Schools Council


Schools Council

Role of the Parramatta Diocesan Catholic Schools Council

The Parramatta Diocesan Catholic Schools Council (PDCSC) was established in 2004 to assist and advise the Bishop of Parramatta in all matters pertaining to the administration and conduct of systemic schools in the diocese, as well as Religious Education within all Catholic schools in the diocese.

Core Functions of the PDCSC

  • Strategic Direction
    to discern and develop for the Bishop’s consideration broad policies, advice and strategic directions for the Catholic school system in the diocese;

  • Stewardship and accountability
    to assess and monitor outcomes so as to advise the Bishop for the ongoing enhancement of the quality of Religious Education in all Catholic schools in the diocese, the overall quality of Catholic schools and the administration of the school system and its resources.


  • identification and annual review of long term strategic directions for the diocesan school system and for Religious Education in all Catholic schools in the diocese;

  • assessment of the extent to which the strategic priorities developed by the Executive Director serve the identified long-term strategic directions and goals for the system schools and for Religious Education in all Catholic schools and is supported by the annual budget;

  • identification of selected strategic priorities within the core mission and operation of diocesan Catholic schools and advice on reports against those priorities at agreed times;

  • monitoring selected areas of educational and administrative compliance with a view to promote quality education, minimise risk to the diocese and to maximise efficiency and effectiveness of operation;

  • advice on the effectiveness of system operations through the analysis of data on educational and financial performance;

  • advice on educational performance through the analysis of external student test data, compliance and other relevant data;

  • advice on strategic matters concerning teacher supply and leadership succession planning

  • advice on provision of new schools, restructuring or closure of schools and effectiveness and efficiency of infrastructure provision;

  • identification and development of statements of broad policy or understanding;

  • development of a strategic approach for promotion of the interests of Catholic schools in the diocese and wider community as well as in political and other arena.

Members: Parramatta Diocesan Catholic Schools Council
Ex Officio Bishop Vincent Long
Chair: Rev Chris de Souza
Episcopal Vicar for Education and Formation
Executive Officer: Gregory B Whitby
Executive Director
Peter Webster Principal
The Catholic Learning Community of John XXIII, Stanhope Gardens
Judy Anderson Associate Professor Mathematics Education, University of Sydney
Geoff Officer Chief of Operations and Finance
Diocese of Parramatta
Louise O'Donnell Principal
St Monica’s Primary School North Parramatta
Lynn McKinnon President
Parent Representative Council
Lara Thom Chief Marketing Officer
Guzman y Gomez
Professor Marea Nicholson Associate Vice Chancellor
Australian Catholic University
Fr Walter Fogarty Parish Priest
Sacred Heart Parish


There are three committees to assist the council:

Learning Committee

The Learning subcommittee provides advice to the CEDP Council on matters pertaining to:

  • contemporary and relevant learning frameworks
  • provisioning schooling for learning
  • learning partnerships with business, community and tertiary sector
  • CEDP staff professional learning and leadership development
  • performance and accountability

Louise O'Donnell Principal, St Monica’s Primary School North Parramatta
Committee Chair
Mrs Sue Walsh Director Learning, CEDP
(Executive Officer)
Michele Simons Dean, School of Education, Western Sydney University
Kerry Sheehan Inspector, Science, NESA
Cheryl Merryweather Principal, Gilroy Catholic College, Castle Hill
John Laffan Principal, St Michael’s Primary, Blacktown South
Mary Creenaune Head Student Services, CEDP
Fr Ian McGinnitty Parish Priest, Christ the King Parish North Rocks
Geoff Morris Dean of Business, University of Notre Dame
Jenny Lewis Leadership Architect: System and School Leadership, Jenny Lewis and Associates

Enterprise Committee

The Enterprise sub-committee's terms of reference are to provide advice to the Council on matters pertaining to:

  • financial performance, financial provisioning and management processes
  • provisioning schooling as it pertains to physical and financial resourcing
  • strategic resourcing, including financial, human resources and service provision
  • enterprise risk management.
Chair: Peter Webster
Principal, The Catholic Learning Community of John XXIII, Stanhope Gardens
Executive Officer: Mark Holyoake
Director Enterprise, CEDP
Bill d'Apice Partner, Makinson d’Apice
Luke Healy Account Director, Cisco
Fiona Young Architect, Hayball Architects
Sean Pasco Partner, Advisory, BDO
Tony Jose Financial Director, Diocese of Parramatta
Raju Varanasi Chief Information Officer, CEDP
Fr Peter Blayney Parish Priest, St Patrick’s Parish, Guildford

Mission subcommittee

The Mission subcommittee provides advice to the Council on matters pertaining to:

  • Catholic mission and identity in CEDP schools
  • provisioning schooling as it pertains to the Catholic mission
  • the Religious Education curriculum
  • formation programs and initiatives
  • performance and accountability requirements.
Fr Walter Fogarty Parish Priest, Sacred Heart Parish (Chair)
Gary Borg Director Mission, CEDP (Executive Officer)
Brother David Hall Dean La Salle Academy, Director, LaSalle Academy for Religious Education and Faith Formation, Australian Catholic University
Tim Hardy Head Leading and Learning, CEDP
Priscilla Pickering Parent Representative Council
Pascale Joseph Assistant Principal, Bethany Catholic Primary School
Greg Elliott Principal, Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, Glenmore Park
Yvette Baird Principal, Holy Family Granville
Fr Brendan Murphy Parish Priest, Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, St Marys





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