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Governance of Antonine College Ltd

Antonine College Ltd (ACL) is a company limited by guarantee, registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission. It is established to govern, operate and conduct Antonine College (the College) in the charism of the Maronite Antonine Sisters Order in Lebanon (the Order). In their governance role the Board of Directors ensure a strategic approach to the College’s future. The Board is comprised of individuals with extensive and diverse skills and experience.

The College Principal is accountable to the Board of Directors, and the Board reports to the Maronite Antonine Sisters Order in Lebanon, in relation to:

  • Mission, Vision and Values
  • Catholic Identity
  • Strategic Planning
  • Leadership Development and Formation
  • Performance Development and Management
  • Key Leadership Appointments at the College
  • Financial Management and Capital Expenditure
  • Property Transactions

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1 Constitution of Antonine College Ltd

2 ACL Governance Charter

3 Directors Code of Conduct

Antonine College Board of Directors

Monsignor Joseph Takchi OAM EV

Monsignor Joseph Takchi is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Antonine College, and is well-known and respected by the Antonine Sisters, students, teachers, staff and parents as he is also the College Chaplain and Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Parish.

Joseph was a (Secondary School) teacher before he decided to become a Priest. He was ordained in 1982 – the first Maronite Priest Ordained in Australia. He was appointed Assistant Parish Priest under the leadership of then Parish Priest, Monsignor Paul El-Khoury. Fr Joe immediately started work with the young people and introduced English into the Liturgy. He worked to build up the Youth Group in the Parish and was instrumental in the building of Saint Paul’s Hostel and the new Church Our Lady of Lebanon in Thornbury.

Since the Antonine Sisters arrived in 1980, Fr Joe, alongside Monsignor Paul, has been instrumental in helping and supporting the Sisters in the Childcare, in the administration of Saint Pauls Hostel and in the opening and development of Antonine College.

In 1997, Monsignor Paul passed away, and after a short time, Fr Joe was given the title, Monsignor and became Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lebanon Church. He continues to work tirelessly within the Community.

Mary Farah

Mary Farah has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in education, holding leadership positions across a range of Catholic secondary colleges. Mary is a frequent contributor, both nationally and internationally, to the education debate and as such has specialised in shaping and augmenting curricula which combines academic rigour with real-world experience and relevance.

For the past 10 years Mary has been Principal of St Aloysius College, North Melbourne, successfully leading the school from an all-girls’ College to coeducation in 2023. Mary has been an active member of the Catholic community, and since 2014 she has been on the Catholic Capital Grant Committee. Reform and growth can be a rocky road and Mary regularly shares her experiences across the education sector.

Janette Lahoud

Janette has been part St Paul’s Hostel team since 1996. She has extensive experience in aged care management. She is a passionate and active member of the Maronite community in Melbourne.

Abou Elhage

Abdou is the Principal of Hage Accountants Pty Ltd. He started the Practice in 2007 with a handful of clients and has seen it grow to a firm which now looks after many individuals and businesses Australia wide.

Abdou has a wealth of experience in all matters of Tax Accounting. His technical skills range across Financial Reporting, Cash Flow Management, Tax Returns and Taxation Advise allowing him to provide Taxation and business Advisory services across a wide range of industries.

Abdou has a special interest in Business Accounting and assisting clients create the right corporate structures to maximise profitability and achieve the most tax-effective results.

Sayed Wehbe

Sayed Wehbe is a highly experienced professional with over 30 years of work experience in various roles. He has a strong skill set in ITIL, project management, business analysis, and vendor management. Sayed has a proven track record in project delivery, change management, and integration. He has previously held positions where he excelled in customer success and general management roles.

Jawad Joseph Abou-Zeid

Jawad is an experienced business owner in the healthcare and hospitality industry. Jawad started his connection with the Antonine Community in 1993 at the Antonine Childcare Centre and went on to graduate from Antonine College in 2008.

He has since completed Dental School at La Trobe University and currently operates a Dental Service that provides much needed dental

care to children at schools. Jawad is one of three children, all of whom graduated through Antonine College and is now married to his wife Alissa and has two children.

Johnny El-Halabi

Johnny brings a wealth of expertise in the real estate, construction, accounting and mortgage industries. With unparalleled dedication and skills in communication, negotiation, and success, Johnny is committed to fostering positive relationships. His professional approach and unwavering work ethic will set an inspiring example for the school community. Enrolled at Antonine College, Johnny's children embody the values he upholds.

Robert Fomiatti

Antonine College Deputy Principal - College Business & Strategic Management