Nairana Study Centre is run by a Director and leadership team. The team is composed of residential staff and several volunteers, including senior high school and university students.

The residential chaplain, a Catholic priest of the prelature of Opus Dei, is available for personal spiritual direction and administration of the Catholic sacraments. The leadership team is supported by parents in the form of a Develop Committee and Parents Committee (DEVCO). The continued success of Nairana depends on the generous dedication and input of many parents.


John Paul Hinojosa


John-Paul completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Laws degree (First Class Honours) at the University of Sydney. Prior to becoming the director of Nairana in 2006, John-Paul worked as a lawyer at Blake Dawson. Over the last few years he has organised around a dozen overseas workcamps in various countries: Fiji, Vietnam the Philippines and Sri Lanka. He is a loyal Arsenal fan, and has a keen interest in indie music.


Seb in Vietnam 2016

Seb in Vietnam 2016

Sebastian James

Assistant Director

After frequenting Nairana when he was in high school Seb went off to live in other parts of Sydney. This included a few years on the campus of the University of New South Wales. During this time he completed a Diploma in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences at the University of Sydney. Seb now works at three different places: The Sydney Morning Herald, The Associated Press and Eternity News as a video journalist. Seb returned to Nairana in 2011 and now looks after activities for they Year 9 and University Students. He has a keen interest in film-making and is mad about watching and playing many sports.



Jack Johnson

Originally from Chile, Jack moved to Australia in 2009 to start his tertiary studies. He recently completed Electrical Engineering in Telecommunications at UNSW. Before moving to Nairana, Jack was living at Warrane College. Jack now Directs the Frontier Club and looks after senior High School. He is a keen marathon runner and musician who takes his inspiration from Jack Johnson.



Simon Limbers

Simon grew up on the North Shore of Sydney. He attended Redfield College where he excelled at sport in particular rugby and academically especially in History. He is now studying full time at Sydney University doing a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts. Outside of Nairana he also runs a program for high school boys called Valour –