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The board of Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) was established in 2020 by Archbishop of Melbourne Peter A Comensoli.

The MACS board is responsible for ensuring the organisation meets all fiduciary and strategic requirements, and that operations are aligned with our mission and purpose in fulfilment of ecclesial, legal and statutory obligations. The board holds the Executive Director and Executive Leadership Team accountable for the management and delivery of our objectives and implementation of policies.

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli appoints the members of the board. The members are:

Gerard Dalbosco, Chair

Formerly a senior partner at EY, Gerard Dalbosco has had a distinguished career, holding several significant leadership roles including Oceania Managing Partner and CEO, Asia Pacific Managing Partner and Melbourne Managing Partner. Gerard also has considerable governance experience, with current roles including Committee for Melbourne (Director, Deputy Chair and Chair of Finance, Audit & Risk), Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak (Chair of Board) and Newman College (Member of Finance Committee).

Róisín Annesley QC

Róisín Annesley is Senior Vice President of the Victorian Bar, and a long-serving member and Chair of the Victorian Bar Ethics Committee. Alongside her background in Catholic education, Róisín brings significant legal and ethical knowledge and experience to MACS.

Professor Greg Craven AO GCSG

Professor Greg Craven is one of Australia’s foremost education leaders and legal scholars, with a long and distinguished history of contributions to higher education, law, policy and the Catholic Church.

Frank FitzGerald

Frank FitzGerald is an education leader and former principal, with a strong commitment to Catholic education and school leaders. Frank brings extensive experience as an educator and insight from his previous role as Executive Officer of Catholic Secondary Principals Australia (CaSPA).

Fr Michael Gallacher

Fr Michael Gallacher is the Parish Priest of St Roch’s, Glen Iris, having been appointed there in January 2017. Ordained in 2012, Fr Michael completed postgraduate study in canon law and serves as a member of the diocesan Tribunal. Fr Michael also played an integral role on the Steering Committee, leading to the establishment of MACS.

Carolyn Ireland

Carolyn Ireland is an experienced company director with a long and distinguished two-decade career in a variety of executive and directorial roles in the finance, health, not for profit and pharmaceutical industries.

A chartered accountant, Carolyn is currently Head of Strategy and Investor Relations at Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, an ASX200 listed entity, where she is responsible for merger and acquisition activity, strategy setting and investor relations.

Carolyn brings a deep experience of the education sector to the MACS Board as the parent of one former and two current Catholic school students and as a director of the Xavier College Foundation. With her husband Basil, Carolyn helped to establish Xavier College’s first Indigenous bursary.

She is a director of International Women’s Development Agency, an aid agency operating across South East Asia, chairing the Finance, Risk and Audit and Investment Committees. Carolyn also chairs the Investment Committee as a director of Defence Health, one of Australia's largest private health insurers.

Prior roles have included Group Treasurer at Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, Epworth Healthcare and Australian Unity and Chief Financial Officer at GBS Venture Partners.

Geraldine Leslie

Geraldine Leslie is an award-winning human resources executive with significant experience in leading people and business operations, and was recently appointed Chief People Officer at Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). Geraldine brings to the board experience gained from roles at a diverse range of organisations in energy, manufacturing, health and local government.

John McLindon

John McLindon is an executive leader with a distinguished career using data insights to develop policy and deliver effective communication and campaign strategies.

John is the Co-Founder and Director of data and analytics firm The Red Fox Group where he advises some of the country’s most successful companies on data-driven strategies. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Musculoskeletal Australia.

John has experience at the highest levels of government, including four years as the Chief of Staff to Victorian Premier the Hon. Daniel Andrews.

Lucinda Nolan APM

Lucinda Nolan has had a formidable career in public and emergency services, having served as the first female CEO of the Country Fire Authority (CFA). Currently the CEO of the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, Lucinda brings to the board extensive corporate governance experience through directorships at BankVic, Hawthorn Football Club, Alkira and the Penington Institute.

Dr Margaret O’Donnell

Dr Margaret O’Donnell has had a long and distinguished career in Catholic education, having served as a principal for more than 20 years, and brings a keen insight into the challenges our school leaders and teachers face in delivering a uniquely Catholic education.

Tim O’Leary

Tim O’Leary is Executive Director Stewardship at the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. He has held senior corporate affairs, human resources and sustainability roles at Telstra, National Australia Bank and Mobil Oil Australia, with considerable experience in program delivery across these disciplines. Tim also brings significant corporate governance experience as a director of Mercy Health and Newman College.


Executive Director

Jim Miles was announced Executive Director of MACS in October 2020. He started working in Catholic education for the Archdiocese of Melbourne in 2015, and served as the Executive Director of Catholic Education Melbourne from December 2018. Jim has had an extensive career in the Victorian public service, working in both the Department of Treasury and the Department of Education and Training, where he served as Deputy Secretary of the Infrastructure and Finance Services Group.

The Executive Director is responsible for the strategic management of MACS. He is supported by an Executive Leadership Team that provides the strategic and operational leadership to ensure staff and schools are managed and supported to achieve our vision for Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

Organisational structure

Senior Staff Org Structure