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Meet our executive team

Julie Edwards, Chief Executive Officer

Julie 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 has completed a PhD in organisational identity. 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 ServicesSally 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.

Matt Tyler, Executive Director, The Men’s Project

Matt Tyler is Executive Director of the Men’s Project at Jesuit Social Services, working with a team committed to providing leadership on the reduction of violence and other harmful behaviours prevalent among boys and men. He brings over 10 years of experience across the private, public, academic, and community sectors. He has particular expertise in improving social services including within child protection, family violence, criminal justice and mental health.

Prior to joining Jesuit Social Services he worked as a Fellow for Harvard’s Government Performance Lab, an economist on Australia’s foreign aid program focused on South-East Asia, a policy adviser to the Australian Labor Party, a strategy consultant for Australia’s largest companies, and a researcher on an Australian Research Council grant seeking to improve Indigenous Australian men’s health. He holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School, Honours in Economics (University Medal) from Monash University, and a B.A (Psychology) / B.Comm (Finance) from the University of Melbourne.

Dr Susie Moloney, Executive Director, The Centre for Just Places

Susie Moloney is the Executive Director, Centre for Just Places. Before joining Jesuit Social Services, Susie was Associate Professor in Sustainability and Urban Planning in the School of Global Urban and Social Studies and the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University. She brings over twenty years of experience working across a wide range of research and policy projects focusing on social change and local empowerment processes, environmental and climate justice issues. Susie is committed to working collaboratively and inclusively with a range of partners and communities to support and co-design solutions that strengthen place-based capabilities and resilience and address the systemic drivers of disadvantage and vulnerability.