CaSPA congratulates Mr Ray Collins [above] following his appointment as the acting executive director of the NCEC following the resignation of Christian Zahra for family reasons on 18 January 2018.
We are hopeful of meeting with Ray and the other stakeholders at our scheduled meeting with the NCEC on Feb 21 coming. There are many important agenda items of concern for national Catholic Education bodies.
This short bio of Ray was contained in the NCEC Media Release:
Ray is the former director of schools for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle serving in the role for nine years until his recent retirement in December 2016. He has a 44-year career in education, including 19 years in the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese.
In 1988, Ray joined the Diocese of Bathurst Catholic Education Office as an education consultant before commencing at the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Schools Office (CSO) in 1998, where he was later appointed as director of schools in September 2008.
Ray has displayed an integrity and dedication to his vocation as a Catholic educator, earning the respect of his colleagues and fellow directors. He provided steady guidance throughout his time at the CSO with a particular focus on Catholic identity and serving the marginalised in our community. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of our current educational and political environment. He will serve in the role until a new executive director can be appointed.