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Peter Duffy - Chairman
Peter is the Chair of the Ignatius Park College Board, having held that position for more than five years. He is passionate about providing youths with the opportunity to become good young men through a quality education. The father of two sons, both of whom are either Old Boys of, or currently studying at, the College, Peter’s formative years were spent within Christian Brothers schools in Ingham and Brisbane. He then studied at the University of Queensland obtaining a Bachelor of Arts/Law degree. Having worked at a National Law Firm in Brisbane for several years, he moved to Townsville to be closer to family some 30 years ago. He has been a Townsville resident ever since. He and Trish, his wife, have three wonderful children. He is the Senior Partner of the Law Firm, wilson/ryan/grose where he practices predominantly in Commercial and Property matters.
Leo Foyle - Board Member
Leo is a registered veterinarian with experience in private and government practice and academia. He and his wife Wendy, a veterinary nurse registered with the Royal College, came to Australia to join the new vet school in JCU, with their two boys Jude and Rory in 2010; their third son Noah was born in Townsville. In addition to conducting research, Leo teaches veterinary public health and aquatic medicine and has been the academic advisor in the undergraduate veterinary program at JCU for the last eight years. He brings experience in curriculum development and authentic learning to IPC and enjoys the interdisciplinary nature of tertiary education. He is passionate about improving academic standards and opportunities for all IPC’s young men. Leo jokingly became an ‘honorary’ Old Boy after revealing he was educated in a Christian Brothers primary school in Ireland, and that all nine of his father’s brothers were Edmund Rice educated in Thurles (home of Brothers Treacy and Carew) including one who taught in Mount Sion Primary School in Waterford, founded by Blessed Edmund Rice in 1802. Between them all, he and his family avidly support Liverpool FC, the Irish and English RFU, and lately the Wallabies. They are also keen members of the Cowboys Rugby League club.
Matthew Morton - Board Member
Matthew is the Associate Director of Opteon. Matthew has had over (15) years of valuation experience in North Queensland.
Matthew has valuation experience over a broad spectrum of commercial and residential properties across North Queensland.
Matthew is currently responsible for mortgage security valuations including industrial, commercial and residential properties. Matthew is jointly responsible for overseeing the Defence Housing Authority Contract. Matthew is responsible for the day to day running of the office which involves authorising valuation reports, overseeing administration staff and training of cadet valuers, quotations and distribution of valuation assignments to the other valuers.
Patricia O’Callaghan - Board Member
As Chief Executive Officer of Townsville Enterprise Limited (TEL), Patricia O’Callaghan is responsible for driving economic development outcomes for Townsville North Queensland. In this role, Patricia works with local stakeholders to drive jobs, economic growth, infrastructure investment and a better quality of life for the broader community. Patricia works with the five Local Government Areas to deliver this agenda, made up of Townsville, Charters Towers, Hinchinbrook, the Burdekin and Palm Island.
Patricia offers over 10 years of successful economic development, advocacy, project management, marketing and public relations experience combined with a three-year degree in Business majoring in Public Relations and Marketing. On graduation, Patricia was also accepted into the Golden Key International Honours Society.
Patricia was recently named one of the 2018 BOSS Young Executives by the Australian Financial Review and was the recipient of the 2014 Australian Institute of Management – Young Manager of the Year Award for Queensland.
Glenn Seri - Board Member
Glenn is an Old Boy of the College from 1987-1991. His three sons have also attended the college in recent years and it was this connection that led him to join the Board in 2017. Glenn is currently the Executive Manager of Queensland Country Health Fund with overall responsibility for all strategic and operational aspects of the Queensland Country Health Fund business. Prior to this appointment Glenn held senior executive roles at Queensland Country Bank including roles with responsibility for Credit, IT, Operations, Property and Transactional Services. Glenn has an MBA from James Cook University and is currently the Chair of the Finance committee for Ignatius Park College.
Michael Keir - Board Member
Michael is a North Queensland local, has been in the legal industry for over 25 years and specialises in the areas of commercial, agri-business, corporate, property, and the health industry. Advising in these areas requires an appreciation of the commercial reality involved in each particular transaction, which Michael’s business sense and extensive experience allows him.
Michael provides advice to small, medium, large and international agribusiness operators, local governments, government owned corporations, corporate and family businesses across a diverse range of industries. He has quality experience in the beef, cane, aquaculture, aviation, energy, solar, marine, mining, quarry, health, probity, property development and construction industries and sits on several private advisory boards in that regard. Michael is recommended by Doyles as a Leading Agribusiness Lawyer – Queensland, and is also a director of Mercy Community Services NQ.
Lea-Ann Barton - Board Member
Lee-Ann Barton is Religious and Education Adviser at Catholic Education-Diocese of Townsville. She has 32 years teaching experience as a secondary and primary teacher in Catholic schools in Queensland and South Australia. She has held leadership positions with Catholic Education as: Curriculum Adviser for Prep to Year 12, Early Childhood Education and the Townsville Catholic Education Delegated Representative for the National Law and National Regulations (ACECQA) to maintain high quality Catholic early childhood services across Townsville Catholic Education. Lee-Ann was Year 12 State Panel Chair for 10 years with the Queensland Studies Authority (now QCAA). Some of Lee-Ann’s accomplishments have been the building, establishment and operation of nine kindergartens on Catholic school sites and the initiation and management of the longitudinal project focusing on student testing, student data analysis and teacher development to improve student learning outcomes in Townsville Catholic Education schools.
Lee-Ann’s son is currently studying at the College. She is passionate about high quality Catholic education that is, faithful to the Catholic Tradition, open to contemporary times and committed to the holistic development of each student.
Lee-Ann has been awarded a Bachelor Degree in Education and Master Degrees in Educational Leadership, Leadership and Management, Education, Religious Education, Early Childhood Education, Information Technology and is currently studying her PhD at the Catholic University of Notre Dame.
Acknowledgement of Country
The Ignatius Park College Community would like to humbly acknowledge the Wulgurukaba peoples on whose land our College is located, as well as the Bindal peoples on whose land many of us live and travel across daily. We respectfully thank the elders of this traditional land both past and present for guiding us through the journey of time to where we are today.