Ms Leneen Forde AC commenced as Independent Chair of the Commission on 1 March 2016.
Following an accomplished career in law, she was the 22nd Governor of Queensland, in office from July 1992 – July 1997. In 1998 Ms Forde was appointed to Chair the Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland. Her subsequent report made 42 recommendations relating to contemporary child protection practices, youth justice and redress of past abuse.
Her awards include Queenslander of the Year (1991), Companion of the Order of Australia (1992), recipient of the Centenary Medal (2003), Queensland Greats Award winner (2007) and a Paul Harris Fellow awarded by Rotary International.
Prior to her appointment as Executive Director of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission, Dr Lee-Anne Perry AM served as Principal of All Hallows’ School, Brisbane (1999-2015), Mt Alvernia College, Kedron (1993-1998) and Mt Carmel College, Wynnum (1990-1992), following a teaching career in state and Catholic schools in New South Wales and Queensland.
Dr Perry has served as executive member and president of the Association of Principals of Catholic Secondary Schools, Queensland and the Mercy Secondary Educators Association (Australasia). She is a former governing board member of the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA).
Mrs Carmel Nash is Executive Director of the Federation. Her career has involved working in the banking, education, and various commercial sectors in operational and supervisory roles. Carmel has also worked in schools
Carmel has been involved with Parents and Friends for more than 30 years. She has held executive roles in P & F’s in various places across the state. Carmel was chair of the Rockhampton Diocesan P & F Council for 5 years and a member of the State Committee of the Federation for 6 years. Carmel was made a life member of the Federation in 2002. In 2003 she was appointed Assistant Executive Officer of the Federation of Parents and Friends in Catholic Schools in Queensland and in November of 2010 was appointed Executive Director of the organisation.
Bill Dixon is the Executive Director of Catholic Education Services – Diocese of Cairns. He previously was employed as the Manager, Capital Programs for the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) as well as representing the Executive Director on the Queensland Schools Planning Commission. Bill is also the Chairperson Elect of the Queensland Chapter of Education Facility Planners International (CEFPI) and is one of two Queensland delegates on the Australasian Council of CEFPI. Before moving to Brisbane, Bill worked for Catholic Education Services – Diocese of Cairns as the Capital, QA & Risk Manager from 2007 to 2010 and as the first Manager, Finance and Administration for St Andrew’s Catholic College, Redlynch from 2004 to 2007.
Bill has a wide and varied background from Banking, State Program Manager within the Queensland Department of Employment, Education and Training, Business manager at St Patrick’s Cathedral Toowoomba, and his employment with the Catholic Church and in Catholic Education over the past 17 years.
Kevin Garland is a retired primary school principal and teacher, employed by Education Queensland for approximately 40 years.
He taught in and led school communities representative of all cultural and socio economic groups. He lived and taught in rural communities, districts and provincial cities including Charters Towers, Maryborough, Mossman, Clermont and the Atherton Tablelands.
He has been actively engaged in parish and pastoral activities and leadership in all these centres including current membership of the Board of Governance of the Cairns Diocese.
He has a strong commitment to social justice and enhancing the implementation of Catholic values in parishes, schools and the broader community.
Dr Cathy Day is the Director of Townsville Catholic Education Office, the organisation that serves and supports 31 Catholic schools and colleges in the Diocese of Townsville.
Cathy has had a long career in education, with more than 24 years teaching experience including two principalships at Ryan Catholic College (P-12) and Holy Spirit School (P-7). Cathy holds a Bachelor of Education, a Graduate Diploma in Christian Leadership and a PhD in Education. She has recently been appointed Adjunct Professor (Professional) in the School of Education at James Cook University.
Marie Radford worked from 1976 to 1996 in Townsville Catholic schools and during this time was Acting Principal at St Joseph’s School, Mundingburra, Deputy Principal at Ryan Catholic College and Principal at St Joseph’s on The Strand. In 1997 she joined the Townsville Catholic Education Office as an Education Consultant until her retirement in 2005. Marie holds a Bachelor of Education, Graduate Diploma in Religious Education and a Diploma in Counselling.
Leesa Jeffcoat AM was appointed Director of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Rockhampton in July 2001. Previously, she held roles in the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Rockhampton as Supervisor for Schools in the Southern Region and Assistant to the Director – Curriculum. Leesa joined diocesan Catholic leadership after 20 years of teaching in primary and secondary schools in Catholic, order owned and independent systems. She was Principal at The Cathedral College Rockhampton until 1998.
Professor Bobby Harreveld is a Professor in the School of Education & the Arts, Deputy Dean (Research) and Foundation Director of the Learning and Teaching Education Research Centre at Central Queensland University, Australia. As a teacher and researcher, she works in school to work transitions, professional and vocational education, open and distance education, post graduate and early career researcher education, internationalization of education, language and literacies across the curriculum.
Pam Betts has over 30 years experience working in Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Brisbane both as a secondary teacher and in positions of middle and senior leadership in Catholic schools. Her experience encompasses both systemic and Religious Institute schools and includes four years working with the Queensland Catholic Education Commission. Prior to returning to Brisbane Catholic Education in 2010 in the role of Director – Administrative Services, Pam worked with the Christian Brothers schools in Queensland. Pam has a Bachelor of Science, a Diploma of Education and Masters qualifications in leadership and religious education. On 1 February 2013, Pam took up the role of Executive Director, Catholic Education Archdiocese of Brisbane.
Prior to her appointment to the Queensland Catholic Education Commission, Dr Judith Mulholland was an Associate Professor of Australian Catholic University and Head of its School of Education (Queensland). She had previously been a lecturer in science education at the university and coordinator of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) program. Judith holds bachelors degrees in Science and in Education from the University of Queensland and post graduate degrees in Science Education from Curtin University, Western Australia. She is currently a member of the Brisbane Catholic Education Council and their representative on QCEC, as well as an Adjunct Professor of the Australian Catholic University.
Br Neville Solomon is Regional Director of Marist Schools Australia based in Brisbane. Br Neville has extensive experience in Catholic education as a teacher, middle manager and school principal in secondary schools in New South Wales and Queensland since 1973. This includes three appointments as Principal at Mt Carmel High School Varroville NSW in the Diocese of Wollongong, Trinity Catholic College Lismore, Diocese of Lismore and Marist College Ashgrove, Archdiocese of Brisbane. His areas of interest have included spirituality, ethos, mission, liturgy, history and music. Br Neville has spent the last 4 years in France mentoring teachers, students and parents on pilgrimage to Marist places in that country, both for English and non-English speaking pilgrims.
James Foley was ordained Bishop of Cairns on the 21st August 1992 at St Monica’s Cathedral, Cairns.
Bishop Foley has been a member of various international and national bodies. These include International Catechetical Commission, Rome, International Committee for English in the Liturgy and The Company, Senate and Queensland Chapter of Australian Catholic Universities.
Dr Kerrie Tuite has been principal of Mount Alvernia College since 2009; prior to this she was principal of St James College in Brisbane City. She has taught in schools across Queensland including Toowoomba, Townsville, Yeppoon and Brisbane. Kerrie has a particular interest in ethos and culture and she was awarded her Doctorate in Education on the Ethos and Culture of Christian Brothers Schools in the change to lay principals.
Kerrie is very interested in how schools maintain their distinctive culture and the role of the principal in this. She is currently President of the Queensland Branch of Catholic Secondary Principals Association (CASPAq) and has represented the voice of Catholic Secondary principals in a number of forums including the Queensland College of Teachers, Board Director of Catholic Secondary Schools Australia (CASPA) and Queensland Educational Leadership Institute (QELi).
Before moving to Toowoomba in January 2016 to take up the role of Executive Director of the Catholic Schools Office for the Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba, Dr Coughlan worked for 6 years with Brisbane Catholic Education as Area Supervisor and as Director of Catholic Identity.
Prior to this Dr Coughlan worked in the Rockhampton Diocese as teacher, APRE and Principal of both rural and regional schools before moving to the Office as Assistant Director. He brings to the Commission and to Catholic schools in the Diocese of Toowoomba over 30 years’ experience as an educator and school administrator.