Education Board (Parish Education Advisory Board - PEAB)

The role of the Education Board is to offer advice to the Parish Priest, Principal and Deputy Principal in the best interests of the St Joseph’s Parish School Community. The Board also assists and fosters the growth and development of education within the Parish Community of Malvern.

The PEAB consists of the Parish Priest, Principal, parents and a staff representative. Members of the Board are appointed by the Principal in consultation with the Board.

A short description of the 2019 parent members of the PEAB is below:

Peter Piasente (Chair)

Peter joined the PEAB in 2017. Peter and his wife Jade currently have 2 children at St Joseph’s, Sophie (Grade 4) and Luca (Grade 2). Peter is an accountant by profession with over 20 year’s experience in public practice consulting to various businesses and family groups. He has been a board member of a number of private businesses together with sporting clubs. Peter loves to spend time with his family and enjoys all sports with an avid interest in cycling, surfing, horse racing and football (Carlton).

Amy Alston (secretary)

Amy has been a member of the PEAB since 2016 and is the current PEAB secretary. Amy and her husband John have two children, Gemma who is in Grade 3 and Ethan who attended St Joseph's until 2017. Amy is a corporate lawyer and company secretary.

Kerry Cockburn

Kerry joined the PEAB in 2019. His son Henry is in Grade 1, and he has an older son Hugo at De la Salle. Kerry has a business background and is director of Seneca Textiles Australia. He brings a wealth of business acumen and is committed to supporting the continued success of the SJM school community.

Fr. Alan Gibson 

Fr. Alan was born and raised in Sydney. Ordained to the priesthood on 5th August 1995, he has since worked on the Gold Coast, Fiji and Sydney prior to coming to the Malvern parish in late January 2018. Fr. Alan has worked in parishes, teaching church history in the seminary and as a director of students training for the priesthood. Interests apart from the Church are reading, watching movies and following most sports.

Paul Hickey

Paul has been a member of the PEAB since 2015, serving as Chair for three years until 2018.  Paul and his wife Leanne have a son Alex in Grade 4 at St Joseph's and three older secondary school daughters who also attended St Joseph's. Paul has a career in sales and engineering in the IT and Telecommunications industry. He was also previously president and board member of a local kindergarten.

Trish Reginato

Trish joined the PEAB in 2019. Trish and her husband Christian have two children at St Joseph’s (Zach in Grade 4 and Georgia in Grade 2). Trish is a general commercial lawyer with risk and governance experience.  Trish previously served on the board of the Malvern Early Learning Centre.

David Stegehuis

David joined the PEAB in 2019 as the P&F representative. He is the  current chair of the St Joseph’s P&F Committee, and  also served as P&F treasurer until 2018.  He has five children, two of whom study at St Joseph’s: Liesl in Grade 3 and Christian in Grade 1.  His older son, Luca, attended St Joseph’s until 2018.  David has worked in investment roles in the infrastructure sector for the last 20 years, focusing on renewable energy and PPPs.

Alistair Williams

Alistair joined the PEAB in 2019. He and his wife Jane have two children at St Josephs, Jackson in year six and Stella in Prep.  Alistair has previously been Secretary of the P&F Committee and works in the Utilities industry as a project director.


Education Board Guidelines

Victorian Catholic Schools Parent Body (VCSPB) School Board information: