Bishops appoint Executive Director to lead Catholic Education in WA

20 September 2018

The Bishops of Western Australia have appointed Dr Debra Sayce as Executive Director of Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA), effective 1 January 2019.

Speaking on behalf of the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia (CECWA), the Most Reverend Donald Sproxton, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Perth, said Dr Sayce had been selected from a large number of applications submitted by very experienced candidates from across Australia.

“Debra has a love of learning and a strong commitment to her Catholic faith and the mission of the Church,” Bishop Sproxton said.

“I congratulate and welcome Debra as our new Executive Director,”

Dr Sayce said she was thrilled to be able to lead CEWA into an exciting future

“I am very grateful and humbled by this opportunity to work with colleagues across our system, as we seek to deliver a dynamic and engaging education for each and every student of our Catholic schools and colleges,” she said.

“I look forward to working to ensure CEWA schools are places of learning and discovery where students can develop their unique gifts and talents, and grow in relationship with each other and with Jesus Christ,”

Dr Sayce was appointed as Acting Executive Director of CEWA in October 2017, prior to which she had served as CEWA’s Director Religious Education since 2009, with the exception of a 12-month period in which she served as Principal of a CEWA secondary college.

A published author and lecturer at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Dr Sayce has also achieved a Doctorate of Education, a bachelor of Physical Education, Diploma of Education, Master of Education in Religious Studies, Post-Graduate Diplomas in Health Studies and Religious Studies, and is currently studying towards a Graduate Certificate of Business.

Dr Sayce is very active in the Catholic education community as a member of the CECWA, National Catholic Education Commission, Australian Catholic Disability Council, Catholic Institute of Western Australia and Caritas Archdiocesan Committee, and was recently appointed to the Executive Committee of the Plenary Council 2020.

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