St Peter's College
Foundation

The St Peter’s College Foundation was established in 1985 and has since played a vital role in ensuring the best educational outcomes for our students. The Foundation has supported key facility projects across the School, contributed to resourcing as well as adding to the diversity of our student body through the provision of needs-based scholarships.

School fees and government grants alone do not provide for the advancement of the School and thus the work of the Foundation is vital in supporting the School’s vision to build an exceptional community of learning.

Foundation Membership

Foundation membership is open to all donors with cumulative giving of $5,000 or more. Foundation members enjoy a number of benefits including invitations to special events and opportunities to engage with the wider School community.

Member $5,000
Fellow $25,000
Senior Fellow $50,000
Benefactor $100,000
Senior Benefactor $250,000
Vice Patron $500,000
Patron $1,000,000

For more information about becoming a Foundation member, please contact the Development Manager for a confidential discussion on +61 8 8404 0528 or email foundation@stpeters.sa.edu.au.

Foundation Board

The St Peter’s College Foundation Board brings together the skills, knowledge and expertise of old scholars, current parents and past parents to help develop and maintain excellence in education, facilities and community service at the School. Working closely with the Development Office, the Foundation Board provides strategic oversight and support of activities that encourage community engagement and philanthropic support.

  • Dr Richard Sawers AM (ATH '66)
    President and Council of Governors Nominee

    Richard joined the Board in 2017 and was elected President in 2020. He is a current parent, old scholar and is also the Foundation nominee on the Council of Governors.

    Richard graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. He is a clinical lecturer in restorative dentistry and mentors Indigenous health science students.

    Richard is the current chair of the Fundraising Taskforce for restoration of St Peter’s Cathedral organ and a member of the St Peter’s Cathedral Music Foundation.

    He is the current International President-elect of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, Australasian treasurer of the International College of Dentists and a member of the Australian Dental Association, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Academy of Dentistry International, American Academy of Dentistry and the Securities Institute of Australia.

  • Don Donlan
    Vice President

    Don joined the Board in November 2008 and was appointed Vice President in 2017. He is a current parent.

    Don has a BA in political science from Villanova University, USA. He is a lieutenant in the US Naval Reserve, having served in Vietnam. After almost 40 years in the finance industry, he retired in 2006.

    He is a founder and past president of Villanova University Financial Club of Wall Street and an active member of the Neurosurgical Research Foundation Board and Executive Committee and Chair of the Investment Committee. He is also member of the Fundraising Task Force for the St Peter's Cathedral organ.

  • David Robinson (DAC '84)
    Treasurer

    David joined the Board in 2009 and was appointed Treasurer in 2017. He is a current parent and old scholar.

    David is Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. He is a current member of the Board of Trustees at Wolf Blass Foundation, the All Souls St Peter's Endowment Trust and the Rischbieth Scholarship Funds. He is a member of FINSIA and a member of the Rotary Club Adelaide.

  • Tim Browning
    Executive Officer

    In February 2018, Tim Browning was commissioned as the 15th Headmaster of St Peter's College. He has a distinguished career in both coeducational and boys’ education settings and was formerly Deputy Headmaster and Head of Senior School at Cranbrook School in Sydney.

    In May 2019, Tim was elected as the Executive Officer of the St Peter's College Foundation.

  • Don Sarah AM (DAC '54)

    Don is an Old Scholar (DAC ‘54), a past parent and current grandparent.

    Don became involved with the Foundation as a trustee in the 1980s and in October 1994 he was appointed Chairman of the Foundation’s Annual Giving, Major Gifts and Bequests Standing Committee. He was President of the Foundation from 2007-2017. He is a founding member and Patron of the Founders' Circle and a member of the Blackmore Rowing Club.

    Don has had a very successful career in the construction industry and held positions of General Manager, Managing Director and Chairman of Directors (until retiring in 2001) of his family building company which comprises Sarah Constructions, Sarah Homes and Hindmarsh Plumbing. Don is past National President and an Honorary Life Member, Australian Institute Building; past President, Master Builders Association SA; and past President, Institute Arbitrators and Mediators Australia.

  • Tony Keynes OAM (SCH '70)

    Tony joined the Board in 1985. He is an old scholar and former member of the Council of Governors. He is a member of the SPOC Executive Committee, and President and Head of Coaching of the SPCA Athletics Club.

    Tony completed a four-year machinist apprenticeship and an Associate Diploma in business administration. He is a retired business owner, now managing investment properties.

    Tony is also an Australian track and field coach, life member and former president of Athletics South Australia and current member of its track and field advisory committee as well as member of the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Heating.

    Tony was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his services to athletics in the 2019 Queens Birthday Honour list.

  • Dr Susanna Proudman

    Susanna joined the Board in 2017. She is a current parent.

    Susanna, MBBS (Hons) FRACP, is Senior Consultant in Rheumatology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Associate Professor at Adelaide University. She is Medical Director of the Arthritis Australia Board and a member of Arthritis Australia’s Grants Assessment Committee. Susanna is Chair of the Australian Scleroderma Interest Group.

  • Jon Silcock (YNG '81)
    St Peter's Old Collegians Nominee

    Jon joined the Board in 2016. He is a current parent, old scholar and a member of the SPOC Executive Committee. Jon is Captain of the Saints old scholars intercollegiate golf and tennis teams.

    Jon is a Certified Financial Planner, a member of the Financial Planning Association of Australia and also holds a Diploma of Financial Planning from Deacon University.

    He sits on the advisory board for Centrepoint Alliance and has sat on a number of advisory boards for Aon. Jon is the principal of Connect Financial Advice managing a team dedicated to providing holistic financial advice to businesses, professionals and families.

  • James Sarah (DAC '82)

    James joined the Board in 2020. He is an old scholar and current parent.

    James is the Joint Managing Director of the Sarah Group and oversees the strategic direction and performance of the businesses in the group. James is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is an Honorary Life Member of the Property Council of Australia South Australian Division.

    He was a Director of the RAA of SA Inc for 14 years and Director of Masonic Homes Ltd for 5 years. James has also been President of the Australian Institute of Building and Property Council of Australia South Australian divisions respectively and sat on the National Boards of both organisations.

  • Andrew Thomas (WDK '59)

    Andrew joined the Board in 2020. He is an old scholar, past parent, served as a Council of Governor from 2005 to 2016 and is a former President of the SPOC Football Club.

    Andrew is the former CEO and Board Member of Michell (Aust) Pty Ltd. He has held the roles of Federal President of the Australian Wool Processors Council, Deputy Chairman of the Australian Council of Woolbuyers, Deputy Chairman of SA Water and Chairman of both the South Australian Research and Development Institute and the South Australian Wool Industry Development Board.

    On retirement from his business activities, Andrew and his family owned and ran an Angus breeding property at Ashbourne on the Fleurieu Peninsula for 18 years.

  • Timothy Neill (YNG '83)

    Tim joined the Board in 2020. He is an old scholar and past parent.

    Tim is a Chartered Accountant and Principal of T C Neill CA. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Board member of Co-Opera Inc, Honorary Treasurer of the Neurosurgical Research Foundation Inc and a committee member of the St Peter’s Cathedral Music Foundation.

2019 Foundation Annual Report