CECWA and Committees

CECWA and Sub-Committees

CECWA and Committees

CECWA comprises up to 17 members who are appointed by the Bishops of Western Australia.

Commission membership is representative of all groups involved in Catholic education and members serve a three-year term, with eligibility for re-appointment for a second term.

Commission responsibilities:

To foster the continuous development and improvement of Catholic schools and act on behalf of the Catholic community for the benefit of all Catholic school-aged children.

To generate social policy statements and also assist individual Bishops with schools in their own diocese.

To continue to recognise and make provision for religious institutes that operate Catholic schools in Western Australia, respecting the particular charisms of each community.


Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia (CECWA)

Bishop Gerard Holohan – Chair
Dr Debra Sayce – Deputy Chair
Dr Graeme Gower – Chair, Aboriginal Community Committee
Mr Wojciech Grzech – Chair, Audit and Risk Committee
Professor Joan Squelch – Chair, Curriculum Committee
Ms Mary Woodford – Chair, Catholic Education Community Committee
Professor Glennda Scully – Chair, Finance Committee
Bishop Donald Sproxton
Sr Marion Beard
Br Kevin Paull
Mr Joseph Hoyne
Mrs Helen Anderson
Mr Paul Rafferty
Dr Chris Hackett



CECWA has five committees convened to assist in the governance work of CECWA.

The Standing Orders for Sub-Committees of the Catholic Education Committees of Western Australia contain information relevant to all committees.

Aboriginal Community

Chair: Dr Graeme Gower

Brings an Aboriginal perspective to the work of CEWA, providing access to quality education for Aboriginal children and young people, and promoting Aboriginal participation, inclusivity and mutual understanding in the wider community.

Audit and Risk

Chair: Mr Wojciech Grzech

Oversees and mitigates risk and ensures the compliance and sustainability of CEWA.

Catholic Education Community

Chair: Ms Mary Woodford

Oversees the sustainability of CEWA by monitoring and evaluating the key factors that define it, especially the development of its people and faith communities. Ensures the system’s ability to sustain and deliver a strong Catholic identity whilst achieving goals of sustainability, accessibility, affordability and diversity.


Chair: Professor Joan Squelch

Ensures a Catholic vision of the human person underpins processes and priorities within the CEWA system. Ensures curriculum of CEWA schools supports education of the whole person, integrating faith, life and culture.


Chair: Professor Glennda Scully

Ensures the financial sustainability of the CEWA system. Monitors the system’s finances and provides guidance on areas including strategy development and sustainability, debt policies and processes, reporting and budgets.