Appointed by the Bishop, the Diocesan Board of Governance for Education operates within the general pastoral and educational goals of the Diocese. The aim of the Board is to help Catholic Education identity take shape within the Diocese. It does this by developing and monitoring its educational Vision and Mission Statements, its Strategic Priorities (annual and longer term), and through its educational policy process.
The Board’s role in policy development is visionary, developmental, coordinative and evaluative. The Board engages in policy development through the shared wisdom process. The Board also cooperates with, and supports the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC), the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) and the Australian Bishops in furthering the ideals of Catholic education in Australia.
The Board of Governance – Education provides a mechanism through which the Bishop can oversee the work of Catholic Education, and the Executive Director can obtain impartial support and advice on matters concerning the work of Catholic Education Services and the schools.
Members of the Board are appointed by the Bishop, and usually are either from an education background or have other professional skills that are of value in guiding the work of Catholic Education. The Bishop and the Episcopal Vicar for Education are also members.
The Board meets eight times per year. Its meetings provide an opportunity for the Executive Director and staff of Catholic Education Services to update the Board on their work and the key issues being addressed at the time. The Board is also a policy-making body which reviews policy documents and major strategic decisions faced by Catholic Education, confirming these for implementation in the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Cairns. The Board also approves and monitors the Central Budget of systemic schools and the budgets of the direct-funded schools of the Diocese.
Serving the Board are committees of Identity and Mission, Education, and Finance. These also meet at least eight times per year, and have members from schools, CES, the Board, clergy, and others with expertise relevant to the focus of their work. The Board works cooperatively with the Diocesan Planning and Development Committee.
The Executive Director of Catholic Education Services has a support role on the Education Board of Governance.
Members of the Diocesan Board of Governance – Education are:
- Bishop James Foley (Ex-Officio)
- Fr Neil Muir (Episcopal Vicar – Ex Officio)
- Mr Tim McGrath (Chair)
- Sr Mary Garnier
- Dr Stephen Torre
- Mr Kevin Garland
- Mr Vince Musemeci
- Ms Elizabeth Rosenberg
- Ms Rose-Marie Dash
- Mr Bill Dixon (Support role)
- Mr Kevin Malone (Support role)
- Mr Andrew McKenzie (Secretariat support)