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Edmund Rice Community Services (ERCS) is governed by a Board of Directors who set the organisation’s strategic direction, and policy frameworks as per legislative requirements and best practice standards of governance and community expectations.

Our Board

The Board has responsibility for:

  • Values, Vision and Mission of ERCS
  • Setting the strategic directions for ERCS
  • Setting the policy and risk framework of ERCS
  • Overseeing the financial wellbeing of ERCS and each of the entities
  • Overseeing the management of ERCS
  • Contributing to the nurturing of key external relationships
  • Supporting and guiding the Executive Team

ERCS Board of Directors

Mrs Helen Mahoney OAM

Board Chair, Director

Helen brings a rich legacy of leadership, previously chairing St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace’s board and being part of the Edmund Rice Education Australia Board. Helen has been involved with the MITHRA school in Chennai, India, dedicated to supporting underprivileged, vulnerable children. Helen formerly chaired the Marlene Moore cluster of Edmund Rice Education Australia Flexible Learning Centres in Queensland. She was honoured with the Order of Australia Medal in 2017 and received the 2016 Indo-Australia Award for her exemplary services bridging India and Australia.

Ms Amanda Robertson


Amanda is a seasoned executive leader with experience consulting across corporate, state government, vocational education, and not-for-profit organisations. She has over 20 years of experience in learning and development, and human resource management, specialising in culture change, diversity and inclusion and organisational development. Amanda currently serves as Director National Ethos and Culture at MacKillop Family Services.

Mr Bob White

Mission Integration Committee Chair, Director 

With a rich history in education, Bob has played diverse roles in schools across Australia, from teacher to middle leader, and Principal. Bob has also held executive roles in Edmund Rice Education Australia, including Director of Identity, Executive Administrator and Executive Officer. In 2015, he moved to New Zealand, continuing his involvement in education, mentoring, and board governance. Presently, Bob is the Board Chair of a school serving 720 students.

Mr Geoff Doyle


After dedicating over two decades in chartered accounting in Queensland, Geoff shifted his focus to education. Prior to retiring as National Director (Stewardship) of Edmund Rice Education Australia 2020, Geoff managed the financial affairs of various schools and the Christian Brothers in Queensland. Geoff’s board involvement includes ERCS and Edmund Rice Foundation Australia.

Mr Michael Egert

Finance Committee Chair, Director 

With a rich background in commercial and financial management, Michael has worked with top-tier Australian private sector companies in senior roles. Michael’s extensive not-for-profit experience is in board membership and finance committee chairing. His experience spans sectors from aged care, disabled youth care, respite, community services and education. Michael has a primary focus on governance and chairs the ERCS Finance Committee.

Mr Michael Sinclair

Governance Committee Chair, Director

Michael Sinclair boasts a deep expertise in employment law, policy, and executive management, including significant experience in compliance and regulatory management. A stalwart in the not-for-profit sector, Michael he has been both a Director and Company Secretary with several Catholic charities. Currently a judge with the Catholic Church’s Regional Tribunal of Queensland, Michael also consults on church law and governance. Michael is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Zita Unger


Starting as a teacher at St Joseph’s, North Melbourne, Zita brings a wealth of knowledge in governance, evaluation, and organisational development to the ERCS board. She holds a doctorate from the University of Melbourne and is recognized as a Fellow of the Australian Evaluation Society (AES). Zita’s passion and commitment to evaluation are evident in her numerous accolades and board positions, including the AES Best Evaluation Policy and Systems Award, and the AES highest award for Outstanding Contribution to the evaluation profession. Zita is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Professor Alan Rix

Risk Committee Chair, Director

After 30 years at the University of Queensland, from teaching and research to senior management, Alan retired in 2017. His experience spans organisational governance, faculty and campus management, risk management, industrial relations and human resource management. Alan’s association with Edmund Rice organisations has continued for 25 years, across multiple advisory councils, boards and risk committees. He has been a director of other not-for-profit companies and continues to do so. Alan is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Peter Chapman


Peter is an education professional with extensive leadership experience. Following his tenure as principal of St Patrick’s College at Shorncliffe in Brisbane and St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace in Brisbane, Peter was appointed as the Edmund Rice Education Australia, Director of Schools for the Northern Region (Queensland), a position he held until his retirement from full-time work in 2022. Currently, Peter leverages his vast experience as a part-time consultant, focusing on guiding the next generation into large family-owned businesses. His leadership and vision continue to make a significant impact in the educational and business sectors.

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