Mr Christopher Houlihan
is a well-qualified and very experienced leader in Catholic Education.
He has held a number of senior leadership positions in Catholic Education in Victoria and Western Australia and, for the past fourteen years, has been the Principal of Padua College, a regional co-educational college with strong links to the Mercy tradition.
Prior to his principalship, Christopher held Deputy Principal positions at Servite College, Tuart Hill WA and St Norbert College, Queens Park WA.
first two schools as a teacher were at St Aloysius College, North Melbourne and Santa Maria College, Attadale
- both current member schools of MEL
is a committed Catholic and ".... sees the value in educating our young people in a Gospel-based environment".
philosophy as a teacher was inspired by the address given to his
Dip Ed graduating class by His
Grace Archbishop Little when his
Grace stated, "What you say, speaks to me.
Who you are, thunders.
Christopher holds post graduate qualifications in education and completed a Master of Religious Education at Australian Catholic University.
is genuinely excited about his appointment as inaugural Chief Executive Officer of MEL
and looks forward to working closely with Board Directors, Principals, Sisters of Mercy, staff and students.
An outstanding communicator, Christopher
believes in working collaboratively with others.
brings very strong interpersonal skills together with a very good understanding of governance.