As we are all aware, the largest jurisdiction in Australia is NSW. Not only is it large in size, organisationally it is divided into a large number of Catholic Education Offices and Dioceses.
For a number of reasons, our Catholic Secondary Principals tend to network principally within these regions, rather than with their collegues across the State. This in contrast to virtually all other parts of Australia, where the various Principals Association see strong connections among all principals regardless of the region or Diocese they work in. A further layer of complexity comes from the fact that the NSW Catholic Principals Association - ACSP - is a combined association of Primary and Secondary Principals with almost as many members as CaSPA has nationally.
The CaSPA Board has excellent working relations with ACSP, and looks forward to these continuing into the future. At the same time the Board also sees the need to have someone "on the ground" in NSW to promote collegiality among Catholic Secondary Principals regardless of where their school is in NSW or whether it is part of a Diocesan system or a stand alone "RI" or Order run school.
As such the CaSPA Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Rob Laidler to the role of CaSPA NSW Liaison for the period 2018-2019. By attending meetings of Catholic Secondary Principals across NSW as well as promoting more collegial activity between Diocesan and RI Principals, we hope to see CaSPA growing in its capacity to support individual Principals in their important role of leading Catholic Secondary Colleges.
Below is a brief CV of Rob's work up to this point:
Rob is the immediate past Principal of Loyola Senior High School, Mount Druitt, NSW and has been a teacher for 40 years. He holds post-graduate qualifications from the University of Sydney (History) and the ACU (Education Leadership.)
Rob has held leadership positions in both Systemic and independent Catholic schools in NSW, and worked in curriculum development roles within the NSW Board of Studies (NESA) and various Catholic Education Offices across the Archdiocese of Sydney. He has also held senior leadership positions in NSW Teacher and Professional Associations. He is a former member of the Jesuit Schools Commission and sits on a number of advisory boards.
Since 2015 Rob has worked as a private consultant to Schools and Systems across NSW and interstate. He also assists corporate clients with employee innovation and agility learning packages.
Rob has a particular interest in emerging leaders formation and has worked successfully in recent years with numbers of newly appointed leaders, assisting with values formation, mentoring and leadership training.