St Rita’s College is a public company limited by guarantee, governed under the Ministry of Mercy Partners – the Member Company.  St Rita’s College was entrusted to Mercy Partners by the Queensland Congregation of the Presentation Sisters on 27 May 2014.  As a Ministry of Mercy Partners, the Mission, Vision and Pillars of St Rita’s College and faithfulness to the teachings of the Catholic Church continue under the Presentation tradition.

The Board of Directors of St Rita’s College Limited is appointed by the Member Company (Mercy Partners) to govern the College under delegated authority in the areas of education, industrial, financial, property and employment responsibilities and to plan for the ongoing development of the College. The Board has two committees; Finance, Risk and Facilities and Governance.  There is also two standing committees of Remuneration and Succession Planning.

The Member and Directors appoint the Principal and delegate the day to day running of the College to that position.

Board of Directors

Mr Graham McManus (Chair)

B.Bus Accy, MBA, AICA

Mr Graham McManus is a Partner in international Accounting and Consulting firm Grant Thornton.  He leads their Corporate Finance and Strategy practice in the Brisbane office and has had over 25 years experience in senior finance and management positions across a broad range of multi-national and Australian listed corporations.  Graham served for five years on the Finance and Facilities Committee of St Rita’s College until his daughter graduated in 2015 and is passionate about seeing the College grow, prosper and extend the impact of its good works in education and more broadly in the community.

Professor Susan Jean Dann

Professor Susan Jean Dann


Professor Susan Dann is currently the National Head of the School of Business at the Australian Catholic University. Past positions include Associate Dean Learning and Teaching, JCU Brisbane; Executive Director/Head of Research for National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre and Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast; Associate Professor at the Brisbane Graduate School of Business, Queensland University of Technology; and Senior Lecturer/ Lecturer (Marketing) Griffith University. She has written several publications, one of which was shortlisted for The Australian Awards for Excellence in Education Publishing. Susan is a Director of Ozcare, a Consumer Representative for Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital and sits on the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (legal practice and health practitioners). She has been a past Director of General Practice Queensland (Chair of Governance), Quality Improvement Council (Chair), St Vincent’s and Holy Spirit Health, Caritas (St Vincent’s) Care, the Australian Marketing Institute (including National Deputy President and State President) and a member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, the Legal Practice Tribunal and the International Social Marketing Association, as well as being a Commissioner for AFL Queensland.

Mr Christopher John Ehler

Mr Christopher John Ehler

Dip T, ATCL, B Ed St, M Ed Admin, M Arts Theol

Mr Christopher Ehler provides independent consultancy services in the areas of educational and business management. He is a consultant for the National Church Life Survey (NCLS) Research of the Australian Catholic University and is a member of the Communications and Resources Development team. His early career was in both primary and secondary schools as a teacher, curriculum consultant and Principal during which time he completed Bachelor and Master Degrees in education and in more recent years a Master of Arts (Theology) from the Australian Catholic University.

From 1991 to 1993, Chris was Principal of Our Lady’s P-10 College established by the Presentation Sisters. Moving from the Catholic school sector in 1994 to become the coordinator of Parish Review and Planning for the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane, he subsequently became a Ministry Development Officer when the pastoral support agency was renamed Faith & Life. He was also Project Officer for Evangelisation Brisbane which encompassed pastoral planning, stewardship and parish revitalisation for the Archdiocese.

As a member of the International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC) Board of Directors from 2007 to 2012, Chris presented stewardship formation sessions in many parishes and dioceses across Australia and workshops at three previous ICSC conferences in the United States. He was appointed the Chair of the Archdiocese of Brisbane Council for Ecumenism and Inter-religious Relations (CEIR) in February 2016. Chris is married, has two adult daughters and is an active member of the St Ambrose’s Newmarket community in the Jubilee Catholic parish.

Ms Barbara Hamilton

Ms Barbara Hamilton

BA LLB (Hons), LLM TEP, LSDA                                                                                                                

After completing her law degree, Ms Barbara Hamilton did articles of clerkship, was admitted and practised as a solicitor in Brisbane. Most of her career has been spent as a law academic at the Queensland University of Technology School of Law, where she became a specialist in the law of wills and estates. Barbara ran the Succession law unit, the Law, Society and Justice unit and the Law and Global Perspectives unit at QUT for many years. She taught the subjects of Equity and Trusts and has been a presenter at many succession law conferences.  Widely published in scholarly and professional journals, topics have included Equity and Trusts, widening the criteria for judicial appointments, training law students to look beyond an adversarial system of justice, and legal protection for vulnerable members of society.

Formerly a member of the Queensland Law Society Succession law (policy) committee and the Queensland Law Society Succession law specialist accreditation committee (accredits succession law specialists in Queensland), Barbara is a registered Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (International).

Barbara is now retired from academic life and resides in Northern NSW where she and her partner run black angus cattle and grow garlic commercially. Her interest is French language and culture and she teaches a French class for the local community.

Mrs Amanda Keir

BA (Hons), JP (Qual)

Since graduating from The University of Queensland with a double major in psychology, Amanda has worked in various senior human resource management roles within the hospitality and finance industries including Sanctuary Cove Resort (1989 to 1994) and the publicly listed company, Collection House (1998 to 2006), where she also managed the corporate communications function post ASX listing from 2000 to 2004. Self-employed since 2007, she has consulted to small business in the mining, IT, hospitality and finance sectors through her consultancy firm, Keeping Good Company. She is a member of the standing committee for Board Succession Planning and volunteer commitments have included the RCIA program at St Paschal’s (Wavell Heights) and the 139 Club, a drop-in centre for the homeless. Amanda’s daughter attended St Rita’s College from 2007-2011.

Sr Mary Franzmann

Sr Mary Franzmann, pbvm

BA, Certificate of Teaching, Diploma Religious Education, Diploma Pastoral Care, MA (Pastoral Leadership).

Sr Mary Franzmann is a Queensland Presentation Sister with a background in teaching and parish work. As well as being a Queensland Congregational Leader for her Order, she has facilitated workshops in adult faith and lay leadership. She has worked in a variety of roles within the Brisbane Archdiocese and is a member of the Congregation Leadership Team. Sister Mary has worked as a secondary school teacher, a pastoral associate in Moranbah and Bundaberg and as a planning co-ordinator at the Rockhampton Diocese. Sister Mary previously served on the Board of St Ursula’s College, Yeppoon.

Mrs Annette McMullan

Mrs Annette McMullan

B Laws, B Nursing, Grad Dip (Legal Practice)

Annette is currently fulfilling a 12 month appointment as the President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal having previously been appointed to the position of Chief Legal Counsel, Queensland Health in 2011.  In addition to her legal qualifications, Annette holds a Bachelor of Nursing having practiced as a Registered Nurse and Midwife for over 15 years prior to her admission to the Supreme Courts of Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory as a Solicitor. Following her admission as a Solicitor, Annette worked as a Solicitor for Crown Law and later was appointed as In-House Solicitor for the Metro North Hospital and Health Service. Annette was appointed to the Council of St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School in 2015 and is a St Rita’s College Alumnae.

Dr Gordon Howell

Dr Gordon Howell
B.AppSc., B.Sc (Hons), Dip Ed,

Grad Dip Com Comp, MBA, EdD, MACS, MAICD

Dr Gordon Howell has in excess of 25 years’ experience within education and technology management. He holds an MBA in technology management and a Doctorate which investigated academic adoption and use of technology.

He is the former Director Learning Environments and Technology Support at Queensland University of Technology. In this role Gordon was responsible for the technology deployment in the $230M Science and Engineering Centre at QUT’s Gardens Point Campus, and the technology brief for the Education Precinct at Kelvin Grove Campus.

Previous roles have been Research Fellow (UQ) for the ALTC-funded Next Generation Learning Spaces Project which investigated the nexus between pedagogy, technology, and space; Director ITS and Associate Director Client Support Services at ACU.

Mrs Erin Bledsoe
Ms Kirstie Day

Ms Kirstie Day

Kirstie Day is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Family Law Specialist and currently works as Special Counsel for Rice Naughton McCarthy Family Lawyers.  Having completed her secondary education at St Rita’s College, Kirstie undertook a Bachelor of Laws at the Queensland University of Technology before commencing her Articles of Clerkship in a boutique family law firm. Kirstie has over 15 years of experience in all aspects of family law, including complex financial matters. Kirstie is a strong and passionate supporter of women and particularly enjoys her mentoring relationships with young professional women.