The board of St Patrick’s Community Support Centre consists of a dedicated volunteer team of local business and community leaders who work to ensure that the goals of the organisation and overall intent are being achieved within the company’s ethical, community and fiscal requirements.
Dr Patrick Colgan AM – Chairman
A strong contributor to the Fremantle community for more than 30 years, Pat Colgan brings an innovative and contemporary perspective to the future of St Patrick’s Community Support Centre.
Working as a Dental Surgeon in his private practice in Fremantle, Pat has significant experience across the community and government sectors, including Chairing the State and Federal Australian Dental Associations and is a former member of the State Dentists’ Registration Board. In 2001, he was awarded The Order of Australia for his contribution to the Australian Community.
Pat has held several senior positions on School Boards, Professional Industry Associations and unrelentingly donates his time to support the disadvantaged within our community. A long time supporter of St Patrick’s, Pat holds the position of Chairman and works with the Oblate Fathers and management team to deliver much needed accommodation, health and support services to those in need.
Parish Priest and Rector of the Basilica of St. Patrick, Fremantle.
Father John was recently appointed as Parish Priest of St. Patrick’s Basilica for a term of three years. Father John has previously assisted at St. Patrick’s Basilica for four years before taking up a role in Victoria. He has a strong relationship with Notre Dame University where he served as chaplain (he was the youngest chaplain ever appointed by Notre Dame!)
We are very pleased to see Father John back in Fremantle and welcome his contribution to the continued growth of St. Patrick’s Community Support Centre.
Robyn brings strong expertise in health and key stakeholder interests to the Board of St Patrick’s. As Clinical Services Director for St John of God Health Care (SJGHC), Robyn has significant experience in the strategic and operational management of large hospitals in both the public and private sectors.
In 2010, Robyn received the Royal College of Nursing Merit Award for Innovation in Nursing. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia and Fellow of Leadership Western Australia and is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Notre Dame University’s School of Nursing and a member of its Nursing Advisory Board.
“My hope for St Patrick’s is that it continues to build and maintain a sustainable financial organisation, enabling it to continue to provide capacity building services for the homeless. This undertaking will provide support mechanisms that include social, health and accommodation services to those in need, building a foundation upon which clients can improve their sense of well-being in society.”
Adrian Strang is the General Counsel and Company Secretary at the ASX-listed Austal Ltd, Australia’s largest shipbuilding company. Before that, he was Legal Counsel at Macmahon Holdings Ltd and also spent five years in private legal practice. Adrian brings with him a wealth of experience in the commercial sector and corporate governance.
Admitted to the NSW Supreme Court in 2002, the High Court and Federal Court of Australia in 2005 and then the WA Supreme Court in 2007, Adrian has also completed the Leadership WA program and participated in the Youth Focus ‘Ride for Youth’ (riding 670km for charity) in 2011.
In his roles as Legal & General Counsel, Adrian has had firsthand involvement in the preparation, negotiation and execution of multi-million projects throughout WA and overseas.
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Science and Diploma of Education at UWA in 1999, David has spent his professional life in the education sector, initially as a physical education teacher at Trinity College Perth, before moving to the tertiary sector, working at The University of Notre Dame Australia since 2002.
David’s work at Notre Dame commenced in Student Services, focusing on the effective delivery of support services for current students. He moved from the position of Deputy Director of Admissions and Student Services to the Director, Business Operations in 2015, after completing his Masters of Professional Accounting in 2014. This campus based role has responsibility for Finance, Staffing, and Campus Facilities.
David is a keen Fremantle Dockers supporter, and shares his love of the game in his role as a coach at his local junior football club.