EREA Board Profiles
Paul has more than 40 years experience in organisational change and systems reform in the community sector and government and has led a range of community organisations, including the establishment of MacKillop Family Services, Our Watch and Uniting (Vic/Tas). From October 2009 to 2013 he held senior roles with the Victorian public service, including Executive Director, Early Childhood Development, Acting Deputy Secretary, Office for Children & Portfolio Coordination and Executive Director, Vulnerable Children’s Strategy. Paul was a member of the Premier’s Victorian Children’s Council, Chair of Catholic Social Services Victoria and President and a Life Member of the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare. Paul was appointed to the EREA Board on 1 June 2020.
Mark is currently on the Board of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Council of the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens. He also has a number of Finance and Audit Committee memberships. Previous Board positions include Falls Creek Alpine Resort (chair for ten years), Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Finance Committee and Docklands Finance Committee. Mark’s executive experience includes ten years as the CEO of Doutta Galla Aged Services, ten years at the City of Melbourne as Director of Finance and Corporate Services and four years at the State Department of Treasury and Finance. Mark was appointed to the EREA Board on 1 January 2018.
Dr Cathy Day
Cathy has been an educator for over 40 years as a teacher and a principal in both primary and secondary schools in Queensland. Her most recent experience was Executive Director for Catholic Education in the Diocese of Townsville. Cathy served 13 years in the Queensland Commission for Catholic Education. She is the current Chairperson of the Tropical Brain and Mind Foundation and is the Director of the School of Meditation within the World Community for Christian Meditation. Cathy was appointed to the EREA Board on 1 July 2019.
Prof Alan Rix
Alan has previously served as chair of the board of the Edmund Rice Flexi Schools Network, and chair of the board of St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace, Brisbane. An Emeritus Professor of the University of Queensland, he worked as a professor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (in several different executive roles) at that University for 30 years. Alan has also served on many committees and boards in the education sector in Queensland and other states. He is currently on the board of the Ipswich Arts Foundation in Queensland. Alan was appointed to the EREA Board on 1 July 2017.
Dr Sue Vollert
Dr Sue Vollert (nee McAvoy) is a Senior Research Fellow with The Centre for The Business and Economics of Health, University of Queensland, a Lecturer in Business Dynamics with the University of Queensland Business School and an Affiliate Professional staff member with the Mater Misericordiae Hospital. She is program lead for Health System Dynamics. She researches, teaches and consults extensively with industry in the discipline of systems thinking and system dynamics. Sue spent nine years on the St Joseph’s Nudgee College Advisory Board, four as Board Chair and two as Chair of the Finance Committee. She feels a personal connection to the charism of Edmund Rice and its vision and legacy mindset for equitable and accessible education in Australia. She feels privileged to have educated four of her five children in EREA schools and to have visited Edmund Rice’s resting place in Waterford in Ireland, where the legacy began. Sue is passionate about the role of education in building humanity, faith and character, capacity, empathy and resilience and in championing equality, diversity and opportunity. Sue was appointed to the EREA Board on 1 January 2021.
Cynthia has spent more than 25 years in senior and executive roles with Queensland Government, mainly on Indigenous policy and inclusion, child safety and family support. She spent two terms as a part-time Commissioner for Queensland Corrective Services. Currently, Cynthia is the Reconciliation Action Plan Project Manager with the Archdiocese of Brisbane. She is passionate about empowerment and self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students and their families, social justice, dignity, respect and how Australians care for country. Her son attended an EREA school for part of his education. Cynthia was appointed to the EREA Board on 1 January 2021.
Tony has acquired a strong background in governance, financial leadership, strategy and risk management within the not-for-profit sectors of mutual banking, education, health and aged care. Previously an executive in the mutual banking sector, Tony is currently a Board member of the Catholic Development Fund, chairs the Fund’s community banking subsidiary and is a member of Mercy Health’s Finance, Audit & Risk Committee. Tony has also been an elected Director of the Customer Owned Banking Association and is a member of EREA’s Stewardship & Resources Committee. Tony was appointed to the EREA Board on 1 January 2021.