St. Patrick's Community Support Centre

Our Board

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.


Patrick ColganDr 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 he 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.


Fr. John Sebastian OMI

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.


David McLean

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.



Danielle Cattalini

A Fremantle girl born and bred, Danielle has a strong family history and connection to St Patrick’s Community Support Centre with her mum a previous Board Member, her dad highly involved since its commencement in the 1970s and her nanna an active volunteer for many years in 1970/80s in the ‘soup kitchen’ run by Br Hannick.

Danielle completed a Bachelor of Business Degree and holds a Diploma in Project Management, Advanced Certificate in IAP2 Public Participation and is currently in a Leadership Team Member working at the City of South Perth.  Previously, Danielle has worked in hospitality (included as Manager of Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle), tourism, marketing and shopping centre management (with over 9 years working in Karratha with Centro Properties Group).

With a number of years in board committee roles (including as Chair of the Fremantle BID), Danielle brings governance, marketing, communication and engagement expertise to the Board.

Lisa Yensch

Lisa graduated with a Diploma of Education from the Western Australian College of Advanced Education and later completed her Bachelor of Education from Edith Cowan University.

She has worked as a primary school teacher for more than 35 years, holding classroom and leadership positions at various metro and country schools.

Lisa’s grandparents were parishioners and involved in many initiatives and projects associated with St Patrick’s Basilica. Her husband’s parents were long standing retailers in the Fremantle community.

Lisa is excited to join the Board of St Patrick’s Community Support Centre and hopes to support the centre in whatever capacity is required. Lisa is particularly interested in the education and wellbeing of vulnerable people in the community and believes that education is vital in making a difference to the lives of all stakeholders.

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