Territory’s Catholic Leaders Honoured with OAM

Greg O’Mullane OAM: A Lifelong Dedication to Education and Faith

Greg O’Mullane, a stalwart figure in the Diocese of Darwin, has been recognised for his remarkable contributions to Catholic Education with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM). With an illustrious career spanning 41 years, Greg’s unwavering commitment to fostering excellence in learning and instilling a passion for faith among young minds has left an indelible mark on the educational landscape of the Northern Territory.  

Retiring in 2022 from his role as Director of Catholic Education, Greg’s impact on the growth and development of Catholic schools across remote and regional areas has been profound. From his early days as a teacher at St John’s College to his tenure as Principal at O’Loughlin College, Greg’s leadership journey exemplifies a dedication to nurturing the minds and spirits of students.  

Throughout his career, Greg championed the expansion of educational opportunities, notably leading the extension of O’Loughlin College to year 12 in 1995-96. His subsequent roles as Coordinator of Resources, Deputy Director and Director of Catholic Education saw him spearheading major initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality and accessibility of faith-based education in the Territory.  

Described as a servant leader, Greg’s approach prioritised excellence, service, and empowerment. His collaborative efforts with school communities underscored his commitment to fostering a holistic educational experience grounded in faith and values.  

Greg’s accolade in the 2024 Australia Day Honours list is a testament to his enduring legacy and the impact he has had on countless students, educators, and communities. Greg commented ‘it is also a recognition of all the excellent people I have worked with and supported me over many years.’ As we celebrate his achievements, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Greg O’Mullane OAM for his distinguished service to Catholic Education in the Northern Territory.  

Jayne Lloyd OAM: A Lifetime of Dedication to Social Welfare  

Jayne Lloyd’s dedication to serving society’s marginalised has earned her recognition as one of the Northern Territory’s esteemed citizens honoured on Australia Day. With a career focused on social work, Jayne’s impact on countless lives reflects her commitment to upholding human dignity and advocating for the voiceless.

As CEO of CatholicCare NT, Jayne’s leadership drives meaningful change within the welfare sector. Her vision for a just society resonates through her team’s tireless efforts and shared commitment to service.

Humbled by the honour, Jayne attributes her career to her upbringing in a family active in church and community activities. Inspired by her mother’s service, Jayne follows suit, driven by duty.

Jayne partners with Charlie King AM, advocating for social change and family safety. Together, they champion initiatives for the vulnerable, embodying compassion and empathy.

Throughout her career, Jayne collaborates with individuals sharing her vision. Recognising women’s role in social progress, Jayne values their contributions to welfare.

Central to her mission is securing safe housing, believing it transforms lives and prevents violence.

Jayne acknowledges the support of the Catholic Church, particularly Bishop Emeritus Eugene and Bishop Charles, and religious orders shaping CatholicCare NT’s mission.

While honoured, Jayne views the Order of Australia Medal as recognition of empowered families and women through her work. Her legacy inspires future generations to serve with compassion.