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 Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO Advisory Panel and the Melbourne Racing Club Foundation. She is a board member of CEDA, the Melbourne Theatre Company Board, VicSuper Board, a member of the Melbourne Racing Club Committee 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. In 2013 Patricia was recognised with an Honorary Doctorate from Monash University. She also received a Centenary Medal in 2001 for services to Public Administration.
Associate 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 a Life Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers and of Berry Street. She currently chairs the Compeer Advisory Committee of St Vincent De Paul and is a Director of Odyssey House Victoria.
Shane Healy is the Director – Media and Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. Previous to taking on this role, Shane was CEO of Australia’s most successful radio station, 3AW. He spent 25 years in the competitive media industry involved in sports broadcasting along with management and leadership roles which incorporated a broad range of responsibilities ranging from budgeting and financial management, marketing and strategic planning to legal and human resources issues. Shane is Chair of the Fundraising Committee.
Before joining the Jesuits in 1985 at the age of 28, Steve Curtin worked as a youth worker with juvenile offenders. While training for ordination he spent time with traditional Aboriginal communities in the eastern Kimberley and in Alice Springs. He also worked as a teacher at Sydney’s St Aloysius College, as a pastoral worker with the homeless, and as a counsellor with Vietnamese refugees in the Philippines.
Steve has degrees in Psychology and Theology. After his ordination in 1994, Steve spent a year at St Ignatius Parish in Richmond, before moving to Bangkok in 1996. He worked for five years with the Jesuit Refugee Service Asia Pacific, as Assistant Regional Director and then Regional Director. During this time, Steve also managed projects in Indonesia, East Timor, Thailand, Cambodia and Nepal.
In October 2001, Steve became the Director of Jesuit Mission. He was appointed a Consultor to the Provincial of the Australian Jesuits in 2007, and was Provincial of the Australian Jesuit Province from August 2008 to July 2014. Steve is currently the Director of the Australian Province Tertianship program.
Judge Grant is a graduate of Monash University (Arts and Law). He was a Barrister from 1980 to 1985. In 1985 he joined the firm of Slater and Gordon as a specialist criminal lawyer. He was appointed a Magistrate in August 1988. He was the State Coordinating Magistrate from 2001 to 2003. In 2003 he was appointed a Deputy Chief Magistrate and the Supervising Magistrate for Koori Courts.
In April 2006, Paul was appointed a Judge of the County Court and on 1 May 2006, President of the Children’s Court of Victoria. After seven years in that position, he returned to the County Court and currently sits as a Judge in the Criminal Division. He has been a member of various bodies during his career. In recent times these have included the Victorian Mental Health Reform Council (2007 to 2012); the South Pacific Forum of Youth Court Judges (2006 to 2013) and the Aboriginal Justice Forum (2004 to 2013).
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 over 20 years. Inala has a Masters in Human Rights Law and is an advocate for Indigenous rights and social justice. She encourages young Indigenous people to connect with their culture and find strength in their identities. Inala is the Senior Adviser in the Yulendj Indigenous Engagement Unit at Monash University and a Director on the Board of Culture Is Life.
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 8 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.