Jesuit Social Services is a work of the Australian Jesuit Province. We operate under an independent Board of Directors as an incorporated organisation.
Our legal status is defined as:
A full set of our financial accounts is available to download.
Our Board sets the strategic direction and oversees the performance of the organisation. It contains 12 non-executive members – the Chairman, six Provincial Appointees and six independent Directors.
All Directors have a strong commitment to social justice and to ‘Building a Just Society’.
Directors receive no remuneration for their role on the Board. They accept full responsibility for our governance, in accordance with the Australian Corporations Law, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits legislation and community standards.We regularly review the composition and performance of the Board to ensure it has an appropriate mix of skills and experience and operates effectively.
Patricia currently chairs the Boards of Jesuit Social Services, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO Advisory Panel, the Melbourne Racing Club Foundation and the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health. She is a board member of the Melbourne Theatre Company Board, First State Super Board, a member of the Melbourne Racing Club Committee, Caritas Australia and Deputy Chair of Catholic Professional Standards Pty Ltd.In 2016, Patricia served as a Deputy Commissioner to the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.
She was a previous Global Lead Partner and National Partner-in-Charge, Health Sector at KPMG and a previous Secretary of the Victorian Government Department of Human Services. She held a number of roles with the Victorian Government over a period of more than 20 years. Patricia has held a diverse range of high level positions, including Director of Consumer Affairs (Victoria) and Director of Occupational Health and Safety. She is a Fellow of the Australian College of Health Services Executives and a National Fellow of IPAA.
Patricia’s other previous positions of note include: Chair Superpartners, Deputy Chair St Vincent’s Health Australia, Chair of the Board Peter Mac, Chair of the Australian Social Inclusion Board, Chair National Health Performance Authority, Member and Chair of the Federal Government’s Health Infrastructure Fund, Member of the Commonwealth Grants Commission, Member of the COAG Reform Council, member of the Companies and Securities Advisory Committee, Chair of the EPAC Enquiry into Childcare in Australia, Superpartners, and the Melbourne International Arts Festival Board.
Patricia was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2008 for service to the community through the development and implementation of public policy relating to health, aged care, children’s services, disability services and housing.
Professor Margarita Frederico is Graduate Research Coordinator Social Work and Social Policy, La Trobe University. Margarita has extensive experience in teaching, research and evaluation in relation to social work and social policy with particular emphasis on family and child welfare, trauma and child well-being. She has worked in practice, teaching and research in these areas internationally. She is an elected Life Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers and of Berry Street. She is a Director of Odyssey House Victoria and represents Jesuit Social Services on Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS).
Inala Cooper is a Yawuru woman from Broome in The Kimberley, Western Australia. She grew up in South West Victoria on Gunditjmara land and has lived on the land of the Kulin Nations in Melbourne for the last 25 years. Inala has a Masters in Human Rights Law and is an advocate for Indigenous rights and social justice. Inala has worked in higher education for over a decade and is currently the Director of Murrup Barak, Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development at University of Melbourne. Inala is also a Director on the Board of Culture Is Life, and a Director on the Board of the Barpirdhila Foundation.
Christiana McCudden has practised in commercial litigation and payments law for more than fifteen years. She advises clients in respect of commercial and corporate disputes and also advises a variety of public and private entities in respect of payments regulations and contractual arrangements.
Formerly a special counsel with Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Christiana joined Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers in 2014.
Separate to her work in private practice Christiana worked as the Deputy CEO of the Hope Vale Aboriginal Council in the Cape York region of Queensland in 2003. She was part of the Victorian Law Reform Commission team during 2006 to 2007 which worked on the Civil Justice Review pursuant to terms of reference from the Victorian Government.
Christiana has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne.
Patrick Allen is a criminal defence lawyer. His law firm, Patrick Allen Law, predominantly represents children and young adults. Patrick is also a qualified social worker. Prior to being a lawyer he worked for a decade in various fields including child protection, youth justice, community development and homelessness. Patrick was also previously an employee of Jesuit Social Services and he was educated by the Jesuits for eight years at Xavier College.
Justin Lachal has over 20 years’ experience in the accounting and finance sector, which has included roles with KPMG and the ANZ Banking Group. Justin is a fellow of the Chartered Accountants and has completed an MBA at Melbourne Business School. Justin has served as treasurer or finance committee member for a number of not-for-profits, including the School of Optometry and LaTrobe Accounting School and is currently a finance business partner for relationship banking at the ANZ Banking Group.
A Loreto sister – Libby is a member of the Loreto Sisters’ Province Council. She recently retired from chairing Mary Ward International Australia but remains on the Board. Libby is a member of the CRA Justice Committee, St Francis Social Services Board, and the Loreto Justice Network Committee. She is also a member of Jesuit Social Services’ NSW Advisory Group.
From 1999–2009 Sr Libby was Coordinator of Social Justice and Director of Caritas in the Diocese of Parramatta. During this period she had considerable involvement in work with refugees and asylum seekers, which continues today, and was one of the founders of the House of Welcome, providing support, referral and emergency accommodation for refugees and asylum seekers.
Julian Butler SJ is a Jesuit currently studying a Masters of Philosophy. Julian has Bachelors of Laws and Commerce from the University of Melbourne and previously practiced in legal firms specialising in child protection and youth crime defence. Julian is immediate past Chair of Xavier College’s Social Justice Network.
She has more than 30 years’ experience in the Victorian public service, during which time she has been Deputy Secretary or Executive Director in a range of justice portfolios including Youth Justice, Police, Corrections, Crime Prevention, Victims Services and the Infringements System.
Julia was also responsible for leading the Victorian government’s employment programs for disadvantaged job seekers and redeveloping child protection placement and support services. Her career achievements have been built on a strong background in youth work, research, training and community development.
Chris Hayes is a renowned, highly successful and experienced Catholic educational leader, with a passion for providing a rich and nurturing Catholic education. Chris completed his Doctoral studies with the Australian Catholic University, exploring how Christian values can be authentically incorporated in pedagogy and the daily interactions between teachers and students in the classroom.
His distinguished leadership has consistently been characterised by prayer, generosity and a determined commitment to creative learning and improved academic outcomes for all students.
Chris was previously Principal of Xavier College.
Father Frank Brennan is a Jesuit priest and the current Rector of Newman College within the University of Melbourne. He has worked variously as a Jesuit priest within the Catholic Church, a human rights lawyer, a professor of law at Australian Catholic University, and CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia. He is widely known to the Australian public through his long career of leadership and advocacy on a range of human rights and social justice issues relating to asylum seekers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged both in Australia and abroad.