The College Board, is responsible for maintaining the College’s progress and direction under Jesuit guidance

From 20 November 2017, a new, incorporated, legal entity, St Aloysius’ College Limited (the College Board), was made responsible for the local governance and management of the College. The Principal and Rector report to the College Board and the Board reports to both Jesuit Education Australia (JEA), and the Jesuit Provincial.

The change was made with the full blessing of the Jesuit Provincial and the Society of Jesus, and all Jesuit schools involved.

Directors and Officers of College Board

St Aloysius' College Board January 2021
L-R Elizabeth Montano, Sean Gregory, Christine HollyOak, Simon McSweeney (SAC 1975), Susan Massasso, John Polin, Danielle Cronin, Fr Ross Jones SJ, Kate O'Brien, Phil de Gail, Fr Andy Bullen SJ (SAC 1966), Erica Blythe, Mark Tannock, Michael Morgan (SAC 1973)

Chair Person


Mr Michael Morgan (SAC 1973)

Michael Morgan is an Old Boy of the College (SAC 1973), an architect and a father of two daughters and a son Paddy who graduated from St Aloysius’ College in 2012. In his time Michael has served as College Captain, President of P&F and Chairman of the Rugby Committee. Michael is Director of ​nettletontribe where he has worked since 1979; he is a Senior Counsellor and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects. Michael is Chairman of the Advisory Committee for MacKillop Grange Retirement Village, and a Director of Catholic Healthcare Ltd and a Director of Cancer Council NSW. Michael is also a Director of The Cardoner Project and a member of Jesuit Social Services NSW Advisory Committee.

Deputy Chair


Sean Gregory

Sean Gregory graduated from the University of Exeter with a Bachelor of Arts in 1990. He subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1993, and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He serves on the Advisory Council of the University New South Wales, and a number of Boards. He is the Chief Operating Officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia, and a member of the Global Strategy Board, with a career spanning thirty years at PwC. His expertise covers financial management, information technology, risk management, real estate, treasury and corporate mergers and acquisitions.



Ms Erica Blythe (Company Secretary)

A qualified FCPA and GAICD, Erica has consistently delivered strong financial results throughout her career with some of Sydney’s most prominent venues, including Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Novotel Darling Harbour and the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney.

Passionate about innovation and financial education, Erica is a highly accomplished leader who brings with her more than fifteen years of finance and administration experience to her role as Director of Business Operations at St Aloysius’ College.

Erica joined St Aloysius’ College in 2020 following her position as Director of Finance at ICC Sydney, where she was part of the new Executive Team on the $1.5 billon redevelopment of the Sydney Convention Centre and successfully operated the new venue, ICC Sydney for 5.5 years. ICC Sydney consistently achieved its annual KPI’s and helped to contribute over $850m in economic benefit to NSW.

Erica was a member of the NSW CPA Divisional Council from 2018 to 2020 and was appointed President of the NSW Divisional Council for CPA Australia for the 2020 year. Erica is regularly involved in speaking engagements, panels and presentations on behalf of CPA. 

Erica currently serves as the Company Secretary for the St Aloysius’ College Ltd Board and the Redfern Jarjum College Ltd Board.

Fr Richard Leonard SJ

Fr Richard Leonard SJ is the parish priest of North Sydney. He has degrees in arts and education, as well as a Master’s degree in theology. Fr Richard did graduate studies at the London Film School and has a PhD from the University of Melbourne. Dr Leonard is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Catholic University and has been a visiting scholar within the School of Theatre, Film & Television at UCLA and a Visiting Professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University at Rome. He directed the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference for 22 years. He has served on juries at the Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Warsaw, Hong Kong, Montreal, Brisbane and Melbourne International Film Festivals and he has lectured on faith and culture all over the world. Fr Richard has been published in America Magazine, Eureka Street, US Catholics, is regular columnist with The London Tablet and is a regular guest on ABC Radio. He is the author of 12 books, among the titles are Where the Hell is God?; What does it all mean? A Guide to Being More Faithful, Hopeful and Loving; Hatch, Match & Dispatch: A Catholic Guide to Sacraments; and The Law of Love: Modern Words for Ancient Wisdom.

Mr Phil de Gail

Phil de Gail is an old boy of Christian Brothers College Manly (later St Paul’s Catholic College Manly). He was school captain and graduated in 1967. He is father of two old boys, Peter (SAC 2002) and Michael (SAC 2010). He completed a part time degree in Building at the University of New South Wales graduating in 1975 and spent the first fifteen years of his career working mainly on large city projects before founding Prime Constructions in 1983. He remains Executive Chairman of the Company. He developed a keen interest in water polo as a St Aloysius’ parent and has been President of the UNSW Wests Water Polo Club since 2007.

​​Ms Christine Hollyoak

Christine Hollyoak is a current school parent of two boys, Sam (SAC 2019) and student Harry.  Christine graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Economics, AMP (182) at Harvard and is a Chartered Accountant. Christine’s career spans ​thirty years including more than ​twenty years at Macquarie Group as an Executive Director. Her expertise covers corporate finance including debt and equity raisings, risk management, real estate, advisory including mergers/acquisitions and corporate reconstructions.  ​ 

​Mrs Susan Massasso

Susan Massasso graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1995 with majors in Accounting and Marketing. Susan is the former Chief Growth and Brand Officer at The a2 Milk Company and has over 25 years’ experience in building and developing branded businesses, with a particular focus on driving high levels of profitable growth with consumer goods categories, where the customer is at the heart of the commercial success. Prior to this, Susan held several senior leadership and commercial positions across The Arnott’s Group, and Unilever, and an under-graduate scholarship with Price Waterhouse Coopers. Susan's expertise spans brand and communications management, corporate and regulatory affairs, business culture management, business reporting and sustainability. 

Susan has recently graduated from the Company Directors Course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and has transitioned to a portfolio of non-executive and advisory roles. Susan is committed to championing emerging leaders and in particular, diversity and inclusion initiatives, that have set new benchmarks for women in leadership.

Mr Simon McSweeney (SAC 1975)

Simon McSweeney has had a long association with the College, as a student from 1972-1975 (College Captain), as an ongoing committee member of the St Aloysius College Old Boys Union, as Chair of the College Parents and Friends Association from 2013-2014, and as a parent of Liam, who was a student at the College from 2011-2020.  His wife and ​two daughters also attended schools established by the Loreto Sisters.

Simon completed Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Laws degree from University of London. He was a banking,  finance and restructuring partner at Henry Davis York from 1993-2017 and Chairman of Partners from 2015 until the firm combined with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia where he was a partner until 2019 and is now a consultant.

Simon is also a director of SHINE for Kids, which is the only national charity supporting children with a parent in the criminal justice system.

Mrs Elizabeth Montano

Elizabeth Montano is an experienced non-executive chairman/director and governance, risk and assurance professional. She is a former Chief Executive in the Commonwealth public sector and financial services consultant and senior lawyer with King & Wood Mallesons. Elizabeth obtained her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of New South Wales and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In addition to her senior executive experience, Elizabeth has an extensive non-executive background in regulation, financial intelligence, natural resources management, scientific research and human services delivery. Elizabeth is a past President of the St Ignatius' College, Riverview P&F and has a number of not for profit roles including being an operational fire fighter and holding an executive position on a NSW Rural Fire Brigade and on an advisory committee for Jesuit Social Services. ​ 

Mr John Polin

John Polin is a Civil Engineer and father of three young boys. He graduated St Ignatius' College, Riverview (OR'00) and subsequently completed a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering and masters in civil engineering at Sydney University in 2006 and 2016 respectively. Having worked as an engineering consultant for GHD for fourteen years, John has undertaken long term placements in Qatar, Chile, as well as regional management roles in Central Q​LD. Currently based in Newcastle, John is the manager of GHD’s Hunter Valley operations and is experienced in design, construction and contract management of large civil infrastructure, water and building projects.

Officers of the Board
Principal Mr Mark Tannock
Rector Fr Ross Jones SJ
​Director Representative
​Director Representative

​Ms Danielle Cronin (JEA Board)
Ms Danielle Cronin

Danielle has degrees in Economics (Sydney University) and Politics and Public Policy (Macquarie). She is currently the Director of Education Policy at Catholic Schools NSW. She has had an extensive career in the education sector through her senior leadership roles at the diocesan, state and national levels. Prior to her work in the education sector, Danielle worked in the corporate (finance and telecommunications) and not-for-profit (housing and health) sectors. Danielle is a director of Jesuit Education Australia and a Trustee of Good Samaritan Education and St John of God Healthcare Inc. Danielle also has significant experience in Church governance including as a member of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Pastoral Research Council and the post Royal Commission Implementation Advisory Group. Danielle was also a foundation director of the St Aloysius' College Board.