With the guidance of our dedicated Board of Governors, St Mary's resolves to continue to be a well-run school, built on solid foundations of financial security and sound enrolments. The Board of Governors works with the Principal to achieve the School's objectives, which include endeavouring to thrive in a competitive market.

St Mary's operates under the auspices of the Anglican Church. The Perth Diocesan Council appoints some Board Members in consultation with the School and so has a continuing role in the policy of the School. The Archbishop also appoints two members of the Board. The Archbishop is the Visitor to the School.

Each year the Board of Governors reports to Synod so that the whole ‘Parliament’ of the Church is aware how St Mary's is educating its students.

Meet our Board of Governors 

Ms Elizabeth Carr


Elizabeth Carr AM (Chair)

  • Elizabeth is an Old Girl of the School (’81). She has a Masters degree from Harvard University, specialising in issues of governance, accountability and strategic policy.

  • Elizabeth has worked for IBM, Macquarie Group, and Department of State Development WA.

  • She chairs the South Metropolitan TAFE (WA), St Catherine’s Aged Care Services (NSW), Seton Villa Disabilities (NSW), and the Department of Family & Community Services Audit and Risk Committee (NSW).

  • She is a member of The Environmental Protection Authority (WA), Director of Insurance & Care – icare - (NSW), the Kokoda Track Foundation (National), Harvard Club of Australia and sits on the Audit & Risk Committees for Urban Growth Development Corporation (NSW) and Australian Technology Park (NSW).

  • Elizabeth is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David Bean 

  • David is current Deputy Headmaster of Hale School, with over 30 years’ experience in education.

  • He is co-founder and involved in ongoing leadership of Hale School Indigenous Scholarship Programme.

  • David was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1976 and ACEL Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014.

  • He has contributed in various roles with the Curriculum Council and AISWA.

  • David has been actively involved with rowing in WA, over a number of years, as Vice President, Editor and as a volunteer in the Australian Rowing Championships.


Amy Dawson (Old Girls' Representative)

  • Amy is the current President of the Old Girls' Association and an Old Girl of the School (Fraser '94), .

  • She works as a residential property manager and trust account manager at Ian Fraser & Co.

  • Amy started at St Mary’s in Year 2. In her final year, she was the Hackett Sport Captain and received an award for Interschool Diving and the Year 12 Subject Prize for Accounting.

Ian Hardy


Ian Hardy

  • Ian is Warden of St George’s College, UWA and an Oxford University history graduate. Ian worked for over 15 years as an investment banker in London, Hong Kong and Colombo, latterly in chief executive roles.

  • He taught at Christ Church Grammar School for ten years.

  • Ian has Perth business experience derived from work undertaken with his West Australian wife.




Craig Muir

  • Craig is a Director of GHDWoodhead, a global Australian architectural firm. He has over 30 years’ experience in the design and delivery of building and urban infrastructure projects across Australia, New Zealand, England and the United States.

  • He is GHDWoodhead’s National Leader for Residential, Retirement Living and Aged Care. His industry experience encompasses project definition, master planning and design across the education, residential, retirement living, industrial and commercial sectors.

  • Craig’s daughter Ella commenced at St Mary’s in Pre-primary and is currently in Year 8.

Peta-Jane Secrett

  • Peta-Jane actively contributes to her local community. She has been an Ambassador for Walk for Women’s Cancer, a public fundraising initiative for The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, and has also spent time as a volunteer lawyer at a community legal centre. 

  • Peta-Jane is an Old Girl of St Mary’s (‘98) and has had a career in corporate law and professional services, with experience in the areas of governance, contract negotiation, business development and communications strategy.

  • Peta-Jane currently teaches at the University of Western Australia’s Law School, where she is also completing her PhD.


Liam Twigger

  • Liam has more than 30 years’ experience in investment banking and corporate finance and is currently Deputy Chair and Executive Director of Argonaut Limited, a Perth-based investment banking, stockbroking and funds management firm.

  • Liam is also Chair of London Stock Exchange listed SolGold Plc, a copper and gold exploration company with world class copper projects in Ecuador, and Chair of Lunnon Metals Limited, an ASX-listed, Kambalda-focused nickel and gold explorer.