The Mercedes College Advisory Council provides a strategic overview of budget and policy and forms a valuable resource for the Principal in offering a range of inputs wider than that of education. The Council members, all with a close Mercedes connection come to their task with experience from other sectors of society and with a range of professional backgrounds.
Sr Elizabeth Nicholls (Chairman)
Educated by the Sisters of Mercy in Warrnambool Victoria, Elizabeth completed a Diploma of Teaching (Primary), and spent 5 years teaching in Warrnambool before joining the Sisters of Mercy (Melbourne) in 1985. After Formation, Elizabeth spent 20 years in Primary Education working in 7 different schools across Victoria in classroom and principal positions. During that time Elizabeth completed further studies in Religious Education, Special Education and Information Management (Teacher-Librarianship) as well as serving on many Parish and school Committees. Moving to Perth in 2008 Elizabeth worked part-time in Pastoral Care at St Kieran Primary School Tuart Hill and at St Catherine’s House of Hospitality Tuart Hill, a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy. Elizabeth is manager of St Catherine’s House of Hospitality and actively involved in St Denis Parish Joondana. Sr Elizabeth is the Chairman of the Advisory Council.
Amanda is a solicitor at Lavan, a full service law firm practising in the area of Corporate Services. She graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2016 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce. Amanda attended Mercedes College from 2005 to 2009, where she was Head Girl in 2009. Amanda is the Founder and Event Director of Cottesloe parkrun, a not-for-profit organisation facilitiating a free, weekly organised walk or run aimed at encouraging exercise and volunteering within the community. She is also a member of the Disabled Surfers Association of Australia, a not-for-profit organisation providing mental, emotional and physical support to people with a disability through community surfing events.
Jessica graduated from Mercedes College in 1991. Shortly after leaving she commenced studying law at the University of Western Australia and simultaneously worked full time as a law clerk/articled clerk before being admitted. After 28 years with premier Perth firm Lavan (and is predecessor Phillips Fox), where Jessica progressed to Partner, in 2021 she established her own boutique law firm where she is the principle Legal Practice Director. She has held several different positions on the boards of various not-for-profit organisations over the course of many years. Jessica currently fills five such roles and is an active committee member of the Mercedes College Alumni.
Martin has been an educator in Catholic schools for over 25 years and has been an educational leader for the majority of his career. He has attained a Masters degree in Education specialising in Leadership and Management and has worked in both metropolitan and country schools. Martin is currently Head of Junior School at Trinity College. He has two children, a daughter in Year 8 at Mercedes and a son in Year 10 at Trinity College.
Steven has owned and operated his own transport business for the past 25 years. As a husband of a teacher and parent of two girls (Year 7 and Year 12) at Mercedes College he has always been passionate about girls’ education. He has thrown himself wholeheartedly into both Primary and Secondary P&F fundraising events and is currently part of the leadership group of Dads of Mercedes (DOMs), the DOMs representative to the P&F and a member of the P&F Executive.
Sandra is a Certified Practising Accountant and operates her own business, Next Generation Accounting and Tax, situated in Perth. She is married and has two daughters, one currently in Year 9 at Mercedes College. She was educated through the Catholic system and sits on the Parish Council at St Brigid’s Church in Midland as well as managing the Parish’s finances. She has also sat on the school board and acted as the Treasurer for the St Brigid’s Primary School’s P&F in Midvale.