The priorities of the CEDP Schools Council are system direction, long-term planning, major learning projects, faith formation, provisioning of schools, stewardship of resources and system accountability.

CEDP Schools Council membership reflects expertise in areas both within and outside the field of education. It may invite CEDP staff with particular expertise to a Council meeting to provide detailed knowledge in a specific area. The CEDP Schools Council meets a minimum of four times and a maximum of five times a year.

The work of the CEDP Schools Council is supported by three sub-committees - Mission, Learning and Enterprise. Sub-committee members are appointed for a term of three years, with a maximum of two consecutive terms. Like the Schools Council, sub-committees also meet four to five times a year.

Very Rev Christopher de Souza VG EV (Chair) Vicar General and Episcopal Vicar for Education and Formation
Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv STL DD (Ex Officio) Bishop of Parramatta
Gregory B Whitby  (Ex Officio)
Executive Director
Geoff Officer Chief of Operations and Finance, Diocese of Parramatta
Professor Marea Nicholson Australian Catholic University
Judy Anderson Associate Professor Mathematics Education, University of Sydney
Peter Webster Principal, The Catholic Learning Community of John XXIII Stanhope Gardens
Louise O'Donnell Principal, Holy Cross Primary School Glenwood
Lara Thom Chief Marketing Officer, Guzman y Gomez
Wayne Davie President, Parent Representative Council (PRC)
Lucy-Ann Quartey Assistant Director, Centre of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics


There are three committees to assist the council



The Learning sub-committee provides advice to the CEDP Schools 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 (Chair) Principal, Holy Cross Primary School, Glenwood - Council Member
Maura Manning (Executive Officer) Director Learning, CEDP
Fr Ian McGinnity Parish Priest, Christ the King Parish, North Rocks
Michele Simons Dean, School of Education, Western Sydney University
Kerry Sheehan Inspector, Science, NESA
Cheryl Merryweather Principal, Gilroy Catholic College, Castle Hill
Mary Creenaune Head Student Services, CEDP
Jenny Lewis Leadership Architect: System and School Leadership, Jenny Lewis and Associates


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.
Dr Peter Webster (Chair) Principal, Catholic Learning Community of John XXIII Stanhope Gardens
Fr Peter Blayney Parish Priest, St Patrick’s Parish, Guildford
Boris Cortes Territory Manager, Cisco
Sean Pasco Partner, Advisory, BDO
Tony Jose Financial Director, Diocese of Parramatta
Dr Raju Varanasi Chief Information Officer, CEDP


The Mission sub-committee 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.
Brother David Hall (Chair) Dean La Salle Academy, Director, LaSalle Academy for Religious Education and Faith Formation, Australian Catholic University
Monica Officer (Executive Officer) Director Mission, CEDP
Fr Brendan Murphy Parish Priest, Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, St Marys
Tim Hardy Head Leading and Learning, CEDP
Priscilla Pickering Parent Representative Council
Pascale Joseph Principal, St Oliver’s Primary Harris Park
Greg Elliott Principal, Caroline Chisholm Catholic College Glenmore Park
Yvette Baird Principal, Holy Family Granville
Margurite O'Connor Religious Education Coordinator, St Paul’s Catholic College Greystanes
V Rev Robert Riedling Dean & Administrator, St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta
Our Strategic Intent

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

Our Executive Director

Greg Whitby is a teacher, advocate, administrator and leader. His mission to transform schooling for every child and young person is driven by a strong commitment to justice and equity.

Our Executive Team

The CEDP Executive Team is responsible for the development and execution of the system strategy for Catholic schools in the Diocese of Parramatta.

Compliance and Reporting

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

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