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.

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's family has a long history 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 with one daughter in Year 9 at the College.
Amanda Meloni
Amanda is a solicitor at Lavan, a full service law firm practising in the area of Corporate Services.  She graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2016 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce.  Amanda attended Mercedes College from 2005 to 2009, where she was Head Girl in 2009.  Amanda is the Founder and Event Director of Cottesloe parkrun, a not-for-profit organisation facilitiating a free, weekly organised walk or run aimed at encouraging exercise and volunteering within the community.  She is also a member of the Disabled Surfers Association of Australia, a not-for-profit organisation providing mental, emotional and physical support to people with a disability through community surfing events.
Jessica Patterson
Jessica graduated from Mercedes College in 1991.  Shortly after leaving she commenced studying law at the University of Western Australi and simultaneously worked full time as a law clerk/articled clerk before being admitted.  She is now a Partner at Lavan.  She has held several different positions on the boards of several not-for-profit organisations in the arts and sports, as well as agencies associated with the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth which operate in the local community.  Jessica currently fills four such roles and is an active committee member of the Mercedes College Alumni.

Amanda Sparks
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.

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 manager of St Catherine's House of Hospitality and actively involved in St Denis Parish Joondana. Sr Elizabeth is the Chairman of the Advisory Council.
Martin Tucker
Martin has been an educator in Catholic schools for over 25 years and has been an educational leader for the majority of his career.  He has attained a Masters degree in Education specialising in Leadership and Management and has worked in both metropolitan and country schools.  Martin is currently Head of Junior School at Trinity College.  He has two children, a daughter in Year 8 at Mercedes and a son in Year 10 at Trinity College.
Steven Vinciullo
Steven has owned and operated his own transport business for the past 25 years.  As a husband of a teacher and parent of two girls (Year 7 and Year 12) at Mercedes College he has always been passionate about girls' education.  He has thrown himself wholeheartedly into both Primary and Secondary P&F fundraising events and is currently part of the leadership group of Dads of Mercedes (DOMs), the DOMs representative to the P&F and a member of the P&F Executive. 

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