CPSL has been established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia.
Catholic Professional Standards Ltd is governed in accordance with the company’s Constitution. The current Constitution can be read here. The Constitution was last amended in September 2017.
In accordance with the Constitution, the Members are represented by two Member Representatives. The Member Representatives are:
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference:
Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane
Bishop William Wright, Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle
Catholic Religious Australia:
Sr Ruth Durick osu, Provincial, Ursuline Sisters
Fr Tom McDonough cp, Provincial, Passionist Fathers
The Board meet with the Member Representatives twice per year (May and November).
Board of Directors
Catholic Professional Standards Ltd operates as an independent entity. Board Directors are lay men and women with professional expertise in governance, law, education, child protection, human services, safeguarding and regulation.
There are no bishops, priests or religious brothers or sisters on the Board.
The Honourable Geoff Giudice AO (November 2016)
Geoff has a background in industrial relations and labour law having worked in the union movement and the retail industry before commencing legal practice first as a solicitor and subsequently a member of the Victorian Bar. He was appointed to the Federal Court and President of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission in 1997 and the inaugural President of Fair Work Australia (now the Fair Work Commission) in 2009, retiring in 2012.
Geoff has degrees in Law and Arts from the University of Melbourne and is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School (Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law).
Since 2012 Geoff has been involved in a range of activities including chair of the AFL players disputes board, a member of the AFL Anti-Doping Appeal Board and the establishment of industrial relations systems in developing countries.
Geoff is currently a consultant in the employment law practice of Ashurst Australia and Chair of the Independent Review Panel under the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 (Vic).
Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne Law School (Centre for Employment & Labour Relations Law)
Consultant, Ashurst Australia (Employment Law)
Chair, Independent Review Panel, Gambling Regulation Act 2003 (Vic)
Patricia Faulkner AO (November 2016)
MBA, BA (Econ), Dip Ed
Patricia Faulkner AO is a former Secretary of the Department of Human Services in Victoria. In this role, Patricia led portfolios including child protection, youth justice, public hospitals, public housing, disability accommodation and community health services.
In 2015-16, Patricia was Deputy Commissioner of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.
For 25 years Patricia has led large complex organisations and held a variety of chairman and director roles with government entities and not for profit boards across a range of sectors.
Patricia is currently Chair of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Ltd, Chair of Jesuit Social Services, Chair of the Melbourne Racing Club Foundation and Deputy Chair of St Vincent’s Health Australia Ltd.
Chair, Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Ltd
Chair, Jesuit Social Services
Chair, Melbourne Racing Club Foundation
Deputy Chair, St Vincent’s Health Australia Ltd
Trustee, Vic Super
Committee Member, Melbourne Racing Club
Board Member, Melbourne Theatre Company
Board Member, CEDA (Committee for Economic Development of Australia)
Professor The Honourable Michael Lavarch AO (August 2017)
Professor Lavarch AO has had extensive involvement in Australian public life, serving in Local Government before being elected to Federal Parliament in 1987, serving as Attorney General in the Keating Government from 1993-1996.
Since leaving Parliament in 1996, Michael has been the Secretary General of the Law Council of Australia, Dean of Law at QUT and, since 2012, Deputy Chief Commissioner and Commissioner, Risk, Intelligence & Regulatory Support at the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).
Michael has worked with organisations supporting child welfare programs including the Forde Foundation which was established by the Queensland Government in response to the findings into the abuse of children in Queensland Institutions.
Michael is currently Chair of the Financial Ombudsman Service Ltd and Chief Adjudicator with the Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code Adjudication Panel.
Board member, Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Ltd
Chair, Financial Ombudsman Service Ltd
Chief Adjudicator, Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code Adjudication Panel
Dr Robyn Miller (August 2017)
PhD, MFT, GradDipFT, BSocSc (Social Work)
Dr Robyn Miller brings over 30 years’ experience in community services, Local Government and child protection sectors, and has practised in both the public and private sectors as a therapist, clinical supervisor, consultant and lecturer.
From 2006-15 Robyn provided professional leadership as the Chief Practitioner within the Department of Human Services in Victoria, was a member of the Victorian Child Death Review Committee for 10 years and worked as a consultant with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Since 2016, Robyn has been the CEO of MacKillop Family Services, provider of specialist services to vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people and their families in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia.
Chief Executive Officer, MacKillop Family Services
Board member, Catholic Social Services Australia
Dr Ruth Shean (February 2018)
Dr Ruth Shean is a former senior public servant in the Western Australian government with more than 30 years of experience in governance, corporate management and culture change.
Ruth is the former Western Australian Commissioner for Public Sector Standards with responsibility for oversight of legislative and regulatory standards in the WA public sector.
Ruth is the former Director General of the WA Government’s Department of Training and Workforce Development. Previous government CEO roles include Director General of the Disability Services Commission and Director General of the Department for Community Development.
Ruth has extensive corporate experience within the non-government sectors including CEO of the Cerebral Palsy Association and has been on the governing councils of Curtin and Murdoch Universities. She has a strong commitment to clients, customer service and evidence based practice.
Board member, SENSES Australia
Dr Kerrie Tuite (February 2018)
EdD, Med, BA, Cert Teach
Dr Kerrie Tuite is a leading Queensland educator with more than 30 years working in schools and senior education policy development and curriculum roles.
Kerrie is the Principal of Mount Alvernia College, Brisbane and President of the Association of Catholic Secondary Schools Queensland and was one of the first women to hold a principal position in an Australian Christian Brothers school following her appointment as Principal at St James College in Brisbane in 2002.
Kerrie is past President of the Catholic Secondary Principals Association Queensland and Board Director of Catholic Secondary Principals Australia.
Kerrie is also a member of the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority Steering Committee for Senior Schooling Review, and a member of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools, the Australasian Alliance of Girls’ Schools and Franciscan Schools Australia.
Principal, Mount Alvernia College Brisbane
President, Association of Catholic Secondary Schools Queensland
Member, Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority Steering Committee for Senior Schooling Review
Member, Queensland Catholic Education Commission
The Honourable John Watkins AM (November 2016)
MA, LLB, DipEd, HonDLitt
After sixteen years as a teacher in Catholic schools, The Hon. John Watkins AM served as a member of the NSW Parliament from 1995 until 2008 spending ten years as a Minister in eight portfolios including Education, Police and Transport.
In the three years prior to retiring from Parliament, John served as Deputy Premier of NSW.
After leaving political life, John was the CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW until retiring from that position in October 2017.
John served as Chancellor of the University of New England, stepping down in 2014, in 2013 was awarded an honorary doctorate by Macquarie University and in 2015 he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
John currently serves on a number of Boards including as Chair of Calvary Health Care, Chair of Mary MacKillop International and Chair of the McKell Institute.
Chair, Calvary Health Care
Chair, Mary MacKillop International
Chair, McKell Institute
Chief Executive Officer
Sheree Limbrick (July 2017)
BSocSc (Family Studies), DipMan, DipProject Man
Sheree Limbrick commenced as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Professional Standards Ltd on 17 July 2017.
Sheree has more than 12 years’ experience in executive leadership roles in social services and has a wealth of experience in stakeholder engagement and management, quality assurance, strategic planning and policy development.
Sheree most recently worked with CatholicCare Melbourne for more than 6 years, as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and prior to that as Director of Operations. Prior to moving to CatholicCare, Sheree worked for 16 years with Berry Street, a service provider for vulnerable children and families across Victoria, in a range of roles including Director of Statewide Programs during which time she established support services for Forgotten Australians.
Director of Safeguarding (November 2017)
MChildhood & Youth Studies, BSW, BSocSc (Youth Affairs)
Kate has worked with children & families, providing counselling services, program delivery, policy development & emergency management response. Over the last 25 years Kate has undertaken leadership roles with Commonwealth, State & Local governments & NGOs. Kate set up the Child Protection Compliance Section, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (formerly AusAID), implementing a child safeguarding risk management framework across Australia’s overseas aid program. Most recently as a consultant, Kate has worked with a range of Commonwealth Departments internationally & domestically delivering child protection training & supporting many organisations, with weak or no child safeguarding systems in place, to become compliant & resilient organisations that embed child safeguarding into organisational culture. Kate is committed to improving the lives of children by creating safer environments where children can thrive & grow up free from abuse.
Director of Compliance (February 2018)
MComm, FCA, CIA
Tania has over 20 years’ experience in audit, compliance and risk and has held senior roles in government, public accounting and the corporate sector, spanning a variety of industries including banking, mining and construction.
Big 4 trained, Tania is both a Fellow Chartered Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor. She has significant expertise in governance, risk management and the development of value adding assurance practices.
Tania was previously Executive Audit Manager with CIMIC Group Limited and prior to that worked in a variety of senior roles for Rio Tinto and BHP. During her career, she has specialised in establishing risk and governance frameworks in complex and geographically dispersed organisations and has spent considerable time working in the emerging markets, including Asia and Africa.
Training and Resource Manager (March 2018)
BA (Community Development), DipCommunity Services, Cert IV Training & Assessment
Dianne has been employed in the community sector for more than 25 years. She has undertaken roles in a range of settings from managing small grass roots community organisations and programs, to roles with larger organisations including local government and peak bodies. Her experience has predominately been in disability and child, youth and family services.
Her most recent roles have been with Carers Victoria as part of the education services team, with Childwise as a facilitator in 'Speaking Up' - identifying and reporting child abuse; and with Anchor Inc. as an accredited pre-service Foster care trainer and assessor.
As a trainer developing, designing and assessing both accredited and non-accredited training in community services, Dianne brings a contemporary teaching style to a broad range of adult learners.
Protection & Prevention Officer (Seconded until December 2018)
BEd, DipTeach, CertRE, Cert Corp Investigations
Narelle McMahon has worked professionally with children for more than 35 years, as an educator and child protection specialist.
For five years to 2012 Narelle worked as Child Protection Officer for the Catholic Education Office in Sydney educating and supporting the school leadership of 150 schools on best practice in child safety; policy development; risk management and legislative compliance.
Since 2012 Narelle has held the role of National Protection and Prevention Officer with the National Committee for Professional Standards providing policy advice, support and education in child protection to Catholic Church leaders and their representatives across Australia.
Narelle has been the Catholic Church’s representative on the National Council of Churches’ Safe Church Network since 2012.
Narelle is currently seconded to CPSL from the National Committee for Professional Standards (NCPS).
Protection & Prevention Officer (Seconded until December 2018)
MEd, Bed, GradDipLP, DipLaw, MLLR
Tom has more than 30 years of leadership experience looking after and protecting children, particularly the more vulnerable in schools.
As a school Principal he worked with children, families and staff to strengthen practices and policies around the wellbeing of children focused on bullying and harassment, in particular cyber bullying.
More recently, as a Protection and Prevention Officer, Safeguarding Coordinator and Solicitor, Tom is worked extensively on interpreting how different national statutes, recommendations and legislation are reflected in safeguarding children and vulnerable adult policies and procedures across different organisations.
Tom has worked with Dioceses and Religious Institutes to identify standards and further develop safeguarding frameworks for children and vulnerable adults including developing training to support the implementation of standards.
Tom is currently seconded to CPSL from the National Committee for Professional Standards (NCPS).
Executive Assistant (August 2017)
DipManagement, DipTeach, Cert IV Training & Assessment
Mandy brings to CPSL over 20 years’ experience in executive support and administration in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors.
Mandy most recently worked with McAuley Community Services for Women, an organisation dedicated to providing support and advocacy for women at risk of homelessness due to family violence and mental illness.
Mandy has been involved in a wide range of projects including the implementation of Child Safe Standards and reforms arising from the Royal Commission into Family Violence. She is passionate about making a positive contribution to society and improving the lives of those who are most vulnerable.