Board of Directors

The Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church, Diocese of Lismore, have appointed a Board of Directors who take responsibility for the implementation of the new governance structure for delivering Catholic education.

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Hon John Hannaford AM (Chair)

John was formerly NSW Minister for State Development, Health and Community Services, Industrial Relations, Justice and was also Attorney General of New South Wales. John was also leader of the Government and of the Opposition in the NSW Legislative Council. Following his career in Parliament, John was an Adjunct Professor at UTS; was a professional Arbitrator and Mediator; presided at a number of Government and Industry Tribunals; was a Director or Chair of Tertiary, Secondary and VET organisations; as well as companies involved in the health, employment, insurance and mining industries. He was an Examiner with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and its predecessor the Australian Crime Commission for a number of years . John is currently Chair of Wentworth Higher Education, Patricks College Australia and Diocese of Lismore Catholic Schools Ltd. John was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2017 for significant service to the Parliament of New South Wales through a range of senior ministerial roles, to law reform, and to the community. After a successful law career and decades in public service, John retired to Woolgoolga. John, his wife and his three children all received their education in Catholic schools. John is a Parishioner of the Coffs Harbour Parish.
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Ian Baker

Ian is a Senior Research Fellow with CSNSW and former Secretary of the Catholic Secondary Schools Association NSW. He is a member of the Dunlea Centre Engadine School Board (Boys’ Town). Ian is a Barrister on the Roll of the Supreme Court NSW. Ian commenced his teaching career with Catholic schools in 1975 at Mary Immaculate College, Sutherland. He is former Director of Policy & Programs, Catholic Education Commission NSW, former member NSW BOS & BOSTES, Ministerial Not for Profit (Schools) Advisory Council and the Australian Education Council, Copyright Advisory Committee. He has held NSW representative roles with NSW Education Standards Authority and NSW Ministerial Education Act Section 83C Non-Government Schools Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee. Ian is married with two adult daughters both of whom were educated in Catholic schools. Ian and his family have been active members of Holy Cross Parish Helensburgh, Diocese of Wollongong since 1979.
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Pam Betts

Pam was born and grew up in Brisbane attending primary school at St Elizabeth’s School, Tarragindi and then Our Lady’s College, Annerley for secondary school. On leaving school she attended Griffith University and completed Bachelor of Science and then went on to complete her Diploma in Education at University of Queensland, Masters of Education Leadership; Master of Religious Education at Australian Catholic University and Master of Theology, University of Newcastle.

She is currently engaged in part-time work as a consultant after retiring as Executive Director, Brisbane Catholic Education at the end of 2021. She is a member of the panel that conducted a review of the Catholic Education Commission Victoria and previously a member of the panel to review CSNSW. She is also in the process of completing a review of the Broome Regional Office for CEWA.
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Jim Longley

Jim Longley lives on the northern beaches of Sydney with his wife Sally who is a Spiritual Director, Giver of the Ignatian Exercises, and regularly leads Retreats including for Marist Schools Australia Formators. He does strategic consulting in disability and aged care and finance, as well as mentoring, while also co-pastoring at Avalon Baptist Peace church. His qualifications include B.Ec., M.Ec., M.Div., FCPA, FAICD, FIML, having worked in the banking industry, Parliament, the NFP sector, and government. Jim enjoys music especially violin and recorder, swimming at local beaches, and is an avid reader.
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Mary-Ann Thackray

Mary-Ann is the Parish Business Manager for Sacred Heart Parish Murwillumbah.

Mary-Ann grew up in Murwillumbah and attended the local Parish schools with her siblings. Her son also received his catholic education at our parish schools. Mary-Ann is a strong supporter of Catholic education and a firm believer in the partnership between our Catholic schools and our Parishes. Mary-Ann has been an active member of School Parent Forum groups and the Parent Assembly and is currently a member of the Diocesan Schools Review Commission.

Upon completing studies at Griffith University and Canberra College of Advanced Education, Mary-Ann pursued a career in international finance and business administration before returning to Murwillumbah in the mid 1990s to raise her son.

She is a life member of Murwillumbah Swimming Club - swam with the club as a child and has now been involved in the management of the Club for almost 20 years. Mary-Ann is also an active member of the Rotary Club of Mt Warning AM (Murwillumbah).
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Bruno Ivan

Bruno is a northern rivers local and a former St John’s College, Lismore (Woodlawn) student. He is an active member of the Alstonville Parish, member of the Parish Finance Committee and the Standing Committee on Finance for the Diocese of Lismore Catholic Schools Ltd. Bruno also audits the school building and maintenance records. He volunteers his time as treasurer for LINK, a local community transport service in Alstonville and Ballina. Bruno, his wife and his three children all received their education in Catholic schools.
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Anne O'Brien

Anne commenced her career in Catholic education in 1979 at St John's Lakemba and in 1981 she moved to the Diocese of Lismore. Anne has held several leadership roles across Curriculum and Pastoral Care as well as Assistant Principal, and Campus Principal. Anne was the Inaugural Principal of St Joseph's Regional College Port Macquarie.

In 2013 Anne commenced a term as the School Evangelisation and Catechetical Services Consultant with the Catholic Schools Office before her return to MacKillop College Port Macquarie as Principal. Anne holds a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Educational Leadership and Theology.

Anne currently holds the position of Deputy Chief Executive Officer; Mission and People, St Agnes' Catholic Parish, Port Macquarie where she has been an active parishioner for 40 years. Anne has four children all who attended Catholic Schools in the Parish of Port Macquarie.
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Fr Felix Ekeh

Fr Felix was ordained in 2005 and has held several Parish appointments including his current appointment as Parish Administrator for Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Parish Wauchope, Diocese of Lismore since 2016.
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Fr Paul McDonald

Fr. Paul has been a priest of the Lismore Diocese for 40 years and holds a Bachelor of Theology. He is parish Priest of St. Anthony’s, Kingscliff and currently chair of the Council of Priests, a Trustee and Consultor in the Diocese. He is a former Chair of St Vincent’s Hospital, Lismore.

Fr. Paul is also a member and orchestral player with the Lismore Symphony Orchestra.
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Sr Anne Jordan pbvm

As a religious institute leader with a background in early years learning, I have been privileged to share my life in ministry with those committed to the person with the least options - those who are most in need, who are suffering from loneliness, mental illness, addictions, homelessness, and other factors which alienate them within society.
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Ray Rincheval

Ray is a former secondary school teacher, support teacher (behaviour), educational consultant, NSW Board of Studies Liaison officer and principal of two NSW public schools (Barraba CS K-12, Sandy Beach PS K-6).

Ray has high level experience leading and managing special education (inclusion), student welfare and equity programs. He has led multidisciplinary teams coordinating student support services across the New England and north west NSW. He has worked extensively around child protection policy and implementation and served on both the Legal Issues Working Party and the Student Welfare Committee of the NSW Primary Principals Association.

Ray is now active as a member of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Woolgoolga and as a member of the St Augustine's Parish Finance Committee Coffs Harbour.
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Adam Spencer - CEO

Adam has been in the Diocese of Lismore for 25 years and has also worked in private enterprise and with Catholic Education Western Australia. His early roles in the Diocese of Lismore were in Catholic Education (including 10 years as Principal) before moving into broader roles in Aged Care, Community Services and other Ministries.

In recent years Adam has held the role of Chief Executive Officer of two Port Macquarie Parish Companies being St Agnes’ Assist Ltd and St Agnes’ Care and Lifestyle Ltd.

Adam holds qualifications from the University of Queensland and Australian Catholic University respectively, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Melbourne and training in “Building Strategic Innovation Capability” from the University of California, Berkeley and “Strategy and Innovation” from the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany. Adam is also a graduate member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Adam has been a member of the Diocesan Catholic Schools Council, President of the Diocese of Lismore Principals’ Association, Executive Committee member of National Technical Colleges Association and is currently an Executive Director of St Agnes’ Assist and St Agnes’ Care and Lifestyle.
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Emma Fountain - Company Secretary

Emma commenced with the Catholic Schools Office in April 2021 and has 15 years of legal, compliance and risk management experience in both the public and private sectors including higher education, early education and local government. Emma holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Graduate Diploma (Legal Practice) and is admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Emma worked for many years as an in-house lawyer and legal consultant before completing a Graduate Diploma (Applied Corporate Governance) with the Governance Institute of Australia and enhancing her career as a governance specialist taking on roles in corporate compliance, enterprise risk management and business continuity management. Emma has experience working with boards and committees and is enrolled to complete the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.