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 Frances Neuss (Executive Secretary).

The 2017 Membership of the Commission is:


  • Mr Daniel Lawler

    Principal – St Edmund’s College, Griffith ACT

    Daniel was appointed to the Commission in 2017. Daniel commenced as Principal of St Edmund’s College Canberra in January 2015. Prior to this, he was Principal of another Edmund Rice Education Australia school, St Paul’s College Gilles Plains, Adelaide for seven years. He had previously held leadership and teaching roles in various diocesan and congregational Catholic schools in Queensland and South Australia.

    Daniel is married to Leanne, who is also a Catholic school principal. They have three adult sons. Daniel was born and educated in New Zealand and has Bachelor degrees in English and Theology, a Master’s degree in Religious Education and other qualifications and experience in education and journalism.

  • Mr Paul Compton

    Archdiocesan Parents Council President

    Paul was appointed to the Commission in 2017. Paul has worked in the Human Resources and Industrial Relations fields for over 25 years and has been a Director for three companies associated with Charles Sturt University. Paul is currently the Chair of the Catholic School Parents, Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn and the Chair of the St Thomas the Apostle Primary School Community Council.

    Paul holds qualifications in human resources and training and assessment.

    Paul was educated in Catholic schools in Sydney and married in the Catholic Cathedral in Bathurst to his wife Emma. He has a daughter, Anna, who attends St Thomas the Apostle Primary School in Kambah.

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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.