Board of Directors

Edmund Rice Foundation (Australia) is governed by a Board according to the constitution. Directors of the Company are elected by the members at the Annual General Meeting. The Directors oversee the functioning of ERFA and have ultimate responsibility for legal and financial management, including how funds are raised, invested and disbursed.


Mr Paul Gallagher – Board Chair




Paul Gallagher is a partner at BDO (QLD) in the Audit and Assurance Services division. Paul has expertise in the area of statutory and special purpose audits, special investigations, due diligence and corporate governance.   Paul is also a Director of BDO Australia, the Queensland Investment Corporation and the Chair of Catholic Church Insurance Ltd. Paul was previously on the Board of St Joseph’s College Terrace and Chair from 2013-2015. He is currently the Chair of the Archdiocesan Finance Council and the Archdiocesan Ministries and Services Council in Brisbane.  Paul is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Associate of Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Ms Christina Longmire – Treasurer



Christina Longmire is a certified accountant who has worked within the industry for over 18 years.  Christina brings a wealth of experience to Edmund Rice Education Australia as the College Accountant to St Joseph’s College, Manager of Accounting Services for the Trustees of The Christian Bros (Queensland & Northern Territory).  She has a Bachelor of Commerce with Griffith University and a member of CPA Australia, NTAA (National Tax & Accountant’s Association), ASBA (Association of School Business Administrators Australia) and CEBA Inc (Catholic Education Business Administrators Victoria.

Mr Joel Egan



Joel Egan joined ERFA’s board in September 2018. He is a past student of St Bernard’s College in Essendon and travelled to Kenya as part of the Gone Fishing Immersion Program in 2016. Joel is a Director of the Ascot Group and is responsible for driving top-line growth within the organisation; his major areas of responsibility are around the company’s strategy, development and marketing activities.

A strong advocate for developing an open culture designed to foster innovation, collaboration and strong company values and standards, Joel holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing – Applied) from RMIT University. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



Mr Tony Coates



Tony Coates is a company director and consultant providing management and strategic advice to private and public sector clients. He has been involved in managing voluntary organisations for over 25 years. Tony joined the Board in 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Building from UNSW (majoring in Quantity Surveying) and is a past member of Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors. Tony has extensive experience in Australian banking and property industries.

Mr Edward Phelan

Ed Phelan




Ed Phelan is the Co Founder/Executive Director of the CV Services Group founded in 2004 with 500 staff across its various business units. He has significant senior management experience across various sectors. This experience included 13 years with Lion Nathan in senior commercial and marketing roles. Ed studied business with a major in hotel management. Ed is Director of BNE Enterprise the organization trusted with supporting growth and development for companies and their suppliers at Brisbane Airport. In addition to his business responsibilities, Ed was a Director of The Youth Enterprise Trust for 3 years 2014-2015. The Trust assists disadvantaged young people aged 16-24years. Ed is the Qld Chapter Chairman for the Edmund Rice Foundation and has also participated in the Gone Fishing Program as a participant and leader.



Ms Jodie Sangster


Jodie Sangster travelled with Edmund Rice Foundation to Kenya in 2017, as part of the Gone Fishing Immersion Program and joined ERFA’s Board in September 2018. She has an extensive background in Marketing and is the current Chief Customer Officer for IBM Watson Customer Engagement (Asia Pacific). Prior to this Jodie was the CEO of the Australian Direct Marketing Association for 7 years.

Originally from the UK, Jodie worked with the UK Direct Marketing Association having responsibility for both UK and European regulatory affairs. She moved to Australia in 2001 as ADMA’s Director – Legal & Regulatory Affairs, playing a pivotal role in the development of key legislation such as the Spam Act, Do Not Call Register Act and APEC Privacy Principles.

Jodie joined Acxiom as Chief Privacy and Compliance Officer and moved with them to the US in 2007 before joining the DMA in New York in 2009 as Senior Vice President of Education & Global Development.

Jodie has a Bachelor of Laws from Kingston University and a Masters of Laws from London University.


Br Martin Sanderson



Marty Sanderson has been a Christian Brother for over 40 years.  He is a trained secondary school teacher and has held leadership and administrative roles with the Christian Brothers.  He is currently a member of the Oceania Province’s Cluster Pastoral Team for Qld and NT.  He has worked in a number of educational settings and was Principal of St Teresa’s College, Abergowrie, Mount Carmel College, Charters Towers, and St James College, Brisbane.  He also taught at Centre Education Program, Kingston, and was a member of the Brothers’ Qld Murgon – Cherbourg Ministry for over 13 years.  There, he undertook a number of roles including Co-ordinating an Alternative Education Program for Indigenous Youth, the Edmund Rice Volunteers’ Program, and working in partnership with an Indigenous Youth Justice Program.  Martin has been on the Management Committee of an Incorporated Indigenous Youth Action Association for over 13 years.  Martin was first involved with Edmund Rice Camps in 1995.  He has also been privileged to have the opportunity to visit or undertake immersion periods with Brothers’ Ministries in a number of countries including Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, India and Papua New Guinea.


Mr Alan Zammit AM

Alan has over 45 years experience in urban, regional and community development and offers corporate and property advisory services as managing director of UPDM.

He chairs the Board of Mulpha Norwest and Norwest Association limited and is a director of Affordable Community Housing Limited, Affordable Community Housing Alliance Tasmania and Wentwest Limited. Alan is also an independent member of the Audit and Risk Committees for a number of NSW government agencies and as a member of the Western Sydney Parkland Trust Board. He acts as chair of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Property Council and member of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Finance Council.

Alan was previously a member of the national board of Edmund Rice Education Australia, chair of St Gabriel’s School for Hearing Impaired Children Advisory Board, member of Parramatta Diocese Catholic Schools Council and director and treasurer of Westmead Medical Research Foundation.


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