Members of the EREA Council

Graeme Goerke

Graham was appointed to the 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 articled 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.

Philomena Billington

Ms Philomena (Phil) Billington was appointed to the EREA Council in July 2018. Phil is a recognised educator, leader and facilitator across Australia, having taught and held leadership roles 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

Kathy Freeman

Ms Kathy Freeman took up her role as a member of the EREA Council at the start of 2017 and in 2018 she was appointed Treasurer. Kathy had been a principal for 19 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.

David White

Mr David White was appointed to the 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.

Peter Turner

Peter Turner was appointed to the EREA Council on 1 January 2021.  He has broad experience in Catholic education, most recently as Director of Schools with the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong for 13 years. Peter’s other roles include Regional Director of Education for the Southern Region of the Archdiocese of Sydney for five years, principal in two secondary schools as foundation principal over 13 years, Deputy Chair of the former NSW Catholic Education Commission for five years, and Chair of the Commission School Resources Committee for nine years.  Peter has a deep love of faith and a strong commitment to Catholic education ‘making a difference’.  He brings to the Council his capacity to think and act strategically, a collaborative leadership style and a preparedness to tackle the ‘hard issues’ with honesty.