KRB Leadership Team

Kincoppal-Rose Bay is in the hands of our very capable leadership team who each share a passion for education and fostering a culture of learning and community within KRB.

Erica Thomas


Erica Thomas commenced as Principal of Kincoppal-Rose Bay in January 2023. A highly experienced and passionate educator with a strong focus on academic excellence and student wellbeing, Erica is an advocate for the positive influence of modern education.

With a career in education spanning over 30 years, Erica has held a number of senior leadership positions in independent schools across NSW including Acting Principal, Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School at Queenwood and Director of Teaching and Learning and Director of Boarding at Kincoppal-Rose Bay. Since 2014, Erica was Head of School at Newcastle Grammar where she oversaw a significant transformation of the school.

Erica holds a Bachelor of Education (Macquarie University), a Masters of Education (University of New England) and a Graduate Diploma in History (Monash University). She is an active member of the Association of Independent Schools Advisory Council.

Elizabeth Clark

Deputy Principal

An experienced educator in the key learning area of Human Society and its Environment, Elizabeth has a wide experience of leadership in Catholic education. Focused on the development of staff and students; her experiences have included Curriculum Coordinator and Assistant Head of Boarding at St Scholastica’s College, Assistant Principal at Brigidine College Randwick and Deputy Principal at Rosebank College.

Elizabeth is a dedicated lifelong learner, a characteristic she wishes to inspire all her students with. She holds a Bachelor of Economics (Social Sciences), Diploma of Education and Master of Education (Curriculum) from the University of Sydney. Elizabeth has also completed a Master in Educational Leadership (ACU) and a Master of Theology (Newcastle). She is an active member of the Australian College of Education and the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.

Lisa Netting

Acting Head of Junior School

An experienced educator in the Kindergarten to Year 6 coeducational Catholic context, Lisa is committed to the development of the holistic person; academic and social-emotional, with an authentic sense of spirituality, ethics, and social awareness.

After a successful corporate career, spanning over 15 years working both nationally and internationally as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte, Lisa moved into education. She began her teaching career in Sydney Catholic Schools, working at St Michaels Lane Cove and St Francis of Assisi Paddington. Within these contexts Lisa held various leadership positions including, Leader of Learning Mathematics, Wellbeing Coordinator, and three years as Assistant Principal. She commenced at Kincoppal-Rose Bay in 2020 as the Assistant Head of Junior School.

Lisa’s combined commercial and school leadership experience has enabled her to effectively initiate and execute best-practice teaching and learning initiatives to maximise student growth, build the capacity of staff, and develop authentic relationships with all community stakeholders.

Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Economics (Macquarie University), Post Graduate Certificate in Religious Education (Australian Catholic University) and a Master of Teaching (Charles Sturt University).

Carrie Scanlan

Director of Students (7-12)

Carrie is an outstanding educator of girls who has extensive experience in the field of Positive Education Wellbeing. She has led the Academic Care team since 2016 and prior to that was a Year Coordinator at KRB for 9 years. Carrie has built a strong team who have worked collaboratively to provide best practice academic care to the senior students of Kincoppal-Rose Bay.

Carrie is passionate about continuing to develop Kincoppal–Rose Bay’s use of Positive Psychology in supporting the wellbeing of students; focusing on the crucial development of skills such as resilience and perseverance. Carrie is an exceptional communicator and strong role model for our students in the Senior School.

Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts Degree from ANU and a Master of Teaching Degree from Sydney University.

Anne-Maree Bennett

Director of Boarding

Anne-Maree Bennett has a strong commitment to the mission of a Catholic school and a clear vision for academic care within a Sacred Heart School. She also brings to the position her proactive and strong leadership skills, outstanding communication skills and her ability to build strong collaborative relationships with staff, parents and students.

Before joining the Leadership Team, Anne-Maree was Head of English at Pymble Ladies College and has held leadership roles as Head of English at St Ignatius’ College, Riverview, Wenona and Loreto Kirribilli. She was also a Year Coordinator at Loreto. She is a senior HSC marker of English, a subject that all our Boarders must study. Anne-Maree has also been involved in three boarding schools – Riverview, Wenona and Pymble Ladies College, and lived on campus at Riverview.

Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours in English Literature/Psychology from the University of Sydney and a Diploma of Education. Anne-Maree brings great leadership experience to this role as well as her commitment, understanding and passion for the education of girls.

Lisa Patterson

Director of Studies

With over 20 years of teaching experience in Sydney as well as overseas, Lisa has held leadership positions at a number of independent girls schools in NSW including Monte and Queenwood.

Lisa is passionate about teaching and loves the energy that students bring to the school environment.

The Director of Studies role is responsible for creating systems and structures to support excellence in teaching and learning at KRB. This includes operational elements such as managing the timetable, the subject selection process, assessments and reporting systems and curriculum compliance.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in Mathematics and a Master of Teaching.

Theo Miliatos

Director of Corporate Services

Theo is a registered Chartered Accountant with 15 years of corporate finance experience working for Australia’s leading organisations across a range of projects and industries, including education. Theo has held multiple leadership positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Theo holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Accounting and a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting from UCT.

Angela Thomas

Director of Teaching and Learning

Angela Thomas has a focus on leading creatively to optimise student learning through fostering a rich innovative pedagogy that responds to evidence of best practice and the holistic needs of the learner. As an established educational leader, she nurtures an intellectually dynamic culture of academic excellence by ensuring a cohesive teaching and learning continuum, focusing on knowing and growing individual students through data and building the professional capacity of teaching staff.

Before joining KRB, Angela was the Director of Teaching and Learning at Santa Sabina where she oversaw a significant improvement in academic results. She has also held middle leadership positions in gifted education, middle schooling, and as a Head of Department in schools in Sydney and London. She is an experienced technology educator of Design and Technology, Textiles and Design and Information Technology courses.

Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Education from Western Sydney University and a Master of Education – Computers in Education from the University of Sydney. She has also recently completed a Master of Educational Leadership majoring in educational research, gifted education, professional learning, and school improvement. In 2020/2021 she was the recipient of a scholarship to be part of the Association of Independent Schools National Flagship Leadership Program.

Brennan Sharpley

Director of Mission


Brennan is an experienced and enthusiastic teacher in the area of Mission and Catholic/Christian identity. He has a strong commitment to continuing the development of staff and student understanding of our Sacred Heart charism. He has worked in the area of Mission across Sydney Catholic Schools for over 30 years, including in varied Religious Education and Mission leadership roles. Brennan has most recently worked as an Education Officer for the Mission and Identity Directorate of Sydney Catholic Schools. His leadership experience has included seven years in Deputy Principal roles.

Brennan is passionate about the experience of Immersion, Pilgrimage and Retreats as part of our Catholic/Christian journey.

Brennan’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Education, a Masters Degree in Religious Education and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from The Australian Catholic University.

Mary Cook

Director of Advancement & Community

Mary worked as the Director of Development for the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney, Roseville College and Loreto Normanhurst prior to joining KRB as a careers advisor in 1990.

She has extensive experience in all areas of development, community relations and fundraising, having coordinated significant appeals for the new Sydney University Law School and a number of extensive building and bequest programs for schools.

Mary is committed to ensuring that all members of the KRB community – parents, staff, past parents and alumnae are able to engage as closely as possible in different ways with the life of the School.

She sees the importance of encouraging a culture of giving amongst the community to ensure the school provides an optimal learning environment for every student and to enable those families who cannot afford a Sacred Heart education the chance to be educated at KRB.

Sarah Daff

Director of Global Citizenship & Education

Sarah is an experienced teacher of 13 years with a specialisation in religious education and mission. She has worked internationally, spending a year in Ghana as a Curriculum Development Officer with the Australian Volunteers International Development. She also held the position of Director of Mission at our Brisbane sister school, Stuartholme, for five years before taking up the newly created role of Director of Global Citizenship & Education at KRB. 

In her role, Sarah aims to inspire and empower our students to embrace global citizenship as a way of life. She is passionate about the power of education to foster creativity, critical thinking, cultural responsiveness, empathy, self-belief, compassion and collaboration within our students, all skills they will need to navigate the challenges of our modern world. Sarah looks forward to strengthening our international partnerships with other Sacred Heart Schools and educational providers to reinforce our global competence.