Leadership Team

Click below to learn more about our Leadership Team and their involvement with the college.

Principal – Mr Gerry Crooks

A Western Australian by birth, Gerry taught in both city and regional country schools in that State including such schools as Trinity and Mercedes Colleges in Perth, CBC Fremantle, and Nagle Catholic College in Geraldton. He held various leadership positions, both in curriculum and administration, in these schools before moving to northern NSW to take up the role of Principal at McAuley Catholic College in Grafton in 2002. Gerry was appointed Principal of St James College in 2009, a position he considers to be one of the most rewarding of his career. He holds Masters degrees in Education (Curtin University) and Educational Administration (UNE), a honours degree in Music Education (UWA), a Graduate Certificate in Theology (ACU) and an Associate Diploma in Piano. 

Deputy Principal - Mr Tony McCulkin

After five years with Education Queensland, Tony moved to Downlands Sacred Heart College in Toowoomba as Head of Art and Year 12 Coordinator for fourteen years.  He was appointed Deputy Principal of St Michael’s de la Salle College, Henley Beach in Adelaide in 2000.  Tony commenced at St James College in 2006, first as Assistant Principal Studies and, from 2009, as Deputy Principal and Head of Curriculum.  Tony holds a Masters degree in Education from Southern Cross University, a Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Theological Studies from Flinders University, a Graduate Diploma of Teaching and a Diploma in Creative Arts.  

Assistant Principal Pastoral – Mr Martin Wiseman

Proudly educated by the Christian Brothers in Toowoomba, Martin has been teaching since 1993 in Education Queensland schools and EREA schools in both rural and urban settings.  He spent fifteen years at St Joseph’s Nudgee College occupying a number of pastoral, co-curricular, academic and boarding positions during that time culminating in his appointment as Director of Senior School Students.  In addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree and Post-Graduate Diploma in Education, Martin has also been awarded a Masters in Educational Studies from the University of Queensland as well as a Masters in Educational Leadership via the Australian Catholic University.  He arrived at St James College in 2010 and has undertaken the position of Assistant Principal Pastoral since then, leading a terrific Pastoral Team at this great school.

Assistant Principal Identity – Mrs Tricia Parry

Tricia Parry was born in Brisbane, Queensland and was educated by the Sisters of Mercy at All Hallows’ School, Brisbane. She has undertaken a range of tertiary studies including a Diploma of Secondary Music teaching, Graduate Diploma of Music Education. Master of Education, Graduate Certificate in Religious Education and Master of Arts majoring in Theology. Tricia has taught and held a variety of leadership roles at Dakabin State High School, All Hallows’ School and San Sisto College prior to being appointed as Assistant Principal Identity at St James College at the commencement of 2012. Tricia thoroughly enjoys the role of Identity which attends to the Mission, Ministry and Religious Education curriculum of the College, a portfolio which sits at the heart of being in a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice Tradition.

Business Manager – Mr David Cantwell

David came to St James College after a long career leading the finance arm of the Anglican Church in Brisbane.  David has significant experience as a CEO and CFO in the Not-for-Profit sector, and senior financial experience in Education, Aged Care, Facilities Management and Retail.

He led and grew the church-based financial treasury for over twelve years.  Under his leadership, this organisation grew to over $200 million in assets and produced a turnover of over $17 million and a surplus of over $1 million pa.  He achieved an unbroken ten year track record of growth during his tenure as head of this vital resource.

David’s responsibilities at St James include finance, payroll, accounts and risk and facilities management.