CSNSW is the representative voice of NSW Catholic education and their owners at a state and national level. Our role is to ensure the interests of Catholic schools are protected and promoted in forums where education policy is formed and resource allocation is determined.
Dallas McInerney – Chief Executive
Dallas holds degrees in Arts/Law and is a Master of Public Policy. He was General Manager, Government and Public Policy, at National Australia Bank since 2009 and has held senior regulatory roles at MLC, Insurance Australia Group and the Australian Securities & Investments Commission.
Board of Directors
Steve Sedgwick AO – Chairman
Steve’s 40 year career in the public sector included five years as Australian Public Service Commissioner and 10 years as Secretary of the departments of Finance, Employment and Education. He has developed and led significant change agendas both as an agency head and as a senior leader of the Australian Public Service. His expertise is in economic and social policy, effective governance, leadership development and intergovernmental relations.
Steve has represented Australia and other governments on the Board of the Asian Development Bank and served on international advisory panels to the public services of Canada and Singapore. He was Senior Economic Adviser to Prime Minister Bob Hawke during the mid-1980s – a period of major transformational reform to the Australian economy.
Most Reverend Peter A Comensoli
Bishop Peter studied Commerce at the University of Wollongong and was ordained a priest in 1992. He undertook post-graduate studies in moral philosophy and theology in Rome and Edinburgh, and was made Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney in 2011. In November 2014, he was appointed the third Bishop of Broken Bay diocese and became chair of Catholic Education Commission NSW in 2015.
A lawyer and then a corporate executive over a period of 40 years, Helen is currently non-Executive Director of Endeavour Energy and insurance subsidiaries of Westpac. She has held a range of board memberships including AON Superannuation, Sydney Ferries, Caltex Superannuation and Catholic Healthcare. She was Chief Executive of Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Company Secretary and General Counsel of Caltex and NRMA, and General Counsel at Airservices Australia.
Professor Cummins brings a wealth of teaching and learning knowledge to CSNSW. She has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning and Teaching) at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) since July 2009. She was an educator and executive in the Catholic education system for 23 years, including Principal of Merici College in the ACT. She has a longstanding commitment to equity and access in education and children and young peoples’ services
Vince Graham AM
A civil engineer, Vince is on the board of the Australian Rail Track Corporation, NSW Public Service Commission & the Safety Committee of University of Sydney Senate. For more than 20 years, he led several large government-owned enterprises undergoing substantial change management including Essential Energy, Endeavour Energy, Ausgrid and State Rail Authority. He has also served on the boards of many Catholic organisations. Vince is a Knight Commander of the Order of St Gregory and a Member of the Order of Australia.
Also an engineer, Michael is a director of Sydney Airport and chairman of industry body Communications Alliance. During a 17-year career as a Federal MP, he was Minister for Communications and shadow minister for education. Michael has previously chaired the NSW TAFE Commission board and Central Coast Campuses of University of Newcastle. He is a Director of the National Film & Sound Archive and Calvary Ministries.
A distinguished educator and schools administrator, Moira recently retired as Director of Education in the Archdiocese of Canberra-Goulburn. She has served on many boards of educational institutions, including the Senate of Australian Catholic University. Moira is a member of the governing body of Good Samaritan Education and serves on the board of Mater Dei, a special school in Camden.
A chartered accountant for more than 40 years, David is currently a Partner with ESV Accounting and Business Advisors. His expertise is in advising SMEs, trade unions and not-for-profit organisations. He is an experienced public company non-executive director and since 2009, a Trustee of Mary Aikenhead Ministries – the responsible entity for the health, education and social care ministries formerly under the stewardship of the Sisters of Charity of Australia.
Justine is an employment and discrimination lawyer and workplace investigator. Formerly a Partner of Seyfarth Shaw Australia and Herbert Smith Freehills, she is a member of the advisory board of NSW TAFE Commission and is also on the board of AccessEAP – a Sydney Archdiocese not-for-profit body promoting positive organisational behaviour, employee well-being and workplace productivity.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”