The Edmund Rice Education Australia Council has pleasure in announcing the appointment of new members to the EREA Council and the EREA Board.
Following the retirements of Professor Maryanne Confoy and Brother Kevin Paull, Mrs Kathy Freeman and Mr David White were formally commissioned earlier this month for five-year terms as members of EREA Council. While EREA operates as a community for mission in which all exercise responsibility and leadership in different ways, the Council is the body ultimately responsible for the ownership, governance and direction of EREA.
Kathy was appointed to Council in late 2016, and took up her role at the start of 2017. She was a Principal for nineteen years, including ten years as the Principal of two EREA schools (St Edmund's Wahroonga and St Gabriel's Castle Hill).
Within EREA, Kathy has been a member of the Education Committee, a presenter at the Galilee and Break Every Yoke formation programs, and most recently was a presenter at the Diversity in Leadership forum.
David was appointed to Council in July 2017. David has spent all his working life with marginalized young people. He was directly employed by the Christian Brothers as the CEO of Big Brother Big Sister in Victoria.
David also brings the perspective of an EREA parent, being the father of three boys who attended an EREA school. A South Australian by birth, David is now based in Alice Springs, assisting his wife in her new work as a remote area nurse.
Following the conclusion of the generous service over many years of Br Jude Butcher on the EREA Board, Emeritus Professor Alan Rix has been appointed to the EREA Board. The Edmund Rice Education Australia Board shares in the responsibility for and leadership of EREA through its setting of the strategic direction and the operational framework of EREA. It oversees the management of EREA and financial well-being of EREA and each of the schools.
Alan Rix Emeritus Prof Alan Rix will begin his appointment at the Board's upcoming meeting on 24-25 July. Though originally from Sydney, Alan has recently retired as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland. For over thirty years Alan has held senior positions in the university.
Alan's involvement with the Christian Brothers and EREA began when his sons attended St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace. Alan was a member and then Chair of the School Board from 2002 until 2008. From 2008 until the present Alan has chaired first the EREA Flexible Learning Centres Board and then the Xavier Flexi Schools Network Board.
We thank them for their commitment to Edmund Rice education and wish them well in their roles as members of the EREA Council and Board.
We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia as the traditional owners and custodians of the land of our schools. We are inspired and nurtured by their wisdom, spirituality and experience. We commit ourselves to actively work alongside them for reconciliation and justice. We pay our respects to the Elders; past, present and future. As we take our next step we remember the first footsteps taken on this sacred land.