College Board

David Talalla – College Board Chairman

David has a Master of Business (Sport Administration) and a Degree in Law LLB. David has extensive Board experience and his background also includes practicing Law in the UK, and international Legal and Professional recruitment. David has a deep involvement in sport, both professionally and as a volunteer, particularly in cricket, AFL, and gymnastics. David has also worked with the Australia India Business Council, VicSport, the VIS and a Ministerial Taskforce in relation to Women in Sport and Recreation. David is currently a member of Cricket Australia’s Elite National Match Referee’s Panel and has been the Convenor of the MCC Club XI Competition since 2003.

Heath McMillin – Principal and Company Secretary

Heath graduated from a Bachelor of Education, majoring in Secondary Physical Education and Science, at Deakin University in 1996, and a Master’s Degree in School Leadership in 2004.

Heath has worked as an Assistant Principal at both Mordialloc College (2002-2007) and Cheltenham Secondary College (2007-2011) focusing on facility development and international student programs. As a Campus Principal at Sandringham College (2012), his work centred on school regeneration. He has a strong focus on leading a school where all students can experience success, and the relationship between student and teacher is the basis for great learning outcomes. Heath joined SEDA Group in January 2013 as State Operations Manager and became National Operations Manager in August 2015.

Heath was appointed Principal of SEDA College upon its successful registration in 2016. Heath is also the Company Secretary and is on the SEDA College Finance Committee.

Kim Vespa – Director

Kim’s professional experience covers both corporate and entrepreneurial ventures. With over 15 years in Human Resources, Kim has worked across various industries including Banking & Finance and IT, in senior advisor and management roles. In conjunction, Kim has also had over 10 years’ experience in the world of start-ups, innovating, developing and the commercialising of products, growing and transforming business, and general consulting. Kim is currently the owner of two FMCG businesses, in food and personal care, based in Melbourne. Kim holds an undergraduate degree in Behavioural Science from La Trobe University and a post-graduate diploma in Human Resources from Deakin University.

Kim is passionate about leading teams, driving growth and creating positive outcomes in business.

Eric Moar – Director

As well as being a Certified Practising Accountant, Eric has a Master of International Taxation, Master of Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Business Studies (Accounting).

Eric has over 18 years’ experience across Australia and Asia. He has led multifunctional teams that are geographically dispersed including Accounting, Payables, Payroll, Receivables and Tax.

Eric has a passion for leading and developing teams, with a focus on collaboration to drive change and improve performance. Eric is also on the Finance Committee.

Catherine Brown - Director

Catherine is a leading Human Resources executive with over 30 years’ experience in HR and Consulting. She is a Director of Parents on Leave Pty Ltd and has held executive HR roles in diverse sectors including Professional Services, Mining and Manufacturing and Higher Education working both in Australia and the UK. Catherine has built her own successful businesses in the consulting and retail environments as well as service in the British Royal Navy where she was instrumental in designing and implementing the Royal Navy’s first centre to deliver counselling and support services to Naval staff and their families.

Catherine is a Mentor and a Leadership Syndicate Advisor for Women on Boards Australia, an accredited Executive Coach with clients globally and, until recently, led the Executive Talent and Capability function for the University of Melbourne.

Brian Borgonha – Director

Brian has held board positions with Community Connections Inc. (Canberra), Mental Health Foundation (Canberra), SOCAP Australia (Sydney), YES WEST Inc. (Melbourne), Kingston Council, Acting Chair & Committee Member (Melbourne) and Community Services – Migrant Resource Centre (Melbourne).

In his current role, Brian is the Assistant Director of the New Colombo Plan Private Sector engagement at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. His previous roles include First Secretary, Education & Leadership at the Australian Embassy in Papua New Guinea, and Assistant Director, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean Branch. Brian has also worked with the Australian Department of Defence (Washington DC) and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. In addition to his public service career spanning foreign and trade policy, development cooperation, and corporate management, Brian has also worked in the Private and NGO sectors in senior management and consultancy roles. He holds a Masters of Studies – International Relations from The Australian National University.

Download a copy of the SEDA College Prospectus to learn more