
Michael and his brothers Paul and Stephen are St Edmund’s old boys. He is married to Catherine; their sons Patrick and Michael are Old Boys. Michael has been a board member since 2010 and was appointed Chair in 2014. Michael is National Director of the Australian Republic Movement. He and Catherine live in Waramanga with the younger of their five children.

Mrs Lara Kirk
Lara lives with her husband Tim and their five teenage & young adult children in Murrumbateman where Tim is CEO and Chief Winemaker of Clonakilla Wines. Lara has training in Theology, Education and Management and has worked variously as a youth minister, secondary teacher, public servant and political staffer. Lara currently works for the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn as Marriage, Family and Relationships Co-ordinator bringing relationship education programs into primary schools and high schools.

Br Brian Berg
Br Brian Berg is Christian Brother who was the former Deputy Provincial of the Christian Brothers’ NSW/ACT Province. He has taught in Australia and South Africa and was Principal of St. Leo’s College Wahroonga and St. Dominic’s College Penrith. At present he is Parish Pastoral Associate of St. Bede’s Parish Braidwood, NSW.

Professor Stephen Buckman AM
Stephen was appointed to the Board in 2016 and is currently also Chair of the Education Sub-Committee. He retired from the ANU in 2015 after 33 years in the Research School of Physics and Engineering, and he finished his ANU career as Director of the Research School from 2012-2015. His research specialisation is in Atomic Physics, and he is currently also a member of the Board of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology organisation (ANSTO). He has recently been appointed as Executive Director of the Physical Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics and Information Sciences Programs at the Australian Research Council. He has two sons at St Edmund’s, Jackson in Year 10 and Lewis in Year 9.

Mrs Christa Gordon
Christa joined the Board in 2016. She is married to Michael and their two sons are St Edmund’s old boys (Jake – class of 2012, and Ben – class of 2015). Christa is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor and has been working with KPMG for 27 years. She is the National Partner in Charge of KPMG’s Policy, Program and Evaluation service line and delivers consulting services to a range of Australian Government agencies including the Departments of Education, Employment, Health and Prime Minister and Cabinet. Christa is a Director on the Board of KPMG Executive Search and Selection and was formerly on the NSW Catholic Education Commission’s Resource and Funding Policy Committee.

Mr Frank Lo Pilato
Frank has been a Board Member since 2014. He is married to Anna and their son Andre is currently in Year 9. Frank is a Chartered Accountant who has been working for RSM Bird Cameron for 29 years. He is currently the Managing Partner and specialises in Turnaround and Insolvency. Frank’s brothers Gino and Tony also attended St Edmund’s. He has a son at St Edmund’s.

Mrs Nichole Overall
Nichole is a freelance writer, communications consultant and author, with a particular interest in creatively encouraging boys to engage with the written word. Nichole has worked as a journalist, in public relations and marketing, and also spent a number of years as a small business owner. She is the mother of one current and one past St Edmund’s boy, lives in Queanbeyan – a place for which she has a strong affection – and is a keen sportswoman.

Mr Joe Zavone
Joe commenced as Principal at St Edmund’s College in 2018. Prior to this he was Deputy Principal of Christian Brothers’ High School Lewisham NSW from 2014, an EREA school educating boys from years 5 to 12. Joe has a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Educational Leadership and a Master of Religious Education from the Australian Catholic University and a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education from the University of Sydney.

Mr Jacob Knowles
Jacob is a proud Old Boy of the College completing his nine years of study here in 2003. He commenced working as a Learning Support Assistant while completing his education degree and was appointed to a permanent position in 2008. Since this time, Jacob has worked across a number of faculties and been appointed to the positions of Assistant Head of House, Co-Curricular Assistant, Head of House, Senior Centre Supervisor, Head of College Operations and now Deputy Principal (Acting). He has also participate in the co-curricular life of the College particularly in the areas of Dragon Boating, Rugby and Cricket. Jacob has completed a Masters of Educational Research in Boys Education looking primarily at the role of School and Community Partnerships and the effects these have on Boys in a variety of educational contexts. Jacob is married to Erin and has a beautiful daughter Grace.

Ms Samantha Brady
Samantha, Business Manager, is an ex-officio member of the Board. Samantha commenced at St Edmund’s College in January 2014. She has extensive private sector business services management experience across most functions including finance, facilities, HR, payroll, administration and IT.