The Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn is the President of the Catholic Education Commission (CEC). All CEC Members are appointed by the Archbishop for a 4 year term with an option for a further 4 years on the invitation of the Archbishop. The Archbishop appoints a Chair as an ex-officio member of the Commission.

CEC members are drawn from key stakeholder groups in the Archdiocese including:

  • Clergy
  • Parents (NSW and ACT)
  • Principals (NSW/ACT and Primary/Secondary and Congregational)
  • Catholic Agencies
  • Australian Catholic University

The ex-officio members are Mr Ross Fox (Director of the Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn) who is the Executive Officer and Mrs Tiffany Wallace (Executive Secretary).

The 2017 Membership of the Commission is:



  • Archbishop Christopher Prowse

    Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn


  • Mr Ross Fox

    Executive Officer
    Director- Catholic Education

    Ross Fox was appointed as Director of Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn in December 2016. He has held senior positions in Catholic education across Australia, including Director in the Catholic Education Office Melbourne and Executive Director with the National Catholic Education Commission.

    Ross grew up in country Victoria and studied Engineering at the University of NSW. Later, he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University.

    Ross is inspired by the great contribution that Catholic schools and educators have made to Australia and shares a passion for seeing every child benefit from quality teaching and learning.

  • Dr Patrick McArdle

    Chair of the Commission
    Campus Dean- Australian Catholic University

    Patrick was appointed as Chair of the Commission from 2016. Prior to his appointment as Chair, Patrick had served on the Commission since 2007. He is currently the Campus Dean, Australian Catholic University – Canberra and has been an academic at the University for over 20 years after a career in Catholic schools.

    Patrick holds the qualifications of Bachelor of Theology (Sydney College of Divinity), Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (Catholic Institute of Sydney), Licentiate in Sacred Theology (CIS), Graduate Diploma of Education (UniSA), Master of Education (ACU) and Doctor of Philosophy (ACU). His academic specialization is in the fields of Christian Ethics, Health Care Ethics and Practical Theology with research centered on the concept of relationality as the foundation for ethical reflection. He has been a consultant to various education and health care institutions and authorities and serves on a number of Boards.

  • Monsignor John Woods

    Vicar for Education

    Monsignor John Woods was appointed to the Commission in 2015.

  • Mr Greg Walker

    Principal- St Anthony's Parish School, Wanniassa ACT

    Greg was appointed to the Commission in 2011. Greg is currently the principal of St Anthony’s Parish Primary School Wanniassa. This is his fourth year in this position. Prior to this Greg was principal at St Clare of Assisi Primary School Conder from 2006-2012. Greg has taught in Catholic schools in the Canberra and Goulburn Archdiocese for 30 years including roles in six ACT primary schools. Greg has been a member of the ACT Catholic Primary Schools Executive for the past 4 years including the role as President.

    Greg’s wife Terri is also a teacher in our system. They have three teenage children, two boys who attend St Mary MacKillop Catholic College and a daughter who attends St Clare’s College Griffith.

    Greg holds the qualifications of Diploma of Teaching (Signadou/ACU), Bachelor of Education (Deakin University), Graduate Diploma Religious Education (ACU) and Master of Educational Leadership (ACU).

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The Archdiocesan Church welcomes and thanks these members of the community who have accepted an appointment to the Catholic Education Commission. Their participation in the education ministry of the Church is a challenge to provide authentic Catholic education for the children in our Schools.