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.


The Honourable John Fahey AC, GCSG

Chancellor appointed under Clause 20.1 of ACU Constitution 

Mr Fahey was appointed the fourth Chancellor in September 2014 for a period of 5 years. 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 currently Chairs the Australian Government Reconstruction Inspectorate, which oversees state reconstruction projects following natural disasters and in the commercial role, he 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 has been Chairman of Mercy Health since 2008. 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, Chair of the Advisory Board in the Policy Unit of Uphold and Recognise, 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.


Mr Tim Kirk

BTheol (ACT), DipEd (ACU)

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.


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 
Current term to AGM May 2019

Mrs Perry is currently the Cluster Manager Pastoral Support Services with CatholicCare Sydney. 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 
Current term to AGM May 2020

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 part-time as a Senior Member of the Tribunal, having spent some years as a Deputy President. Ms Steel is also a board member of Catholic Care Melbourne.


The Honourable Justice 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
Current term to AGM May 2019
A Supreme Court judge since 2003, Mr Douglas 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 Francaise de Brisbane Inc and remains on its Committee.

Ms Danielle Leahy

BA (SportExM) (Hons.) (UTS)

Ms Leahy has an extensive background in education and training, having completed an Honours degree in exercise science and undertaking research in that field, before moving into an organisational training Coordinator role in logistics management. Ms Leahy commenced at ACU in August 2011, and during this time has held diverse roles in Student Administration, and is currently the Campus Executive Officer for the Canberra Campus. Her role at the Campus is dynamic and varied, and encompasses organisational, communications and staff support dimensions. During her time in the Office of the Campus Dean she has developed considerable skills in stakeholder management, Church liaison and event management. Away from ACU, Ms Leahy enjoys baking and has had success in regional agricultural shows. She also manages a small cattle property, as well as juggling the demands of parenthood.


Ms Annette Schmiede

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

Current term to AGM 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

DipEd (Bendigo), BEd (Vic)

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

Current term to AGM May 2020

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 Ross Fox

Mr Ross Fox

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

Canberra and Goulburn Chapter member appointed under Clause 13.2(f) of ACU Constitution

Current term to AGM 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.


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)

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

Current term to AGM 2022

Mr Karl 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. He is a Commerce graduate of Griffith University and holds Diplomas from the Stockbrokers and Financial Advisors Association of Australia, FINSIA and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 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

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.

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.

Josephine Ryan

Dr Josephine Ryan

BA(Hons); DipEd; MEd; EdD

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

Current term to AGM May 2020

Dr Josephine Ryan is Senior Lecturer in English/Literacy Education at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne campus. She has worked in teacher education at ACU since 1993, following employment as a secondary English teacher and doctoral work. Her engagement with developing high quality English teachers had led to publications on teaching reading in the digital age and, more recently, on defining successful approaches to teacher education for the contemporary context. During her time at ACU Dr Ryan been undertaken leadership positions such as Assistant Head of School (Teaching and Learning) and Deputy Head, Education Victoria as well as serving on committees including the University Aboriginal Education Liaison Committee, the Education and Arts Faculty Board and the National Tertiary Education Union ACU Branch Committee. Outside ACU she works with professional organisations such as the World Federation of Associations of Teacher Education, the Australian Association for Teaching of English and Australian Literacy Educators Association.

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