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Foundation Board Members

The splendid vision of a modem Xavier College is, to a significant extent, the result of the support of those that came before us. Although they are largely unheralded, we remember with gratitude a few of our major benefactors who, as thousands of students who have benefited will attest, have helped make Xavier what it is today.

Tony Nunan

Tony had four sons attend Xavier, Simon (OX 1993), Justin (OX 1998), Michael (OX 2000) and Paul (OX 2004)

Tony is the current Chairman of the Xavier College Foundation Board and a Melbourne based Pharmacist. In 1998 and 1999, Tony was elected National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) and was a member of the National Council of the PSA for 10 years. He is a founding Director and Current Chairman of the Board of the Australian Medicine’s Handbook. Until early 2011, he was a director of the Monash University Victorian College of Pharmacy Foundation. Tony was a member of the Federal Government’s Expert Committee on Complementary Medicines in the Health System and was a founding board member of the National Asthma Council. He is also chairman of a number of private company boards.

Rose-Mary Cassin

Company Secretary of Xavier College Foundation Limited.
Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne
Membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia

Rose-Mary is the daughter of an Old Xaverian, Niece of 6 Old Xaverians and mother of 2 Old Xaverians Michael (OX 2008) and James (OX 2012), She was also a member of the Executive Committees of Burke Hall/Xavier College Mothers’ Associations from 2006 to 2012. She was very honoured to be invited to join the current Foundation Board. She had attended meetings of the previous Board as a Trustee, representing the Burke Hall/Xavier College Mothers’ Associations, and knew the high standard and importance of the work carried out by the Board on behalf of Xavier College. Her priority is to assist the continuation of this work through the complete and accurate recording of the matters discussed and decisions made at Board meetings.

Christopher Callinan

Executive Director, Executive Interim Management Pty Ltd
Monash University - Bachelor of Economics
Stanford University – Senior Executive Programme

Christopher’s is an Alumnus: XC (66) One of five brothers to attend Xavier. Parent of Peter (XC92) Michael (XC97) - (Peter is now a teacher at Kostka Hall, and Coach of OXFC Under 19’s) Grandfather of Sam Noonan (KH05) and also President of OXA 2010 – 2013. Captain OXFC 1974. As the OXA representative on the Foundation over the past 4 years he was exposed to the work being done by Tony Nunan and Libby Crosthwaite to reform and position the Foundation for the future. He hopes to add some value working with the team in ensuring the Foundation’s strategy and direction is understood and supported by the broader Xavier Community.

Peter Walsh

Lawyer & Trustee
Eldon Hogan & Ryan/Tutton Trust
Foundation Ignatian Circle Benefactor

Peter’s Education at Xavier began at Burke Hall 1948 to 1954, then Senior Campus 1955 to 1959. He completed a Law degree at Melbourne University. He was assistant Secretary Old Xaverians’ Association 1965 to 1966, secretary Old Xaverians’ Association 1966 to 1980 and President Old Xaverians’ Association 1981.

Due to Peter’s great interest in Xavier College many Old Xaverians sought advice on legal matters in particular their will. A great number of these clients also wanted to remember Xavier in their will and as a result Peter was able to advise them the best way of bequesting grants to Xavier and at the same time appointed Peter as their Trustee.

Peter’s interest in Kostka Hall is a result of his step sons Simon (OX 1984) and Damian (OX 1986) attending Kostka Hall and he has always expressed his praise for the Campus Heads and their staff over the years.

Bernadette Batten

Vice President of the Xavier College Foundation Board and self employed in Business Consulting.
BA University of Melbourne, Grad Dip Bus RMIT

Bernadette has also served as Interim Executive Officer of the Foundation from July to December 2016, and was also a member of the Xavier College Mothers’ Association. Her connections to Xavier are through her husband, Tom Batten (OX 1977), and as a parent of Andrew (OX 2007), Peter (OX 2010), Harry (OX 2011) and Michael (OX 2016). Bernadette is the daughter of Peter Forrest (OX 1942) and sister to Peter Jnr (OX 1969), Anthony (OX 1973), Joseph (OX 1982) and Gerard (OX 1982 dec).

For a number of generations, many members of her family have been proud recipients of the commitment to excellence in education and the formation of young men and women of faith that has been offered to them through attendance and association with Xavier College. Serving on the Foundation Board enables her to share her skills in governance, strategic planning and business development to make what she hopes will be a strong contribution to the organisational development that will hold Xavier College in good stead into the future.

Paul Ferla

PPF Partners – Partner
PPF Asset Management Ltd - Director and Responsible Officer
B. Bus., M.Tax., M.Acc.

Paul is a past parent of 5 boys and his decision to join the Foundation Board is largely about giving back to Xavier College as a thank you to what the College has provided for his 5 boys over a period of 25 years.

Dr Christopher Hayes (Principal)

Chris was appointed as Principal of the College in 2009. He was previously Headmaster of St. Edmund’s College, Canberra from 2005 to 2008. In Canberra he was a member of the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies and Deputy Chair of the Association of Independent Schools.

Before his move to the national capital he spent 21 years at Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview, in Sydney where he held a variety of roles including Housemaster, Coach of First XV Rugby, Director of Boarding and Director of Senior School. As a teacher of English, History and Religious Education Chris has also taught in schools in Sydney and London.

Fr Chris Middleton SJ

Prior to commencing as Rector of Xavier College, Fr Middleton taught at St Aloysius College in Sydney, and later served as Chaplain at Newman College, the Jesuit residential college within the University of Melbourne, and then Vice-Rector at St Leo's College, within the University of Queensland.

In 1998 Fr Middleton was appointed Rector and Deputy Headmaster at Saint Ignatius' College in South Australia. In 2003 Fr Middleton was appointed Principal of St Aloysius' College. He taught History in Years 10-12 during his eleven years as Principal.

Fr Middleton also founded the Benenson Society, a human rights advocacy group. He was appointed a Province Consultor in 2011. In 2012 he was the Province Procurator and attended the Congregator of Procurators in Nairobi, Kenya. He completed his term as Principal in April 2014, and commenced as Rector of Xavier College in June 2014.

Stephen Case

Case Mealin & Assoc. Pty Ltd

Stephen has over 35 years’ experience in the property and construction industry. He commenced his career as a building graduate from University of Melbourne at the John Holland Construction Group where he spent nine valuable years.

Stephen is one of the founding partners of Case Meallin, a leading project and development management consultancy group, with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Over a 25-year period,  Case Meallin has been responsible for the project management of many landmark and iconic buildings in sectors including educational, residential, retail, public leisure and capital infrastructure.

Stephen joined the Xavier Foundation Board in 2014, providing strategic advice in relation to medium and long term planning for the benefit of the College.

Stephen has a 3 generation connection with the school.

Peter Nankivell

Consultant to Thomson Geer Lawyers and Chairman of the Centre for Eye Research Australia
Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws (University of Melbourne) and
Masters in Law (Kings College University of London)

Peter is an alumnae having completed his education at Xavier in 1980. He has 3 sons, two of which currently attend Xavier and one who completed his education in 2015. The Foundation has, since inception, performed a vital function in helping to fund buildings at Xavier’s three campuses. Of equal or possibly more importance is the Foundation’s role in helping to fund bursaries and scholarships to assist worthy students experience an Ignatian inspired education. He is very grateful for his own education and that of his children’s opportunities that have been enhanced by a Jesuit education at Xavier College. That is the primary reason for wanting to make whatever contribution he can back to the College.

Pat Cody

B.Bus Monash University

Pat is an Old Boy from the Class of 1983 and proudly comes from a family with a historical association and philanthropic support to Xavier College and Catholic institutions.

He is a father to four daughters and involved actively at their school. He is conscious of the sacrifices made by parents to afford a private schooling for their children and the important role the Xavier Foundation plays in assisting those less fortunate families. A stockbroker with Bell Potter and with an association with various not for profit investment funds, he is a firm follower of the Jesuit creed, ‘Men for others’. He cites the words of the late Sir John Monash, ‘Adopt as your fundamental creed that you will equip yourself for life, not solely for your own benefit but for the benefit of the whole community.’ His involvement with the Foundation dates back to 2001 when he was approached by legendary past teacher and active supporter of the College, Graham Sharp, to join the Investment Committee. He is pleased to have, along with an active and highly experienced Investment Committee, assisted in the growth of the Foundation corpus. He joined the Foundation Board in March 2014