Mr Joe Konynenburg

I am very excited to be continuing my association with the Sisters of Mercy in the new role of Finance and Compliance Manager for Mercy Education. My previous engagement was as Business Manager at the Academy of Mary Immaculate in Fitzroy. That role was a great introduction to the role of Mercy in Australia – both the historical and present day contexts.
Within Catholic education I have been a student, teacher, community liaison, boarding master, business manager, financial consultant and CEO Secondary School Business Adviser. For those with an interest in such things I taught RE, middle school commerce, Business Management and my great passion Accounting.
The integration of “new” schools into a “new” Mercy Education structure has provided a great opportunity to reflect and respond on the role of Mercy Education Ltd and the services and support that we can supply to our schools.
Whilst Finance and Compliance may seem like pretty dull topics I believe that they really go to the heart of the question of Stewardship. I define stewardship as the process by which we protect the achievements of the past (resources, reputation, ethos, history) with a view to continuing the mission into the future.
I know a lot of committed, hard-working people working firmly within the spirit of Mercy and I look forward to meeting many more of you through this role.