Jill has over 30 years' experience in the broad spheres of Catholic education, church and leadership formation. That experience spans teaching and writing, research and consultancy, school and system leadership, program design and facilitation. Jill has also taught at primary, secondary and university levels and in adult and school consultancy contexts. Her expertise is grounded in professional qualifications across the disciplines of education, theology, journalism, religious education, liturgy and spiritual formation. Her Masters degree is in Religious Education. Her PhD studies in Educational Leadership broke new ground in the area of contemporary formation, drawing together the areas of theology, formation, missiology, change theory and best practice in adult professional learning. She is currently PEO Identity, Mission and Religious Education Services for Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Brisbane.
Jill received an inaugural national award for excellence in research in Religious education in 2008, and was awarded Summa Cum Laude from the international examiner of her doctoral dissertation in Educational Leadership in 2012.
She has presented on various topics both here in Australia and overseas, and her approaches are also being picked up in New Zealand, England and Ireland. Her particular passion is around the transformative influence of teaching and leading in the Catholic school context. She has developed a system wide approach to staff formation for mission for Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Brisbane, and established the national network for Formation for Australian Catholic Educators, a genuinely collaborative and collegial network for those involved in formation of Catholic educators in Australia. Jill has been instrumental in the development of the QCEC Formation Framework and the NCEC Formation Framework. She is currently part of the national collaborative leadership in Enhancing Catholic Identity in schools.
As visiting fellow, Jill returned from a writing sabbatical in Leuven university and Oxford University, during which time she was invited to present at an international conference at London University on the future of catholic education. That paper is published in international perspectives on 'New Thinking in Catholic Education since Vatican II'. Jill's new book - Formation for Mission Stirring the Soul of Catholic Education was published in late 2017.
Other work includes consultancy in strategic planning for system wide formation in leadership and teaching or mission staff for other Catholic employing authorities including Good Samaritan Education Australia and St John of God Australia.
Jill is married to Geoff and together they have raised four children. She has been a member of the Kalinga community in Lutwyche Parish, Brisbane for 25 years and is currently part of St Cecelia's parish at Hamilton.