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 Faulkner is a former Partner with KPMG Australia. She is also the chair of the National Health Performance Authority and the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman and she is a member of the Commonwealth Grants Commission, the St Vincent’s Health Australia Board, the Committee for Economic Development in Australia Board, the Melbourne Theatre Company Board and the Melbourne Racing Club Board. In 2015, she was appointed Deputy Commissioner to the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.
Patricia has held a diverse range of high level positions, including Secretary, Department of Human Services (Victoria) from 2000-07, 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 of the Board Peter Mac, Chair of the Australian Social Inclusion Board, Director of VMIA, member of the Companies and Securities Advisory Committee, Chair of the EPAC Enquiry into Childcare in Australia, Director, Vic Super, 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.
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.
Jennifer’s last position was that of Department of Human Services Representative on the Victorian Youth Parole Board, which she held for 12 years. She is the Chairperson of the Hope for Cambodia Children’s Foundation, which supports children and families affected by HIV in Battambang, Cambodia. Jennifer also serves on the Board of YSAS.
Jennifer has over 35 years’ experience working in youth justice, youth services, child protection, disability and housing services, ambulance services.
A Loreto sister, Libby recently completed her role as Executive Officer of Mary Ward International Australia – the Loreto Sisters’ aid, development and volunteer organisation. 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 and was one of the founders of the House of Welcome, providing support, referral and emergency accommodation for refugees and asylum seekers. Libby chaired the Board of the House of Welcome for some years.
Libby is a member of the CLRI NSW Justice Committee, member of St Francis Social Services Board, Deputy Chair Loreto Normanhurst School Council, Board member of CentaCare (Wilcannia-Forbes) and a member of the Loreto Sisters Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee. Libby is also a member of Jesuit Social Services’ NSW Advisory Group.
Bernie Szentirmay is a partner in the major accounting and advisory firm KPMG. He has over 25 years’ experience in providing audit, advisory and risk management services to public and private entities across a broad range of industries. Bernie also provides professional services to a number of not-for-profit entities operating in the medical research and philanthropic sectors. Bernie is Chairman of the Risk and Finance Committee.
David Sutton has degrees in Education and Theology and a Masters in Counselling and Human Services. He has lived and worked in diverse settings including 10 years at Corpus Christi Community Greenvale, for men with a background of homelessness and three years at Nauiyu, an aboriginal community in the Northern Territory. He is currently working in the welfare area of Catholic secondary education for boys. David was presented with the Ignatian medal in 2006 for his work alongside Jesuits in support of men with a background of homelessness.
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).