Ms Tracy Adams (Chair)
Tracy has extensive leadership and management experience, including more than 30 years’ experience, with yourtown, one of Australia’s largest charitable organisations providing support to tens of thousands young people each year.
During her time as CEO she has overseen a number of significant projects including a name and brand change, expansion of operations nationally, development of advocacy and research projects related to social issues impacting children and young people and achieved year on year growth in revenue.
Tracy is a graduate of the Harvard Business School General Management Program and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM). She holds a number of Board positions in the for profit and not for profit space and is an active member of the Lasallian Community within the District as well as at Institute level.
David Collins (Secretary)
David has joined the Lasallian Foundation the Board in 2022 and arrives with extensive experience and leadership of several multinational companies and banks. David worked heavily with large corporations in the field of Human resources and executive leadership including Executive Vice President Human Resources USA/Canada/Latin America for Barclays. More recently he worked with University of Sydney as Director of Advancement Services and moved towards a part time Secretary/Manager of the University of Sydney Sport Foundation, where he retired from the role in 2021. A high light of the role over the past 12 years was raising $15m which met Sports contribution towards 4 major infrastructure projects and injected $2m into the Sporting Scholarship Program.
David began his association with the Lasallian network when his children attended Oakhill College in Sydney and he became a member of Advisory Board working towards Incorporation of College , followed by Chair of the Incorporated College Board 2011-13. He has also been a Conference Member of St Vincent de Paul for last 10 years. He was affiliated by the De La Salle Brothers in 2014 and this year was awarded a Honorary Fellow at the University of Sydney.
Presently, Ria is in her eighth year as Deputy Principal, Faith and Mission at St Bede’s College Mentone. Having worked in Catholic Education for over 26 years, held leadership positions in both Primary and Secondary settings, with specific responsibilities in the area of Religious Education, Faith Formation and Social Justice. Ria also worked for 6 years at Catholic Education Melbourne as a School Adviser (RE), then as the Team Leader for Religious Education. With post-graduate studies at ACU and the University of Divinity, and having completed enrichment studies in Belgium, Jerusalem, Boston and New York, Ria brings a wealth of knowledge and Religious educational leadership to the Lasallian Foundation Board. Dedicated to providing students and colleagues with rich and relevant faith experiences and designing meaningful and engaging Religious Education to form minds and hearts for social action and change.
Ria is also committed to combining her love of scripture and adult faith formation which was evident through her recent visit to Pakistan to provide formation and facilitate retreats with staff and Brothers. Ria has also completed Lasallian Studies at the Buttimer institute and was affiliated in 2020 to the De La Salle Brothers.
Mr Andrew Madden
Andrew is an experienced and successful business executive with an extensive background in Technology Media, Telecommunications and Investment Banking, working in Australasia, Asia and North America.
Andrew has considerable leadership experience in the execution of large scale, large value technology transformation projects working as a senior executive with some of Australia’s innovative companies such as Macquarie Bank and Telstra.
Andrew’s commercial and transformation project experience spans two decades, affording him a broad range of transformation, commercial, negotiation, analytical, financial, risk management, and leadership skills.
Mr Angelo Spadavecchia
Angelo Spadavecchia was educated at St Michael’s College Adelaide, inspired by the De La Salle Brothers and served as College Captain in 1999. He then volunteered to establish Lasallian Youth Ministry in Adelaide. Angelo’s qualifications include university degrees in Theology, Education as well as a Master of International Law and International Relations. His experiences in Australia range from teaching in a remote Indigenous community to several educational leadership roles.
Angelo’s experience in Rome has included an internship at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Vatican City. He later worked at the De La Salle Brothers Generalate with the Lasallian Solidarity and Development Secretariat. Angelo visited projects in Ethiopia, South Sudan and the Holy Land. Angelo collaborated with international Catholic organisations, involved in the management of grants, projects including anti-human trafficking, migrants and refugees, formation programs, and events. He liaised with various international foundations, NGOs, universities and embassies to the Holy See. Furthermore, Angelo worked to assist Covid-19 pandemic emergency aid relief worldwide.
In 2021, Angelo returned to St. Michael’s College Adelaide where he continues his work in support of the Lasallian mission.