Our Leadership Team

The Director of Catholic Education is responsible to the Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn. Mr Ross Fox was appointed to this role in 2016.

The Catholic Education Service Area Leadership Team (SALT) is made up of the Heads of Service from the office at Manuka. SALT meets regularly to make strategic decisions on important policies and initiatives. It is chaired by Mr Ross Fox.

Catholic Education of Canberra and Goulburn has six Heads of Service. Each Head of Service has responsibility for their specific area of operation. The six Service Areas are:

  • School Services
  • Directorate Services
  • Religious Education and Curriculum Services
  • Resource Management and Strategy
  • Human Resource Services
  • Information, Communication & Learning Technologies
  • Ross Fox


    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.

  • Helen Casey

    Deputy Director

    Helen’s career in education began in the 1970s as a primary teacher. After more than twenty years of teaching at a number of Archdiocesan schools in both NSW and the ACT and holding a range of school leadership positions, Helen moved to the Catholic Education office in 2000 as a Religious Education and Curriculum officer. Following this role Helen provided System leadership in Human Resources before taking up her position as Head of School Services in 2009. Helen has gained the qualifications of Teacher’s Certificate, Diploma of Teaching, Graduate Diploma of Education (Religious), Bachelor of Education, and Master of Religious Education.

  • Frances Neuss

    Head of Directorate Services

    Frances joined the Catholic Education office as Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the Director in the 1980s. In 2000, Frances added Directorate Services, Communications, Publications and Media to her portfolio. Frances is the Executive Secretary to the Archdiocesan Catholic Education Commission (CEC), a position which she has held since 2005. Frances holds an Advanced Diploma in Business Management, Certificate IV in Human Resources Management and is certified by Mediation of Australia as a Mediator. Frances is also a member of the Australian Institute of Management where she has gained training in project management and media.

    Directorate Services is a service focus team which provides high level support to both the Catholic Education office and Schools through its various activities and areas of responsibility including – Marketing, Communications, Design and Publications, Media, Office Management, Management of the Director’s Office, Electronic document management system, Complaints, Catholic Schools Week and our Courier Service to Schools.

  • Maree Williams

    Head of Religious Education and Curriculum Services

    Maree has made significant contribution to Catholic Education since joining the organisation in 2002. Maree has had an important role in the implementation of many of the national agendas and progressing curriculum and literacy learning across the Archdiocese.

    Prior to joining Catholic Education office, Maree worked at a number of Archdiocesan schools, including St Anthony’s Wanniassa; St Thomas the Apostle Kambah and St Jude’s Holder; where she held the positions of Coordinator, Assistant Principal and Acting Principal. Maree was also employed as a Lecturuer at the University of Canberra in the School of Education.
    Maree holds the following tertiary qualifications: Master of Education, Graduate Certificate in Inclusive Education and Wellbeing, Graduate Diploma of Religious Education and a Diploma of Teaching.

    Responsibilities within Religious Education and Curriculum Services include: Catholic Faith Formation; Religious Education; Aboriginal Education; Curriculum, Pedagogy, Assessment and Reporting; Learning Technologies; Literacy; Numeracy; Students with Disabilities and Learning Support Needs and Vocational Education for students from pre-school to year 12. Mary leads a team of specialised education officers who support principals and teachers across the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn in these priority areas

  • John Barker

    Head of Resource Management and Strategy

    John joined the Catholic Education office as Head of Finance in 1997. In 2000, John added planning responsibilities to his portfolio following the amalgamation of the former Finance and Planning Divisions. Prior to his employment with Catholic Education, John was Manager of Financial Services at the Australian Sports Commission for 10 years and has held a number of positions in other Commonwealth agencies. John currently represents Catholic Education on the NSW CEC Resources Policy Committee and the ACT Block Grant Authority Priorities Committee. John holds an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Graduate Certificate in Management from the University of Canberra.

    The Resource Management and Strategy Service Area provides high level support to schools on specific public policy issues, planning and facilities management and school and System financial services through the School Financial Services, System Financial Services, Planning and Facilities and Strategy and Public Policy Sections.

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