Senior Management Team
Dr Jane Thomson, BA (UQ), BSW (Hons), PhD, GCTT (JCU)
Dr Jane Thomson was appointed as Principal of Emmanuel College in 2018. A social worker by background, Jane completed a Bachelor of Arts at The University of Queensland and then undertook her social work degree and PhD, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, at James Cook University. Jane’s early career was in statutory child protection and hospital social work. She has worked in a number of universities as a social work academic and in management roles, including three years as Vice Principal of Emmanuel College (2009-2011). Jane is committed to the transformative power of education and greatly enjoys working with young people. She identifies with Emmanuel’s motto “enriching lives since 1911” and sees the College as offering a wonderful opportunity to nurture young people and their futures, ultimately contributing to shaping a positive, caring society.
Deputy Principal and Director of College Life
Ms Louise Hallo, BSocWk (UQ), GCertAdolHlthWelb (Melb)
Louise joined Emmanuel College in 2018 following 15 years specialising in adolescent and young adult health and wellbeing in not-for-profit and hospital settings, including Red Kite, the Australian cancer charity that supports children and young people; the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital; and King’s College Hospital in London. She undertook her Bachelor of Social Work degree at The University of Queensland, while residing at Duchesne College, and received her postgraduate qualifications from The University of Melbourne. Louise’s strong appreciation of what college life offers and the wonderful community it creates is invaluable in her work with and support for the students of Emmanuel.
Advancement and Communications Manager
Ms Michelle James, BA, GCArtsWEP (UQ)
Michelle’s experience in the inter-related fields of community engagement, fundraising, and communications spans the arts and education sectors, including a number of years working at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and Brisbane Girls Grammar School. Prior to moving to Brisbane in 2004, Michelle worked in the media at Channel 9 in Sydney for ten years. With a Bachelor of Arts degree and postgraduate qualifications in writing, editing, and publishing from The University of Queensland, Michelle’s studies in the humanities — the understanding of societies and people, and how to communicate effectively with them — have informed her strong belief in philanthropy, literally the love of humanity, and the benefits of giving. Michelle has worked at Emmanuel since 2014, and joined the senior management team in 2018.
Ms Gaylene Bell, BBus (USQ), CPA
Gaylene joined Emmanuel College in 2019 with many years’ experience in senior finance roles across a range of industries, including independent schools, hospitals and not-for-profit organisations. She holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Southern Queensland and is a qualified member of CPA Australia. Gaylene’s experience in managing a wide range of strategic and operational responsibilities, in the areas of budget and finance, human resources and information technology, supports the students and the College.
Mr John Jiang, BBus, MBus(Fin) (RMIT), PhD (UWA)
John’s 16 years’ experience in senior operations roles in the Australian higher education sector led to him joining Emmanuel College in 2019. From 2015 to 2018, John was Business Operations Manager of Accommodation Services at Australian National University, responsible for the development and delivery of services and facilities strategy in the ANU-operated halls of residence. John holds a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Finance from RMIT University, and a PhD from the University of Western Australia.
Ms Louise Hallo, BSocWk, GCertAdolHlthWelb
Dean of Studies
Ms Sarah Walker, BSc, BNursing, PGCertHealSc
Dean of Student Wellbeing
Ms Christina Scattini, BSocWk
Assistant Dean (Residential)
Mr Michael D’Arcy, BEcon, BA (Hons), GradDipL&T
Mrs Nicky Hart
Mr Peter Leventis, Mr Daniel Moore, Mr Murray Watson
Rev. Alex Pittaway, MDiv
Mrs Lynette Jackson, DipHospMgmt
Mr Greg Slack
Administration and Operations
Accounts and Payroll Officer
Ms Marie Halloran, DipAcctg, BAS Agent
Miss Annie Chenery, DipBusAdmin, DipBus
Mr Christian Pradayrol, BCom, BAdv
Ms Sharon Burridge
Mr Ramon Taylor
Supervisor, Cleaning Services
Ms Shelley Ferguson