Senior Leadership Team

Ms Julia Shea

Principal

Julia Shea became St Peter’s Girls’ 12th Principal at the start of 2014. She is a distinguished educator with a wealth of leadership experience. She holds a Master of Education Administration (University of New England) and a Bachelor of Science degree (University of Tasmania).

Before joining St Peter’s Girls, Julia served more than a decade as Deputy Head (Head of Learning and Teaching) at Newington College, a respected all-boys school in Sydney. Prior to that appointment, she was Newington’s Head of Mathematics, a discipline she remains extremely passionate about. Julia is also a leading advocate of single-sex education and has three daughters who attend St Peter’s Girls.

Ms Kate Mortimer

Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Kate Mortimer graduated with Honours in Health and Human Movement Education after completing her Bachelor of Education at the University of Sydney. She has 15+ years’ experience as a Head Teacher and spent the past decade at Sydney’s Queenwood School for Girls where she was the Head of Wellbeing. Her expertise in this crucial area has strengthened our resolve to ensure our girls are resilient, healthy and courageous individuals who take life in their stride and are prepared for challenges beyond their schooling lives.

Mr Richard Lisle

Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

Richard Lisle is a passionate believer in the Curriculum at St Peter’s Girls, having worked at the School since 2011. He previously served as Coordinator of Gifted and Talented Education at Sydney’s Moriah College, and prior to that performed several leadership roles in the UK. Richard holds a Master of Education, postgraduate certificates in education and gifted education, and a Bachelor of Arts (History of Art).

Ms Suzanne Haddy

Head of Junior School

Suzanne Haddy is a seasoned junior years educator who has taught in independent schools for 26 years. She joined us in 2016 following 18 years of outstanding service to St Peter’s College, first as a teacher and subsequently as Head of Junior Years – Teaching and Learning. She is a firm advocate of academic foundations such as Literacy and Numeracy being taught alongside wellbeing and other life skills. Suzanne believes in setting the bar high, then supporting staff and students to reach it.

Mrs Kate Mount

Director of Early Learning

Kate Mount has a wealth of experience in early childhood development. She arrived at Stonyfell in 2007 and immediately fell in love with early learning. Having spent seven years at Seymour College and five at Pembroke School, both in Junior Primary, early learning became a new pathway for professional growth. While in the Junior Primary setting, Kate authored non-fiction books specifically written to give young children easy access to information. As a member of local and national professional committees, she is a passionate voice for early childhood pedagogy who upholds a strong image of childhood.

Mr Andrew Rosser

Business Director

Since joining St Peter’s Girls in 2010, Andrew Rosser has played a pivotal and passionate role in the School’s strategic direction, capital works planning and financial sustainability. With an illustrious management record, his highlights include serving as Australasian Financial Controller for oilfield service giant Expro Group and as a Commercial Manager for Ramsay Health Care. He holds a Master of Business Administration, Bachelors of Commerce and Management, and is registered as a Chartered Accountant.

Ms Caroline Kelly

Communications Director

With an extensive background in media and communications management, Caroline Kelly started at the School in April 2017. A well-regarded journalist, she spent more than a decade at Seven News Adelaide, culminating in her appointment as Deputy News Director. Before arriving at Stonyfell, she oversaw media, engagement and communications at the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI). She began her career at the ABC after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Journalism).

Ms Julia Shea

Principal

Julia Shea became St Peter’s Girls’ 12th Principal at the start of 2014. She is a distinguished educator with a wealth of leadership experience. She holds a Master of Education Administration (University of New England) and a Bachelor of Science degree (University of Tasmania).

Before joining St Peter’s Girls, Julia served more than a decade as Deputy Head (Head of Learning and Teaching) at Newington College, a respected all-boys school in Sydney. Prior to that appointment, she was Newington’s Head of Mathematics, a discipline she remains extremely passionate about. Julia is also a leading advocate of single-sex education and has three daughters who attend St Peter’s Girls.

Ms Kate Mortimer

Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Kate Mortimer graduated with Honours in Health and Human Movement Education after completing her Bachelor of Education at the University of Sydney. She has 15+ years’ experience as a Head Teacher and spent the past decade at Sydney’s Queenwood School for Girls where she was the Head of Wellbeing. Her expertise in this crucial area has strengthened our resolve to ensure our girls are resilient, healthy and courageous individuals who take life in their stride and are prepared for challenges beyond their schooling lives.

Mr Richard Lisle

Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

Richard Lisle is a passionate believer in the Curriculum at St Peter’s Girls, having worked at the School since 2011. He previously served as Coordinator of Gifted and Talented Education at Sydney’s Moriah College, and prior to that performed several leadership roles in the UK. Richard holds a Master of Education, postgraduate certificates in education and gifted education, and a Bachelor of Arts (History of Art).

Ms Suzanne Haddy

Head of Junior School

Suzanne Haddy is a seasoned junior years educator who has taught in independent schools for 26 years. She joined us in 2016 following 18 years of outstanding service to St Peter’s College, first as a teacher and subsequently as Head of Junior Years – Teaching and Learning. She is a firm advocate of academic foundations such as Literacy and Numeracy being taught alongside wellbeing and other life skills. Suzanne believes in setting the bar high, then supporting staff and students to reach it.

Mrs Kate Mount

Director of Early Learning

Kate Mount has a wealth of experience in early childhood development. She arrived at Stonyfell in 2007 and immediately fell in love with early learning. Having spent seven years at Seymour College and five at Pembroke School, both in Junior Primary, early learning became a new pathway for professional growth. While in the Junior Primary setting, Kate authored non-fiction books specifically written to give young children easy access to information. As a member of local and national professional committees, she is a passionate voice for early childhood pedagogy who upholds a strong image of childhood.

Mr Andrew Rosser

Business Director

Since joining St Peter’s Girls in 2010, Andrew Rosser has played a pivotal and passionate role in the School’s strategic direction, capital works planning and financial sustainability. With an illustrious management record, his highlights include serving as Australasian Financial Controller for oilfield service giant Expro Group and as a Commercial Manager for Ramsay Health Care. He holds a Master of Business Administration, Bachelors of Commerce and Management, and is registered as a Chartered Accountant.

Ms Caroline Kelly

Communications Director

With an extensive background in media and communications management, Caroline Kelly started at the School in April 2017. A well-regarded journalist, she spent more than a decade at Seven News Adelaide, culminating in her appointment as Deputy News Director. Before arriving at Stonyfell, she oversaw media, engagement and communications at the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI). She began her career at the ABC after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Journalism).

Board of Governors

Ms Courtney Morcombe

Courtney Morcombe (Selwyn ’95) was appointed to the Board of Governors in 2008 and became Chair in 2015. A Chartered Accountant with more than 10 years’ experience in professional services, she holds degrees in Commerce, Finance and Law (Honours). Courtney is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of its SA/NT Divisional Council. She was Deputy Head Prefect of the School in 1995. Courtney and her husband Simon have two daughters who attend St Peter’s Girls. As well as chairing the School Board, Courtney also chairs the Foundation and the Community of the Sisters of the Church (investment management) boards. In addition, she chairs the Governance and Nominations committee and is a member of the Executive and Finance, Fundraising and Risk committees, and the Project Control Group.

Mr Nick Reade

Nick Reade is the CEO of BankSA and the Group General Manager, Regional Retail Banking at Westpac Group. After building his career at CommSec and later ANZ, he has amassed 25 years’ experience in funds management, stockbroking, retail and commercial banking. He joined BankSA as its Chief Executive in 2014 and is a proud South Australian with unbridled passion for innovation and small business. Nick and his wife Kerry (nee Bennett, Kennion ’87) are parents to two girls at the School. He is a member of the Community of the Sisters of the Church (investment management) board.

Mr Jeremy Schultz

Jeremy Schultz is Chairman of Partners at Finlaysons Lawyers and head of their Corporate and Energy practice areas. He has been at the forefront of change in the energy sector and was managing partner of Finlaysons when it was appointed to advise on the $5b South Australian electricity privatisation process, and acted directly in the establishment of the State's first wind farm and subsequent innovative generation projects. His Corporate practice extends to public and private companies and not-for-profits. Jeremy chairs the Risk committee and sits on the Executive and Finance, and Governance and Nominations committees.

Mr James Young

James Young is the State Chief Executive of Colliers International (SA). He holds several other prominent positions including being a member of the Colliers International ANZ Executive Leadership Team, Vice President of the Australian China Business Council in South Australia and he represents SA on its national board. Among his many accomplishments, he has enjoyed driving major projects which are helping to rejuvenate the State. James and his wife Tiffany (nee Hooper, Kilburn ’86) have a daughter at St Peter’s Girls. James chairs the Project Control Group and sits on the Community of the Sisters of the Church (investment management) board, and the Executive and Finance committee.

Mrs Rosslyn Hewitson

Rosslyn Hewitson brings significant education expertise to the Board, having enjoyed a lengthy career as a respected teacher, most notably as Head of Junior School at Trinity College in South Australia. Along with education, she is also extremely passionate about the Anglican Church, and serves as a member of the Nomination Committee at St Peter’s Cathedral. She sits on the School’s Governance and Nominations committee and the Community of the Sisters of the Church (investment management) board.

Dr Katherine Hodgetts

Katherine Hodgetts (Selwyn '96) is a Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide. She holds a PhD in Psychology for a dissertation analysing issues of gender and achievement in education. Over the years, her research has addressed questions around gifted education, part-time study in the senior-secondary years and educational gender equity. Katherine was Head Prefect of the School in 1996, and is a third-generation Old Scholar. She is a member of the Executive and Finance committee.

Ms Lisa Jarrett

Lisa Jarrett (Kilburn ‘97) is a Partner at MinterEllison and brings a wealth of legal knowledge and expertise to the Board. She specialises in intellectual property and technology law and practises in the field of corporate and commercial law. In addition to her professional capabilities, Lisa also has great insight into our School community as an Old Scholar who was Deputy Head Prefect in 1997. She is a member of the Governance and Nominations committee and Risk committee.

Mr James Lawes

James Lawes is a Chartered Accountant and auditor with more than 18 years’ experience working for Ernst & Young (EY) in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia. He has advised a number of clients across a wide range of industries including media and entertainment, manufacturing, aged care and education. James and his wife Beba are parents to three girls at the School. James chairs the Executive and Finance committee and is part of the Project Control Group.

Dr Eva Balan-Vnuk

Eva Balan-Vnuk is the National Skills Program Lead and State Director (SA) at Microsoft. She curates and partners to pilot new approaches and initiatives that underpin economic empowerment through capability building. She holds a PhD in the field of entrepreneurship from the University of Adelaide and is a visiting research fellow there. She also brings expertise in international management and marketing, and is passionate about STEM educational opportunities and women in innovation. 

Mr Andy Keough

Andy Keough is Managing Director of defence and security company Saab Australia. He has a distinguished career in defence, with 22 years of service to the Australian Navy and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) for his leadership whilst in command of HMAS SHEEAN in 2006. After retiring from the Navy in 2007, Andy joined Australian shipbuilder ASC Pty Ltd and later went on to become Chief Executive of South Australia’s lead government agency for all defence matters, Defence SA. He is highly regarded for his drive, ambition and commercial instincts.

Board of Governors

Ms Courtney Morcombe

Courtney Morcombe (Selwyn ’95) was appointed to the Board of Governors in 2008 and became Chair in 2015. A Chartered Accountant with more than 10 years’ experience in professional services, she holds degrees in Commerce, Finance and Law (Honours). Courtney is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of its SA/NT Divisional Council. She was Deputy Head Prefect of the School in 1995. Courtney and her husband Simon have two daughters who attend St Peter’s Girls. As well as chairing the School Board, Courtney also chairs the Foundation and the Community of the Sisters of the Church (investment management) boards. In addition, she chairs the Governance and Nominations committee and is a member of the Executive and Finance, Fundraising and Risk committees, and the Project Control Group.

Mr Nick Reade

Nick Reade is the CEO of BankSA and the Group General Manager, Regional Retail Banking at Westpac Group. After building his career at CommSec and later ANZ, he has amassed 25 years’ experience in funds management, stockbroking, retail and commercial banking. He joined BankSA as its Chief Executive in 2014 and is a proud South Australian with unbridled passion for innovation and small business. Nick and his wife Kerry (nee Bennett, Kennion ’87) are parents to two girls at the School. He is a member of the Community of the Sisters of the Church (investment management) board.

Mr Jeremy Schultz

Jeremy Schultz is Chairman of Partners at Finlaysons Lawyers and head of their Corporate and Energy practice areas. He has been at the forefront of change in the energy sector and was managing partner of Finlaysons when it was appointed to advise on the $5b South Australian electricity privatisation process, and acted directly in the establishment of the State's first wind farm and subsequent innovative generation projects. His Corporate practice extends to public and private companies and not-for-profits. Jeremy chairs the Risk committee and sits on the Executive and Finance, and Governance and Nominations committees.

Mr James Young

James Young is the State Chief Executive of Colliers International (SA). He holds several other prominent positions including being a member of the Colliers International ANZ Executive Leadership Team, Vice President of the Australian China Business Council in South Australia and he represents SA on its national board. Among his many accomplishments, he has enjoyed driving major projects which are helping to rejuvenate the State. James and his wife Tiffany (nee Hooper, Kilburn ’86) have a daughter at St Peter’s Girls. James chairs the Project Control Group and sits on the Community of the Sisters of the Church (investment management) board, and the Executive and Finance committee.

Mrs Rosslyn Hewitson

Rosslyn Hewitson brings significant education expertise to the Board, having enjoyed a lengthy career as a respected teacher, most notably as Head of Junior School at Trinity College in South Australia. Along with education, she is also extremely passionate about the Anglican Church, and serves as a member of the Nomination Committee at St Peter’s Cathedral. She sits on the School’s Governance and Nominations committee and the Community of the Sisters of the Church (investment management) board.

Dr Katherine Hodgetts

Katherine Hodgetts (Selwyn '96) is a Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide. She holds a PhD in Psychology for a dissertation analysing issues of gender and achievement in education. Over the years, her research has addressed questions around gifted education, part-time study in the senior-secondary years and educational gender equity. Katherine was Head Prefect of the School in 1996, and is a third-generation Old Scholar. She is a member of the Executive and Finance committee.

Ms Lisa Jarrett

Lisa Jarrett (Kilburn ‘97) is a Partner at MinterEllison and brings a wealth of legal knowledge and expertise to the Board. She specialises in intellectual property and technology law and practises in the field of corporate and commercial law. In addition to her professional capabilities, Lisa also has great insight into our School community as an Old Scholar who was Deputy Head Prefect in 1997. She is a member of the Governance and Nominations committee and Risk committee.

Mr James Lawes

James Lawes is a Chartered Accountant and auditor with more than 18 years’ experience working for Ernst & Young (EY) in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia. He has advised a number of clients across a wide range of industries including media and entertainment, manufacturing, aged care and education. James and his wife Beba are parents to three girls at the School. James chairs the Executive and Finance committee and is part of the Project Control Group.

Dr Eva Balan-Vnuk

Eva Balan-Vnuk is the National Skills Program Lead and State Director (SA) at Microsoft. She curates and partners to pilot new approaches and initiatives that underpin economic empowerment through capability building. She holds a PhD in the field of entrepreneurship from the University of Adelaide and is a visiting research fellow there. She also brings expertise in international management and marketing, and is passionate about STEM educational opportunities and women in innovation. 

Mr Andy Keough

Andy Keough is Managing Director of defence and security company Saab Australia. He has a distinguished career in defence, with 22 years of service to the Australian Navy and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) for his leadership whilst in command of HMAS SHEEAN in 2006. After retiring from the Navy in 2007, Andy joined Australian shipbuilder ASC Pty Ltd and later went on to become Chief Executive of South Australia’s lead government agency for all defence matters, Defence SA. He is highly regarded for his drive, ambition and commercial instincts.