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Jimmy Chi

Jimmy Chi

Jimmy Chi

Composer

Jimmy Chi was a resident of St Thomas More College between 1966 and 1668, while studying Engineering at UWA, before a sense of cultural dislocation led him to abandon academic pursuits in favour of the arts. Jimmy is probably best known for his collaborative work with his own band, The Knuckles, and the Pigram Brothers, which led to the award-winning musicals Bran Nue Dae and Corrugation Road. Bran Nue Dae, which has now been adapted for the big screen, won him the Western Australian Premier's Book Award (Special Award) in 1991, and the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission Award for Drama in the same year, as well as the South Australian Festival Award for Literature in 1992. In 2004 he was acknowledged by the government of Western Australia as a State Living Treasure.

Frank Cooper

Frank Cooper

Frank Cooper

Chairman

Cooper spent four years in residence at St Thomas More College, between 1973 and 1976, before graduating from UWA with a Batchelor of Commerce degree in 1977. In his professional life, Frank is a chartered accountant, and a partner at Price Waterhouse Coopers, where he leads the tax practice in Western Australia. He has also held partnerships at Ernst & Young, and at Arthur Andersen, occupying national leadership roles at both firms. Outside of work, Frank has been a member of the Major Performing Arts Board (Australia Council), Chairman of the WA Opera Company, and a member of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research. He has served as a Board Members of the Fremantle Football Club, and has been a WA Football Commissioner since 2007, serving as Chair of their Finance Committee until his appointment in June 2010 to succeed Dr Neil Fong as the Chairman of the WAFC.

Rob Delane

Rob Delane

Rob Delane

Director General

A St Thomas More College resident while undertaking his BSc in Agriculture at UWA in the mid-seventies, Rob Delane was recently appointed as Director General of the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia. Rob has spent most of his working life in rural Western Australia, including nineteen years based at the department's offices in Kununurra and Geraldton, and thirteen years in senior executive posts within the organisation. Before taking up his leadership role at the Department of Agriculture and Food he undertook the Canberra-based roles of Deputy Secretary, Biosecurity Services Group, and Executive Director, Australian Quarantine Inspection Service, with the federal government's Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Rob was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2007 for outstanding service to the agricultural industries and the WA community. Rob is married to Margaret (FitzGerald) who also resided at the College while studying for her Diploma of Education. All their three children hold UWA degrees.

Brian Singleton

Brian Singleton

Brian Singleton

Queens Counsel

Jim Hewitt

Jim Hewitt

Jim Hewitt

MBE

Jim was a resident of Tommy More from 1965 - 1967. In that third year his sister, Mary, a UWA 2nd year student, was killed crossing Stirling Hwy on the night of March 11. This precipitated the building of the underpasses in place now. Jim graduated with a BA (Hon) (Summa cum Laude) and is noted on the honour board in the Dining Room at Tommy More as Dux of the College for that year. Jim left Australia the following year intending to study Theology in Germany with ordination to the RC priesthood as his goal. None of that eventuated. He instead went to England and taught in various schools where his efforts to assist poorly-performing students led him to getting involved with the social conditions of their families. He moved into doing social work with various church organisations of different denominations. This deepened his involvement with migrant and refugee families. Some 20-25 years ago he began, with assistance from the local church where he was at that time an acolyte (and other church communities with whom he was involved), to set up a process to enable such people to get low-cost loans so that they could not only survive but get ahead. So began The Blackbird Leys Credit Union. With respect to Church, Jim was an acolyte at Sacred Heart Church, but was also involved with establishing a migrant-friendly, "Community Church" ('Holy Family') run jointly by the Anglican, Methodist, and Baptist churches. Circa 1990, when their aged minister was forced to retire the local Methodist Church asked Jim to be their Lay-Preacher, and so he completed the required exams and took on the role. (He still notes that one of his finest moments was to preach from the pulpit whence John Wesley preached!) Jim never married, but his house (a typical 2-up / 2-down, 1-in-the-row English house owned by the Anglican Church) was never empty. When I visited him in 2012 there were roughly 7 Timorese living in the house with him. (Legislation in the past few months in England has made this illegal, so now there are 2 or 3 (he thinks)). He is a fluent speaker of Tetum (the Timorese language) and has for the past 10 years or so, been involved in creating a Tetum/English dictionary. In 2010 (I think) Jim was recognised by the City of Oxford -- I only found this out when I spotted the attached on his wall. Then in the New Year's Honours List of 2012 he was awarded an MBE citing his role in setting up the credit union and his associated work for refugees. I am including a photo taken on the day it was conferred -- the only occasion he is known to have worn a white shirt and a tie! The other photographs show where Jim lives with x number of refugees and the Lord Mayoral citation. On 29/03/14 Jim turns 70, and I and his other siblings are going to be there!

Ted Hewitt

Sandra De Maio

Sandra De Maio

Sandra De Maio

Crown Prosecutor

Sandra De Maio was a student of the College in the mid-1990s, while studying Law at the University of Western Australia. After a stint practising Family Law in Bunbury, she decided to try out as a prosecutor (claiming the allure of the wig and the black gown were too much, when taken in tandem with old re-runs of Ironside!), and went to work for the State's Director of Public Prosecutions. After a period acting as Deputy Chairperson to the revamped Prisoners' Review Board, Sandra returned to the DPP, where she currently heads up the Early Pleas Resolution Team, dealing with all Supreme Court matters, including arson, robbery and murder. Though the job has its stressors, Sandra maintains that nothing is scarier than canteen duty at her children's school, which helps to keep things in perspective!

Kate Doust

Kate Doust

Kate Doust

Politician

Kate Doust was a resident of the College in the early 1980s, which studying Politics and Industrial Relations at the University of Western Australia. Kate served as a union official with the Shop Distributive Employees Association of WA between 1984 and 2001, and has held a number of elected positions including General Treasurer of the SDA, Vice President of UNIONSWA, board membership of WRAPS, and an appointment as a Members of the State Training Board. She was elected to the State Legislative Countil in 2001 to represent the South Metropolitan Region, and was re-elected in 2005 and 2008. In September 2008, Kate was appointed Shadow Minister for Energy, Science, and Innovation, as well as Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the upper house. Kate in married to Bill Johnston MLA, and has three children.

Richard Effenberger

Richard Effenberger

Richard Effenberger

Research Scientist

A resident of St Thomas More College between 1966 and 1969, Reinhard Effenberger graduated from the University of Western Australia with a first-class honours degree in Chemistry, then undertook his PhD at Australian National University, before moving to Adelaide to take up a teaching post at the Salisbury College of Advanced Education. In 1976, Reinhard took the opportunity to broaden his horizons, accepting a post as a Visiting Researcher at the Volcani Institute for Agricultural Research at Bait Dagan in Israel. He followed up with a post-doctoral year at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, before moving into the private sector, first as R&D coordinator for a small chemical company in Haifa, and then as an employee of the largest institute for applied industrial chemistry and engineering in Israel, IMI-TAMI, the corporate research arm of Israel Chemicals Ltd (ICL). Reinhard is now the Chief Chemist for IMI-TAMI, as well as being a member of the board of directors at Novetide, a separate company formed to produce and market peptide drugs. Today, Reinhard is responsible for ICL's innovative and green chemistry research globally, with sites and laboratories in the USA, Spain, Holland, England and Germany, and marketing offices in the United States, Japan and China, as well as their headquarters operating out of Haifa. His work is extremely varied, and ranges from research into chemicals for food processing, energy storage systems, nano-materials, and water recovery for sustainable agriculture.

Jerome Ehlers

Jerome Ehlers

Jerome Ehlers

Actor/Writer

Jerome Ehlers was a College resident in the mid 1970s, while studying Arts at the University of Western Australia. He went on to graduate from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, before pursuing a career in film and televisions, including parts in television series such as All Saints, A Country Practice and Packed to the Rafters, as well as roles in a number of films, including Quigley Down Under (1990), Ned Kelly (2003), and The Great Raid (2005). In recent years, Jerome has also turned his hand to writing, and produced the screen play for 'After the Rain' (2000), an Australian movie in which he also played a small on-screen role.

Dave Faulkner

Dave Faulkner

Dave Faulkner

Musician, Singer and Songwriter

Lead singer, guitarist, and song writer for 'eighties chart-toppers 'Hoodoo Gurus', Dave Faulkner and his mates won critical acclaim from fans around Australia, as well as from colleagues in the music industry. Described as one of the most inventive, lyrically smart and exciting rock-and-roll bands Australia has ever produced, the group was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007. 'Hoodoo Gurus' reformed in 2003, and are still active on the music scene. In March 2009 they performed alongside the likes of Coldplay, Eskimo Joe and Wolfmother at the Sound Relief benefits concert of the victims of the Victorian bushfire crisis and the Queensland floods, and a new album, 'Purity of Essence' was released in March 2010. As well as being the lead singer and guitarist for the group, Dave has also worked as a solo artist, writing the musical scores for the films Broken Highway (1993) and The Sum of Us (1994) starring Russell Crowe and Jack Thompson.

George Grjlusich

George Grjlusich

George Grjlusich

Journalist and Radio Commentator

A law student at UWA in the 1950s, George Grljusich chose a career in media, becoming a household name in Western Australia as a sports journalist, first with ABC Perth, and then on its commercial rival 6PR. As well as hosting a weekly talkback radio show, George was also one of the state's most recognisable commentators on racing, football, and soccer. A sportsman in his own right, he played in the WAFL for South Fremantle for a time, debuting in 1964. Having commentated for the ABC over the course of six Olympic competitions between 1980 and 2000, as well as ten Commonwealth Games, George's contribution to both sport and journalism were recognised in 2004 when the media box at the Fremantle Oval was officially renamed the George Grljusich Media Box in his honour. And in November 2007, Radio 6PR announced the establishment of the George Grljusich Sports Broadcasting Award for students of the WAAPA Broadcasting course. George passed away on 6th November 2007, on the day of the Melbourne Cup, aged sixty-eight.

Kevin Hammond

Kevin Hammond

Kevin Hammond

District Court Judge and Commissioner CCC

Kevin Hammond was one of our founding students in 1955, moving in to the College while the last stages of our initial construction were still under way. After graduating as a Bachelor of Laws, Kevin practised as a solicitor with Mayberry Hammond and Co in Northam and the Central Districts until 1978. He then became a partner in the Perth-based firm Lavan and Walsh until 1982, when he was appointed Judge of the District Court, followed by appointment as Chief Judge in 1995. He also served as the Chairman of the Supervised Release Board for Young Offenders from 1996 to 1999, before resigning as Chief Judge in 2003 and became the inaugural Commissioner of the Corruption and Crime Commission of WA. He retired in 2007. Kevin is now engaged on a very part-time basis in criminal mediation in the Supreme Court. In the past, Kevin was involved in Rostrum, Apex, Torchbearers and provincial horseracing, but now prefers simply reading, swimming and trying to keep fit. He is a member of the Archdiocesan Historical Commission, and the College tries its best to add to his workload, having convinced him to sit on both its Council and its Finance Sub-Committee. Kevin was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2009 for his services to the law.

Fergus Kavanagh

Fergus Kavanagh

Fergus Kavanagh

Sportsman

Fergus is one of our more recent residents – indeed, he is still in the process of completing his degree in Engineering and Commerce at UWA. A recipient of one of the coveted Fogarty Scholarships, Fergus has already made his mark in the wider world, having been selected to represent Australia in hockey at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Hockey became an instant hit here at Tommy More, with all Fergus's games screened, regardless of the hour, and no one was prouder than we were to see one of our own awarded an Olympic Bronze at the end of the competition. The Olympics were not the end, and Fergus has continued to represent Australia as a member of the national team throughout 2010.

Angela Kennedy

Angela Kennedy

Angela Kennedy

Lawyer

Angela Kennedy was our first female Student Club President, a post she held while studying Law at UWA in the early 1980s. Angela went on to do her articles at Parker and Parker, before marrying another lawyer, whom she had met in Year 12 in Canberra. In 1988 Angela succumbed to the travel bug, and went to London for three years. She returned to Perth in 1991 and practised commercial litigation at Minster Ellison (as it is now called), becoming a partner there two years later. The mid-nineties saw the arrival of two children, and Angela dropped the law for a while, turning her hand to acting instead. She appeared in a variety of stage comedies, but eventually decided that a return to law was called for, otherwise life would have been too much fun! She worked for a number of years as Litigation Counsel at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Currently she works in private practice and is on the STMC Council.

Dr Tim Keenan

Dr Tim Keenan

Dr Tim Keenan

Surgeon

Tim Keenan was a College resident while studying Medicine at the University of Western Australia in the early 1960s. After graduating from UWA in 1967, Tim went on study at the Royal College of Surgeons in London, after which he held a number of residencies and fellowships at hospitals in the United States. He returned to Perth in 1975, where he set up a practice specialising in orthopedic related sports injuries and hand surgery. Tim was at the leading edge of sports surgery in Australia, introducing and developing the specialisation in Perth, and looking at the particular challenges of knee reconstructions and ligament damage cause by sporting involvement. Tim's interest in working in developing countries grew during his working career, and blossomed in his retirement. In 2001, at the age of 58, Tim began to focus his attention on humanitarian aid in various war-torn regions of the world. He undertook many missions for the Red Cross in pre- and post- Taliban Afghanistan, during the Israeli bombing of Jenin in Palestine, as well as in earthquake devastated areas of Pakistan and Indonesia, and in bomb-damaged Bali. He continues to travel widely, and has made recent visits to East and West Timor, to the Solomon Island s in the Pacific, to Palestine, Ethiopia and Cambodia. He has worked with a variety of Australian and International aid organisations in these countries, where he not only performs surgery but is also involved in the teaching and training of medical personnel.

Barry Kissane

Barry Kissane

Barry Kissane

Educator

A resident of St Thomas More College between 1966 and 1970, and Student Club President in his final year, Barry Kissane might be remembered by some ex-students as an occasional Maths Tutor around the College. After a few years teaching Maths in schools, Barry moved across to the UWA Education Department, where he taught Mathematical Education, along with a number of courses in Psychometrics, Research Methods, and Statistics. He moved to Murdoch University's School of Education in 1986, before taking up a post as both editor and author for the University of Chicago's School of Mathematics Project for two years. He then returned to Murdoch University in 1988. Barry has written and co-written a number of books on the teaching of Mathematics, and is a popular contributor to professional development seminars and conferences around Australia. Barry is a Board Member of the WA College of Teaching, as well as being active within the Mathematical Association of Western Australia, the Australian Association of Mathematics Teaches, and the Australian College of Educators. He recently completed a three-and-a-half year term as Dean of Education at Murdoch University, where he continues to teach.

Regent Lee

Regent Lee

Regent Lee

Surgeon Scientist

A medical student at UWA between 1995 and 2001, Regent Lee has travelled the world while undertaking advanced studies in the field of cardio-vascular medicine and pursuing training in vascular surgery with the Royal Australian College of Surgeons. Originally from Taiwan, Regent spent six years in residence at St Thomas More College and was appointed a Residential Assistant during his senior years. He spent his elective term working in the vascular surgery department of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. Having graduated from UWA in 2001, he then moved to the east coast, and the University of Sydney, where he earned his Masters degree in Vascular Surgery. Regent is currently working as a Clinical Research Fellow in the University of Oxford's Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, and attached to the John Radcliffe Hospital. His current research interest is on biomarkers related to atherosclerotic plaque disease, and is aiming to work towards a PhD at University of Oxford.

Justice The Hon. Kenneth Martin QC

Justice The Hon. Kenneth Martin QC

Justice The Hon. Kenneth Martin QC

Supreme Court Judge

Kenneth James Martin was sworn in as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 20 March, 2009. Justice Martin received all his primary and secondary education at Northam, Western Australia, where he was born. He attended Northam High School in Years Eleven and Twelve, and was Dux of the school in 1972. He went on to study towards a Bachelor of Jurisprudence (Honours) at the University of Western Australia, graduating in 1976, before going on to study towards a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 1977. He lived in College from 1973 through to 1977, serving as a member of the Student Club Executive, first as a Committee Member, and then as Treasurer. He was admitted to practise in Western Australia in December 1978 after serving his articles with the law firm Parker & Parker. He served as associate to the late Sir Ronald Wilson AC, KBE, CMG, at the High Court of Australia during 1980 - 81. Justice Martin then completed a degree of Master of Laws at the University of London (reading in Restitution, Maritime Law, General Insurance and International Business Transactions) before returning to Parker & Parker in 1982, where he was a partner from 1984 and in-house counsel from 1989 - 1991. He joined the independent bar at Francis Burt Chambers in 1992 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1997, practising in the area of commercial law. Ken met his wife Debra at St Thomas More, when she attended College while studying a combination of Arts, Law, and Social Work between 1975 and 1980. They were married in the College Chapel by Father James Dynan in September 1983, and have two sons, Christopher and Timothy. Christopher was baptized by Fr. Dynan in 1987. He was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2002.

Fr John Martis SJ

Fr John Martis SJ

Fr John Martis SJ

Jesuit Priest

John Martis was born in Kuwait, of Indian parents, and migrated to Perth as a teenager with his family in 1970. He went to the Jesuit St Louis School in Western Australia and studied Chemistry at UWA. He also played chess and cricket, and had thoughts of being a writer. But in 1980, he had a deep and unexpected experience of being called by God to priesthood. Thought, prayer and discussion with friends led him to the Jesuits. After ordination in 1991, John pursued his interest in philosophy. He was particularly drawn to types of thinking which challenge accepted certainties, and make room for experiences of the divine as "other." At Monash University, he completed a doctorate on the French postmodernist philosopher, Philippe Lacoue Labarthe. John is currently the Principal of the Jesuit Theological College, and teaches philosophy at the United Faculty of Theology, Melbourne. John says his main recreation is "enjoying the spirituality of good friendships, and good and bad humour.

Jim McGinty

Jim McGinty

Jim McGinty

Former Politician

Jim McGinty was a resident of the College in the late 1960s, studying Arts and Law at the University of Western Australia. Working first as an industrial officer,and then as Secretary of the Miscellaneous Workers Union, he entered politics, and was first elected to parliament at the 1990 Fremantle state by-election. Jim was a Minister in the governments of Carmen Lawrence, Geoff Gallop, and Alan Carpenter, as well as Leader of the WA Labor Party between 1994 and 1996. In April 2009, Jim announced his retirement from politics, and in early 2010 it was announced that he had been appointed to chair Health Workforce Australia, a new national body set up to address workforce issues in the health system.

Fr Michael McShane SJ

Fr Michael McShane SJ

Fr Michael McShane SJ

Jesuit Priest

Michael was born in England to Gaelic-speaking Irish parents. The family emigrated to Western Australia, and Michael was taught at CBC Fremantle, before going on to take a Maths/Science degree at UWA. He was a Tommy More resident between 1968 and 1970. Upon graduation, Michael joined the Jesuits, and was ordained in 1979. Since then, he has served as a University Chaplain and a Mental Health Chaplain, mostly in South Australia and Western Australia. Michael is currently the Assistant Parish Priest at St Ignatius Church in Richmond.

The Hon. Justice Neville Owen

The Hon. Justice Neville Owen

The Hon. Justice Neville Owen

Supreme Court Judge

Neville Owen was educated by the Marist Brothers at St Ildephonsus College, New Norcia, and studied law at the University of Western Australia in the mid-1960s, residing at St Thomas More College during that period. Neville developed a broad-based commercial practice, rising to partner in the firm of Robinson Cox (now Clayton Utz), before being appointed to the bench. He has served as a judge for nineteen years, and in April 2003 he completed the two-year Royal Commmission into the collapse of the HIH Insurance group. He is currently the senior judge of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. Neville swears he can't recall signing the 1966 College Food Petition (though his name appears towards the top of the copy we have in the archives), but after a recent dinner in College was happy to concede that the quality and variety of the food on offer to students today is now very good!

Dr Helen Slattery

Dr Helen Slattery

Dr Helen Slattery

Professor of Psychiatry, UWA

Helen Slattery was a Tommy More resident not once, but twice, staying with us while she undertook her PhD between 1977 and 1981, and then again when she returned to study medicine in 1984. A winner of the Australian National University Medal, Helen was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Melbourne University, and has the distinction of having been the first Medical Specialist in her graduating year in Psychology. Dr Slattery is currently a Professor at the University of Western Australia, a Consultant Psychologist, and Director of Psychiatric Training here in Western Australia. She has an additional Specialist Medical Qualification from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and is a member of a number of Department of Health committees concerned with training in the area of mental health.

Dr Peter Tannock

Dr Peter Tannock

Dr Peter Tannock

Vice Chancellor Emeritus, University of Notre Dame Australia

Described recently as one of the chief architects of the model of modern Catholic Education in Australia, Peter Tannock has had a distinguished and varied career within both the state and national education systems. Having headed first the Education Department and then the Education Faculty at UWA, Peter served at various times as the Chairman of the Australian Schools Commission, the Director of Catholic Education in Western Australia, the Chairman of the National Catholic Education Commission, and until recently as Vice Chancellor of the University of Notre Dame Australia. Speaking on the occasion of Dr Tannock's retirement as Vice Chancellor, Notre Dame Australia's Chancellor, Dr Michael Quinlan, paid tribute to many years spent in the service of Catholic education both locally and nationally. "Peter Tannock's contribution to education in Australia is unparalleled. He has played a leading role for over forty years, including serving as Chairman of the Commonwealth Schools Commission, Director of Catholic Education in Western Australia, and Chairman of the National Catholic Education Commission. Throughout his career he has been a wonderful visionary who has the rare ability to be able to turn his visions into reality." Peter is a Member of the Order of Australia, and was inducted as a Knight of the Order of St Gregory the Great by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008.

Loretta Tomasi

Loretta Tomasi

Loretta Tomasi

Chief Executive

Originally from Balingup in southern WA, Loretta Tomasi studied Commerce at UWA, graduating in 1978, having spent four years as a resident of St Thomas More College. Loretta worked for Coopers and Lybrand in Perth, Melbourne and London until 1987, when she headed to London. She worked as the Financial Controller of Tyndall Holdings, before becoming Finance Director at Stoll Moss Theatres, which went on to become Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Theatres group. She worked for the group, which managed thirteen London theatres for twelve years, firstly as Finance Director and for the last two years as Managing Director. Loretta joined English National Opera as Executive Director in 2003 and was promoted to Chief Executive in 2005. As Chief Executive, Loretta, together with the Executive team, have led ENO to its current strong position.

Debbie Whiting

Debbie Whiting

Debbie Whiting

Chartered Accountant

Debbie Whiting came to the College from Northam to study Accounting at UWA in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and her College experiences have influenced her ever since. Debbie became a chartered accountant in 1984, specialising in superannuation and financial planning. In 2003 she set up her own financial services company, which she called Utopia, inspired by her undergraduate days in College, and by the example of St Thomas More. As she notes on her company website, he was not only a "man for all seasons", but showed ultimate courage, intellect and integrity under the most pressured of situations, eventually dying for his convictions. When Debbie isn't helping her clients to reach their own financial Utopia, she's a busy mother of three, and a keen hockey player. Her nickname is 'Seagull', on account of her habit of hovering around the goals, and sneaking one into the net when the opposition aren't looking. Her sporting interests also allow her to keep up with a group of friends she made during her time in College, and between them they are convinced that age and treachery will beat youth and inexperience any day of the week!

 

 

 

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