Advisory Council

The Mercedes College Advisory Council provides a strategic overview of budget and policy and forms a valuable resource for the Principal in offering a range of inputs wider than that of education.  The Council members, all with a close Mercedes connection come to their task with experience from other sectors of society and with a range of professional backgrounds.

Peter Broun
Peter is a partner at a medium sized law firm situated in East Perth.  He practices in the area of Property Law.  He has served on the Board at St Paul's Primary School including three as Chairperson.  He has three children; a son at university, and two daughters at the College, Sienna in Year 12, and Olivia in Year 10. 

Dr Susan Byrne
Susan is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia, School of Psychology, where she teaches in the post-graduate Clinial Psychology program. Sue's main research and clinical interests lie in the field of eating disorders, and she has published widely in this area.  Sue has a long history of connection with Mercedes College.  Her grandmother attended St Joseph's Victoria Square in the early 1900s, and her mother, Beryl Byrne, was a teacher at Mercedes for many years.  Susan also attended Mercedes between 1975 and 1978 and returned as a teacher between 1990 and 1993.  She is also related to Sister Shelia Sawle.  Sue has five children aged between 8 and 17 years old.  Her two oldest sons currently attend Trinity College and her oldest daughter, Bridget McDonald is in Year 11 at the College.

Amanda Sparks
Amanda is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of financial experience.  Amanda has extensive experience in financial management, corporate governance and compliance for both companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and unlisted companies.  Amanda is currently Company Secretary for Stavely Minerals Limited and ADX Energy Ltd, and another privately owned resource company.  Amanda's voluntary experience includes three years as a Board Member (Treasurer) for Our Lady's Assumption Primary School (2009-2011) and is also a Board Member (Treasurer) for Youth Ballet WA Inc. (a non-profit organisation).  Amanda is a 1983 Graduate and has a daughter in Year 12.

Dean Davidson (Chairman)
Dean holds a managerial role with the Fremantle Ports Authority.  His professional experience spans the disciplines of urban planning, heritage, sustainability, environment and management.   He sits on the WA Planning Commission's Infrastructure Coordinating Committee, is responsible for the management of the heritage of the Port of Fremantle, and was on the Sacred Heart Highgate Parish Building Committee involved with the renovation of the heritage listed Church.  His family has had a long association with Mercedes College and its predecessors.  His youngest daughter is currently in Year 12 at the College.

Sr Elizabeth Nicholls
Educated by the Sisters of Mercy in Warrnambool Victoria, Elizabeth completed a Diploma of Teaching (Primary), and spent 5 years teaching in Warrnambool before joining the Sisters of Mercy (Melbourne) in 1985.  After Formation, Elizabeth spent 20 years in Primary Education working in 7 different schools across Victoria in classroom and principal positions. During that time Elizabeth completed further studies in Religious Education, Special Education and Information Management (Teacher-Librarianship) as well as serving on many Parish and school Committees.  Moving to Perth in 2008 Elizabeth worked part-time in Pastoral Care at St Kieran Primary School Tuart Hill and at St Catherine's House of Hospitality Tuart Hill, a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy.  Elizabeth is now acting manager of St Catherine's House of Hospitality and actively involved in St Denis Parish Joondana.

Lauree Coci
Lauree is a Senior Associate at a top tier corporate law firm in Perth.  She practices in the area of commericial litigation, which practice encompasses advising predominately large corporations in the areas of dispute resolution, media, advertising, marketing and franchising, property, competition and trade practices laws and regulations.  Lauree is part of the Mercedes College Alumni, having graduated from the school in 2004.  Following graduation, Lauree completed a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Economics at the University of Western Australia.  Lauree has also obtained a Masters of Law from Melbourne University.  Lauree's voluntary experience includes serving two years on the Board of a not-for-profit community centre in Perth's southern suburbs.

Freda Crucitti
Since graduating as a Psychologist in the early 1980’s Freda pursued both a career and voluntary service in the disability and human services sector, community development, change management and road safety.  She is an active citizen at a state and national level.  Freda’s current Board positions include; Councillor and past President of the RACWA; member and Chair of Therapy Focus Inc.; and member of the National Road Safety council.  From 2004-2010 Freda was also a Lotterywest Commissioner which gave her an incredible insight and knowledge of the WA community.  Freda achieved the status of being the first female to hold the position President of the RACWA (2005-2007) and of the Australian Automobile Association (2008-2010).  To achieve balance and flexibility to respond to the needs of her family and her board positions Freda is the Client Services Director in her husband’s Accounting and Financial Planning firm.

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