Christian Brothers’ High School Advisory Council

The school was established by the Christian Brothers and was governed as an independent Catholic school by the St Mary’s Province Leadership Team (New South Wales) until October 2007. After that date governance of the school was handed on to Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA).


CBHS has a School Board that works in partnership with the Principal and School Leadership Team in significant areas of leadership such as policy making, compliance and budget.


School Advisory Council Members

Janine Hannigan

Janine Hannigan has been an integral part of CBHS Lewisham community for over 15 years as a parent and was the CBHS Lewisham Parent and Friends Association President from 2018 – 2022. She is married to Kieran and has three children Aodhan, Sarah and Ryan, with Aodan and Ryan being CBHS Lewisham Old Boys. Having worked for Sydney Catholic Schools for six years and as the Family Educator at St Francis Xavier Ashbury for five years Janine is excited to share her experience with the advisory board and continue her service to the school. 

Antoinette McGahan

Antoinette McGahan is the Principal of Domremy College Five Dock, a Sydney Catholic School Systemic Secondary Girls school where she has been the Principal for 3 years. Prior to Domremy, Antoinette held the position of Principal at a number of different SCS girls including St Clare’s College Waverley for 6 years and All Saints Catholic Girls’ College Liverpool for 2 years. Additionally, she has also held the positions of Deputy Principal at Brigidine College Randwick and Our Lady of Mercy College Burraneer Bay. She is married to Pat and has a son, Jesse. She is looking forward to working with the Board at CBHS Lewisham.

Anne Phillips

Anne is honoured to be asked to serve on the Advisory Council and is looking forward to contributing to the growth of EREA, particularly as it impacts CBHS Lewisham.

Anne attended Domremy College and then Bethlehem College. After school Anne joined the Reserve Bank of Australia where over a 22 year career she worked up through a number of departments to the position of financial accountant. Anne’s second career saw a move into the education sector. For 15 years she was the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of the Catholic Education Commission NSW (now Catholic Schools NSW). A truly enriching and humbling experience to work with colleagues devoted to improving the quality of education, maximising enrolment availability and optimising the opportunities, curricular and non-curricular of those attending and those wishing to attend Catholic schools.

Anne was a member of St Pius X Finance Committee in 2021.

David Robinson - Advisory Council Chair

David has extensive accounting, taxation and business expertise. David is a Chartered Accountant, registered auditor and partner of ESV Accountants and Advisers based in Sydney.

He has over 30 years of experience as a non-executive director of listed public companies, private companies and not-for-profit entities. He was an inaugural Trustee of Mary Aikenhead Ministries, the public juridic person established to take responsibility for the health, education and community care works established by the Sisters of Charity of Australia, from 2009 to 2017.

In addition to his ongoing professional roles, David is currently a director of Catholic Schools NSW Limited, Catholic Employment Relations Limited and a Trustee of Calvary Ministries.

Terry Sheahan AO

After attending CBHS Lewisham from 1955-1963, Terry graduated BA, LLB from Sydney University and became a solicitor.

From 1973 to 1988 he was a Member of the NSW Parliament, and from 1980 to 1988 a Minister in the State Labor Government. He then practised as a Mediator, until, in 1997, he was appointed as a Judge of the Land and Environment Court, after having interrupted his service there to head the Workers Compensation Commission 2001-2007.

He has eight children and two step-sons, and he and Jennifer share 14 grandchildren.

In January 2002 he was made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia, and his citation reads: “for service to the Law, particularly in the area of alternative dispute resolution, to the NSW Parliament, and to the Community through organisations concerned with health, care of the aged, human rights, and the environment”. He has also served on Boards for the Sisters of Charity and the Little Company of Mary.

Ben Wilding

As a CBHS Lewisham Old Boy, Ben Wilding returns to Lewisham to serve on the Advisory Council. After leaving Lewisham Ben completed his studies and taught for 12 years prior to retraining and becoming a Solicitor. He has worked in private practice as a Commercial Lawyer and joined Catholic Schools NSW in 2021 as their Senior Legal Counsel where he supports Catholic Schools by providing advice on Education, Family, Privacy, Immigration, Intellectual Property and Administrative Law issues.