Phil Hollingsworth has worked at St Patrick’s College in Launceston for the past 26 years. The affable business manager is a college old boy with five children who’ve also attended the college. His oldest grandchildren are continuing the family tradition and started in Grade 7 at St Patrick’s this year. As they begin their journey at the College, Phil will start a new page of his life story when he retires at the end of the year.
Phil has proven an honest, committed and loyal employee who has been a mentor and role model for many of the non-teaching staff. He has seen St Patrick’s College grow and develop. When he attended as a student, it was a boys’ school staffed by Christian Brothers; now it is a co-educational college with a lay staff. There were around 350 students back then compared with 1450 today and the facilities have improved markedly. Phil has contributed greatly to the increase in student numbers, which has also seen an increase in FTE employees from 70 to 150.
Phil is a qualified accountant who previously worked at the ANZ Bank and the TSIT Launceston (now UTAS). When Phil began his role in 1988 there were around 800 students under the charge of Principal Br Bill Wilding. The school had been co-educational for only four years and was developing a new identity after a re-organisation of secondary education in Launceston.
Phil will leave quite a legacy as most of the building works at the school were redeveloped during his time as business manager. He has enjoyed working on building projects with the Principals, Board, Parents and Friends, architects and builders over the years.
He has found the job rewarding and fulfilling and says it’s been lovely to be part of the growth of the College. Phil Hollingsworth is well-deserving of the Award for Exemplary Contribution to Tasmanian Catholic Education