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Leadership Team

The Leadership Team is the primary governance body in Brisbane Catholic Education and undertakes a range of activities that ensure:

  • policy is developed, monitored and reviewed in line with Archdiocesan direction

  • Archdiocesan schooling is actively represented at local, state and national levels

  • facilitation and coordination of strategic dialogue and integrated planning

  • communication, coordination and connectivity across Brisbane Catholic Education

  • embedding of cultural alignment and pastoral care across the Brisbane Catholic Education Office community.


Miss Pam Betts, Executive Director

As the Executive Director, Pam leads the Catholic education community within the Archdiocese of Brisbane through shaping the educational vision and enacting the spirit and intent of the Archdiocesan mission.

Pam has over 30 years' experience working in Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Brisbane as a secondary teacher and in leadership positions in Catholic schools. Pam's experience encompasses both systemic and Religious Institute schools and includes four years working with the Queensland Catholic Education Commission.

​Dr Doug Ashleigh, Deputy Executive Director

Doug leads Learning Services and is responsible for the system strategies of Excellent Learning and Teaching and Strengthening Catholic Identity. Working in close collaboration with the Directors of School Services Doug sets Brisbane Catholic Education's strategy directions for curriculum, assessment, religious education, faith formation, inclusive education and student wellbeing.

Doug has held senior leadership positions in five dioceses and Religious Institute schools. Prior to joining Brisbane Catholic Education, Doug held the position of Director of Financial, Corporate and ICT Services in Sydney Catholic Schools.

Mr Peter Hill, ​Director, Employee Services

As Director, Employee Services, Peter is responsible for organisational strategies associated with human relations, industrial relations, teacher professional standards, student protection, legal counsel, organisational development, workforce capability, organisational health and safety, and payroll.

Previously, Peter held the roles of Executive Director of Schools in the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst and Executive Director, Mission Leadership with Mater Health Services in Brisbane. Peter has also been a school principal, deputy principal and teacher.

Mr Michael Kearney, Director, Administrative Services

Michael leads Brisbane Catholic Education's strategic directions, policies and procedures for finance, information technology, school development services, school and office property, planning and building, business services and enterprise risk management.

Michael has held the role of Director, Administrative Services for four years and has also been a teacher, assistant principal, principal and area supervisor in the Archdiocese of Brisbane.

Mr Paul Allen, Director, School Services (Springwood)

As Director, School Services (South), Paul is responsible for providing educational leadership, services and support to principals and Catholic school communities.

Paul has held this role since 2010 and has also worked since 1976 as teacher, assistant principal, information technology consultant, principal of primary schools and an area supervisor.​

Mr Derek Maclean, Acting Director, School Services (North Lakes)

Derek leads and coordinates services and support to principals and school communities and ensures strategic alignment of services delivered across the areas of student learning, inclusive education and student wellbeing.

Preceding his current role of Acting Director, Derek was Area Supervisor to a cluster of schools in the north Brisbane region. As well as holding principalship positions, Derek was also the President of the Brisbane Archdiocese Catholic Primary Principals Association from 2010-11.

Secretariat support to the Leadership Team was provided by:

​Miss Gemma Dye, Executive Officer

As Executive Officer, Gemma is responsible for providing administrative and secretariat support for Brisbane Catholic Education's Leadership Team.

Prior to joining Brisbane Catholic Education, Gemma held the position of Development and Events Coordinator with the Museum of Brisbane, working closely with its board of directors and maintaining key relationships with donors and corporate sponsors.


The Leadership Team met 24 times in 2016, and examples of the committee's leadership to Catholic education across the Archdiocese of Brisbane included: 

  • approving the 2017 budget for Brisbane Catholic Education

  • developing the 2017-20 Brisbane Catholic Education Strategic Plan

  • supporting a re-visioning exercise for Brisbane Catholic Education to 2040

  • approving a new Catholic Identity Strategy

  • monitoring the implementation of Excellent Learning and Teaching: Moving Forward

  • considering the organisational response to reviews of Building Services, procurement probity, and professional renewal leave.

Brisbane Catholic Education Office

243 Gladstone Road, Dutton Park Q 4102

GPO Box 1201 Brisbane 4001 Australia

Phone: (07) 3033 7000

Fax: (07) 3844 5101