2nd March 2018

New Independent Chair for QCEC

Eminent Queensland legal identity The Honourable Margaret White AO will be the new Independent Chair of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC).  

Speaking on behalf of the Queensland Bishops, Most Rev Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane, said Dr White would lead the 16-member Commission at an important time for Catholic education in Queensland and Australia. 

“I’m pleased Margaret White has accepted this pivotal role,” Archbishop Coleridge said. 

“There are significant initiatives and changes ahead of us in Catholic education and we welcome the addition of Dr White’s experience, governance insight and interest in the wellbeing of young people. 

“She will be a great asset to the Commission in its work supporting and advocating for Catholic education in Queensland.” 

Dr White is a former Queensland Appeal Court Judge and recently jointly chaired the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. (For more details please see attached biography.) 

She will take over the role from retiring Chair, The Honourable Leneen Forde AC, a former Governor of Queensland, who will chair her final meeting on 20 February 2018. 

Archbishop Coleridge paid tribute to Ms Forde’s contribution to the Commission. 

“We thank Leneen for two wonderful years of service to Catholic education in Queensland as Chair of the Commission,” he said. 

“She has been at the helm as Catholic School Authorities navigated their way through the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, managed significant funding changes and prepared for major changes to senior schooling. 

“We wish Leneen every blessing in her well-deserved retirement,” he said. 

QCEC Executive Director Dr Lee-Anne Perry also wished Ms Forde well. 

“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with Leneen and we are extremely grateful for the way in which she has given her time in the service of Catholic education in Queensland.” 

Dr Perry said she also looked forward to the opportunity to work with Dr Margaret White. 

“Margaret White will bring new insights to the work of the Commission and help us chart a course for the future,” Dr Perry said. 

“There are many opportunities as well as challenges ahead for Catholic schools and Margaret’s wisdom and guidance will be of immense value in our work.”


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