Members of the EREA Council

Br Paul Oakley

Brother Paul Oakley has served as the Chair of the Council and President of EREA since 2007. Paul was Principal of a number of schools in NSW from 1982-1996 and then served on the Christian Brothers leadership team in NSW. From 2000 he was also a member of the planning committees that led to the establishment of EREA. Paul has served on various Church bodies including the NSW Catholic Education Commission and is currently Board Chair of both the Association of Ministerial Public Juridic Persons and the Federation of Religious Institute and Public Juridical Person Catholic School Authorities in NSW/ACT.

David White

Mr David White was appointed to EREA Council in July 2017. David was the founding CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia. He has been Chair of Sisters of Charity Community Care, the National Program Manager for Ladder Australia, Chair of the Churchill Fellowship Foundation Community Services Panel, Board Member of Marillac House, and a Council Member of the Australian Youth Mentoring Framework. David’s three sons attended an EREA school. A South Australian by birth, David is now based in Alice Springs, assisting his wife in her work as a remote area nurse.

Kathy Freeman

Ms Kathy Freeman took up her role as a member of EREA Council at the start of 2017 and in 2018 she was appointed Treasurer. Kathy had been a principal for nineteen years, including ten years as principal of two EREA schools, St Edmund’s College and St Gabriel’s School. Kathy has been a member of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders. In 2015 she received an ACEL Leadership Award and the International Paul Harris Fellowship Award. She has been an advocate across government and non-government organisations for students with a disability and their families.

Philomena Billington

Ms Philomena (Phil) Billington was appointed to EREA Council in July 2018. Phil is a recognised educator, leader and facilitator across Australia, having taught and held leadership in a number of remote, rural and city schools, and then having held positions of responsibility for Catholic Education at Diocesan level. Phil has served as Coordinator of Religious Education for the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese, then as Deputy Director and later Director of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Sandhurst. Phil now offers consultancy services for leaders in Catholic Education across the nation, especially in rural dioceses. She is passionate about and committed to providing pro bono support for young people living with disability, encouraging growth towards a more inclusive Church and society, and parish and diocesan pastoral development.

Graeme Goerke

Graham was appointed to EREA Council in January 2020 having previously served as EREA Board Chair since 2013 and on the Council prior to that since 2006. Graham worked as an Articulated Law Clerk before being made Partner at Jackson McDonald Lawyers (Perth) in 1987. Between 2006 and 2012, Graham was Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University Law School. Graham has held positions on numerous boards including Partnership Board Chair, Aquinas College (Perth), National Trust (WA) and Australian Council National Trusts and Western Australian Sports Centre Trust (VenuesWest). Graham has chaired three of these boards.