Aquinas College is governed by an independent body; the Aquinas College Council. Members of the Council are appointed by the Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide. The Council, which meets at least six times a year, sets the policies and priorities that define the strategic directions and development of the College. The Head of College is responsible to the Chair of the Council.


Dr David Brookes (Chair of Council) is a rural Medical Practitioner and biotechnology consultant. Dr Brookes is a College alumnus, having been both a Senior Tutor and President of the Student Club. Dr Brookes has oversight of the Pastoral Care matters for the Council.

Dr Shane Lucey, a dentist and alumnus, who graduated from the University of Adelaide, has been a member of Council for many years. Dr Lucey has given considerable service to the College as Chair of the Foundation and Chair of the Academic Committee.

Mrs Heather Carey is a Chancellor in the Adelaide Archdiocese and represents the Archbishop on the Council. An experienced educator, Mrs Carey has been the principal of Nazareth, Sienna and Mary MacKillop Colleges.

Mr Peter Macks is an alumnus who came from Caritas College in Pt Augusta to study in Adelaide. He is the Principal of Macks Advisory, a leading strategic and advisory practice. He has specific responsibilities on the Council for the budgetary and financial aspects of the College.

Fr Kevin Mathews is a Judicial Vicar and presently the Parish Priest of Cummins. He is currently the representative of the Bishop of Port Pirie, Bishop Greg O’Kelly.

Michelle Circelli is an academic researcher and Fulbright Scholar presently engaged as a Senior Research Officer at the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. An Alumnus, Michelle was President of the Aquinas College Old Collegians Association from 1992-1994.

Mr Ray Ridge has held senior management positions in finance, compliance and commerce across a range of industries. He is currently CFO and Company Secretary for dual ASX and AIM listed Thor Mining PLC, CFO and Company Secretary for ASX listed Reproductive Health Science Ltd, and CFO for ASX listed Southern Gold Ltd. Mr Ridge has broad corporate experience including previous appointments as General Manager Commercial & Operations with the Utilities, Government and Power Business Group of Parsons Brinckerhoff, CFO of the Merchandise Division of Elders Ltd and Senior Audit Manager at Arthur Andersen.

Kate Sullivan is a lawyer and an alumnus of the College, having resided there from 1986-1987. Kate has worked in both private and government legal practice and is currently a member of the South Australian Boards of the Medical Board and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Alison Turner is an educator with leadership experience at independent boarding colleges throughout the nation and also working in curriculum and policy in Western Australia. An alumnus, Alison is now based in Adelaide as the National Executive Director of ACHPER, advocating health, physical education and sport outcomes in schools though professional development.

Br Paul Gilchrist, Head of College and Mr Michael Braithwaite, Business Manager are ex-officio members of Council.