With an emphasis on providing strong leadership for the implementation of the St Catherine’s Towards 2025 Strategic Vision, the  Leadership Team is responsible for the educational needs of the School, ensuring our commitment to empowering and nurturing women of the future is evidenced through all our outstanding and dynamic educational programs.


Meet our Interim Principal 2024

Mr Robert Marshall

Mr Robert Marshall’s passion for analysis, strategies and continual improvement ensures the School is at the forefront of pedagogical practice.

Previously leading St Catherine’s School’s in strategy and culture, Mr Robert Marshall’s passion is for our school to be a vibrant and cohesive community which has at its heart, the building and maintenance of strong and healthy relationships.

With nearly 40 years’ experience largely within the independent sector, teaching at schools in Melbourne and Canberra, Robert has held positions as Head of Boarding, Head of Faculty, Campus Head of a residential campus, as well as Director of Teaching and Learning. In each of these positions, he has had a long term interest in valuing the importance of relationships between students, teachers and parents.


Meet our Director of Business

Mrs Rebecca Brodie

Rebecca Brodie serves as the Director of Business, bringing a wealth of expertise and strategic leadership. With a keen focus on financial stewardship and operational efficiency, Rebecca plays a vital role in ensuring the smooth functioning of the School’s business operations. Her commitment to excellence and innovative solutions contributes significantly to the overall success and sustainability of our School.

Meet our Deputy Principal, Head of Senior School

Mrs Ceri Lloyd

As a leading educator, Deputy Principal, Head of Senior School, Mrs Ceri Lloyd manages the development and implementation of the School’s Strategic Plan, specific to Years 7 to 12 and oversees all Senior School operations. Ceri leads the implementation of the School’s Academic and Wellbeing Programs for staff and students, in addition to also playing a key role in imagining the future of St Catherine’s School. The Deputy Principal, Head of Senior School assumes the delegated authority of the Principal in periods of extended leave.

Meet our Deputy Principal – School Operations

Mrs Gina Peele

Deputy Principal, School Operations, Mrs Gina Peele serves as the Deputy Principal, School Operations, overseeing the coordination of Senior School Co-curricular programs and managing the daily operations of the School. With a commitment to maintaining a calm, purposeful, and respectful environment, she plays a pivotal role in ensuring the seamless functioning of the School. Gina brings a wealth of experience and dedication to her role, contributing significantly to the holistic development and success of the school community.


Meet our Head of Junior School

Ms Karen McArdle

As a leading educator, Ms McArdle brings to St Catherine’s a wealth of experience in areas of professional learning involving academic data analysis to monitor student progress and to inform teaching practice that enables the development of differentiated teaching and a personalised learning experience for all students. Mrs McArdle’s natural warmth, genial and friendly approach enables a vibrant school community to flourish with the nurturing of happy and engaged children.

Meet our Head of Early Learning Centre

Ms Sarah Bethune

Sarah Bethune is the Head of Early Learning Centre, a role which involves supports the children, families and staff in Campbell House, as well as teaching within each of our four learning rooms. With exceptional organisational and managerial skills, a specialised knowledge of child development and an innate ability to provide pastoral care to children and families, Sarah is a true asset to St Catherine’s Early Learning Centre.

Meet our Director of Senior Years

Mrs Alison Cassidy

An accomplished educator, Mrs Alison Cassidy brings to the Director of Senior Years role a wealth of experience in teaching, learning and wellbeing. In her many years of teaching, Alison has worked across the Catholic, Independent and Government schooling systems enabling a diverse range of skills and approaches to teaching and learning.

As the Director of Senior Years, Alison is responsible for the overall academic, social and emotional well-being of students in Years 10-12. This includes working with teachers, career practitioners, psychologists and parents to ensure that all students have the guidance, tools and resources to achieve individual success.

Meet our Director of Middle Years

Ms Freda Armstrong

Freda has been teaching in the classroom for over 20 years and holds a strong belief that girls’ schools offer a unique environment in which girls can feel empowered and have the opportunity to thrive in any area of their choosing.  

As the Director of Middle Years, Freda’s role is to oversee the academic journey and wellbeing of each student as she progresses through the middle years. Freda has a particular passion for the  wellbeing programs being offered in the middle years and building the skills that will enable and empower girls to function at their best. 

Meet our Deputy Head of Junior School

Mr Luke Russell

Mr Luke Russell, our Deputy Head of Junior School, brings a wealth of experience and an unwavering passion for education to the heart of St Catherine’s School. With a career deeply rooted in the nurturing and development of young minds, Luke’s commitment to fostering an enriching and inclusive learning environment is truly inspiring.