From the Committee

QCPPA represents over 200 leaders working in Catholic primary schools in five Dioceses throughout Queensland and we are proud to present the 2023-2025 Strategic Plan to our members. Principals for Principals is our mantra and guide. The strategic drivers inform the impact we intent to make over the coming three years to enhance collegial and professional support for you in your role as a school leader.

The work of QCPPA is also undertaken as part of a greater collective, the Australian Catholic Primary Principal’s Association (ACPPA) and, ultimately, the Australian Primary Principal’s Association (APPA). This common thread of primary principalship is a powerful source of shared knowledge for us to draw upon. As we look to 2030, provides inspiration for us to make our own contribution for leaders of both today and tomorrows to thrive and develop.

Our Strategic Drivers

The Executive Committee

The QCPPA committee represents the five dioceses across Queensland. There are five delegates from Brisbane and two from each of the remaining dioceses.

Gavin Rick (Toowoomba)

Senior Leader – Toowoomba Catholic Education (Immediate Past President).

Rita Petersen (Cairns)

Principal at St Joseph’s Catholic School, Atherton (Vice President and Treasurer).

Paula Martin (Townsville)

Principal at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, Ingham.

Nick Fogarty (Brisbane)

Principal at St William’s School Grovely.

Kylie Helmore (Townsville)

Principal at Marian Catholic School, Townsville.

Trevor Doyle

Executive Officer

Matthew Beacroft (Brisbane)

Principal at Our Lady of the Angels School at Wavell Heights.

Roycelyn Wilden (Brisbane)

Principal at All Saints Catholic School, Albany Creek.

James (Jamie) Emerick (Rockhampton)

Principal at St John the Baptist Catholic School Gladstone.

Veronica Tomerini-Smith (Brisbane)

Principal at Guardian Angels Primary School Wynnum.

Emma Timmins (Toowoomba)

Principal at St Mary’s School, Warwick.

Mick Roach (Rockhampton)

Principal at St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, North Rockhampton.

Louise Pfingst (Toowoomba)

Principal at St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, Toowoomba.

Paul Mitchell (Brisbane)

Principal at St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School, Wishart.

Kathy Fleming (Cairns)

St Therese’s School, Bentley Park, Cairns

  • Gavin Rick is a member of APPA and represents the Catholic Sector of Queensland
  • Gavin Rick & Roycelyn Wilden are QCPPA Executive Members and are Directors on the Board of the Australian Catholic Primary Principals Association.
  • Veronica Tomerini-Smith is the QCPPA Representative on the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
  • Paul Mitchell is the QCPPA Representative on the Queensland College of Teachers Reference Group.
  • Roycelyn Wilden is a member of APPA and represents the Catholic Sector of Queensland
  • Roycelyn Wilden & Paul Mitchell are QCPPA Executive Members and are Directors on the Board of the Australian Catholic Primary Principals Association.
  • Veronica Tomerini-Smith is the QCPPA Representative on the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
  • Matthew Beacroft is the QCPPA Representative on the Queensland College of Teachers Reference Group.

Delegates

Gavin Rick

St Joseph's Catholic School, Cairns. (President)

Rita Petersen

St Joseph's Catholic School, Atherton. (Vice President and Treasurer)

Paula Martin

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, Ingham.

Nick Fogarty

St William’s School Grovely

Kylie Helmore

Marian Catholic School, Townsville

Trevor Doyle

Executive Officer

Matthew Beacroft

Our Lady of the Angels School at Wavell Heights (Principal)

Roycelyn Wilden

All Saints Catholic School, Albany Creek

James (Jamie) Emerick

St John the Baptist Catholic School Gladstone

Veronica Tomerini-Smith

Guardian Angels Primary School Wynnum

Emma Timmins

St Mary's School, Warwick.

Mick Roach

Principal at St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, North Rockhampton

Louise Pfingst

Principal at St Anthony's Catholic Primary School, Toowoomba

Paul Mitchell

Principal at St Catherine's Catholic Primary School, Wishart

Delegates