School Board

The day to day operations of RJC is overseen by the Redfern Jarjum College Board – whose role is to govern the school on behalf of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits).

Redfern Jarjum College Board

John Allen - Chair
John Allen - Chair
John is a trained accountant who has a management consulting practice based in Financial Services, Government and Mining clients. John is an alumnus of Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview. For over 20 years he has been, a member of the Riverview OIU Executive Committee. John has been the key to many of the outreach activities of the OIU, including initiating the Indigenous Mentor Program in 2006, founding the Just Leadership Breakfast series in conjunction with Jesuit Social Services (JSS). This series has the purpose to hear from people who are challenged with issues of justice and conscience in their positions of leadership. He engaged the OIU with Cana Communities, arranging various direct support activities for the people of the Cana Communities.
College Board Members
Mr Peter Best
Mr Peter Best
Peter is currently the Risk and Compliance Manager for Infigen Energy Limited. He has extensive Financial Services and Energy Markets experience gained both domestically and overseas including more than 15 years in Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) roles. Peter’s qualifications in law and economics have enabled him to develop a high level of business acumen and commercial skills in communicating, negotiating and problem solving. Peter welcomes and embraces the richness of culture and identity brought to us by our First Nations. He has been involved as a mentor of First Nation students in the St Ignatius’ Riverview Indigenous Program since 2008 and is actively committed to supporting First Nations students achieve to their highest potential.
Mrs Anne Fry
Mrs Anne Fry
Anne is currently the Principal of St Vincent’s College Potts Point (girls years 7 – 10) having previous experience as Principal at both John XXIII College in Perth (co-education – preparatory school – yr 12) and Loreto College Ballarat (girls years 7 – 12). She has extensive knowledge of the Australian Catholic education system, Jesuit education and Ignatian spirituality. Anne was born and grew up in New Zealand and has lived in Australia since 1985.
Fr Ross Jones SJ
Fr Ross Jones SJ
Fr Ross, joined the Jesuits in 1984. In 1991, he began the task of establishing what is now known as Loyola Senior High School Mount Druitt. With a significant indigenous student population there, he introduced Aboriginal Studies into the curriculum. In 1993 the School opened and he was Principal until 1997 when he appointed Socius (Assistant) to the Provincial for the following six years. He was then appointed Rector at St. Aloysius’ College (SAC), Milson’s Point, during which time he was instrumental in establishing Redfern Jarjum College. Subsequently, he was appointed Rector at Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview in 2011 and has this year (2018) returned as Rector at SAC.
Ms Yvonne Weldon
Ms Yvonne Weldon
Yvonne is a Wiradjuri woman from both the Kalare/Lachlan and Murrumbidgee rivers in NSW. She has worked in the Aboriginal community controlled and government sectors (federal, state and local) in Aboriginal policy development, health, human services, sexual assault, housing, disability and Aboriginal heritage. Yvonne is currently the Chair of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and has high level skills in research, consultation, project management, facilitation, policy development and analysis, and cross agency collaboration. She has also represented the government as a spokesperson on Aboriginal issues in interagency forums.
Mrs Tracey Malloy
Mrs Tracey Malloy
Tracey has extensive experience in primary, secondary and tertiary education. She has lived and worked in both rural and urban centers of NSW as a primary teacher, academic support teacher to Indigenous students, years 5 to 8 and as a sessional academic in a national university. Tracey has a Masters of Education in Learning Support and Indigenous Support and is passionate in delivering better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Officers of the Board

Matt Smith
Matt Smith
Matt joins Redfern Jarjum College as the new Principal in 2018, having previously been the Head of the Regis Campus at Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview. Matt has also worked as a teacher and school leader on the NSW Mid North Coast and in the Western Suburbs of Sydney where he grew up. His vision for Jarjum is to create an engaging learning environment built on partnerships with families and the communities.

Matt is committed to helping each individual student and looks forward to seeing them gain the confidence to achieve success in their educational journey. He believes in the importance of spiritual, emotional and academic development.

Matt holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and brings experience working with students from all over Australia. Matt has also worked extensively in the areas of curriculum design and teacher development.

Erica Blythe
Erica Blythe
A qualified FCPA and GAICD, Erica has consistently delivered strong financial results throughout her career with some of Sydney’s most prominent venues, including Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Novotel Darling Harbour and ICC Sydney.

Passionate about innovation and financial education, Erica is a highly accomplished leader who brings with her more than 15 years of finance and administration experience to her role as Director of Business Operations at St Aloysius’ College.

Erica joined St Aloysius’ College in 2020 following her position as Director of Finance at ICC Sydney, where she was part of the new Executive Team on the $1.5 billon redevelopment of the Sydney Convention Centre and successfully operated the new venue, ICC Sydney for 5.5 years. ICC Sydney achieved its’ annual KPI’s consistently as well as helped contribute over $850m in economic benefit to NSW.

Erica was a member of the NSW CPA Divisional Council from 2018 to 2020 and was appointed President of the NSW Divisional Council for CPA Australia for the 2020 year. Erica is regularly involved in speaking engagements, panels and presentations on behalf of CPA. Erica currently serves as the Company Secretary for the St Aloysius’ College Ltd Board and the Redfern Jarjum College Ltd Board.