Introduction to Steering Committee
The Steering Committee was established as the Archbishop’s approved authority to manage the School Governance reform process.
According to its Terms of Reference it was established to:
- develop, provide and implement an incorporated school governance model for the Catholic primary, regional secondary and diocesan schools in the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.
A model that:
- arises from Catholic education mission objectives
- maintains the high standards of Catholic education provision
- meets recommendation 16.6 of the Royal Commission and recommendation 26.1 of the Betrayal of Trust Victorian Government Parliamentary Inquiry by 1 January 2021
- works within the frameworks of canon and civil law.
The members of the Steering Committee, with their breadth of experience, are uniquely positioned to support the governance transition.
Gerard is currently Managing Partner of EY in Melbourne, where he leads a team of more than 160 Partners and 2,000 staff and is responsible for EY’s go‐to‐market and client service strategies, as well as its involvement in the broader Melbourne community. Gerard’s governance experience is extensive, where his financial acumen has been utilised in his role on several Finance Committees – Mercy Health and Aged Care, Berry Street Victoria, Newman College, Loreto Mandeville Hall and the Committee for Melbourne. He is currently Chair of Loreto Mandeville Hall, Chair of the Business Advisory Council, National Gallery of Victoria and Co‐Deputy Chair of the Committee for Melbourne.
Parent representative (CSPV)
Tracy is the Business Operations Manager at St Patrick’s Primary School in Kilmore, and has previously worked in corporate law and as a business management consultant. Tracy is a current School Advisory Board member for St Patrick’s and served as chair from 2016-2018. Tracy previously served as a board member and Deputy Chair of Catholic School Parents Victoria and board member of Catholic School Parents Australia. In addition, Tracy is the mother of 5 children in Catholic primary education and has continuously served her local community on various not-for-profit community, early education and sporting committees.
Fr Michael Gallacher
Parish Priest (Glen Iris)
(Rev.) Fr Michael Gallacher is the tenth Parish Priest of St.Roch’s Parish and was appointed in January 2017. In 2009 Archbishop Hart asked him to complete his seminary studies in Rome, and to do postgraduate study in canon law. Fr Michael Gallacher was ordained a deacon in Rome in 2011, and ordained a priest at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, on 29th June 2012. He completed his studies in Rome at the end of June 2014. Upon his return to Australia, Fr Michael Gallacher served as Assistant Priest at St Francis Xavier – St Clare Parish, Box Hill and part-time in canon law for the Archdiocese.
After his appointment to St Roch’s Fr Michael continues his work at the Tribunal. In addition to his theology and canon law studies he has a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University, majoring in History and Indonesian.
Executive Director (CEM)
Jim commenced as Executive Director of Catholic Education Melbourne on 18 May 2020, having been Acting Executive Director since December 2018 after joining CEM in August 2015. Prior to joining CEM, Jim was Deputy Secretary of the Infrastructure and Finance Services Group at the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Jim is originally from Brisbane where he served in the Archdiocese of Brisbane from 1986-1989. Jim has a Bachelor of Arts, a Graduate Diploma of Economics and a Masters of Commerce.
Executive Director Stewardship (EDS)
Tim is the Executive Director Stewardship for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. In this role, Tim is the principal advisor to the Archbishop on matters of business, finance and administration with this advice extending to include advice on strategic and policy matters generally. Prior to joining the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne in early 2020, Tim spent over 30 years in senior executive positions in the banking, telecommunications and oil industries in Australia and overseas. Tim sits on a number of Boards, Councils and Advisory Committees including Mercy Health, Newman College (University of Melbourne), Cerebral Palsy Australia and the P M Glynn Institute (Australian Catholic University). He also Chairs Mercy Health’s Human Research Ethics Committee.
Acting Assistant Director Enterprise Services (CEM)
Anna has been involved in Catholic education over many years as a student, parent and as an employee of CEM since August 2013. She is responsible for a broad portfolio that supports the CEM’s governance, strategic management and accountability processes. Anna has had extensive experience and roles in the government sector including in the Victorian Department of Justice. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and recently completed the Graduate Certificate in Management of Not for Profit Organisations at the ACU.
Fr Mark Reynolds
Parish Priest (Surrey Hills Wattle Park)
Mark has been a priest of the Archdiocese for 40 years and served in a variety of parishes. He was also a member of the CEO staff for 10 years and a member of the CECV for 7 years. He has a broad experience of Parish Primary Schools and Regional Secondary Colleges, and Secondary School Chaplaincy. Mark is currently a member of the Council of Priests and a Member of the College of Consultors of the Archdiocese.
Julie Ryan OAM
Catholic Religious Institute and Ministerial Public Juridic Persons Victorian Schools Ltd representative
Julie is currently the Regional Director for Marist Schools Australia for Vic, SA and WA and (came) to this role after nearly 40 years in Catholic (secondary education). Over that time, she has worked in both all girls and all boys’ schools and has held senior leadership roles in these schools including being principal of St Columba’s College, Essendon and Our Lady of Mercy College, Heidelberg. During the years as principal Julie was an active contributor to the Catholic Principals Association including serving as Secretary and President.
Director Catholic Leadership and Governance (CEM)
Paul’s current role at CEM encompasses governance, the appointment and review of school leaders and the religious dimension of curriculum and school culture. Paul has been a Director at CEM for five years and was previously the State Director in South Australia. He is engaged in research and lecturing in various capacities at ACU and Catholic Theological College. He has a national leadership role with the Enhancing Catholic School Identity research in partnership with the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.
Secondary Principal Catholic Regional College (St Albans)
Chris is the nominee of the PAVCSS. She has been a Principal in the north west of Melbourne for 13 years. Working in a culturally and linguistically diverse community, Chris has a particular interest in inclusive education, school belonging, and the impact of trauma, poverty and disrupted schooling on the wellbeing, learning and spirituality of young people.
Director - Finance & Corporate Services (CAM)
Mr Paul Velten was appointed as Director of Finance and Corporate Services for the Archdiocese of Melbourne in September 2018. Paul has previously worked across Diocese and Education in the Sale Diocese in the roles of Business Manager and Deputy Director Catholic Education. Paul has also served on a number of Boards including Melbourne CDF since 2013, CatholicCare Victoria Tasmania since 2014 and represented on CECV grants allocation committees.
Primary Principal St Brigid's School (Healesville)
Vicky has worked in education for over thirty five years with experience both in the Catholic and Government primary school sectors and in the not-for-profit Early Childhood sector. During her time in education she has held various positions including Director of a Community Early Childhood Centre and Principal of two Catholic primary schools. She has been a Principal for fifteen years and is currently Principal of Saint Brigid’s Primary School in Healesville. Vicky has a passion for working in rural settings and supporting children with diverse learning, wellbeing and social needs. She believes in the importance of building community where the relationships between the school and family are central to the holistic wellbeing of children.
Principal Advisor to Archbishop (CAM)
Dr Nigel Zimmermann was appointed Principal Advisor to the Archbishop in March 2019. He holds a PhD in theology (Edinburgh), Master’s Degrees in theology (Brisbane) and bioethics and medical law (St Mary’s University Twickenham), taught theology at the University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) and serves on the Executive Committee for the Plenary Council, for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC).