The Executive Team is responsible for the development and execution of the CSPD system strategy in relation to:

  1. Mission and Purpose (Our Catholic Narrative)
  2. Strategic Intent
  3. Alignment
  4. Stewardship and Accountability

Xavier Catholic College Llandilo - Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese Ltd
Xavier Catholic College - Llandilo

The Executive Team

The Executive Team is comprised of the Executive Director and six directors:

Executive Director Jack de Groot Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese

Executive Director
Jack de Groot

Jack de Groot has more than 20 years of experience leading some of Australia’s largest not-for-profit organisations. His working life has included social and public policy advocacy in Victoria, supporting school leadership teams for the Catholic Education Office in Western Australia, addressing global injustice at Caritas Australia and leading the St Vincent de Paul Society. Jack brings to CSPD a strong focus on Catholic values, social outreach and mission.

Christine Howe - Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese Ltd

Director Strategic Delivery
Christine Howe

As a Director, Christine is committed to ensuring that each student has the opportunity to participate in engaging and challenging learning experiences provided by leaders and teachers who have a personal commitment to ongoing learning.

Maura Manning - Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese Ltd

Director Learning
Maura Manning

As Director Learning, Maura leads the System Learning Team who support learning and teaching in schools by working with teachers in learning spaces; in partnership with school leadership teams on the goals of formation, literacy or numeracy.

Raju Varanasi - Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese Ltd

Director Data Intelligence
Raju Varanasi

Raju is the CSPD Chief Information Officer. In his current role, Raju has already overseen the introduction of a range of innovative enterprise platforms that have resulted in major system improvements and efficiencies. Raju’s work continues to assist CSPD to develop a better understanding of the needs of its students and staff.

Gerard Giesekam - Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese Ltd

Director of Finance and Infrastructure
Gerard Giesekam

Gerard is a highly experienced Chief Financial Officer and Head of Finance who has worked extensively in the finance, technology and professional services industries, as well as in the education sector. Gerard is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Practising Accountants.

Monica Officer - Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese Ltd

Director Mission
Monica Officer

The partnership between Church and Mission sits at the heart of our work at CSPD and Monica provides leadership in supporting schools in maintaining and enhancing Catholic identity and mission.

Greg Elliott - Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese Ltd

Director Wellbeing
Greg Elliott

Greg has worked in Catholic education for over 30 years, with 20 years in school leadership across three dioceses. In 2020 Greg was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy in the field of psychology. This work links his passion for the mission of Catholic education to the wellbeing of students and educators.

The work of the Executive is supported by the Head of the Executive Office and the Chief Governance and Strategy Officer. Meetings are held weekly. In addition to regular Executive Team Meetings, each individual Director meets with the Executive Director twice a term in a formal capacity.

Eight Strategic System Leadership meetings are held each year as well as two half-day meetings. The meetings are attended by CSPD Directors, Heads, Chiefs and Learning Leaders, as well as all school Principals. They provide opportunities for collaborative engagement between CSPD and school leaders.

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Our Strategy

We are committed to transforming the learning of each student in Catholic Schools.

Schools Council

The advisory body supporting the strategic work across the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta.


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