Aquinas College is an incorporated association under the Associations Incorporation Act 1985 (SA). It is governed by a Council which is appointed by the Archbishop of Adelaide. It operates under a Constitution. The principal roles of the Council are:

  • to recommend to the Archbishop people for appointment as College Rector, College Councillors, and Public Officer of the Association;
  • to approve the policies and procedures it deems appropriate
  • to approve annual budget and financial plans
  • to work with the Rector, the Archdiocese and the Marists to shape the strategic directions and priorities of the College
  • to exercise all other fiduciary duties it has in law.

The Council operates according to a Memorandum of Understanding with the Australian Province of the Marist Brothers regarding the Marists’ involvement in the College (including the role of Rector), and the Marist spirituality and practice which help to shape the mission and identity of the College.

The Council delegates to the Rector and the Management Team of the College responsibility for its normal management, according to its Delegations of Authority Policy. It provides overview and support for the Rector.

AQ organisational chart


The College Council members are as follows:

Joanne Sawyer ( Chair)
Bruce Debenham
Kate Critchley
John Foley
Dr Sandra Hewson
Vincent Kain
Br Paul Kane FMS (Marist representative)
John Favretto (Archbishop’s delegate)
Kylie McBain