Our staff team



Tiffany Donnelly BA (Hons) MA PhD

Tiffany Donnelly received her doctorate in English Literature from the University of Queensland. Her research has centred on the literature and drama of the Victorian period. Dr Donnelly was appointed Principal of The Women’s College in January 2020, and is responsible for all aspects of the College’s operations. She is an ex-officio member of the College Council and resides on-site.

Vice Principal

Olivia Murphy BA (Hons I) MPhil DPhil

Olivia Murphy is an alumna of the Women’s College. During her time at College she received a Bachelor of Arts with First-Class Honours and the University Medal in English. She also holds a Masters of Philosophy from the University of Sydney. A recipient of the James Fairfax-Oxford Australia Fund scholarship, she received her Doctor of Philosophy in English from Oxford University in 2011. She has held teaching and research positions at Oxford, Murdoch University and the University of Sydney, where she recently completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. The Vice Principal has oversight of a combination of academic, operational and business-related activities; in particular, the Teaching Fellow, Academic Tutorial and Academic Assistant Programs.


Anne-Maree McCarthy MMgt (MGSM)

Anne-Maree McCarthy has extensive experience in the management of domestic and international student recruitment and admissions in the tertiary and secondary education sectors. The Registrar manages the applications and admissions process for new students, and has responsibility for building the College’s capacity to attract a diverse range of residential and affiliate applicants.

Business Manager

Peter Bull BEc, CPA

The Business Manager is responsible for the efficient financial management and reporting of financial activities to the College Council and its Finance Committee. The College’s IT provision is also a key responsibility. The Business Manager is available for students to discuss their financial matters.

Executive Assistant

Mary McGuirk

The Executive Assistant provides administrative support to the Principal and Vice Principal. She is secretary to the Council and its Committees.

Co-Manager, Conference & Events

Gineke de Haan BHM, MArchSci

The Conference Co-Managers share the scheduling and running of events and conferences at the College, both in semester, and the summer and winter breaks.

Co-Manager, Conference & Events

Siobhan Richardson BA Hons (Bus)

The Conference Co-Managers share the scheduling and running of events and conferences at the College, both in semester, and the summer and winter breaks.

Dean of Students

Emma Mannering BSocLegStud

The Dean of Students manages the Resident Assistant and co-curricular programs at the College. The day-to-day wellbeing of students is her first priority.

Philanthropy Coordinator

Romy Fung BLibStud

The Philanthropy Coordinator is responsible for the College’s philanthropic programs, including donor recognition, bequests, scholarships and capital campaigns.

Reception Co-ordinator

Trish Sharp

Trish Sharp is the friendly face at the College Reception. With her team of student or duty receptionists, the Reception Co-ordinator is the first point of contact for students at College, taking payments and general enquiries as well as dealing with administrative matters.
Email: reception@thewomenscollege.com.au

Facilities Manager

Danny Wetherall

The Facilities Manager looks after all maintenance and facilities related matters in the College. He also supervises the College’s renovation and capital works programs.

Executive Housekeeper

Lorna Siah-Reisner Dip HCA

Lorna Siah-Reisner manages the College’s housekeeping. She creates our beautiful flower displays.

Assistant Business Manager

Tina Leung BA MComm

The Assistant Business Manager provides support to the Business Manager in managing college financials, research and data analysis. She is also responsible for daily accounting operations and oversees office administration.

Chef Manager

Karen Thomas

Karen Thomas runs the College kitchen for our catering contractor, Alliance. Her key focus as site manager is to keep up the Women’s College’s reputation for the best College food in Sydney. Karen trained in England as a chef, working in hotels and restaurants in London and Sydney before moving into contract catering.


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