It is with very mixed emotions that we announce that Dr Sally Towns has resigned from her position of Director of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Lismore. Sally has led our System of 45 Catholic Schools in some extremely challenging times. Recent years in our parishes and school communities have been characterised by devastating bushfires, floods and, of course, the global pandemic and Sally’s steady and calm leadership through these challenging events has been exemplary.
In addition, Sally has also been leading one of the most significant organisational changes that we have seen in our schools since the inception of the Catholic Schools Office in 1973, being our transition to a new governance structure. This is another task that she has undertaken with patience, expertise and wisdom and our schools are extremely grateful for this.
Sally leaves us to take up the role of Executive Director of Brisbane Catholic Education in the Brisbane Archdiocese forming the next step in her career in Catholic Education. We are left in no doubt that Sally will undertake this role with the same high levels of competence, passion and faith filled commitment and continue to enrich her legacy of high quality Catholic Education in the organisations that she leads.
Announcements will be made in due course regarding the next steps in recruiting a new Director of Catholic Schools, however in the meantime we are sure that you will join us in sentiments of gratitude for her valuable contribution to our schools.
At this stage Sally’s resignation will take effect by Easter of 2022.