Leadership Team


Nicole Mangelsdorf

Nicole has been an educator in Victorian Catholic secondary schools for over twenty years. She is deeply committed to the holistic education that is at the heart of Catholic schools and to leading a learning focused, faith based community. Nicole believes that learning opportunities must not only prepare students for academic success, but contribute to the development of the whole person, allowing students to grow in their faith, develop a strong sense of self, a genuine love of learning and encourage them to become discerning young adults with a strong commitment to social justice.

In 2019 Nicole was appointed the sole Principal of Kilbreda College, where she had formerly held the role of Co-Principal since 2016. Prior to Kilbreda, Nicole's roles included that of Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching at Siena College, Camberwell for seven years. Nicole has held various other leadership positions including Head of Science, Senior Teacher – Programs and Director of Professional Learning. Her commitment to leading a high performing, learning focussed school was further enhanced through her completion of the International Leadership and Management Program (ILMP) Senior Leaders Program.

Nicole is an active member of the teaching profession and passionate about improving educational standards and developing strong cultures of learning. She was an active member of the Executive Committee of the Victorian Catholic Secondary Schools Deputy Principals’ Association (VCSSDPA) and held the position of both Secretary and President.

Nicole is a passionate advocate for the environment and for sustainability, having commenced her teaching career as a Biology, Science and Health Education teacher. She also has a strong commitment to social justice and has led student immersion programs to Central Australia and a remote township in South Africa. Nicole is woman of faith and models Gospel values of respect, integrity, forgiveness and justice in her interactions with others.

Nicole enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities and travelling to places of beauty and cultural diversity. In recent years, she fulfilled a lifelong dream to visit the Galapagos Islands and walk the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. To relax and re-energise Nicole enjoys spending time with her family and friends, horse riding, camping, yoga and meditation.

Assistant Principal: Learning and Teaching

Catherine Johnston

Catherine brings a breadth of experience in leading learning and teaching and has worked in a range of roles both interstate and internationally She is committed to lifelong learning and in addition to her teaching qualifications, has completed a Masters of Education (International Policy), Graduate Certificate in Curriculum Leadership, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Catherine believes that schools should promote a love of learning and hope, of social justice and service to others, and be welcoming and inclusive.

Prior to her role at Kilbreda, she was the Learning and Teaching Coordinator (Years 7- 10) at Padua College, a multi campus college on the Mornington Peninsula, and held a similar role at Trinity College, South Australia. In both these roles Catherine was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Learning and Teaching program.

At Kilbreda, Catherine leads the team of Domain Leaders and is working with them to ensure that the skills required of young people; communication, collaboration and creativity, underpin the College's learning programs. She is passionate about improving student outcomes through a focus on creating a culture of continuous learning, improvement, and innovation and is a passionate teacher of English and Humanities.

Assistant Principal: Wellbeing and Engagement

Stephanie Smyth
BAppSc, BEd, MEd

Throughout its rich 113 year history, Kilbreda has been blessed with quality leaders, beacons of light who through their actions have inspired others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more.  Stephanie feels privileged that she has been blessed with the opportunity to continue to build upon the work of those who have gone before her and is committed to ensuring that the Catholic ethos and Brigidine Charism are promoted and celebrated in the life of the Kilbreda College community.

Throughout all the dimensions of her professional life, Stephanie’s enduring passion has been the wellbeing of young people.  Her experience in working with students from a variety of backgrounds, across many year levels she has found to be challenging and inspiring.  It has enabled her to become highly attuned to their learning and wellbeing needs.  Stephanie’s compass for wellbeing and engagement is centered upon ensuring that each student has personalised opportunities to access a comprehensive, relevant and meaningful Pastoral care program and is known, cared for and valued. 

Stephanie acknowledges the important role that teachers play in modelling to their students the importance of being lifelong learners in all aspects of life.  She is excited to have the opportunity to work alongside quality teachers to ensure that the students of Kilbreda are well-equipped to contribute to the world in which they live through their actions and decisions.

Assistant Principal: Staff Learning and Development

Wayne Murrill
BArts, DipEd, MEd

Wayne brings great experience and passion in the areas of educational review and innovation, and leading collaborative teams to improve the academic, social, emotional and spiritual lives of students.

Prior to his role at Kilbreda, Wayne was the Director of Middle Years at Genazzano FCJ College in Kew where he worked collaboratively with staff to re-define the learning culture, through embedding: a metacurriculum into curriculum design; visible learning; thinking routines and the implementation of Professional Learning Teams. 

Wayne has significant experience in the collation and analysis of diagnostic and student voice data to inform and enhance pedagogical practice and professional learning. His skills and desire to lead a high performing, learning focused school have been further enhanced by completing the International Leadership and Management Program for Middle Leaders.

Wayne has held a number of leadership positions in the past including Middle Years Coordinator, Year 9 Program Coordinator and Innovation and Excellence Representative and is teaching Media and Italian at Kilbreda.

Catholic Identity and Mission Leader

Stephen Nash
BEd, BTheol, Cert IV Training, M Arts/Theol

Stephen has worked in a wide variety of schools – boys, co-educational, country and suburban. He has focused on Religious Education, Faith and Ministry.

His passion is bringing life to the faith dimension and helping people connect their lives and the realm of faith.

Prior to the role at Kilbreda, he was the Religious Education Leader at St Peter’s College, a multi campus college on the south eastern edge of Melbourne and prior to that, held a similar role at Catholic College, Sale. In both of these roles, Stephen was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Religious Education program and all of the faith initiatives.

At Kilbreda, Stephen leads the team of Religious Education teachers and is working with a wide variety of staff, students and the parishes in the various faith programs that operate within Kilbreda.

Business Manager

James Tian
CPA, MasAcc, BBus(Acc)

Before joining the education sector 15 years ago, James held positions in the banking and finance industries, however now thoroughly enjoys working in the dynamic and diverse school environment.

With a Master's degree in Accountancy and as a full CPA member, James has been able to strengthen the College's financial position and also has extensive experience in multi-task project management. James' ultimate goal is to be able to support the teaching and learning program at the College with the best education facilities and has facilitated the improvement of technology and its application in the classroom, which has improved efficiency and been fun for both students and teachers.

James likes spending time with his family and being involved in the local community. He has been coaching local junior soccer teams for a number of years since coming to Australia and has adopted Aussie Rules football as a loyal Bulldog's supporter!