Corporate Governance St George & Sutherland Community College

Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance

SGSCC is committed to best practices in its obligations to Corporate Governance. The SGSCC Board members provide an appropriate mix of skills and experience from a diversity of backgrounds. We are proud to say that all of the College Board members serve SGSCC on a voluntary basis.

Bernadette Mills

  • Ex-Officio/ Secretary/Public Officer
  • CEO

Bernadette has a passion for and recognises the importance of leadership, building relationships, creating networks, staff development, and customer service. With her enquiring mind and curious nature, she researches ways to develop her skills and the skills of others to create resilient people, leaders, and teams.

As the CEO, Bernadette believes her role is to foster a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and continuous improvement culture in the College. To enable it to adapt to changes, respond to opportunities, maximise income generation and maintain a position at the forefront of Adult Education and training while identifying and managing risk to the College.

Bernadette joined the SGSCC management team in 2011. She has gained unparalleled experience in Adult Education, establishing herself as a respected leader within the College and the wider community.

Her previous roles have provided a broad range of experience that includes

  • Business and Board Governance,
  • Adult Education Management
  • Retail Management
  • Business Development
  • Vocational Management
  • Vocational Training and Assessment
  • International Studies
  • Project Management
  • Tenders and Contracts
  • Community Services
  • Disability Services
  • Human Resources
  • Strategic Planning
  • Budget planning
  • Revenue generation.

Bernadette currently sits on the Enough is Enough: Anti Violence Movement Inc Board and has served as a Board Member for the Southern Sydney Business Education Network (SSBEN)

Nola Nutt

  • President – Community Representative
  • Dip. Teach (Dist.) B.Ed.(Credit) Dean’s List ( Uni. of Wollongong)

Nola grew up on a property in the North West Slopes of NSW. This gave her a broad education, useful business skills and strong family and community values.

Her teaching career spanned 40 years: 32 of these in Special Education; and 24 of those years as Principal of Special Schools.

Retired, Nola is involved in community activities with service and welfare organisations, including being a Life Member and Board Member of RecAbility (Parent to Parent Assoc.). Nola is currently the President of the Board of SGSCC, a position and institution she is unashamedly proud of.

Kerry Jefferies

  • Community Representative
  • Diploma in Teaching Dip.Teach 1976
  • Graduate Diploma in Reading Education GDip.Ed 1979
  • Graduate Diploma in Teacher/Librarianship GDip.Teach(Lib)1982

Kerry has more than 30 years of teaching experience including Primary School, Teacher Librarian, Children with Special Needs, Undergraduate students and conducting in-service courses for qualified teachers. For the last 10 years, she has been involved in advocating and managing her daughter’s post-school disability program. Kerry currently is a member of the SGSCC disability Parent Advisory Committee

Graham Thom

  • Community Representative
  • Master of Education in Adult Education
  • Bachelor of Education in Adult Education (Human Resources Development)
  • BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management
  • TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Graham entered the Vocational Education and Training sector over twenty years ago on leaving the hospitality industry managing country house hotels in England. After delivering hospitality courses he opened a hospitality college in Sydney for indigenous students following which he owner operated his own Registered Training Organisation for twelve years.

Graham joined SGSCC as a casual trainer delivering courses in training and assessment and then joined the Workskills team as Assistant Manager with responsibility for compliance. He is now employed with UNICEF and is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Sutherland.

Rebecca Wood

  • Community Representative
  • Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com)

Rebecca has over 22 years of experience in key management and executive roles across a number of industries including local government, retail and property management and the airline industry with organisations such as Westfield, United Airlines and Sutherland Shire Council.

Her roles have provided a broad range of experience that includes facility and asset management, event management, management of projects, tenders and contracts, economic development, place management, tourism, sport services, community services, research and policy development, and budget planning and revenue generation. Rebecca also has a keen understanding of the importance of building relationships and networks, workplace health and safety, staff development and customer service.

Rebecca has also served as a Board Member for Economic Development Australia NSW (EDA NSW), Cronulla Promotions Limited, Shirebiz, Southern Strength Agile Manufacturing Network (SSAMN) and Southern Sydney Business Education Network (SSBEN). Rebecca currently holds the position of Manager Business, Sport and Community Services with Sutherland Shire Council.

Linda Malusa

  • Nominated Membership

Linda has 25 years of experience working in the Public Health Sector as a Registered Nurse. She has worked in increasingly senior clinical nursing roles primarily in the speciality of Older Peoples Mental Health and presently works as a Nurse Practitioner – Aged Care (State-wide) for the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network. She holds a Bachelor of Health Science -Nursing, Master of Teaching -Primary, and Master of Mental Health Nursing -Nurse Practitioner.

She has also spent part of her career teaching as a casual teacher in NSW Public Education Primary Schools and currently teaches undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students in the area of mental health nursing at the University of Sydney Susan Wakil Nursing School.

Donna McCade

  • Nominated Membership
  • Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology (DPsychClinNeuro)
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BSc)
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GradDipPsy)
  • Masters of Arts in Managing Human Resources (MA.MHR)
  • Bachelor of Business (B.Bus)

Donna has more than 20 years of experience within the corporate sector in FMCG and professional services organisations, working in human resource management, and training and development roles across Australia and Europe. She transitioned into psychology for more than 10 years and currently works as a Clinical Neuropsychologist in older adult mental health services.

Gary O’Rourke

  • Member Representative

Gary has had extensive experience in the disability and education sectors over a long period of time, during which time he has worked with a wide variety of government and non-government agencies.

He has also had involvement with the Disability Trust and Sylvanvale. Both these services provide support and training for a large number of people with disabilities.

Gary is also involved with NECA (National Electrical Communication Association) and St Vincent de Paul at Como providing community support.

Tash Doherty

  • Nominated Representative
  • Diploma of Community Services
  • Adv. Diploma of Stage & Screen Acting

Tash is a Youth Worker within the Sutherland Shire (Dharawal Land) and Georges River (Biddegal Land) with a focus on education, employment & training for young people facing disadvantage. She provides case management and employment support for youth facing issues such as; homelessness, substance misuse, mental health concerns and financial hardship. She has extensive experience working with young people due to her history of teaching drama. 

Tash has an awareness of the barriers young people face in education and is passionate about removing those barriers to support them in accessing inclusive vocational training. She works from a strengths-based approach, always reminding students of their abilities and accomplishments. Tash enjoys seeing all the students who utilise SGSCC as a stepping stone towards an incredibly bright future. Tash is a proud advocate and ally of the LGBTQIA+ community and is motivated to ensure a safe, inclusive and flexible learning environment for the current and future generation

Scott Laney

  • Nominated Representative

Scott has nearly 30 years of experience in the aviation sector along with prior service as a NSW police officer. Scott joined SGSCC as a student and then casual trainer, delivering courses in Business, ICT and First Aid. Scott is a Life Member, Past President and former Board member of the Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club who he still assists today sitting on a number of committees.