The College Board (the Board) is a Company Limited by Guarantee. The Members of the Board represent and are accountable to the Trustees of the Order of St Augustine through the Prior Provincial and his Council. The Board of Directors appointed by the Members, is responsible for the Governance of St Augustine’s College – Sydney (the College)

Membership of the College Board may include:

  • Augustinian priests
  • Current and past parents
  • Old Boys
  • Individuals with requisite expertise

The composition of the Board seeks to provide an appropriate range of experience, skills, knowledge and perspective to enable it to carry out its obligations and responsibilities.

College Board


Fr David Austin OSA Priest with the Order of St Augustine. Currently Parish Administrator of North Harbour Catholic Community and Bursar of the Province. Previous roles include Prior Provincial (2014-2018); Vice Rector of Villanova College; Rector of St Augustine’s College; Parish Priest of Kyabram and Echuca (Victoria), Coorparoo (Brisbane) and Holy Spirit Parish, St Clair; Member of Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (2011-2016); current member of Senate of Catholic Institute of Sydney. Joined the Board in 2019.

Fr Peter Wieneke OSA Priest with The Order of St Augustine. College Chaplain at Villanova College and Prior at Villanova Priory. Former roles include parish priest at St Kieran’s, North Harbour, Vice Rector at St Augustine’s College, Rector at Villanova College, and Parish priest at Holy Spirit Church, St Clair. Joined the College Council in 1996.

Grainne McCormack Executive Director in the NSW Department of Industry and formerly Chief Operating Officer of Steensen Varming Consulting Engineers. 25+ years’ experience in property and development working in engineering, legal and management roles. Building Committee member since June 2018. Joined the College Board in August 2018. Current parent.

Gabrielle McKinnon Full time parent. Volunteer for numerous school and church based activities. Previously 10 years secondary teaching in Victorian Catholic Schools including stint as Year 7 Co-ordinator. Member of the Foundation Committee, Succession Committee and Board Policy Committee. Past parent.

Andrew Wilson Partner with a major professional services firm. Over 25 years’ experience in providing independent assurance services (including external financial audits, internal controls reviews and regulatory investigations) in Australia and internationally. Member of the Finance Committee. Current parent.

Nick Cerneaz Technology entrepreneur with 30+ years experience in developing and commercialising medical devices and technical/scientific instrumentation. Currently NED of MTPConnect (Medtech & Pharma Industry Innovation Growth Centre), and COO/Department Manager, Anglo Australian Optics, Macquarie University. Joined the Board in 2020. Former old boy and current parent.

Steve Schofield Group Head of Human Resources & Industrial Relations for the Downer Group. Former roles include GGM Human Resources for Komatsu Australia, HR Director for Goodman Fielder, HR Director for Schindler Lifts Australia, General Manager Industrial Relations for QANTAS, Assistant Director Resource Planning for Royal Australian Navy. MBA from MGSM. Non-Executive Board Director with Foodbank NSW since 2011. Justice of the Peace in NSW. Old Boy Class of 1983. Current parent and past parent, with 5 boys connected with the College. Joined the Board in 2021.

Maria Loyez Chief Customer Officer at Australian Ethical Investments, a responsible investment manager. Areas of responsibility include sales, marketing and the Australian Ethical Foundation. 20+ years of international and strategic commercial experience, setting up new business ventures, as well as driving business growth. Focus in financial services, telecommunications, and technology industries, and has worked in large organisations such as Virgin Group, Optus and AMP, and more recently in fintech organisations OFX, SocietyOne and Volt Bank. Succession Committee member since August 2020. Joined the College Board in 2021. Current parent.

Company Secretary

Benjamin Balasigamany (Bala) is a Chartered Accountant with many years’ experience in providing quality finance and management services. He has experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sector. Before joining St Augustine’s College as Head of Business and Finance in October 2018, Bala was previously with Marist Youth Care. He is enthusiastic about contributing to the growth of the College through improved processes and systems. He is a member of the College Leadership Team and also the Company Secretary.

Good governance requires the College Board to:

  • Ensure the College fulfils its educational goals in an Augustinian environment and acts in a manner which models the College’s core values and ethos.
  • Adapt to the distinctive characteristics of an Augustinian academic environment and act so as to exemplify and reinforce the College’s core values and ethos
  • Ensure a strategic approach to the College’s future by setting major goals, policy frameworks and strategies
  • Review plans and budgets established by College management
  • Anticipate issues, where possible, and act to diffuse them
  • Establish committees, where appropriate
  • Review and monitor adherence to systems of risk management, governance compliance and legal compliance
  • Monitor organisational performance
  • Conduct an annual review of the College’s progress in meeting its objectives

Beyond these items the Board delegates to the College Principal the authority to achieve stated objectives.

The Principal is responsible for implementing a shared vision for the College and takes overall responsibility for the operation and management of the educational enterprise of the College. This position is supported by the College Leadership Team which consists of:

  • Jonathan Byrne: Principal
  • Anthony Bataille: Head of Strategy and Compliance
  • Kate Earle: Deputy Principal – Students
  • Benjamin Balasigamany: Head of Business and Finance
  • John Laforest: Deputy Principal – Academic
  • Peter Nolan: Deputy Principal – Mission and Wellbeing
  • Jonathan Harvey: Assistant Principal – Sport and Co-curricular
  • Danielle Stanway: Assistant Principal – Staff
  • Terry Walsh: Head of Primary School

The Principal is the Head of Agency in all matters related to Child Protection.

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