CAIRNS diocese’s Catholic Education Services new deputy executive director was involved in helping Australian Border Force with education needs on Nauru.
CES has appointed Ian Davis deputy executive director to succeed Diarmuid O’Riordan, who resigned to become principal of St Edmund’s College, Ipswich.
Mr Davis takes up his new role from January 16.
In announcing Mr Davis’ appointment, CES executive director Bill Dixon and the diocese’s vicar for education Fr Neil Muir said he was a man of “deep personal faith and a wealth of experience in senior leadership”.
Mr Davis is senior strategy and planning officer for enterprise governance and performance with Brisbane Catholic Education.
“This role with BCE involves the provision of consultancy, advice, and support services on enterprise-wide strategy and planning activities, and contributes to developing strategy and planning capability across BCE,” Mr Dixon said in a letter announcing the appointment.
“Before this role in BCE, Ian provided leadership and support for the establishment of a new educational support service in Nauru in partnership with the Government of Nauru, the Australian Border Force, Queensland Catholic Education Commission and Brisbane Catholic Education.
“Ian also managed BCE’s transition of Year 7 to secondary over a two-year period which involved providing support to secondary principals in planning for and managing this significant move of students.”
Mr Davis was principal of St Thomas More Catholic School, Sunshine Beach, for five years; principal of Star of the Sea Catholic School, Hervey Bay, for 10 years; and principal of St Joseph’s School, Childers, for three years.
Mr Dixon thanked Mr O’Riordan “for the committed way that he has filled this role over the past two years”.