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Mr Wayne Bull - Board Chair

Wayne is currently the Deputy Executive Director of Catholic Education Western Australia.  Prior to this appointment, he was a Catholic secondary principal for 20 years, including 12 years as Principal of La Salle College, Middle Swan.  

In 2015, Wayne was granted the Letters of Affiliation from the Superior General.  He is a past President of the WA Catholic Secondary Principals’ Association, a Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders and the Australian Institute of Management, a Member of the Australian College of Education and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  

Wayne is currently a director of two school boards and is the Chair of his local Parish Council. Wayne holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership as well as qualifications in Religious Education and Humanities. He is also a graduate of the Lasallian Leadership Course, a former Commissioner of the Catholic Education Commission (CECWA) and former Chair of CECWA’s School Resources Committee.  Wayne is also a former member of CECWA’s Religious Education and Curriculum Committee and past Chair of Catholic Arts WA. 

Ms Jill Gowdie - Deputy Chair

Jill has wide experience in Catholic Education, Church and Leadership Formation. She is known across Australia and overseas as a writer, teacher, presenter and facilitator. Jill has taught at primary, secondary and university levels and in adult and school consultancy contexts. Her work now includes research and consultancy, school and system leadership review, program design and strategic facilitation. 

Jill’s expertise is grounded in qualifications across theology, journalism, religious education, liturgy and spiritual formation. Her Master's degree is in Religious Education. Her PhD studies explored the challenge of contemporary formation for educators and leaders, drawing together the areas of theology, formation, missiology, change theory and best practice in adult professional learning. Jill received an inaugural national award for excellence in research in

Religious education, and was awarded Summa Cum Laude from the international examiner of her doctoral dissertation in Educational Leadership.

Jill founded the national network - Formation for Australian Catholic Educators (FACE) and is involved in the leadership, on a national level, of the work in Catholic School Identity. 

Br David Hawke - Member

Br David Hawke is a De La Salle Brother who completed fifty years as a Brother in 2019. He has worked in Catholic Lasallian Schools in New Zealand and Australia holding various positions including Principal of De La Salle College, Mangere East. As a teacher, he taught mainly Religious Education and Geography. While Director of Religious Studies at De La Salle College Mangere East, he was one of a working party who wrote the national secondary religious education curriculum for New Zealand. While based in Auckland, he served as Chair of the Diocese of Auckland Pastoral Council.

Br David served some years as Director of the Brothers’ community at Mentone and worked as Religious Education Coordinator at St Bede’s College. During this time, he was a member also of the District Council.

From 1996 until the present he has been involved in District and international administration of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. He served as Visitor from 1996-2004 and in 2005 established the PARC Regional Office in Singapore. In 2007 he was elected to the General Council based in Singapore and Rome. Upon returning to Australia in August 2014, he was appointed again to the position of Visitor for Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea.  He is also currently a member of the Catholic Religious Australia Council. 

Mr David Byrne

David’s executive background has been largely in the Finance, Aviation, Defence, Information Technology industries and Not for Profit organisations where he has held a number of Executive and Board roles.  David’s experience has led him to successfully develop companies from inception through to profitability along with assisting them in streamlining their business practices for future growth. 

David developed the concept and established a joint venture bringing together Australia’s largest mutual banks which delivered significant value to both organisations. Along with this his knowledge and experience has proven prudent in guiding multiple businesses to operational and financial success.

David is currently the Managing Director of BWD Consulting, General Manager of Shared Service Partners (SSP) and the author of his own Podcast series which features national and international guests. He holds a Bachelor of Business Degree (specialising in Human Resources, Leadership and Change Management), Post Graduate qualifications in Occupational Health and Safety and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Bernadette Kay

Bernadette Kay is currently an Executive Officer for Catholic School Parents Queensland.(CSPQ)

With tertiary qualifications in business, communications and marketing including post graduate studies she have been applying knowledge and skills in the non-profit sector, Catholic Church, Catholic Education and finance settings for more than 30 years.

Bernadette particularly enjoys her current role with CSPQ, especially working with parents and catholic school leadership teams throughout Queensland.

Bernadette’s focus is to help school communities deliver best practice, parent and family engagement.

Br Tony Cummins FSC

Br Tony Cummins currently works as a teacher and in campus ministry at St Bede’s College, Mentone and Bentleigh East, in Melbourne. Following his formation as a De La Salle Brother, Tony enjoyed a range of ministry appointments to O’Connor Catholic College, Armidale, St Michael’s College, Adelaide, De La Salle College, Malvern, LaSalle Catholic College, Bankstown, De La Salle College, Mangere East and St John’s Regional College, Dandenong. In between school appointments, he has also worked for the District of Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan & Papua New Guinea as Director of Vocations & Youth Ministry, Lasallian Education Services in formation and, more recently, as Lasallian Volunteer coordinator. 

Tony served as a member of the District Council from 1988-2004 and 2013-2017, the Lasallian Services Commission for PARC (Pacific-Asia Regional Conference) from 2003-2010, the La Salle College Board, Middle Swan, for three years and represented the De La Salle Brothers at Catholic Religious Victoria from 2010-2013.

Having completed Lasallian studies in formation at the Generalate in Rome in 1996/1997 and 2013, as well as the Buttimer Institute in Moraga, California (2010), Tony has continued his own formation on the local, district, regional and international level. 

Mr Patrick O'Reilly

Pat is currently General Manager, Pastoral Services, CatholicCare Sydney.

Pat has 30 years experience in Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education, including being Foundation Principal at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College. He has extensive experience in community/NFP engagement and Board and Committee membership, and is committed to aligned and coherent service delivery harnessing interests and across intersections. He was a member of the Australian Government Review of Senior Secondary Pathways (Expert Panel): 2019/2020. 

Pat’s qualifications include B.Ec (Merit), GradDipEd, GradDipMin, MA (Merit), MEdPol (International).