With the guidance of our dedicated Board of Governors, we resolve 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 our objectives, which include endeavouring to thrive in a competitive market.

The School 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 of what the School is doing in educating its students.

Meet our Board of Governors 

Ms Elizabeth Carr

Ms Elizabeth Carr AM (Chairman)

  • Old Girl of the School (’81), Elizabeth has undertaken a Masters degree at 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.

Jane Gillon

Mrs Jane Gillon (Vice Chairman)

  • Old Girl of the School (Fisher '70), Jane has had a career in marketing, and later lent her expertise to the industry as a lecturer, as well as teaching in secondary schools.
  • She has served on the committees of the Parents’ Society and Ladies' Auxiliary (now St Mary's Auxiliary), and was awarded Honorary Life Member of the Parents’ Society in 1999.
  • Jane has been a member of the OGA Committee since 1987, and President between 1999 to 2007 and 2009 to 2010. She was made an Honorary Life Member of the OGA in 2006. Jane has also served on the Board of Management (Foundation).
  • Jane's daughter, Ashleigh, is a member of the Class of 1998.
  • Jane was awarded Honorary Member for Life of St Mary's in 2018.

Mr Roger Veary

Mr Roger Veary (Treasurer)

  • A retired senior executive, Roger brings extensive board and council membership experience to St Mary's.
  • He is a Fellow of the Society of Certified Practicing Accountants and the Institute of Company Directors.
  • Roger brings to the Board years of high level business experience in Australia and South Africa.

Mrs Amy Dawson (Old Girls' Representative)

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

Mr David Bean 

  • David is current Deputy Headmaster and Director of Curriculum, 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.


Ian Hardy

Mr Ian Hardy

  • 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.

Professor Desiree Silva

Professor Desiree Silva

  • Desiree isa paediatrician and Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Western Australia and Joondalup Health Campus. She also works for the Rural Paediatric Service.
  • She is committed to research work in improving child mental health and aboriginal health. Her daughter, Danella, is a member of the Class of 2010.

Mr Liam Twigger

  • Liam has over 30 years’ experience in investment banking and corporate finance and is currently Managing Director of corporate advisory and investment banking firm, PCF Capital Group.
  • His career has included senior treasury positions with The Bell Group Limited and Bond International Gold Limited and, in 1989, he established the gold risk management business at Fincorp Limited.
  • Liam established Macquarie Bank’s Bullion and Commodities division in Perth and was promoted to Head of Macquarie Bank Limited in WA. He was then recruited to head up Bankers Trust’s investment banking activities in WA and, following the sale of Bankers Trust Australia Limited, became a founding principal of PCF Capital Group.
  • Liam is also Chairman of web-based mine broking business,, Chairman of Football West Limited, the governing body for soccer in WA and a Non-Executive Director of Gold Corporation Limited (The Perth Mint).

Amanda Williams

Ms Amanda Williams

  • Old Girl of the School ('94), Amanda has spent the last 16 years specialising in Assurance services as a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers and works across a number of different organisations, including not-for-profit entities, family businesses and large, multinational listed organisations.
  • A diverse client portfolio has included visits to abbatoirs, minesites, aged care homes and more recently, livestock ships.