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The Siena College Board supports the College, promoting the wellbeing and learning of all students and providing an environment in which the College continues to flourish. The Board has a strong commitment to preserving and fostering the Catholic identity and the Dominican charism upon which the College was founded. The Directors of the Board are accountable for the sound governance of the College. They provide strategic direction and contribute legal, financial and other professional expertise to the governance of the College.
The Siena College Board is assisted by four advisory committees which support the Siena College Board in its governance role: the Finance Committee, the Strategic Property Committee, the Policy Committee and the Risk Management Committee.
Judith Potter (Board Chair)
Judith is an alumna of the College with almost 42 years experience as an educator in Catholic, government and independent and Catholic schools. She was most recently Principal of Loreto College Ballarat for almost fifteen years, retiring in 2020. For over fifteen years, she has been a member of The Invergowrie Foundation (TIF) Finance and Risk Committee and Council. The core of the foundation is supporting the advancement of girls education across Victoria.
Vanessa Barcellona (Deputy Chair)
Qualifications: B.A (Professional Communication), MBA (Exec), GAICD
Vanessa joined the Siena College Board in July 2018 and has served as a member of the Finance Committee since 2017. Vanessa was the President of the Alumnae Association from 2014 to 2015. Vanessa has over eighteen years of experience in management and strategy roles in professional services, technology and financial services across Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific. Vanessa is an alumna of Siena College (Class of 2001).
Qualifications: B.Bus, Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment
Damian joined the Siena College Board in December 2017 and has served as a member of the Siena College Finance Committee since 2012. He has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry covering banking, financial services, life insurance and superannuation with specific areas of expertise in project management, risk and compliance management and retail and commercial banking. Damian’s eldest daughter Bella Giannangelo (Class of 2017) attended Siena College. Damian’s daughter, Mia, is a current student at Siena College.
Qualifications: B.A, DipEd
Michael joined the Siena College Board in May 2019 and has served as a member of the Siena College Risk Management Committee since 2014. He has over twenty years of experience in the telecommunications, print/digital marketing and education sectors covering risk management, business continuity, strategic/operational planning and execution, governance, process/business management and change management. Michael's eldest daughter, Eliza, graduated from Siena College in 2019 and Hannah is currently in Year 12.
Elizabeth Hanney (Principal and CEO)
Qualifications: M.Ed, M.Couns, B.Th, DipEd, FACE
Elizabeth commenced as Principal of Siena College in 2020. As Principal, Elizabeth carries out the decisions made by the Board and is responsible to the Board for the educational policy of the College and its execution, internal administration and management of the College in harmony with the values expressed in the Constitution. Elizabeth is a member of the Board Executive and on the Finance, Building and Grounds, Risk Management and Policy Committees.
Tony Grant (Company Secretary)
Qualifications: B.Bus.Man; Grad.Cert.Ed.Law; GAICD; MBA (Exec)
Tony is the Director of Business Services at Siena College since 2016 and is on the Finance and Building and Grounds Committees. Tony has twenty years of experience in the education sector.
Laura McRae (Class of 2001)
Qualifications: BA; LLB (Hons)
Laura was appointed to the Board in September 2021. Laura has practiced in construction law in both private practice and in house for over fourteen years. Laura is an alumna of Siena College (Class of 2001).
Qualifications: BA; LLB; LLM, Graduate Certificate in Organisational Dynamics
Jaclyn was appointed to the Siena College Board in 2024. Jaclyn has over eighteen years’ experience in the areas of taxation, estate and succession planning and business services. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant, SMSF Specialist and Registered Financial Advisor with ASIC. Jaclyn in an alumna of Siena College (Class of 1999).
Nicola joined the Siena College Board in February 2024 and has served as a member of the Risk Committee since 2023. Nicola has 25 years of leadership experience in the Victorian Public Service and the not for profit sector with skills in governance, strategy, policy development and project implementation. Nicola is an alumna of Siena College (Class of 1992).
Qualifications: B.Eng (Hons), Grad Dip BA
Rhys was appointed to the Siena College Board in January 2024 and has been a member of the Siena College Policy Committee since 2017. He has broad business experience gained through a range of commercial, strategy and operational management roles in the Defence, Industrial, Resources and Social Infrastructure sectors. Rhys’ two daughters have attended Siena College, Chloe (Class of 2021) and Tess (Class of 2023).