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

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Xavier Catholic College - Llandilo

The Executive Team

Executive Director Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese Jack De Groot


Executive Director

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.

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Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese Director of Learning Chris Smyth

Chief Learning Officer

Daniel Lynch Director People and Culture at Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese

Director People and Culture

Greg Elliott - Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese Ltd

Director Wellbeing

Gerard Giesekam - Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese Ltd

Director of Finance and Infrastructure


Director Communications and Engagement

Frances Waterford Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese

Chief Information Officer

Mark Smith Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese

Director Mission

Robert Beetson Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese

Director Legal & Governance

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.


Find out how we manage the school compliance, accreditation and improvement processes for Catholic Education in the Diocese of Parramatta.

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