Former Macquarie Group CEO Nicholas Moore has been appointed the new Chair of the National Catholic Education Commission.
The announcement was made in a statement today by Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher OP, who heads the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education.
NCEC Executive Director Jacinta Collins said she looked forward to working with Nicholas and the Commission.
“As the largest provider of schooling outside of government, Catholic education will benefit greatly from the extensive business and board experience Nicholas brings as our new Chair,” Jacinta said.
“With the increasing complexity of educational governance and administration, he will bring a fresh perspective to our work in supporting our 1,746 schools across Australia.”
Nicholas, who will Chair the commission’s first meeting this week, said “I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity to support the education of 764,000 students in Catholic schools across the country at this important time.”
Jacinta thanked retiring Chair Greg Grafter AO who has been the Chair for the past seven years.
“I am grateful for the significant support Greg gave me as I took up the reins as national Executive Director early last year,” Jacinta said. “He has led the Commission through the challenging work of ensuring fair funding for Catholic schools in recent years, and has been a strong advocate for Catholic education.”
Nicholas was CEO of Macquarie Group for a decade. He retired from the Group in November 2018 and is Chairman of Screen Australia, the Sydney Opera House Trust, The Centre for Independent Studies, The Smith Family, Willow Technology Corporation, a Member (and former Chair) of the University of NSW Business School Advisory Council and the former Chair of the PCYC.
Statement from Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP
Appointment of National Catholic Education Commission Chair
Dear friends of Catholic Education,
I am pleased to announce the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education has appointed Nicholas Moore as Chair of the National Catholic Education Commission.
Nicholas was CEO of Macquarie Group for a decade and retired from the Group in November 2018. He is Chairman of Screen Australia, the Sydney Opera House Trust, The Centre for Independent Studies, The Smith Family and Willow Technology Corporation. He is a Member, and former Chair, of the University of NSW Business School Advisory Council, and the former Chair of the PCYC.
I am delighted Nicholas is joining the NCEC as its new Chair and have no doubt he will bring to the role exemplary leadership, integrity, drive and vision.
Nicholas has a sound understanding of the challenges facing education and will bring a new perspective and different skills and experience that I am sure will be challenging, and beneficial to Catholic education.
On behalf of the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education, I congratulate Nicholas and pledge the Bishops’ support in one of our greatest tasks: the education of young people academically, spiritually, socially, emotionally and physically.
More than one in five students, or a total of 764,000 young people, attend Catholic schools across Australia, making Catholic Education the nation’s largest provider of education outside government.
I also extend my appreciation, on behalf of the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education, to Greg Crafter AO, who has been Chair of the National Catholic Education Commission for the past seven years.
Greg has given decades of service to the Church and Catholic Education, and we have benefitted greatly from his vast and varied experience, having been a South Australian MP, including eight years as Education Minister.
During his time as Chair, Greg dealt with three Prime Ministers and their Cabinets and helped to secure long-term funding vital to the future of our Catholic schools. We wish Greg well in retirement.
Yours sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP
Chair, Bishops Commission for Catholic Education