DR Lee-Anne Perry will go from heading All Hallows’ School, Brisbane, to leading the Queensland Catholic education sector in the coming months.
Her appointment follows the decision in June 2014 by the current Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Mike Byrne to retire in June 2015.
All Hallows’ principal since 1999, Dr Perry said she was “deeply honoured to accept this appointment”.
“I look forward to the opportunity to serve Catholic education in this new and challenging capacity,” she said.
Dr Perry will bring a wide range of experience to the role she’ll take up on July 27.
Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge announced the appointment on behalf of the bishops of the Queensland province last week.
QCEC chair Emeritus Professor Peter Sheehan said Dr Perry had provided “outstanding leadership” to the All Hallows’ community.
“Prior to taking up that appointment, Dr Perry served as principal of Mt Alvernia College, Kedron (1993-98) and of Mt Carmel College, Wynnum (1990-92),” he said.
“This followed a teaching career in state and Catholic schools both in New South Wales and Queensland.”
Dr Perry holds a Doctor of Education from the Queensland University of Technology, a Master of Education, Bachelor of Education and Diploma of Christian Leadership.
She has been recognised for many leadership roles.
In 2014, she was awarded the Member (AM) of the Order of Australia and in 2011 was recognised as an outstanding leader by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.
The All Hallows’ principal was also awarded Woman of the Year (Brisbane Zonta 2009) and received an Australian Government National Award for Quality Schooling and Excellence as a Principal (2007).
Prof Sheehan said “Dr Perry’s appointment is an outstanding one for the commission”.
“I am confident that she will provide very strong and distinguished leadership to the commission to help guide it through its future challenges,” he said.