Simon AbernethySimon-Abernethy
Foundation Principal 
St Francis Catholic College, Edmondson Park, NSW

Simon has been appointed as Foundation Principal of St Francis Catholic College, Edmondson Park, NSW. St Francis is a new Preschool to Year 12 greenfield college to be opened in 2017. The College is the result of a partnership between EREA and the Diocese of Wollongong. 

Simon has over 15 years’ leadership experience in a career in education spanning 24 years. He holds a Masters of Religious Education from ACU and a Masters of Educational Administration from Deakin University. Prior to being appointed as Foundation Principal, Simon was Assistant Principal (John Therry Catholic High School), Assistant Principal (Magdalene Catholic High School) and Assistant Principal (St Clare’s Catholic Primary School). 

Simon is married to Jacinta and has three children; Hayden (12), Jemma (13) and Lachlan (16). 

James Ayers
Head of Campus, Hobart Flexible Learning Centre 

James has had extensive teaching experience in a diverse range of schools across Tasmania - geographically and socioeconomically - since graduating with his teaching degree in 2001. Since 2005 he has worked a St Virgil’s College as a Science, Geography and Mathematics teacher with various positions of additional responsibility within the school. Throughout his teaching career he has been interested in the students who were disadvantaged and disengaged from their learning for a wide range of reasons.

Mark CaseyMark-Casey
Deputy Principal, Saint Pius X College, Chatswood

Mark has been a Sydney boy all his life growing up in Revesby where he attended school with the Josephite Sisters before going to Christian Brothers High School, St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney from Year 4, based on Sister Lillian’s recommendation to his parents: “The Christian Brothers will make a man of him!”

Mark attended Teachers College, at Mount Saint Mary’s Strathfield. His first teaching role was with the Christian Brothers at St Leo’s College, Wahroonga, where he taught English and Religion and became the sports master.

He then taught for the next 22 years with the Marist Brothers at St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill, where he held various positions including managing and leading Year 11 Boarding for 14 years. Over this period of time he furthered my studies with a Masters in Educational Administration at the University of NSW. 

In search of a new challenge he was appointed Assistant Principal: Mission and Identity, at St Pius X College, Chatswood in 2011. In 2016 he takes up the role of Deputy Principal.

Mark says he is “blessed with a most loving wife and two beautiful (now adult) children who have shaped me as a husband and a father to be the best person and teacher I can be in my privileged vocation”.  

Michael Cutrupi Michael Cutrupi
Acting Deputy Headmaster, St Patrick’s College, Strathfield

Michael brings a broad range of professional experiences to his role as Acting Deputy Headmaster at St Patrick’s College, Strathfield having held various curriculum, pastoral, administrative and executive leadership roles across many Catholic schools during his 33 year teaching career. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of New South Wales, a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) from the University of Sydney – College of Advanced Education and a Graduate Diploma of Arts (Religion Studies) from the Australian Catholic University, Queensland.

Michael’s teaching areas are Religious Education and Science. Michael is married with three sons, all Old Boys of St Patrick’s College, Strathfield.

Ann Daley
Business Manager, CBC St Kilda

Ann is an experienced Business Manager with over 20 years’ involvement with Catholic education. She has held appointments with the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office as Manager Capital and Compliance, Manager Directorate and Planning and Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator. Ann has also worked in senior roles at Mount Carmel College, Sandy Bay and most recently at St James Catholic College, Cygnet. 

Ann has a Bachelor of Business and is a member of CPA Australia. She is committed to the mission of Catholic education and her short time at CBC has reinforced the importance of and sense of purpose gained from working in the Edmund Rice tradition. She is looking forward to her ongoing involvement in EREA as part of the CBC community.  

Ben EbertBen-Ebert
Head of Campus at St Joseph’s Catholic Flexible Learning Centre, Alice Springs

Ben was born and raised in Brisbane. He began teaching in 2002 after graduating from ACU Brisbane. His first position was as a primary school teacher in Kingaroy where he taught for three years. This was followed by three years at East London – where he became Science Coordinator.

Ben joined EREA Youth+ as a teacher at Deception Bay Flexible Learning Centre in 2009 and in 2012 he became the Associate Head of Campus. In January 2014 Ben took up the position of Head of Campus at St Joseph’s Catholic Flexible Learning Centre in Alice Springs. 

Ben has a passion for working with young people who have, for various reasons, not been a part of the schooling system and are looking to reengage in formal education. He is currently studying for a Master of Educational Leadership degree.

He is married with three children aged 5, 4 and 1 – two girls and a boy  and enjoys travel, all sports and spending time with family.

Jon FranzinJohn-Franzin
Principal, Edmund Rice Special Education Services, Sydney

Jon is an experienced teacher with over 20 years of senior leadership experiences in Catholic schools in the Edmund Rice tradition. Prior to his appointment as Principal – ERSES, Jon was the Deputy Headmaster – Wellbeing at St Patrick’s College, Ballarat and Deputy Principal at St Paul’s College, Gilles Plains in Adelaide. Jon also held the positions of Assistant Principal – Head of Middle School and Special Education Coordinator at St Paul’s College. Jon holds a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Special Education, Masters of Special Education and Masters of Educational Leadership. He has taught in secondary education throughout his career specialising in Physical Education, Religious Education and Special Education. He is married to Nicole and they have two children, Isobella and Luca. 

Jo HartJo-Hart
Professional Officer – Identity, EREA National Office

Jo is joining the Identity and Liberating Education team at EREA after nine years at St Joseph’s College, Geelong. In that time she held various roles in the mission team including Service Learning Coordinator, Religious Education Coordinator and Deputy Director of Mission and Identity. For the final three years, Jo held the position of Director of Identity and was a member of the College leadership team. Her Identity leadership has been characterised by a focus on service learning, transformational curriculum and advocacy. 

She has also taught across the year levels in Religious Education, Media and English. 

Jo originally grew up in eastern Victoria, teaching at Catholic College Sale. Jo and her husband, David, live in Geelong. They have three children, George, James and Madeline.

Michael IlottMichael IIot
Deputy Principal, CBC St Kilda

Michael commenced as the Deputy Principal of CBC St Kilda this year. He had previously been the Director of Pastoral Care at St Patrick’s College, Strathfield in Sydney. Michael has also held leadership positions at Marist College, Randwick and Christian Brothers High School, Lewisham.  Prior to teaching Michael worked in the area of Human Resources in the Banking and Oil industries in Australia, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

Michael’s teaching areas are Economics, Business Studies, Commerce and Religious Education.  Educated by the Christian Brothers in the inner west of Sydney, Michael holds tertiary qualifications in Commerce, Education and Religious Studies and has recently completed a Masters of Educational Leadership from the Australian Catholic University.  

Michael is married to Bronwyn and has two daughters, Clare and Eloise. He enjoys running, cooking and swimming.

David JohnstonRicean_EREA_Appointments_Feb_14
Deputy Principal, St Joseph’s Nudgee College

David comes to Nudgee College with over 20 years’ experience in education. He began his teaching career in Canberra at St Peter’s Catholic College (now MacKillop Catholic College). His roles there included Head of Sport and Head of Department, HPE.  He worked in England and then Rockhampton Grammar School in a variety of roles including Assistant Head of Boarding House, Head of HPE and Director of Sport. 

David moved to Brisbane in 2002 and worked for the Queensland Studies Authority for three years before spending five years at Redeemer Lutheran College in the south of Brisbane, as the Head of Learning and Teaching.  

Prior to his appointment as the Deputy Principal, David held the position of Dean of Learning and Teaching at Nudgee College.

David has completed his Master’s in Education specialising in Learning Management and is currently working towards his Doctorate in Education at the University of Southern Queensland.

As an educator, David is committed to providing the students of Nudgee College with a balanced and holistic education that ensures each boy achieves his full potential and sets him on a path to reaching his full potential academically, socially and spiritually.

Gerard KeatingGerard Keating
Principal, Central/West Flexible Flexi Schools Network

Gerard commenced this role as Network Principal for the Flexible Learning Centres in Adelaide, Alice Springs and Geraldton at the start of 2016.

Prior to 2016, Gerard was Regional Coordinator – Queensland and New Zealand for the Oceania Province Mission Directorate. He has also held senior leadership positions in Catholic Education as Senior Education Officer for EREA Northern Region, Principal of St John’s College, Darwin, and Deputy Principal of St Brendan’s College, Yeppoon.

Gerard’s teaching areas are Physics and Mathematics and he has completed Diplomas in Outdoor Education, Religious Education and Theology. He also completed a Masters of Education Studies.

Gerard is married to Janita and together they have two adult daughters, Caeli and Lara. He enjoys cycling for health and recreation and knows personally “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”.

Neil KellyNeil-Kelly
Learning Choices and Staff Support Coordinator 
Marlene Moore Flexi Schools Network Team

Neil has 30 years’ experience as a teacher and has 20 years’ experience in middle management and educational leadership in various roles at St Laurence’s College in South Brisbane including being Head of Visual and Performing Arts at the College prior to moving to Hemmant FLC.  He has also worked as a lecturer in Art at the Australian Catholic University and Queensland University of Technology. 

Recently Neil established a Flexible Learning Centre at Hemmant on Brisbane’s Bayside. The Centre offers a program that focuses on engaging young people with complex needs and encourages participation and active learning in a supported and connected way. Together with the local community and allied agencies the school provides a learning environment that promotes confidence, ability, opportunity and optimism for all young people attending.

Neil’s leadership is characterised by his passion for learning and his care of and for young people. His creativity and attention to detail will no doubt significantly enhance the support offered by the Network Team.

Mark KennedyMark-Kennedy
Deputy Principal, St Joseph’s College, Geelong

Mark was schooled at St Patrick’s College, Ballarat and graduated from Australian Catholic University Aquinas, in 2001. Mark is returning from 11 years in Cairns where he spent time as a Year Level Coordinator, Assistant Principal Religious Education and as the Deputy Principal of St Andrew’s Catholic College. Mark has had experience leading all levels of school from Prep to Year 12. He is excited to reconnect with his family and friends in Victoria and feels privileged to have the role as Deputy Principal at St Joseph’s College, Geelong. Mark is married to Renee and has a daughter Evelyn who is 17 months old. Mark and Renee are also expecting another child in April.

Michelle KinnaneMichelle-Kinnane
Head of Campus, Deception Bay Flexible Learning Centre

Michelle is married and has two daughters, Emma 18 and Claudia 16. She began teaching in the state system, and moved to St Joseph’s Nudgee College in 1996.  Michelle held a number of administrative positions during her time at Nudgee, including Co-ordinator of BCT and BOM, Middle School ICT Co-ordinator, Curriculum Team leader for Technology and House Dean. During this time Michelle extensively travelled and worked in London and developed a passion for cross-curriculum projects, across multi-age and multi-disciplinary subjects. 

Michelle moved to Deception Bay Flexible Learning in 2014 as the Associate Head of Campus. In 2015 she was appointed as the Head of Campus. She is looking forward to serving a vibrant community who caters for a diverse group of young people with complex needs.  She believes it is a privilege to share the journey and hear another’s story, each day being different with many rewards and challenges.

Andy KuppeAndyKuppe
Deputy Principal, Parade College

Andy comes to this role with almost 30 years’ experience in education, and has responsibility at Parade for Learning and Teaching. Prior to this role, he has been the Deputy Principal at Our Lady of Mercy College, Heidelberg, and held Assistant Principal roles at Parade in Organisation and Mission and Identity. Andy has also had leadership positions in allied Edmund Rice Ministries including the CEO of Edmund Rice Heritage Centres Ltd in Ireland; the Director of Edmund Rice Centre, Melbourne; and the Director of Formation for the Edmund Rice Network - Victoria and Tasmania.

Andy has completed his Master’s in Education specialising in Leadership and is currently working towards a Doctorate in Education in leading change at La Trobe University. Andy will be completing a graduate course in Educational Leadership this year at Harvard after winning the Principals' Association of Victorian Catholic Secondary (PAVCSS) Scholarship.

As an educator, Andy is committed to fostering the charism of Edmund Rice in all aspects of College life at Parade College. Andy is married to Kylie. They have two beautiful children, Lalie, 14 and Josiah, 12.

Graham LeddieGraham-Leddie
Deputy Headmaster, Waverley College

Before his appointment as Deputy Headmaster at Waverley College, Graham had spent 18 years at Nudgee College, the last ten as Deputy Principal. He had previously served as Nudgee’s Dean of Learning and Teaching and Head of Geography.

Earlier in his teaching career Graham had been Assistant Head of Boarding House and Director of Rowing at Rockhampton Grammar School.

Graham has two children - Laura (13) and Hamish (10)

He loves hiking, climbing mountains, getting out amongst nature and exploring different cultures abroad, as well as red wine and holidays.

Darren LeechDarren-Leech
Deputy Principal, St Edmund’s College, Canberra

Darren moved to Canberra in 2011 to take up the position of Head of Religious Education at St Edmund’s College. Two months into his move, he met his wife Maja, who is a physiotherapist, and they were married in 2013. They have a son Jan-Paweł (Polish for John-Paul) and are expecting their second child in July.

Darren began his teaching career in 2004 as a kindergarten teacher before moving into primary year groups. He then moved into high school to teach Italian, Indonesian and Religious Education. 

Prior to St Edmund’s College, he worked in various different teaching and administrative roles at St Stanislaus’ College in Bathurst which was his alma mater. 

Darren has acted in Pastoral Care and Deputy Principal roles in the past and is very excited about the opportunity to take up the role of Deputy Principal. Darren has enjoyed working in the EREA network over the past five years and looks forward to the challenges and rewards that will come with the new position.

Owen MayorOwen-Major
Head of Campus, Rockhampton Flexible Learning Centre

Born in New Zealand, Owen spent 21 years as a primary school teacher as well as holding teacher and leadership positions in middle and senior levels. He moved to Mt Isa in 2012 with his wife and four of his seven children to live closer to in-laws and take a break from education. He spent six months in the mines before stumbling across Youth + Flexible Learning. Owen spent two and half years at Mount Isa FLC before his appointment as Head of Campus for Rockhampton FLC at the end of 2015.

John MurphyJohn-Murphy

Headmaster St Patrick’s College Strathfield (Acting)

John is a proud Old Boy of St Patrick’s College who steps into the Acting Headmaster’s position for the year.  John attended the College for eight years as a student in the 1970’s, returned as a Subject Coordinator for five years in the 1990’s, before then again returning as Deputy Headmaster in 2010.  After 12 years as a Deputy Principal, John is excited about the year ahead as the College begins to implement its 2016-20 Strategic Plan.

John did a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education and a Masters of Education at Sydney University before then completing two other Masters degrees in Religious Education and most recently in Educational Leadership at the Australian Catholic University.  

John has a love of sport and fitness and is happily married to Linda with two adult children, James and Emma.  

Mr Frank RanaldoRanaldo_F2
Deputy Principal, Rostrevor College

Frank was educated at Rostrevor College Adelaide, graduating in 1983. Frank then commenced a Degree in Applied Science (Medical Laboratory Science) at the South Australian Institute of Technology and later moved to the University of Adelaide to complete a degree in Education.

Br John Marks, Headmaster at Christian Brothers College Adelaide offered him his first teaching position in 1988 where he worked in a number of leadership roles for the next 12 years, including Head of Science and Acting Director of Administration.

Frank returned to Rostrevor College in 1999 as Head of Science and he completed his Master of Education in 2001. He now plans to commence a Master of Educational Leadership through the Australian Catholic University.

Frank hopes that through leadership he can continue to have a positive impact on student learning and to promote meaningful, contemporary and challenging Catholic education in the Edmund Rice tradition.

Frank is married to Francesca. They have two children, Emma, 13 and Elise, 10.

Brian RobertsBrian-Roberts
Director of Regional Support – Eastern Region

Brian is married and he and his wife Sue have six children and 13 grandchildren. Four of the children are school teachers in Catholic education in Sydney.

Brian has been principal for 23 years in four Catholic Schools in Sydney – De La Salle Revesby Heights, Marist College Kogarah, Christian Brothers’ High School Lewisham and most recently St Patrick’s College Strathfield. Before becoming a principal, Brian was deputy in two schools – Marist College Penshurst and Marist College Kogarah, and REC at St Patrick’s College Campbelltown.

Having been educated by the Christian Brothers at St Patrick’s College Goulburn, Brian did his initial teacher training as a lay person with the Christian Brothers at Mount Saint Mary’s Strathfield before beginning his teaching career as a primary school teacher at Christian Brothers’ High School Lewisham. 

Brian’s main teaching area is Religious Education and Mathematics. 

Mr Chris RyanRyan_C
College Dean, St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace

Chris was born in Toowoomba, Queensland and was educated by the Good Samaritan Sisters and the Christian Brothers at St Joseph’s College. He trained as an English and Drama teacher at the Queensland University of Technology. Chris is married to Louise Meehan, who is also a teacher and part of the Stuartholme School community. They have three daughters; Clare and twins, Bernadette and Genevieve. All three of their daughters attend Mt St Michael’s College, Ashgrove. Chris and his family are members of the Our Lady of Dolours Parish in Mitchelton.

Chris spent 20 years at St Joseph’s Nudgee College in a variety of roles including Head of Drama, Head of Year 11 and 12 Boarding, House Dean, Director of Students Years 5 to 9. Dean of Students, Dean of Identity and Acting Deputy Principal. For the past three years, he has been Dean of Identity at St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace.

Chris is a cricket tragic who still aspires to test selection.

Jennie Sargisson Jennie-Sargisson
Head of Campus, St Marys Flexible Learning Centre

Jennie initially came to Edmund Rice Education Australia as a university student at St Edmund’s College, Ipswich. After several years teaching she relocated to NSW where she continued to work within the Catholic Education sector.

Jennie has undertaken leadership roles in curriculum and welfare in addition to bringing over 12 years of management experience from industry and from successfully operating her own businesses. Educated at Universities in both Sydney and Brisbane she believes in the philosophy of Lifelong Learning.

Her first experience working with disengaged youth was in 1999 when she trained long term unemployed members of society and instantly took great satisfaction in helping others to see a better future for themselves.  Jennie sees her role as Head of Campus as an opportunity to walk alongside Young People as they create their own pathway. She has two children, Madeleine aged 15 and Liam aged 13.

Gerard SullivanGerard-Sullivan_2
Deputy Principal, St Patrick’s College, Ballarat

Gerard Sullivan has worked in Catholic education across regional and city locations throughout NSW and Victoria for more than 20 years. Prior to his appointment at St Patrick’s College Ballarat, Gerard was employed as a Deputy Principal at Galen Catholic College Wangaratta for four years and an Education Officer in the Wagga Wagga Diocese for five years. 

Gerard has postgraduate qualifications in Behaviour Management and Religious Education, and a Master of Educational Leadership. Gerard was educated by the Christian Brothers in Albury, NSW and after working in co-ed, girls and alternative settings has returned to the ER tradition, where his vocation for teaching was first realised. 

Gerard, his wife Suzie and daughters, Ella and Lucinda, have settled well in the Ballarat community.

Peter TracyPeter-Tracy
Principal, Youth+ Flexi Schools Network, Queensland

Peter is the Principal of a new Queensland network of four flexi schools: Rockhampton, Mt Isa, Southport and Albert Park. Prior to becoming a school teacher Peter worked as a Fitter and Turner for 12 years and he has been working in Edmund Rice schools for 20 years. For 12 of those years he was working as a Manual Arts teacher at St Laurence’s College with a major focus on VET in Schools. For the past eight years he has been the Learning Coordinator on the Youth+ National Team supporting all the Flexible Learning Centres with curriculum and also helping to start new flexi schools across Australia. Peter has an Honours Degree in Technology Education and a Masters Degree in Philosophy which focused on Creativity and Problem Finding. Peter is married to Kerri and has two daughters, Brianna and Emma. Peter enjoys fishing and watching Rugby Union.