Board of Directors

The Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church, Diocese of Lismore, have appointed a Board of Directors who take responsibility for the implementation of the new governance structure for delivering Catholic education.

Adam Spencer

Adam Spencer (Chair)

About
Adam has been in the Diocese of Lismore for 25 years and has also worked in private enterprise and with Catholic Education Western Australia. His early roles in the Diocese of Lismore were in Catholic Education (including 10 years as Principal) before moving into broader roles in Aged Care, Community Services and other Ministries.

In recent years Adam has held the role of Chief Executive Officer of two Port Macquarie Parish Companies being St Agnes’ Assist Ltd and St Agnes’ Care and Lifestyle Ltd.

Adam holds qualifications from the University of Queensland and Australian Catholic University respectively, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Melbourne and training in “Building Strategic Innovation Capability” from the University of California, Berkeley and “Strategy and Innovation” from the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany. Adam is also a graduate member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Adam has been a member of the Diocesan Catholic Schools Council, President of the Diocese of Lismore Principals’ Association, Executive Committee member of National Technical Colleges Association and is currently an Executive Director of St Agnes’ Assist and St Agnes’ Care and Lifestyle.
Ian-Baker

Ian Baker

About
Ian is a Senior Research Fellow with CSNSW and is Secretary of the Catholic Secondary Schools Association NSW. He is a member of the Dunlea Centre Engadine School Board (Boys’ Town). Ian is a Barrister on the Roll of the Supreme Court NSW. Ian commenced his teaching career with Catholic schools in 1975 at Mary Immaculate College, Sutherland. He is former Director of Policy & Programs, Catholic Education Commission NSW, former member NSW BOS & BOSTES, Ministerial Not for Profit (Schools) Advisory Council and the Australian Education Council, Copyright Advisory Committee. He has held NSW representative roles with NSW Education Standards Authority and NSW Ministerial Education Act Section 83C Non-Government Schools Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee. Ian is married with two adult daughters both of whom were educated in Catholic schools. Ian and his family have been active members of Holy Cross Parish Helensburgh, Diocese of Wollongong since 1979.
Fr-James-Foster

Fr James Foster

About
Fr James grew up in Sydney and would often visit his grandparents in Port Macquarie. He knew from these visits he wanted to work in the Diocese of Lismore when he became a priest. Fr James served as an Assistant Priest in Lismore, Port Macquarie and Maclean for over six years. In 2018 he was appointed as the Parish Priest for the Macleay Valley Parish. Fr James is described as the ‘joyful centre’ of his community. He also finds great joy in visiting his parishioners, bike riding, visiting the beach, animals and training his pet parrot ‘Macca’ to talk and dance. Fr James’ qualifications and awards include STB (MCLP) (CIS), BEcSocSc (Hons I), LLB (Hons I) (SYD), GradCertMgtNFPs (ACU). He was awarded the University of Sydney Dean's Prize for Academic Excellence 2002, the Cutler Hughes and Harris Prize for Industrial Relations 2003 and the Sydney College of Divinity Brian Murray Medallion for Theology 2012. Fr James is also a member of Trinity Catholic College Lismore Board of Directors.
Hon John Hannaford AM

Hon John Hannaford AM

About
John was formerly NSW Minister for State Development, Health and Community Services, Industrial Relations, Justice and was also Attorney General of New South Wales. John was also leader of the Government in the Legislative Council. John is currently a Company Director and Chairman of Wentworth Higher Education, the NSW Mine Safety Authority and the Coal Services Group. John was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia 2017 for significant service to the Parliament of New South Wales through a range of senior ministerial roles, to law reform, and to the community. After a successful law career and decades in public service, John retired to Woolgoolga ten years ago. He has been enjoying his retirement by planning and advocating for improved aged care and community services for the Woolgoolga community. John and his three children all received their education in Catholic schools. John is a Parishioner of the Coffs Harbour Parish.
Bruno Ivan

Bruno Ivan

About
Bruno is a northern rivers local and a former St John’s College, Lismore (Woodlawn) student. He is an active member of the Alstonville Parish, member of the Parish Finance Committee and the Standing Committee on Finance for the Diocese of Lismore Catholic Schools Ltd. Bruno also audits the school building and maintenance records. He volunteers his time as treasurer for LINK, a local community transport service in Alstonville and Ballina. Bruno, his wife and his three children all received their education in Catholic schools.
Anne O'Brien

Anne O'Brien

About
Anne commenced her career in Catholic education in 1979 at St John’s Lakemba and in the Diocese of Lismore since 1981. Anne’s School leadership roles have included positions as Assistant Principal, Campus Principal and Principal at St Joseph’s Regional College and MacKillop College, Port Macquarie. In 2013 Anne commenced a term as the School Evangelisation and Catechetical Services Consultant with the Catholic Schools Office before her return to MacKillop as Principal. Anne currently holds the position of Director of Mission Integration, St Agnes’ Catholic Parish, Port Macquarie where she has been an active member for 40 years.
Fr Michael Roohan

Fr Michael Roohan

About
Fr Michael is Parish Priest for the Camden Haven Parish in Laurieton. Prior to joining the Priesthood, he had a successful career in management. Fr Michael is a member of the Camden Haven Parish Finance Council.
Sr Margaret Scroope RSM

Sr Margaret Scroope RSM

About
Most of Sr Margaret’s years in the Mercy ministry has been spent in Education, and she has a wealth of experience across a variety of contexts. She has worked as a teacher and principal in both the Lismore Diocese and Archdiocese of Sydney. Furthermore, Sr Margaret has extensive experience as a system leader in a number of different consultant roles for the Catholic Schools Office, Lismore and Sydney Catholic Education Office, and Catholic Education Commission NSW.

Sr Margaret spent three years teaching in Papua New Guinea and one year as a teacher in Balgo, Western Australia.

The past five years, Sr Margaret has been in the role of Leader: Finance & Administration for Mercy International Association based in the Mercy International Centre, Dublin.
Dr Sally Towns

Dr Sally Towns - CEO

About
Sally is an experienced Catholic educator with over 26 years in teaching and school and system leadership roles. She began her professional career in the Canberra-Goulburn Diocese and has taught in a number of schools in the Diocese of Lismore. In 2008, Sally took up an appointment as Deputy Principal and then as Principal from 2009 until 2015 at MacKillop Catholic College, Hobart. Sally moved into system leadership with a role as Director of School Effectiveness in the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Cairns in September 2015. In this role, Sally took on significant leadership and administrative responsibilities. Sally was appointed as Director of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Lismore in July 2019.

Sally has a PhD for the examination of the expectations and realities of students during their transition from primary to secondary education. She has two Masters Degrees, in Education and Educational Administration respectively, and a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies. She has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course and is currently studying for Masters Degrees in Business Administration. In addition, Sally holds a B.Ed. (Secondary) and she has professional accreditation in Religious Education.