College Advisory Council


Dr Vin Thomas
College Advisory Council Chair

Vin was a former staff member of Rostrevor College (1975-1982), has had two sons, David and Michael, attend the College and has previously been a member of the Rostrevor College Board (2001-2006). He recently retired after 46 years in Catholic education as teacher, Deputy Principal, Principal, Assistant Director and Deputy Director. In particular, the last two positions he had oversight of the corporate areas of Catholic Education.

Vin is committed to Rostrevor College continuing to be an excellent school for its students building on the many fine students, traditions and achievements since its foundation.

Mr Sam Crafter
College Advisory Council Member

Sam has had an extensive career in public affairs, communications and reputation management in both the public and private sector.  He is currently the Principal Economic Adviser to the South Australian Premier, after having spent 7 years working with Santos in Adelaide, Brisbane and Gunnedah in north-west NSW. Prior to joining Santos he spent 8 years working in State and Federal Government including time as Chief of Staff to the Minister for Education.  Sam and his wife Olivia have three sons at the school Charlie (Year 6), Ignatius (Year 5) and Oscar (Year 2) and a three year old daughter, Esther. He is passionate about promoting Rostrevor, its broad educational ethos, community spirit and the great opportunities it provides for boys and their families.

Mr Tony Circelli
College Advisory Council Member

Tony joined the Board in 2017, keen for the opportunity to contribute to the continuing growth and success of the College. He has two boys, Alex and Matthew, who commenced with the College in 2015, with his eldest child, Laura, attending Loreto College. With tertiary qualifications in Engineering and Business Administration, he has had an extensive career in engineering consultancy and public administration, having been appointed in 2014 as Chief Executive of the SA Environment Protection Authority. He also chairs, and is a Director, on a number of national and state Boards and Committees relating to science, environmental regulation, and corporate risk management.

Mrs Julie-Anne Holmes
College Advisory Council Member

Julie and her husband Jim have three children, a Rostrevor 2013 graduate a daughter who finished year 12 at St Dominic's in 2016 and their youngest son currently in year 8 at Rostrevor College. Julie has had a diverse career in finance and investment planning, road and rail safety and regulatory policy and hopes to positively contribute to the strategic direction and governance of the College whilst on the Board. As the former Business Manager at Christian Brothers Agricultural College Tardun, WA Julie has a good understanding of the foundations of Edmund Rice Education and had the privilege of working closely with the late Brother John Marks during her time at Tardun.

Mr Craig Smith
College Advisory Council Member

Craig is an Old Scholar ('92) and joined the board in 2019. He has two sons, Joshua (Year 11) and Samuel (Year 9), who attend the school. Craig has owned and operated a number of businesses over the past 25 years as well as holding senior Sales Management/Business Development positions for small to medium sized enterprises in Adelaide. Currently, he is the Managing Director of his own Real Estate Agency Smith & Associates Real Estate - and holds tertiary qualifications in Business Management, Real Estate and Human Resources.

Ms Jenny Paglia
College Advisory Council Member

Jenny joined the board in 2019. Jenny and her husband, John, have two children - Alex (Year 10) at Rostrevor and Grace (Year 7) who attends Saint Ignatius College. With tertiary qualifications in education and law, she has worked both in Adelaide and overseas in the public and private sector. Currently, she is a Senior Associate at Wallmans Lawyers in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group, with extensive experience and expertise across commercial and insurance litigation together with intellectual property. She is committed to promoting Rostrevor, particularly its encouragement of each boy to strive to be the best he can, and its focus on delivering a well-rounded education that values academic and co-curricular excellence together with student wellbeing, spirituality and a sense of social justice in the school and broader community.

Mr David Hall
College Advisory Council Member

David is a qualified marine biologist and has an extensive scientific, business and executive management background across both the public and private sectors in SA, WA and the NT.  He is currently Managing Director and owner of Hallprint Pty Ltd which is based in Victor Harbor and manufactures external fish tags for scientists and citizen science groups around the world. David and his wife Leanne have a son Anthony (Year 10) at Rostrevor. David is very passionate about assisting the school to engage productively with parents and old scholars to help provide a diverse, high quality, safe and fun educational experience for aspiring students from all backgrounds.


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