Governance at St Leo’s College

The College is owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane and the four regional Dioceses: Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Townsville and Cairns.

The College Constitution empowers the Archbishop and the Bishops to appoint the Chair of the College Council and its Members who set the governance and direction of the College. One of these Members is always a member of the St Leo’s College Resident student body.

The Council meets five times per calendar year and its meetings are structured around three Advisory Committees – Planning, Legal & Risk and Finance.

The Head of College reports to the Council with respect to the College’s financial position and ensures its engagement with the broader community. The Head of College is responsible for the daily functioning of the College, and through the delegations of the Council and implementation of the College’s Strategic Plan provides for staffing arrangements and delivery of Council policy. The Head of College is also responsible for the College’s financial position and its engagement with the broader community.


  • The Most Rev Mark Coleridge BA DSS – Archbishop of Brisbane
  • The Most Rev James Foley DD – Bishop of Cairns
  • The Most Rev Michael McCarthy DD – Bishop of Rockhampton
  • The Most Rev Robert McGuckin DD – Bishop of Toowoomba
  • The Most Rev Timothy Harris  – Bishop of Townsville

Strategic Plan:

St Leo’s College Strategic Plan – Adopted May 16 – Exec Summary


Council Members:



Mr Daryl Hanly OAM

Daryl Hanly completed fifty years as a teacher in 2014. As an employee of Education Queensland for thirty seven years, Daryl served sixteen

Daryl Hanly completed fifty years as a teacher in 2014. As an employee of Education Queensland for thirty seven years, Daryl served sixteen years as a principal of secondary schools. He then was the inaugural Director of the Education Department’s Centre for Leadership Excellence for five years. For two years Daryl was Director of Education Queensland International, which experience exposed him to international contexts and a variety of leadership models. For the final thirteen years, Daryl was the first lay principal of St Joseph’s Nudgee College Brisbane, a year 5-12. Catholic Boarding School for boys.

During his career, Daryl held a number of key Executive positions at the State and National levels, and currently chairs the Youth + Foundation (EREA),  as well  St Leo’s College Council. Daryl is also a member of the Council of Mercy Partners, the Public Juridic Person (PJP) for the Mercy Ministries.


Steve Foley
Mr Steve Foley
Head of College/CEO

Philip Byrne
Mr Philip Byrnes

Philip was appointed to the St Leo’s college Council in 2013. I was at Leo’s in 1975-1977.

Philip is a corporate partner in the Brisbane office of Thomson Geer, a national law firm. He specialises in revenue law and mergers and acquisitions. At UQ Philip completed law and commerce honours.  He did further studies, completing a masters in Tax at UNSW and an MBA at UChicago (Chicago Booth).

Before joining a law firm, Philip worked as an economist with the Commonwealth Department of Finance and then as a Lecturer in Business. He has been a solicitor for more than 30 years and a partner for more than 25 years. Since 1997  Philip has variously been managing partner or office leader and a member of the board.

Philip meet his wife at a Duchene formal. They have been married more than 35 years. They had 3 children, 2 boys and a girl. His oldest son worked as a lawyer before completing a PhD in applied economics in respect of renewable energy and now works in that area. His other son was an auto electrician and principally worked in mining when not travelling.  His daughter is an accountant working in private practice having completed economics and commerce at UQ and her CA qualification.

St Leo’s offered many opportunities during the time Philip was a resident and the friendship of a wide range of people across faculties from Leo’s and other colleges. Philip is pleased to be involved with Leo’s again and hopes to contribute, as a member of council, to the St Leo’s community so the time that Leonians reside at St Leo’s is an enjoyable and rewarding experience.








Ms Madonna King

Madonna is one of Australia’s most accomplished journalists, having worked at senior levels across News Limited and the ABC, where she presented the award-winning Mornings current affairs program for six years. She has a weekly column in Fairfax on political and social issues, and also writes for Fairfax’s Good Weekend. Queensland’s most experienced moderator, and a rigorous interviewer, Madonna facilities the AICD CEO luncheon series and leads hypotheticals and panels nationwide on topics as varied as education, heath, business, and politics.

Madonna is the author of nine books, including the best-seller Being 14 and Fathers and Daughters. She is also the biographer of Australian of the Year Professor Ian Frazer and former treasurer Joe Hockey.

In 2018, she served as chair of the Queensland Government’s Anti-Cyber Bullying Taskforce, set up in the wake of COAG. All 29 recommendations were accepted in the landmark report. She is a graduate of the AICD, and serves on two university-related boards/councils.


Dr. Zelle Hodge

Dr Zelle Hodge AM







Mr Michael Noon

Michael Noon is a Chartered Accountant who provides advice to organisations in the areas of financial management, business strategy and operational planning.

He is a Director of SRJ Walker Wayland, an accounting and business advisory firm with four offices in South East Queensland.

Specialist Areas of Practice:

  • Strategic planning
  • Growth strategy development and implementation.
  • Profit improvement.
  • Financial analysis and data interpretation.
  • Operational planning and system improvement.
  • Corporate governance.

Previous experience:

  • 19 years as a Partner/Principal in Chartered Accountancy firms.
  • 8 years as a member of the Business Advisory and Tax consulting divisions of EY.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Master of Applied Finance.
  • Bachelor of Economics.
  • Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA).
  • Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
  • Accredited Mindshop Facilitator (AMSF).
  • Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA).
  • Registered Tax Agent.

Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.


Robert Falzon

Mr Robert Falzon







Mr Glen Cronan
Deputy Head of College

Student Club President






Mr Oliver Dickinson