Our Executive Director
Jack de Groot - innovator, advocate, administrator and leader transforming schooling for every child.
Mr Jack de Groot is the first Executive Director to work within the newly created Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese Limited – a new incorporated entity and governance structure, which commenced from January 2023.
Mr de Groot joins the Diocese of Parramatta with a distinguished career of over 20 years leading some of Australia’s largest not-for-profit organisations. He brings significant leadership experience in senior governance roles in healthcare, aid, tertiary education and social services where he has demonstrated a strong focus on Catholic values, social outreach and mission.
Since 2016, Mr de Groot has been the CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society NSW, one of the largest social service providers in NSW meeting the needs of people experiencing homelessness, disadvantage and domestic violence. He also spent 13 years as the CEO of Caritas Australia, one of Australia’s largest international aid and development agencies and was the Group Leader of Mission for St Vincent’s Health Australia, Australia’s largest not-for-profit health and aged care providers. Mr de Groot is a member of various boards including the University of Notre Dame, St John of God Health Care, Caritas Australia and more.
Mr de Groot is thrilled to be commencing at the Diocese of Parramatta, where Catholic education began in Australia with the first Catholic school in Hunter Street Parramatta in 1820. Since then, the Diocese has been innovative and creative in meeting the educational and spiritual needs of Australians.
I am excited for the opportunity to work with our Principals, teachers, schools and parishes to continue to meet the needs of people living in greater Western Sydney and their commitment to future innovation and growth.
Jack de Groot
Executive Director in the Media
21 Nov 2023
On 2 and 3 November 2023 senior staff from Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese (CSPD) met for the annual System Leaders' Symposium, creating an opportunity for reflection and discussion on strategy and holistic educational wellbeing.
29 Jun 2023
Catholic student leaders show a maturity of faith at ‘LIFTED Breakfast with the Bishop’ Diocesan Synod consultation
At the annual ‘LIFTED Breakfast with the Bishop’, Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta, joined with Year 12 student leaders of the Diocese of Parramatta in spiritual conversations.
16 Jun 2023
Principals, priests and Religious Education Coordinators (RECs) from across the Diocese of Parramatta came together for a special 2023 Synod forum at CommBank Stadium recently to listen, share stories and consider how our communities can contribute to the renewal of the Church in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
17 Apr 2023
Caritas Australia thanks schools and parishes for incredible Project Compassion fundraising over Lent
Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraiser Project Compassion has been a success this year thanks to the dedication and support of over 1,700 schools and 1,200 parishes across the country.
21 Mar 2023
Beginning teachers, new school principals and leaders gathered for a moving celebration at St Patrick’s Cathedral Parramatta as Bishop Vincent Long and Parish Priests blessed and welcomed Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese staff to their new roles.
13 Mar 2023
Catholic students from 21 schools across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains have started their Lenten journeys by being reminded of their marginalised brothers and sisters around the world. The primary and secondary students gathered in-person at Holy Family Primary, Emerton, on Wednesday 15 February, to find out about Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion initiative, including how their school communities’ fundraising efforts will impact the lives of generations to come.
06 Mar 2023
Over 100 Year 12 student leaders from Catholic Schools across Western Sydney were initiated into leadership last Thursday 23 February at LIFTED Leaders.
07 Feb 2023
With more than 20 years of experience leading some of Australia’s largest not-for-profit organisations, Executive Director Jack de Groot is excited to begin a new journey with Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese (CPSD).
18 Nov 2022
Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta, has formally announced the appointment of the new Executive Director of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Parramatta, Mr Jack de Groot.