Peter Hamill, the former director of schools for the Broken Bay Diocese, has been appointed to the role of deputy director of the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC).
NCEC executive director Jacinta Collins said Mr Hamill brings with him a wealth of experience and understanding of Catholic education and administration, having served as an educator, school and system leader for 43 years.
“In his most recent role, Peter has been responsible for leading a system of 44 schools and 1,600 staff; setting the strategic vision and direction for Catholic education in the diocese; and ensuring sound stewardship of limited resources within a challenging and changing landscape,” Ms Collins said.
“I congratulate and welcome Peter and look forward to working with him on this new chapter of national leadership of Catholic education, and in delivering on our commitment to promote the place and value of Catholic schools as a key contributor to high quality Australian education.”
Broken Bay’s diocesan administrator Rev Dr David Ranson paid tribute to Mr Hamill for his “magnificent contribution” to the diocese.
“He has negotiated the school system through significant challenges, and always with careful discernment and astute management,” he said. “A key focus for Peter has always been to ensure in our school system a sense of hospitality, enthusiasm and genuine endeavour, and to ensure that students not only achieve their academic best, but that their wellbeing and advancement in Catholic faith is nurtured. “
Mr Hamill has also served as both a commissioner or a chair on a range of bodies including the Catholic Education Commission NSW (now Catholic Schools NSW), the Catholic Education Commission ACT, and the Conference of Diocesan Directors.
He has formed productive working relationships with state and federal MPs, government officials and educational bodies, in advocating for the needs of Catholic school communities at the local and national level, backed up with strong analysis and evidence.
“I’m looking forward to joining the national secretariat to help shape policy at a national level and contribute to building stronger Catholic schools and systems, and promote Catholic education in the public arena,” said Mr Hamill.
He takes up his new role in August.