The Honourable John Fahey AC, GCSG

Chancellor appointed under Clause 20.1 of ACU Constitution 

Mr Fahey was appointed as the fourth Chancellor of ACU in 2014 and in 2019 accepted an invitation to serve a second term of five years to 2024. Mr Fahey was New South Wales Premier from 1992-95 before entering federal politics and serving as the Minister for Finance and Administration. As Chairman of the bid team, he was instrumental in securing the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. In 2002 Mr Fahey was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for his work in the political arena and for facilitation of industry growth and industrial relations reform. Five years later, Mr Fahey became President of the World Anti-Doping Agency, a position he held until November 2013. He chaired the Australian Government Reconstruction Inspectorate between 2011 and 2015, which oversaw state reconstruction projects following natural disasters. In the commercial sphere, Mr Fahey serves as a Company Director and is on the Advisory Council of a US Investment Bank.


Mr Julien O'Connell AM

Pro-Chancellor appointed under Clause 20.2 of ACU Constitution 

As a distinguished executive and businessman, Mr O’Connell has built a successful career in insurance, accounting and risk management. In addition to his role as Chairman of the CEO Institute (Syndicates), which provides mentoring to CEOs and Chairs of member companies, Mr O’Connell is Chairman of the Fraynework Board, member of a number of boards and finance councils and supports Enterprise Ireland in Victoria in their endeavours to promote and encourage trade between Ireland and Australia. Mr O’Connell was Chairman of Mercy Health from 2008 to 2019. He is a board member of Catholic Health Australia and for 20 years has served on the Finance Committee of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.


Professor Greg Craven AO, GCSG

BA LLB(Hons) LLM (Melb)

Vice-Chancellor and President appointed under Clause 21 of ACU Constitution 

Vice-Chancellor and President of ACU since 2008, Professor Craven is recognised as one of Australia’s leading constitutional scholars and a champion of higher education policy. Prior to joining ACU, Professor Craven was Foundation Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategy and Planning) at Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia and served as Executive Director of the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy. This followed an extensive academic and legal career where he held leadership, research and teaching positions at the University of Melbourne, Monash University, Curtin University and the Victorian Parliament. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, Consultor to the Holy See’s Congregation of Catholic Education, member of the National Catholic Education Commission and the National School Resourcing Board, member of the Club of Ambassadors for the Pontifical Foundation Gravissimum Educationis, the Board of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, and a member of the Teacher Education Expert Standing Committee. He is also a member of the Expert Panel for Performance-Based Funding for the Commonwealth Grant Scheme and the Committee for the Transformation of Catholic Higher Education IFCU. Professor Craven’s contributions to higher education, law, policy and the Church, have seen him awarded as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia, appointed by Pope Francis as a Consultor to the Holy See’s Congregation for Catholic Education and as a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Gregory the Great.

Archbishop Fisher  

Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP

Archbishop of Sydney

Cleric nominated by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference under Clause 13.2 (e) of ACU Constitution

Archbishop Fisher received degrees in history and law from the University of Sydney, before joining the Dominican Order in 1985, and becoming a priest in 1991. Later, Archbishop Fisher achieved a doctorate from Oxford and lectured at several universities including ACU, the University of Notre Dame, Australia, and the John-Paul II Institute in Melbourne, Australia, where he was founding Director.

Archbishop Fisher was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney in 2003, Bishop of Parramatta in 2010 and in 2014, became the Archbishop of Sydney.

In 2018, Archbishop Fisher participated in the worldwide Synod of Bishops on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment and was elected Vice-President of the Australian Bishops and Chair of the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education. Until late 2018, Archbishop Fisher was Chair of the Bishops Commission for Family, Youth and Life and as Bishops’ Delegate for Youth.

Currently, Archbishop Fisher is Chancellor of the Catholic Institute of Sydney, a Corporation Member of ACU Ltd, a Member of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith and an ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

Archbishop Fisher has published extensively on ethical, bioethical, legal and theological subjects. He has also published nine books on topics ranging from A History of Solicitors in NSW (1984) to My Dear Young Friend (2018), which is a collection of letters to young people. Archbishop Fisher’s interests include cooking, reading, watching movies, and tennis.


Professor Margot Hillel OAM

BA (LaTrobe), MA (Melb), PhD (Monash)

Chair of Academic Board appointed under Clause 13.2 (d) of ACU Constitution

Chair of Academic Board, Professor Hillel has had wide-ranging administrative and committee experience at University and Faculty level while at ACU. Current committee work includes being a member of the University’s Planning, Quality and Risk Committee; the Courses and Academic Quality Committee; the Academic Administrative Committee; the Learning and Teaching Committee; Research Committee and Chair of the University Promotions and Level D Committees. Professor Hillel has had varied involvement in children’s literature over many years, as a reviewer and academic. Her main research interests are in the area of the construction of childhood in children’s literature and the history of children’s literature and she is the author or editor of numerous books, book chapters and journal articles and regularly reviews both children’s literature and scholarly texts in various journals. She has previously served two terms on Senate as an elected academic staff representative.


Ms Annette Schmiede

State Chapter member, appointed under Clause 13.2 (f) of ACU Constitution (NSW)

Current term to AGM May 2021

Ms Schmiede has contributed significantly to the strategic advancement of Catholic health and aged care services in Australia through her leadership and advisory roles with Catholic health and aged care organisations. Ms Schmiede's professional experience includes roles in the public, private and non-government sectors involving health services research, health services planning, governance and strategy development. Ms Schmiede is the Executive Leader of the Bupa Health Foundation and a member of the Northern Sydney Local Health District Board. Ms Schmiede is an economics graduate and an Adjunct Professor of the School of Public Health, University of Sydney. Research interests include mental health, clinical governance, health system reform and innovation.


Mr Stephen Elder OAM GCSG

DipEd (Bendigo), BEd (Vic)

State Chapter member appointed under Clause 13.2 (f) of ACU Constitution (Victoria)

Current term to AGM May 2023

Executive Director, Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Melbourne, since December 2006, Mr Elder was a member of the Victorian Parliament from 1988 to 1999 and Parliamentary Secretary to the then Minister for Education 1992-1999. A former teacher, among Mr Elder’s other appointments are executive member of the National Catholic Education Commission; Executive Director of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria; Director on the Board of Management of Church Resources; Director of Catholic Network Australia; Board member of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL); Board member of Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) and Board member, Mercy Health Foundation. 


Mr Karl Morris AO

BCom (Griffith University), DipAppFinInv (FINSIA), Leading Professional Services Firms (Harvard Business School), Executive Integral Leadership (University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business), Board Effectiveness Program for Pension & Other Long Horizon Investments Institutions (University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management), Governance in Sport (Governance Institute of Australia), Professional Diploma in Stockbroking (SAFAA), Diploma (AICD)

State Chapter member, appointed under Clause 13.2 (f) of ACU Constitution (Queensland)

Current term to AGM May 2022

Mr Morris is Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Ord Minnett Limited with a career spanning over 30 years in financial services and wealth management. Mr Morris was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) on Australia Day 2019, for distinguished service to the financial and stockbroking sectors, and to the community through a range of organisations.

Mr Morris is also Chairman of the Brisbane Broncos, Chair of Bravehearts Foundation Fund and Chair of the Mary MacKillop Brisbane Catholic School Access Fund. His other Board memberships include: JP Morgan Australia Advisory Council, Archdiocese of Brisbane Catholic Foundation and National Vice Patron of Bravehearts. He is a Master Member (and former Chair 2012-2018) of the Stockbrokers and Financial Advisers Association of Australia, and former Chairman of QSuper (2013-2019). He also sits on the Investment Committees of the Catholic Archdioceses of Brisbane and Sydney.

Mr Ross Fox

Mr Ross Fox

BE (Mining) Hons (UNSW), BA (PPE) Hons (Oxon)

Chapter member appointed under Clause 13.2(f) of ACU Constitution (ACT)

Current term to AGM May 2022

Mr Fox was appointed as Director of Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn in December 2016. He is responsible for 56 Catholic schools across NSW and ACT with 21,000 students and more than 2,000 staff. He has held senior positions in Catholic education across Australia, including Executive Director of the National Catholic Education Commission and Director of Policy, Research and Communications in the Catholic Education Office Melbourne. Since 2013, he has been a member of the National Catholic Education Commission and was appointed as an independent director of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders in 2016.

Mr Fox grew up in country Victoria and studied engineering at the University of NSW. Later, he studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University. He is inspired by the great contribution that Catholic schools and educators have made to Australia and shares a passion for seeing every child benefit from quality teaching and learning.


The Honourable Barbara Perry

BA, LLB (Syd)

Elected by the Members of ACU Limited from a panel of persons nominated by Senate, appointed under Clause 13.2(g) of ACU Constitution (NSW)

Current term to AGM May 2022

Mrs Perry is currently working for the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney coordinating the Plenary Council 2020 project. Mrs Perry was a Member of the Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament (Member for Auburn from 2001 -2015), former Minister and Shadow Minister. Prior to this, she worked as a Solicitor at the Legal Aid Commission of NSW. In both her personal and professional life, Mrs Perry has a commitment to working with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our community.


Ms Bernadette Steele

BA (Hons), LLB (Melb)

Elected by the Members of ACU Limited from a panel of persons nominated by Senate, appointed under Clause 13.2 (g) of ACU Constitution (Victoria)

Current term to AGM May 2023

After 20 years as a government lawyer in Victoria, including time as Director of Consumer Affairs and Deputy Secretary, Department of Justice, Ms Steele was appointed to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Ms Steele now works as a Senior Member, sitting mainly in the human rights division of the Tribunal. Ms Steele was a board member of Catholic Care Melbourne for ten years and currently sits on a national advisory group for the Little Sisters of the Poor.


The Honourable James Douglas

EBA (UQ), LLB (UQ), LLB (Cambridge)

Elected by the Members of ACU Limited from a panel of persons nominated by Senate, appointed under Clause 13.2 (g) of ACU Constitution (Queensland)

Current term to AGM May 2022

A Queensland Supreme Court judge from 2003 to 9 February 2020, Mr Douglas became a Queen’s counsel in 1989, was President of the Bar Association of Queensland 1999-2001 and Editor of the Queensland Reports 1986-1991. Extra judicial positions include memberships of the International Academy of Comparative Law and the American Law Institute. He has also been active in the arts, serving as Chairman, Queensland Theatre Company 1990-1996 and Chairman, Queensland Symphony Orchestra Advisory Board 1989-1996. From 2005-2010 he was President of Alliance Française de Brisbane Inc. Since September 2019 he has been President of the Order of Malta in Australia.


Mr Tim Kirk

BTheol (ACT), DipEd (ACU)

Elected by the Members of ACU Limited from a panel of persons nominated by Senate, appointed under Clause 13.2(g) of ACU Constitution (ACT)

Current term to AGM May 2023

Mr Kirk is the Chief Winemaker and CEO of Clonakilla Wines, and is a highly regarded winemaker and respected wine judge who has judged over 50 regional and capital city wine shows over the last fifteen years. Armed with a theology degree, he taught Religious Education and New Testament studies at Xavier College in Melbourne from 1992 to 1996. He moved back to the family winery at the end of 1996 with the mission of making Clonakilla one of Australia’s top wine brands. Mr Kirk was named Australian Winemaker of the Year in the 2009 Penguin Good Wine Guide, and the Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine Winemaker of the Year in 2013. A member of the Disciples of Jesus, a lay community within the Catholic Church, he has been the head of the international council of that community since March 2013. Mr Kirk serves on the executive of the International Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships, a Private Association of Christ’s Faithful with full pontifical recognition. He has previously served on the council of St Mark’s National Theological Centre, Barton, ACT, and is currently a member of the Canberra chapter of the Australian Catholic University. Mr Kirk has a particular interest in the ‘new evangelization’ within the Catholic Church and Christian engagement in the public square.

Dr Doseena Fergie

Dr Doseena Fergie OAM

Elected academic staff senator, appointed under Clause 13.2 (h) of ACU Constitution

Current term to AGM 2023

Dr Doseena Fergie, a respected Elder in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, is experienced in community development through building community capacity. She founded and established good governance within Aboriginal organisations, having studied through the Australian Institute of Company Directors. This culminated her receiving the 2007 and 2011 NAIDOC Awards.

As a registered midwife and nurse academic, Dr Fergie completed a PhD in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Dr Fergie has been recognized for her expertise on Indigenous health, successfully obtaining a Churchill Fellowship in 2016 to research Global Indigenous Nations. She has recently been leader for the ACU Building Cultural Capacity and the Recruitment and Retention of Indigenous Postgraduates projects. She is currently seconded as the LTC Lead in the Cultural Capability Project and employed as the Aboriginal Strategic Advisor for Aboriginal Services in the Bass Coast Region of Victoria.

Dr Fergie was awarded the 2009 Victorian State Nurse Excellence Award and in 2016 became the Inaugural Fellow of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM).. She was inducted into the 2016 Victorian Womens Roll of Honour and 2019 CATSINaM Hall of Fame. In 2017 she was the Yarra Ranges “Citizen of the Year” recipient and in 2019 awarded the Order of Australia Medal.

Elspeth Froude

Associate Professor Elspeth Froude

PhD (La Trobe University), graduate diploma (neuroscience) (La Trobe University), Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) (USyd)

Elected academic staff senator, appointed under Clause 13.2 (h) of ACU Constitution 

Current term to AGM 2022

Associate Professor Froude is the Deputy Head of the School of Allied Health and the Head of Discipline in Occupational Therapy, where she is responsible for the national occupational therapy program across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Prior to commencing at ACU, she was an academic at La Trobe University, Editor in Chief of the Australian Occupational Therapy Journal and a CO-OP Approach Instructor. Her research interests include childhood disability and knowledge translation.

Judith Norris

Dr Judith Norris

Masters in Educational Administration (UNSW); Doctor of Education (ACU)

Elected academic staff senator, appointed under Clause 13.2(h) of the ACU Constitution

Current term to AGM 2022

Dr Norris is a senior lecturer in educational leadership studies at ACU. Prior to this, Dr Norris has been a primary and secondary teacher, curriculum coordinator, assistant principal, campus head, principal and school systems consultant in urban and regional parts of Australia. She holds two ministerial positions in ACT education: The Board of Senior Secondary Studies and Teacher Quality Institute. Dr Norris is engaged in social justice pursuits and is committed to enabling people to access educational opportunities, especially in remote rural regions.

Gerard Goodwin-Moore

Mr Gerard Goodwin-Moore


Elected professional staff senator, appointed under Clause 13.2(i) of the ACU Constitution

Current term to AGM 2023

Gerard Goodwin-Moore is National Manager, Student Policy and Appeals in the Student Administration directorate, and has over 30 years’ experience in the higher education sector. Prior to joining ACU in 2013, he worked at the University of Technology, Sydney and at the University of London in a in a variety of senior business, faculty management and central administrative roles.

Gerard works with staff at all levels across ACU in the development, implementation and management of student and course-related policies. He is an active member of the Association for Tertiary Education Management, particularly in the institutional policy network, and regularly facilitates policy forums for the NSW/ACT Branch. His work at ACU has been recognised through a Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Achievement Award.

Away from ACU and policy, he has a love of music and plays bass guitar. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Ms. Chanchal ‘Preet’ Kaur

Ms. Chanchal ‘Preet’ Kaur

Ms. Chanchal ‘Preet’ Kaur is in her final year of a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts at the Mackillop Campus.  Preet has engaged in numerous leadership roles within the University; she is an ACU ambassador, was a competition director for the Mackillop Law Society and a fourth-year representative. Preet is passionate about fitness, performing arts, community engagement and leadership having been involved in the ACU Artes Christi theatre production, the Refugee Law Project and even represented ACU at the student round of the Gold Gavel in 2018. Once Preet finishes her studies, she hopes to enter the legal field in either corporate, government, politics or diplomacy.


Dr Stephen Weller

BA (Syd), MCom (UWS), MBA (UTS), PhD (VU)

Company Secretary appointed under Clause Clause 18 of ACU Constitution

Appointed in April 2013

Dr Weller joined ACU from James Cook University where he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (University Services) and Head of the Cairns Campus. He has held positions as Pro Vice-Chancellor of Students & Technology at Victoria University in Melbourne and as Campus Manager of the University of Queensland, Gatton. Dr Weller has more than 20 years experience in tertiary education across five Universities from three states.

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