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Peter is Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants. He was previously a Partner at KPMG, specialising in the financial services sector. 

Since retiring, Peter has supported the not-for-profit sector as Chairman of Cabrini Health and in directorships of Southern Cross Care Victoria and Church Resources.


Peter also spent many years running the finances of his local parish.

Peter Matthey

Board Chairperson

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Dr. Debra Sayce is the Executive Director of Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA), the second largest education provider in the state.  Debra holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership, is a published author and has lectured in the School of Education at the University of Notre Dame.  She is a member of CECWA and serves on several national boards and committees.  

Dr. Debra Sayce



Catholic Network Australia (CNA) leadership consists of a Board of Directors, Office Bearers and Committees.

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Dr. Neil McGoran is Director of Catholic Education South Australia. 

Dr. McGoran was previously Chief Executive of the SACE Board of South Australia, from 2013 to 2017, where he was instrumental in leading a program of transformational change. 

Dr. McGoran has over 30 years’ experience in education in roles including teacher, principal, senior administration and management.

Dr. Neil McGoran


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Dr Sally Towns is Executive Director of Brisbane Catholic Education, the largest provider of Catholic education in Queensland. Previously Director of Catholic Schools – Lismore Diocese, Sally’s career spans 26+ years, teaching and leading in Catholic schools and education systems across NSW, TAS and QLD. Sally’s PhD examined the expectations and realities of students transitioning from primary school to secondary school.

Dr. Sally Towns



Megan Kavanagh, partner at Colin Biggers & Paisley, specialises in employment and safety law. With 20+ years' experience, she advises faith-based sector clients in areas such as education, community care, NDIS service, in-home aged care, aged and health care, and child protection services. Megan's expertise covers employment, industrial, discrimination, safety law, and regulations affecting not-for-profit and faith-based institutes.

Megan Kavanagh


Board of Directors

Peter Matthey (CNA Board Chairperson)

Dr. Debra Sayce

Dr. Neil McGoran

Dr. Sally Towns

Megan Kavanagh

Office Bearer

Michael Haigh (Company Secretary)

CNA Executive

Dr. Debra Sayce (CEWA – Chairperson) 

Michael Haigh (Company Secretary)

Leigh Williams (Brisbane) 

Ben Beaton (CEWA) 

Matthew Ferrinda (CEWA) 

Phil Proctor (CESA)

Leesa Jeffcoat AM (CEnet)

Liam Garvey (NCEC IT representative) 

Danielle Purdy (MACS)

John Foley (CESA)

John Favretto (CESA)

Astrid Goss (Tasmania)

Tony Panetta (CEWA)

JJ Purton Jones (Lismore - leave)

Commercial Working Group Members

Tony Panetta (CEWA - Chairperson) 

Michael Haigh (Company Secretary)

Ernie Sibert (Marists Australia)

Phil Proctor (CESA) 

Technology Working Group Members

Phil Proctor (CESA - Chairperson)

Dr. Raju Varanasi (Parramatta) 

Tony Panetta (CEWA)

Boyd Bostock (Brisbane)

Ross March (Cairns)

Astrid Goss (Tasmania - Deputy Chair)

Stewardship Working Group Members

Leesa Jeffcoat (Rockhampton - Chairperson)

John Favretto (CESA)

Matthew Wissell (CESA - Invitee)

Jennifer Caro (Brisbane)

Ben Cooper (Tasmania)

Kerryn Callaghan (Cairns)

Education Working Group

JJ Purton Jones (Diocese of Lismore - Chair - leave)

Matthew Ferrinda (CEWA - Acting Chair) 

Liam Garvey (QCEC)

Wendy Tisbury (Cairns)

Tracey Catling (Lismore)

David Williams (Sandhurst)

Sharyn Creed (Brisbane)

Charlotte Pezaro (Brisbane)

Jane Heatley (Tasmania)

Steven Newman (Maitland-Newcastle)

Hayley Bertwistle (Maitland-Newcastle)

Marc Hattam (Maitland-Newcastle)

Louise Lambert (MACS)

Chris Anthony (Canberra)

Paula Leadbitter (Wilcannia Forbes)

Clynt Breen (Wilcannia Forbes)

Karen Gardiner (Wagga Wagga)

Jason Ranieri (Sydney)

Lisa Nash (Parramatta)

Janice Mendham (Bathurst)

Jo Quinlan (Broken Bay)

Kimberley Shean (CESA)

Deborah Hansen (CESA)

Paul Norton (Rockhampton)

Nyree Buchanan (Townsville)

Frank Brooks (CEnet - invitee)

Mark Woolley (Wollongong - invitee)

Communication Working Group Members

Ben Beaton (CEWA - Chairperson) 

Danielle Purdy (MACS - Deputy Chairperson)

Alex Brodie (Ballarat) 

Amy Robinson (Brisbane)

Lyle Skipsey (CEWA - Invitee) 

Shannon Short (CESA)  

CEnet Service Delivery Team

Chris Burrows (Service Delivery Team)

Garry Anderson (Service Delivery Team)

Ian Gregory (Technical Officer)


Interested in joining a committee or working group?

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