Senior Management Team


Stephen Peake, Emmanuel College Principal


Mr Stephen Peake, BA

Stephen was appointed as Principal of Emmanuel College in January 2020. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Queensland and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration through Griffith University. Stephen’s extensive business experience includes managerial roles with the National Australia Bank and his not-for-profit experience encompasses managing the investment service and trustee property portfolio of the Uniting Church in Australia Queensland Synod. His service to the church extended to directorship of the national superannuation fund for Uniting Church employees and realising its successful merger. Stephen is a member of Oxley-Darra Uniting Church and has been a member of the Emmanuel College Council since August 2018.

 Emmanuel College Deputy Principal Louise Hallo

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. In 2019 Louise was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study at Universities in the US regarding Healthy Behaviours in Adolescents. 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. Michelle has worked at Emmanuel since 2014, and joined the senior management team in 2018.


Gaylene Bell, Emmanuel College

Finance Manager

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.


John Jiang, Emmanuel College

Operations Manager

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.

Student Services

Deputy Principal and Director of College Life
Mrs Louise Hallo, BSocWk, GCertAdolHlthWelb

Dean of Studies
Mr Michael D’Arcy, BEcon, BA (Hons), GradDipL&T

Dean of Student Wellbeing
Mrs Christina Scattini, BSocWk

Assistant Dean
Mr Christopher Morris, BEcon, BCom

Admissions Officer
Mrs Nicky Hart

Hall Porters
Mr Peter Leventis, Mr Daniel Moore, Mr Murray Watson

Alex Pittaway, MDiv

Events Management

Events Manager
Mrs Lynette Jackson, DipHospMgmt

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

Personal Assistant
Ms Sharon Burridge

Property Officer
Mr Ramon Taylor

Supervisor, Cleaning Services
Mrs Shelley Ferguson