“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” Winston Churchill.

A ‘Culture of Giving’ has always been evident in the Perth College community and dates back to 1915 when generous donations from benefactors, William Loton and Septimus Burt, enabled Perth College’s founding sisters to purchase the property where our school stands today.

103 years on Perth College can be proud of the significant contributions our parents, students, Old Girls and wider community have made through their financial support. The communities’ generosity has resulted in the construction of our Judith Cottier Theatre, the Gymnasium, Jean Rogerson Science Centre, and Founders Centre for Early Learning and the fit-out of Excelsior House.

In addition, scholarships have always been an important focus and through the continued generosity of our donors we have been able to offer numerous girls valuable scholarships over the years, giving them opportunities which may not have otherwise been possible.

Visit our Appeals page to see how you can help.

About Perth College Foundation.

The Foundation was created in 2012 with the aim of building a culture of giving and to provide a vehicle through which financial support for the School is directed.


The long-term objectives are to support the:

  • Long-term financial security of the School
  • School’s ability to provide quality education for current and future students
  • Building of first-class facilities and learning environment
  • Expansion of the scholarship base

For more information on the Perth College Foundation, download our Annual Report.

The Foundation Board.

The Perth College Foundation is managed by a Board:

Chair Karen Field B Ec (UWA), FAICD

Karen has operated as a professional Non-Executive Director for nearly 20 years on ASX-listed companies, government trading enterprises, private companies and not-for-profits. Before assuming Non-Executive Directorship roles, Karen had a long career in the resources industry and has a strong background in strategic planning, project management and human resources. She held executive roles in a variety of industry sectors throughout Australia and in South America, where she was President of Minera Alumbrera Ltd, a Buenos Aires-based company established by joint venture partners to develop and operate Argentina’s first large-scale copper/gold mining project in the north-west provinces. Karen is a West Australian who was educated at Perth College and the University of Western Australia and, following her retirement from an executive career, returned to live in Perth. Karen continues to be involved in community-based organisations, mainly by way of voluntary board participation.

Nick Stanisis

Nick has been associated with investment grade real estate for 35 years, both as an Asset Manager for an Asia/Pacific Institution, and for the past 27 years as an advisor to major investors in real estate projects and assets. In partnership during 1994, Nick launched and was Managing Director of NSC Corporate, a commercial real estate practice that grew to be one of the State’s leading advisory and management groups, which in 2007 was acquired and subsequently merged with the international real estate business, Jones Lang LaSalle. Nick assumed the role of Managing Director of the merged entity and was appointed to the national executive until June 2010. Since his departure, Nick has focused his time on assets and a project associated with family holdings and continues to provide advice to a select group of clients. Nick's two daughters are both graduates of Perth College.

Angel Chen

Angel is an accomplished Perth College Old Girl who is the Strategy Chief of Draw History, a social impact brand agency. Angel holds a Bachelor of Laws and Commerce (First Class Honours) from the University of Western Australia and has been recognised on the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia in Media, Marketing and Advertising. Angel has also served with the UN Women Australia’s National Committee for Perth and firmly believes that if you empower a woman, you empower a nation.

Jane Scott

Jane Scott is Professor of Public Health Nutrition Research at Curtin University. Jane trained as a nutritionist/dietitian at (then) WAIT and went on to complete a Master of Public Health and a PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology at Curtin University. She has worked as a University academic for most of her career first at Curtin University and then at the University of Glasgow and Flinders University in South Australia, before returning to a research position at Curtin University in 2013.

Jane has served on a number of professional boards and committees and in 2013 was inducted as a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the profession.

Helen Aguiar, Principal

Helen joined Perth College in 2019 with a passion for educating young people and a desire to equip girls for life in the global world beyond school.

Helen has a background in teaching and senior leadership positions in Anglican and Catholic schools in Western Australia and holds a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Teaching), having specialised in English and Humanities. She also has a Master of Education in Leadership and Management and a Master of Religious Education (specialising in pastoral care). Currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate, Helen’s research explores the wellbeing experiences of newly employed teachers, drawing upon Martin Seligman’s positive psychology framework.

Ross Gilchrist

Ross Gilchrist is the Director of Commercial Services and before taking on this role has been associated with the School as a parent, through his three daughters, since 2009. He has extensive experience within organisations in the services and industrial sectors covering Australia and Asia Pacific. Ross is a Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of the Taxation Institute and holds a Masters in Accounting from the University of Western Australia.

Natalie Swannell

Natalie is responsible for leading the School’s philanthropic programmes and developing a culture of giving. She holds a double major in Advertising and PR, and a post-graduate degree in Marketing. Natalie is currently on the Educate Plus WA Chapter committee and looks after its fundraising stream and communications.