Paul Ferris QSMCEO
Paul works with Proprietors of schools and diocesan bodies to ensure their interests are represented to the government and education sector agencies. Prior to joining NZCEO in 2016 Paul served as a Principal in state and state-integrated schools, most recently at Kavanagh College in Dunedin. Paul is a life member of SPANZ and has a number of other awards, including a QSM in 2012 and a Laureate Award from NZCEO.

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04 496 1779

0274 898 822

Heather Richardson, Bmath, CPA, CAFinancial Controller
Heather joined NZCEO in 2016. She manages the strategic financial planning and financial administration for the Office and NZCEO Finance Ltd, including the National Attendance Dues and Capital Indebtedness Sharing Scheme and the Catholic Education Trust Fund. Heather has over twenty years experience in financial reporting and assurance including as a senior audit manager for Deloitte NZ, and as financial controller for a large Canadian public company.

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04 496 1797

Karen Raitt, MBAManager, Strategy, Projects and Policy
Karen joined NZCEO in July 2019. She is responsible for governance support, managing projects, developing resources and also oversees NZCEO’s strategy, brand and communications. Karen is lead organiser for the Catholic Education Convention and supports the CEO with maintaining key stakeholder relationships. Karen has worked for many years in the sector, has experience of integrated school governance and supporting the school system to ensure all students can reach their potential. She has worked widely in the public sector in Wellington and in the private sector in the UK.

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04 496 1763

Jane O'ConnellOperations Administrator
Jane has responsibility for the administration of supplementary agreements for property updates, maximum roll increases etc. She maintains the network database and co-ordinates the production of publications and mailouts. Her previous experience included school administration work.

04 496 1729

Rosalie ConnorsManager Special Character
NZCEO welcomed Rosalie Connors as the Manager, Special Character in 15 January 2020. Rosalie comes with excellent Catholic education teaching and leadership experience, having worked in Catholic primary and secondary schools, and at diocesan level.  Her most recent experience has been with the Catholic Institute of Aotearoa and prior to that as the Review and Development Advisor for the Diocese of Palmerston North.

Rosalie has worked at a national level on the revision of the Catholic Special Character Review document and the Catholic School Elaborations: Standards for the Teaching Profession.

Rosalie has a Masters in Religious Education and is currently completing an education doctorate with a focus on faith leadership in Catholic schools, both with the Australian Catholic University.

04 496 1739

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