NEWLY appointed Executive Director of Catholic Schools for the Diocese, Christina Trimble, has met with the leadership team and principals who will be working under her.
Mrs Trimble was in Bathurst on Thursday as part of the Diocese's two-day principal's conference, ahead of taking over the reins from retiring executive director, Jenny Allen, in January.
The two-day principal's conference was held at Rydges, Mount Panorama and is being attended by 33 principals from schools across the Diocese including Orange, Coonabarabran, Cowra, Mudgee, Lithgow and Bathurst.
Mrs Trimble said while she has yet to take up the new position, she has already heard wonderful feedback about the Diocese and staff who work within it.
Mrs Trimble is currently a secondary consultant with secondary schools in Sydney, working within a leadership team, to improve and develop schools within her portfolio.
She said during the two-day conference she hopes to meet and speak with all principals working in the Diocese and start building relationships with those she will be working with next year.
She said she is "absolutely" looking forward to taking up the role.
"For me it's the next step in Catholic leadership," she said.
"It's taking it to the next level."
Mrs Trimble said she had already begun working with the leadership team within the Diocese, and was impressed with what she has seen.
"They are fabulous, Jenny (Allen) has built a really great team."
She said the Diocese's schools and staff enjoy a great professional reputation.
"People have already been coming up and saying, 'I know this person and they are a great operator.'
"It's great to hear how well regarded they are [by others in the profession]."
The principal's conferences are held on a quarterly basis; this one is looking at strategies for next year, as well as the Catholic Education Framework.
The framework, which has been in place for a number of years, is currently being revised and made more contemporary.