Brisbane Catholic Primary Principals Association



Membership of BACPPA is open to all Primary Principals, Principals of P-12, P-10 schools, Heads of Primary and Past Principals of Brisbane Catholic Education schools.

If you are interested in becoming a member please make contact with one of the BACPPA Executive (listed below).


The Executive

The BACPPA executive is made up of a small team of association leaders. We meet regularly to monitor the workings of the Association and consider our goals for all members. The executive is made up of the President, Vice President and Immediate Past President, the Secretary, Treasurer and our Spiritual & Pastoral Coordinator.


President - Nick Gallen

Nick is currently Principal of
St Bernardine's School,
Regents Park

Phone: 07 3800 1854


Vice-President -
Peter Surawski

Nick is currently Principal of
St Peter's School Caboolture

Phone: 07 5495 2266


Secretary - Nicole Cole

Nicole is currently Principal of
St Brendan's School, Moorooka


Phone: 07 3275 2081


Treasurer - Kerry Rowlands

Kerry is currently Principal of
St Vincent's School,
Clear Island Waters


Phone: 07 5572 1688


Spiritual & Pastoral Coordinator -
Helen Boevink

Helen is currently Principal of
St Pius X School, Salisbury

Phone: 07 3274 1705



Management Committee

Mancom..... this is an acronym which stands for the Management Commitee of BACPPA. This group is made up of the executive team, a representative of each of the eight clusters as well as a small group of Principals who represent the association on several committees. Generally a group of 18-20 principals, this team meets regularly to manage the strategic planning of the association and dealing with the every day pragmatics of our busy association.

Members of the 2017 Management Commitee are:

Cluster 1
Ann-Maree Nicholls and Paul Blinkhoff

Cluster 2
Kathy Fuller and Peter Kerrins

Cluster 3
Paul Leeson and Nicole Cole

Cluster 4
Phil Manitta and Tricia Kennedy

Cluster 5
Martin Lewis and Nathan Haley

Cluster 7
Nathan Wilson and Paul Mitchell

Cluster 8
Donna Jones and Nigel Bird

Cluster 9
Gary Creevey and Chris Bathersby

Cluster 10
Andrew Oberthur and Margo Carwardine

Cluster 11
Peter Surawski and Nick Hurley


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