st michaels our team

Our Team

Management Team

John GilpinCEO
John joined St Michaels in 2011, bringing with him 30 years of leadership and management experience. For 25 years, he has worked with individuals to develop lifelong learning skills in the disability and vocational sectors.
Mike ThomasDeputy CEO/COO
Mike joined St Michaels in 2021, bringing with him over 25 years of leadership and management experience. Mike has had a diverse career across many sectors, including scientific research, politics, transport, financial services and healthcare.
Andy GowerExecutive Director Disability Services
Andy has more than 10 years’ experience working in the financial sector. He has previously run his own business, and brings specialist skills in team-based learning to St Michaels. He is also a passionate coach of cricket and football umpiring groups.
Pauline RobsonDirector Residential Services
Pauline has more than 40 years management experience working in the disability and aged care sector. Pauline is passionate about assisting others to maintain their independence through life-long learning, advocacy and direct support.
Kim DeanRegistered Training Organisation (RTO) Manager
Kim has more than nine years’ experience in an RTO. In this time she has developed high-level leadership skills in RTO administration, student management systems, compliance, and delivery of training and assessment. Her focus is on positive outcomes for all participants and clients.
Ann-Louise YoungEmployee Engagement Manager
Ann-Louise has more than 15 years of human resource and learning and development experience. Ann-Louise has a passion for people and assisting them to reach their professional learning goals.

Board of Management

Colin FoonPresident
Colin is a long-time member of the St Michaels Board.and a life member of several organisations including the Old Launcestonians Football Club, being that club’s first living legend and the NTFA. He has been a practising lawyer for over four decades and is now a Consultant to his former law firm.
Simone WoodruffVice President
Simone has 24 years’ experience working in disability services. She was President of Independent Services for 22 years, and spent 15 years at Housing Tasmania as a Tenancy Officer for public housing.
Keith WatsonBoard Treasurer and Chair of the Audit and Risk Subcommittee
Keith has been an accountant in Launceston for more than 10 years. Keith completed his CPA professional qualifications and earned a Master’s degree in accounting in addition to being a Chartered Tax Advisor with the Tax Institute of Australia, and chairs the Audit and Risk Subcommittee.
Margot MalikBoard Member
Margot is an Education and Learning Development Specialist and Consultant. She has over 30 years of global executive-level experience in Training and Employee Engagement for business platforms in retail, hospitality, insurance, pharmacy, customer service provision and sales. She is a life coach, master NLP practitioner, and a mentor and coach to all levels of management and staff
Brian DunhamBoard Member
Brian is a building maintenance contractor and also a carer for a resident at St Michaels. Brian has considerable experience on the Board.
Michael HigginsBoard Member
Michael works for the largest provider of vocational education and training in Tasmania. He has been working with individuals and community groups for the past 10 years, providing opportunities to enhance their lifelong learning. Prior to this, he had extensive experience in the construction and hospitality industries.
Grayson GendersBoard Member
Grayson brings significant experience in brand and marketing to the team. He has had a successful and varied career across a range of sectors. Grayson has worked with several members of Federal Parliament as an electoral officer, and in 2005 he joined Tas Gas in their marketing and connections teams. Eventually, Grayson became their Commercial Marketing Manager, developing new strategic marketing approaches. Other experience has included rebranding, creating and running new advertising campaigns, and innovating in digital mediums.
Efi KleinerBoard Member
Efi is a qualified MBA Executive who is a results-driven, strategic, energetic and motivated individual who is passionate about the work she does and is ideally suited to be on our Board.
Cheryl ScottBoard Member
Cheryl Scott is a Speech Pathologist who has many years of experience in the public sector. Her son attends St Michaels. She is keen to work with parents and St Michaels to improve outcomes for all participants.