Lasallian Mission Council Board Members
Merv is Executive Director of the Lasallian Mission Council and has more than 40 years' experience in Catholic education, working as a teacher coordinator and Principal, in both independent and systemic Catholic schools. He is a former Director of John Berne School, former Chair of the Board of Good Shepherd (Australia & NZ), and a former member of two Sydney Parish Pastoral teams. Merv holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma and Masters in Education and is also a Justice of the Peace.
Michael has worked in Catholic Education for 34 years and has held the role of Principal at LaSalle College Bankstown since 2013. Prior to this he was Principal at De La Salle Catholic College, Caringbah and has previously held roles at Aquinas College, Menai; Marcellin College, Randwick; Champagnat Catholic College, Pagewood and Marist College, Kogarah. He holds a Bachelor of Education, as well as Masters degrees in Religious Education and another in Arts, Theological Studies. He is also TAFE qualified in IT and Workplace Assessment. Michael is a member of the Sydney Catholic Schools VET Strategy and ICT Steering Committees as well as an Executive Member of the NSW Association of Catholic School Principals, (ACSP). He is also Chair of the Sydney Archdiocesan Catholic Secondary Principal's Association (SACSPA). Michael is Chair of the Lasallian Mission Council Finance and Risk Management Committee and of AUSMAC, the Lasallian Australian Mission Action Committee.
Wayne has worked in Catholic Education for 38 years and is Principal of La Salle College, Middle Swan. He was previously Principal of Lumen Christi College and has also worked as Assistant Director for Religious Education and Curriculum at the Catholic Education Office WA. He is a past president of the Catholic Secondary Principals' Association of WA (CSPA), a Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders and the Australian Institute of Management as well as a Member of the Australian College of Education. Wayne holds a Masters in Educational Leadership, as well as qualifications in the Humanities and Religious Education. He is also a graduate of the Lasallian Leadership course, a member of the Catholic Education Commission of WA (CECWA), former Chairperson of the School Resources Committee (SRC) of CECWA (2016). Wayne is also a past member of Religious Education and Curriculum Committee of CECWA, past chairperson of Catholic Arts and a De La Salle Brother Affiliate.
Rowena McNally LLB, FAICD, FIML, FIAMA (FRI)
Rowena is currently the Chair of the National Employment Services Association as well as a member of the Archdiocesan Development Fund (Brisbane), the International Committee for Healthcare Institutions and a Director of the North West Hospital and Health Service. Her former roles include: National President of Catholic Health Australia; Trustee of Mary Aikenhead Ministries and Director of Mary Aikenhead Education Limited and a Director of various hospitals in the St Vincent's Health & Aged Care group (Queensland). She was also Director of Ergon Energy; Councillor of the Queensland Law Society; Fellow and National President of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia; Director of the Professional Standards Office, Queensland; Chair of the Sugar Authority; Queensland Sugar Industry Commissioner and National President of the Australian Corporate Lawyers' Association and State President of the Company Secretaries Institute (Queensland). Rowena is Deputy Chair of the Lasallian Mission Council and Chair of the Gerard Rummery Institute.
Sir Brother Patrick Joseph Lynch, KNZM, QSO
Sir Brother Patrick has formerly worked as Principal at De La Salle College, Mangere East and was the long-serving CEO of the NZ Catholic Education Office for 22 years, as well as President of the Secondary Principals Association of NZ Education, Commissioner of the NZ National Commission and National Commission of UNESCO. He has also been a member of many government task forces, reference and advisory groups. He has also previously been a member of the NZ Teachers Registration Board, the NZ Education Review Office Advisory Board and has a membership as part of the University of Auckland Community Advisory Council. Br Patrick currently sits on the Governing Boards of four secondary schools - two in New Zealand and two in Australia. He is a member of several other Trusts and Boards as well as a national Foundation focusing on mental health and resilience. In 2015, he was named a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year's Honour List by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. He received the honour for his services to education.
Tracy has more than 27 years' experience with yourtown and was appointed CEO in 2008. In this role, she is responsible for implementing the organisation's strategic direction and ensuring its operations are conducted with the highest standards of integrity and accountability.
Since being appointed to her current position she has directed significant company growth, including an operating budget increase of more than $40 million, a client increase of more than 100% and a greatly enhanced advocacy platform for those experiencing social exclusion. Tracy has frequently addressed Government inquiries into the welfare of Australian youth. Tracy is a graduate of the Harvard Business School General Management Program and a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders (IML). She holds a number of Board positions including Lasallian Mission Council for ANZPPNG, Cannon Hill Anglican College and Tactical Global Management and has been an executive advisor to the QUT Executive MBA program for eight years.
Ann is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) (Retired). Her professional life includes working as Business Manager of three schools - De La Salle College Malvern, Woodleigh and Kilvington Grammar. She has held the positions of Student Ombudsman at Monash University, the Federal Member of Parliament for the seat of Isaacs, the Deputy Director and then Acting Director of Finance at Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Management Accountant at Frankston Hospital (formerly Mornington Peninsula Hospital). Ann has also held various administrative roles at The University of Melbourne and the Australian Tax Office.
Br Chris Gorringe
Chris is Auxiliary Visitor and District Bursar of ANZPPNG and is a former secondary school teacher and administrator. He is a former Director of yourtown (formerly Boystown), Lasallian Foundation and De La Salle College, Malvern. He is currently a Board Director at St Michael's College, Adelaide; St Bede's College, Mentone and Oakhill College, Castle Hill. Chris is also a member of the South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools (SACCS).
Margaret Stewart, Dip Teach, Grad Dip RE, B Theol, MMgt, GAICD
Margaret worked in Catholic education for 27 years. Since 2003 her business PRISM Australia Pty Ltd. has supported organisations in the not-for-profit sector to plan for and manage challenge and change. PRISM is a freelance consultancy that develops and enriches mission-focused organisations and builds capability in key personnel. Grounded in Appreciative Inquiry, Margaret's specialised approaches to change and development focus on people and organisations having ideas and solutions, not problems. Areas of expertise cover best practice in governance, strategic thinking and planning, leadership formation and executive coaching.