Michael is the current Chair of the Board. He was appointed Chair in March 2007 after initially joining the Board in May 2000. Michael is currently on the Governance and Policy Review Committees and has also served on the Finance and Building and Facilities Committees. Michael recently left the Australian Public Service after a long involvement with the transport industry. In his work he undertook a range of roles involving all modes of transport and transport safety. He was involved in the waterfront reform process, the sale of Federal Airports, transport safety investigator training and the delivery of various transport programs. He also served as Secretary to the Australian Transport Council.
Affiliation with Daramalan: Michael and his family have a long association with the College. His father is a former president of the school Parents and Friends (1964-65) and his mother was a long-term staff member (1963-84). Michael attended both Daramalan and Chevalier College. All four of Michael and Mary’s children have graduated from Daramalan.
Rita is the Principal of Daramalan College. She began her teaching career with the NSW Department of Education before returning to Canberra late in 1979 when she was first employed at Daramalan as a teacher of English. Over the next twenty years at Daramalan Rita had a variety of roles. She was appointed to the role of Studies Advisor and later Assistant Principal Curriculum for Years 11-12, a position she held for eleven years.
In 2001 Rita was appointed as Principal of St Clare’s College in Griffith, ACT, a position she held until the end of 2008. In 2007 Rita held the position of Acting Principal of MacKillop Catholic College in Tuggeranong. Rita has been a member of many committees associated with education in the ACT including the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies. She is currently a member of the Company of the Australian Catholic University as a nominee of the Archbishop of Canberra-Goulburn.
Affiliation with Daramalan: Rita has been affiliated with Daramalan College from 1979-2000 as a staff member and she began her term as Principal of the College in 2009. She is also an MSC Associate.
Chris was appointed to the Board in May 2006. He is Deputy Chair and serves on the Governance Committee and the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee. Chris is a business and management consultant with a focus on finance and IT development. Chris has previously practised as a chartered accountant and is a past chairman of Crimestoppers Australia Ltd and has been involved in many community organisations.
Affiliation with Daramalan: Chris attended Daramalan (1966-1973) as did his son Robie.
Fr. Robert Irwin MSC
Fr. Robert (Bob) Irwin MSC is a former Principal of Daramalan College and a former Provincial Superior of the MSC’s Australian Province (1999-2004). Fr. Irwin has spent many years working in education and he has been the Headmaster of three MSC schools – Daramalan College (1983-1988), Chevalier College (1990-1995) and St John’s College (1997-1998).
Since 2005 Fr. Irwin has been a member of the Chevalier Spirituality Institute in Sydney as well as spending some time in Vietnam teaching seminarians. In 2010 he was appointed as Director of MSC Education. He is also Superior of the MSC Chevalier Resource Centre.
Affiliation with Daramalan: Former Principal of Daramalan College and MSC priest.
Pamela Hussey is the Director of Hussey & Hussey, a Certified Practising Accounting firm in Dickson. Hussey & Hussey have operated in Canberra for over 30 years providing taxation services to individuals and the local small business community.
Pamela has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from University of Canberra (1995), is a CPA Australia Public Practitioner; member of CPA Australia recently attaining the status of Fellow; a registered Taxation Agent and a member of the NTAA (National Tax and Accountants Association). Pamela has previously been a member of CPA Australia’s ACT Divisional Council, Strategic Review Committee and the Young Accountant’s Group.
Affiliation with Daramalan: Pamela Hussey is an ex-Daramalan student (1990 – 1991) along with her sister Liesl (1987 – 1988) and younger brother Michael (1986 – 1994). Pamela’s daughter and son currently attend Daramalan College.
Claire was appointed to the Board in June 2014 and is currently on the Finance and Risk Management Committee. Claire is a Director and Partner of Griffin Legal, a commercial law firm in Canberra City. Claire holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law, Sydney. Claire was a director of the YMCA of Canberra from 2004-2014.
Affiliation with Daramalan: Claire attended Daramalan from 1993 – 1994, as did seven of her brothers and sisters over the years.
Br. Barry Smith MSC
Br Barry Smith MSC has been a member of the Daramalan Board since July 2003. He is currently Business Manager of Daramalan and is a member of the Buildings, Facilities, Resources and IT Committee, the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee, The Community Engagement Committee and the Governance Committee.
Br Barry has held the positions of Bursar at Daramalan College 1972-1973 and 1986-1989 and at Chevalier College Bowral from 1974-1985. He was also Provincial Bursar of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart from 1990-1997 and Bursar of the Pacific Union of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in 2000 at their headquarters in Suva, Fiji.
Br Barry studied accounting at Wollongong Technical College and completed two units in Clinical Pastoral Education at Royal Hobart Hospital in 1999.
Affiliation with Daramalan: As a member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart from 1988 to 1999 he was a member of the MSC Provincial Council.
Pauline Luchetti is a secondary teacher with over twenty years’ experience working in ACT schools. Pauline is currently a Program Manager in the ACT Education and Training Directorate providing advice to schools and government on transitions support and career education for students. Pauline has been actively involved in community service activities for a number of years and has continued this involvement with the Daramalan Parents and Friends since 2008 and the Daramalan Rugby Club since 2009. Pauline is the Community Engagement Committee Chairperson.
Affiliation with Daramalan: Pauline attended Daramalan College (1983-1984), along with her brother Tony (1980-1983) and sister Fran (1986-1987). Pauline and David have 2 children currently attending the College and their eldest child graduated in 2013.
David was appointed to the Daramalan College Board in 2013 and is a member of the Buildings, Facilities, Resources and IT Committee.
David is a Director of Projects Assured, a Canberra-based management consultancy which specialises in: Project & Program Management, Strategy & Business Improvement and Enterprise Technology.
David served as an Army Officer within the Corps of Royal Australian Engineers for the initial 10 years of his career and has since been a management consultant for 15 years. David holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and a Master of Business & Technology from the University of New South Wales, and has graduate qualifications in construction management.
David is an active member of the Canberra business community and served as an elected member of the ACT Branch Committee of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) for several years.
David is married with three school-aged children.
Affiliation with Daramalan: David attended Daramalan College in 1987-88. Four of his siblings also attended the school throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Hugh has 35 years as a senior executive in financial services. He has many years’ experience in developing government policy and administration and has 20 years’ experience as a company director, mainly in the not-for-profit sector and statutory organisations.
In 2014, Hugh was appointed to the Daramalan Board and presently serves on the Building Facilities Resources and IT Committee.
He is passionate about parent engagement, and is currently President of the Association of Parents and Friends of ACT Schools (APFACTS) representing parents of non-government schools, a Member of the National Executive Australian Parents Council and Vice-President of the Parents and Friends of Daramalan College.
Hugh holds a Ministerial appointed member of the ACT Board of Secondary Senior Studies from 2012-2019. He is currently the Chair of the Vocation Education and Training Committee and in 2015 was the Chair of the Review of the ACT Senior Secondary Curriculum. In 2014 he was a member of the Review of Senior Secondary Certificate Requirements. Between 2013 and 2015, he was the Chair of the Discipline Committee.
In 2001, Hugh jointly started a high impact children’s literacy foundation called Books in Homes Australia along with two other colleagues, which has given away more than 2.5 million books to over 65,000 underprivileged children throughout mainland Australia.
Hugh is a Member of the Australian College of Educators, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Senior Associate, Financial Services Institute of Australia..
Affiliation with Daramalan: Hugh has a son James who commenced school at Daramalan in 2013.
After completing his secondary schooling at another MSC College, Downlands College in Toowoomba, Bill moved to Canberra and attended the Australian National University to study economics, accounting and political science. After a forty-year career in the Australian Public Service he retired in August 2014. Most of his APS career involved the development and implementation of Australian sports policy both domestically and internationally, particularly in relation to doping in sport.
Bill is the Chair of the Board’s Policy Review Committee.
Affiliation with Daramalan: Bill’s family association with the MSC began with both his father and brother attending Downlands College (in the 1930s and 1960s respectively) and continued with children Kate, Tom and Jen attending Daramalan College between 2002 and 2008. The association continues with his nephew starting at Downlands in 2017. Bill’s wife Karen Curtis, was a member of the Daramalan College Board from 2002 to 2009.
Adrienne Day was appointed to the Board in July 2016. She is co-founder and director of Day & Hodge Associates Pty Ltd, a Canberra-based public relations and corporate affairs consultancy established in 1998.
Adrienne has worked in public relations for more than 25 years at both national and international levels, including in Australia (Sydney, Canberra) and Switzerland (Geneva) for some of the world’s leading public relations companies. She specializes in strategic counsel, issues management, government relations, project management and media relations.
Adrienne has a BA Communication (With Distinction) from Charles Sturt University and is a member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia. She also serves on the Business Development (Board) Committee of Bendigo Community Banks and provides pro bono services to HOME in Queanbeyan.
Affiliation with Daramalan: Adrienne was part of the first cohort of girls to attend Daramalan College (1977-78) and both her daughters are recent graduates.