Meet our executive team

Julie Edwards, Chief Executive Officer

Julie Edwards, CEO of Jesuit Social ServicesJulie Edwards joined Jesuit Social Services in 2001. She was the Program Director prior to her appointment as CEO in June 2004. Julie has over 35 years experience engaging with marginalised people and families experiencing breakdown and trauma. She is a social worker, family therapist and a grief and loss counsellor. Julie has a Masters in Social Work and is currently completing her doctorate in this discipline. In January 2010 Julie became a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Julie has served on a number of government and philanthropic committees that work to promote a more just society and contribute to the health and wellbeing of members of our community. She is also a member of the International Working Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement.

Julie is a member of a number of national and international Jesuit commissions and working groups across areas of justice, education, social ministry, ecology and is the leader of the global Ignatian Justice in Mining network.

Julie is passionate about finding ways to give practical expression to her social justice values, about exploring the most effective means to build a more just society and promoting a values-based model of leadership.

Sally Parnell, Executive Director of Programs

Sally Parnell, Executive Director of Programs at Jesuit Social Services

Sally Parnell is the Executive Director, Programs at Jesuit Social Services, leading service delivery and program development. She has a BA, Community Welfare Studies and MA in Social Policy and Management.

Sally has extensive leadership experience in human services at Executive and Board levels, with practice spanning human service coordination and program design, management and consultancy roles.

Sally has a keen interest in building strong organisational cultures for change, and a passion for practice development and social justice.

Sally is committed to working in partnership with others to contribute to building approaches, policies and tools to deliver effective services to the community.

Phil Hodgson, Executive Director of Business Support

Phil Hodgson, Executive Director of Business Support at Jesuit Social ServicesPhil Hodgson joined Jesuit Social Services in 2015. He has 20 years of management experience extending across various industry sectors. Phil has a BA in both Business (Accounting) and Computing, an Associate Diploma in Accounting, and is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA).

Phil has extensive financial and strategic management experience, directing and implementing business plans in the community sector. He is commercially astute with expertise in developing systems to respond to growth within organisations. Phil has comprehensive experience in risk management framework, developing and implementing processes with a focus on delivering quality assurance. He has a sound knowledge of community development and the not for profit industry, where he most recently worked at Melbourne Primary Care Network and YSAS. Phil has leadership experience at senior levels, where he has been accountable for finance, administration, accounting and business operations.

Catherine Neville, Executive Director of Advocacy and Strategic Communications

cath-neville-for-webCatherine holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Melbourne University. She has a strong passion for social justice and has held senior policy and advocacy roles in government and the community services sector. Cath has also worked as an advisor and Chief of Staff for the Bracks, Brumby and Andrews Labor Governments in Victoria.

Stephen Ward, Executive Director of Education, Training and Employment

Stephen WardStephen has over 30 years experience in the education and employment sectors, at all levels of government, and the private and community sectors.

His roles have included Director of Employment and Skilled Migration in the Victorian Government, Director of Government Relations with a private national Job Services agency, and inaugural Director of the National Employment Services Association.

Michael Livingstone, Executive Director of The Men’s Project

Michael has worked for a number of government and community sector organisations in Australia and the United Kingdom in policy, advocacy and project management roles.

Most recently, he was a Senior Adviser to the Victorian Premier working on a number of areas including Victoria’s family violence reforms. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the Australian National University.

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