Senior Management Team


Dr Jane Thomson, Emmanuel College UQ Vice Principal (Acting)


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.


 Emmanuel College Acting Dean of Students Louise Hallo

Deputy Principal

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.


Michelle James, Advancement and Communications Manager

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.


Chris Byrne, Emmanuel College General Manager, Finance and Operations

Business Manager

Mr Chris Byrne, BCom (UNSW), MBA (IMD)

Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and a Masters of Business Administration from the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. As a management consultant for 18 years, he provided accounting and financial advice to businesses in a wide range of industries, including aviation, banking, and manufacturing, mainly in Australia and Indonesia. From 1992 to 2003, Chris was CFO of the Indonesian operations of two international firms in the electrical equipment and geothermal power industries. In 2004 he relocated to Brisbane to work in the independent school sector in business manager and finance and operations roles. Chris joined Emmanuel’s senior management team in 2018.

Student Services

Deputy Principal
Ms Louise Hallo, BSocWk, GCertAdolHlthWelb

Dean of Studies
position vacant

Acting Assistant Dean (Pastoral)
Ms Christina Scattini, BSocWk

Assistant Dean (Residential)
Mr Michael D’Arcy, BEcon, BA (Hons), GradDipL&T

Admissions Officer
Mrs Nicky Hart

Hall Porters
Mr Peter Leventis, Mr Murray Watson

Events Management

Events Manager
Mrs Lynette Jackson

Executive Chef
Mr Greg Slack

Administration and Operations

Accounts and Payroll Officer
Ms Marie Halloran, DipAcctg, BAS Agent

Administration Officer
Miss Annie Chenery, DipBusAdmin, DipBus

Marketing Officer
Ms Lisa Mahoney, BA (Hons), GradDipEd

Personal Assistant
Ms Sharon Burridge

Property Officer
Mr Ramon Taylor

Supervisor, Cleaning Services
Ms Shelley Ferguson