Executive Director

Joining Loreto Vietnam after many years working within the health sector including Ministry of Health and NGOs – with a focus on designing and implementing public health initiatives such as tobacco control, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, tuberculosis and hypertension. Along with these tasks, he successfully coordinated various children-oriented campaigns such as smoke-free schools and families, and national painting contests for children. Proud to be a great friend of all the children he has been working with and for, he is fully devoted to promoting and fighting for children’s rights and inspiring others to join hands for a better world for our children.

Nguyen Thi Quyen

Program Manager

Quyen is experienced in the design, implementation and management of educational projects of international non-government organizations including Plan International, Save the Children, ChildFund, and Room to Read. Her scope of work focuses on holistic and bilingual education, child-rights based programming, teacher capability building, curriculum development, and child-friendly environment creation. Quyen has forged strong partnerships with local communities and provincial authorities nationwide .


Board Chair

Internationally experienced Hotel, IR, Hospitality, Entertainment, Property Development, FMCG, Manufacturing, & Start-Up Industry Executive.

Holding an MBA from MGSM, Jason is a commercially focused Senior Executive poised to deliver responsible growth, and genuine results. A rich mix of investor, financial, commercial, and operational management, strategic leadership, and key stakeholder engagement. Expert in improving controls, and moving business forward by leveraging new technologies. A change agent affecting cultural shift, who is acknowledged for balanced judgement, stability, flexibility, and adaptability.

Jason is a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors MAICD, and has vast experience at Board, and Treasurer representation, Including NFP’s such as the Australian Chamber of Commerce – Vietnam, representing the organisation at Australasian conferences, and events, a key member of strategy development, finance, governance, and event implementation.

As a Board representative of Loreto Vietnam, Jason has a strong commitment to community giving programs, especially those related to the support of the development of children in disadvantaged communities.



Quang Tri is the Country Director of Atkins (www.atkinsglobal.com) in Vietnam.

Upon returning to Vietnam in 2003 following his early career in New Zealand, Tri has been playing an important role in urban transformation in Vietnam, with an extensive professional portfolio in designing and delivering major reputable projects, including the RMIT University in HCMC, the Landmark-81 Tower, and other large-scale master-planning development throughout the country.

His understanding about the reality and practicality of the local construction industry, for both rural and urban context, as well as the impact of rapid urbanization on the social and environmental structure in Vietnam offer practical and technical dimensions to Loreto Vietnam’s programmer development.



Ngoc is currently a partner of KPMG Vietnam and Cambodia, being in charge of legal services in framework of KPMG Legal Limited, as continuance of her professional practice in legal sector since late 1995.

Before joining KPMG, she held positions of senior legal counsel of the top ranked Korean telecom group, founding partner of a leading Vietnamese law firm, partner of a French law firm in Vietnam.

Her areas of practice span in M&A and Business Restructuring, Dispute Resolution and Arbitration, Corporate Governance, and Commercial Contracts. Business sectors of her experience include real estates, renewable energy, education and training, distribution, e-commerce and manufacturing. Her client portfolio includes multinational companies, transnational companies and top ranked Vietnamese companies.

Ngoc’s personal interest is contribution in giving education opportunities to all children, the basic approach of healthy and stable social development.



Margaret, an Australian, is a trained teacher, majoring in English and History. She has taught in Australia for 30 years and was a Board member of the Loreto School in Ballarat for 6 years. She currently teaches English on a voluntary basis in HCMC and supports her community. She has a long association with Loreto Vietnam, having lived in Vietnam for over 10 years during which time she managed the organisation for a period when Trish Franklin was on leave. Her passion is education and having had a diverse educational experience herself (lived in 3 different countries, attended 6 schools during her own primary/secondary years), has an appreciation for the various educational contexts in different countries, and a strong commitment to educational opportunities for children.

Ms. Catherine McAllister Franzi


With more than 25-year experience in Global and Regional Corporate Real Estate across Asia and Australia, one of Catherine’s strengths is cultural sensitivity in directorship and leadership in diverse global teams and clients. Being an energetic and optimistic person, Catherine’s devotion for community makes her a strong advocate for social activities and empowering disadvantaged women and children. Catherine is now a Senior Managing Director at CBRE Asia Pacific.

mr. nguyen trung kien


Kien has international banking and finance experience and a deep understanding of Vietnam. He spent his professional career with Credit Suisse, OCBC and Temasek Holdings in Singapore, and Commonwealth Bank of Australia in New York before relocating back to Vietnam. He has been helping local and foreign companies with M&A, capital raising and investment activities in Vietnam since 2008. He is currently a co-founder and Vietnam country partner of Asia Partners, a private equity fund focusing on growth capital for technology and technology-enable businesses in Southeast Asia. He also served as a Vietnam Chairman for Cognita, a global K-12 school operator, and subsequently Vietnam Chairman for A-Star-Education, a Singapore-based education company.

Kien graduated with Bachelor of Applied Finance and Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from Macquarie University and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is splitting his time between Vietnam and Melbourne and is a proud current Loreto Mandeville Hall parent.

Ms. Cate Sydes
BA, DipEd., MEd. MBA, FAPS, GAICD, Chief Executive Officer of Loreto Ministries, appointed in 2017.

Ex Officio Member

With more than 37 years experience, Cate’s professional career is extensive. Cate has held senior management roles in the Australian community services and education sectors, working with children and families at all levels in Australia and internationally. Cate is highly respected as an outstanding leader within the Catholic Church in the areas of education and services to young people.

Prior to commencing at Loreto Ministries, Cate was CEO of Marist Youth Care (MYC) from 2006 until 2017. Preceding this, Cate truly demonstrated her commitment to helping those most in need, taking on dual roles as National Manager, Lifeforce Suicide Prevention Program, and State Manager, Accommodation Services and Independent Living Programs at Wesley Mission Sydney, for 6 years. Former to this, Cate spent 6 years as the College Psychologist at St Ignatius Riverview, Sydney.

Cate has been actively involved with a variety of boards at an international, national and state level. In 2015, she was a N.S.W. State Finalist in the Telstra Businesswomen Awards in the category “For Purpose and Social Enterprise”.

Much of Cate’s work with vulnerable communities has been focused on meeting specific needs within those communities. Cate has designed and led the implementation of numerous initiatives including: setting up effective services to support unaccompanied minors and refugees in NSW and ACT; mediation strategies for families with children in residential programs; mentoring programs for homeless young people; employment and training programs focused on vulnerable young people becoming independent via social enterprise and sustainable employment; creation of unique employment initiatives for the local Aboriginal Community in Western Sydney; and the development of suicide prevention works and building community networks in rural areas around Australia.

Cate’s approach to her work is with a passion for justice and a dedication to the quality education of all young people.