Mr Christopher Houlihan was appointed to the inaugural position of Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Education and commenced this position on 5 October 2015. Christopher has held senior leadership positions in Catholic Education in Western Australia as deputy principal and in Victoria as the Principal of Padua College since 2001. Padua College is a three-campus College, owned and administered by the parishes of the Mornington Peninsula and was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1898. Christopher’s first two schools as a teacher were St Aloysius College, North Melbourne and Santa Maria College, Attadale - both current member schools of Mercy Education Limited.
Christopher is delighted to renew his association with the Sisters of Mercy in commencing this role. As Chief Executive, he sees his task as a support to the Board’s work in governing the twelve Mercy Education schools on behalf of the Institute Leadership Team. Pastorally. He sees the role as providing personal and professional support to Mercy College Principals and the Executive Team at the National Office of MEL.
Christopher's role will allow the Board to concentrate on providing advice to ISMAPNG and the Institute and setting strategic direction for the operations of the MEL schools. This management role will be a conduit between the Executive Staff of MEL, the Principals of our schools and the Board to ensure the Vision and Mission of all schools is in line with the Institute.
Christopher is grateful for the warm welcome he has received from all associated with Mercy Education Limited. He looks forward to visiting the Mercy schools and meeting many of the school members who contribute to Catherine McAuley’s legacy.