Governance

Catholic Social Services Victoria has a Council, which is made up of representatives from across its 45 member organisations and the Dioceses of Victoria – Melbourne, Sandhurst, Sale and Ballarat. The Council provides expertise, knowledge and practical assistance in the governance of CSSV and administration of social services across the state. The Council sets the Strategic Plan for CSSV and is governed by a Code of Conduct.

True justice comes about in people’s lives when they themselves are just in their decisions.

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium [79]

Drawing from members of this group there are Council Standing Committees, which include Governance and Finance, Catholic Ethos and Identity, Policy and Advocacy, and Network Development and Support.

There are also a number of Working Groups that guide CSSV’s policy and advocacy work. These include Domestic Violence Working Group, Parish Liaison Working Group, Research Steering Group, Asylum Seekers Steering Committee and Emerging Leaders Network Organising Committee.

Current Council Members

Bernie Cronin, Chair
Council Catholic Social Services Victoria

Jenny Glare, Deputy Chair
General Manager, Heritage and Information Service, MacKillop Family Services 

Tony Fitzgerald, Treasurer
Chief Executive Officer, Centacare, Diocese of Ballarat Bishop’s Nominee, Diocese of Ballarat

Fr Joe Caddy AM
Episcopal Vicar for Social Services, Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne 

Anne Astin AM
PSM Board Chair, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand 

Sherry Balcombe
Co-ordinator, Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Victoria

Sue Cattermole
Chief Executive Officer, St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria 

Cath Garner
Executive Director, Mission & Strategy, Cabrini Outreach

Netty Horton
CatholicCare Greater Melbourne Geelong & Gippsland

Deacon Mark Kelly
Bishop’s Nominee, Diocese of Sale

Rhonda Lawson-Street
Director, CatholicCare Sandhurst Bishop’s Nominee, Diocese of Sandhurst 

Br Dennis Cooper fms
Nominee, Catholic Religious Australia


Governance & Finance Committee

Anne Astin, Chair
Board Chair, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand

Tony Fitzgerald, Treasurer
Chief Executive Officer, Centacare, Diocese of Ballarat

Bernie Cronin Chair of Council
Catholic Social Services Victoria

Peter J Hudson
Company Secretary, Eye & Ear Hospital Melbourne


Catholic Ethos & Identity Committee

Cath Garner, Chair
Executive Director, Mission & Strategy, Cabrini Health

Tony Byrne
Former Coordinating Manager, Religious Education and Catholic Identity, Catholic Education Melbourne

Br Dennis Cooper fms
Nominee, Catholic Religious Australia

Jenny Glare
General Manager, Heritage and Information Service, MacKillop Family Services

Deacon Mark Kelly
Bishop’s Nominee, Diocese of Sale

Robina Bradley
Chief Executive Officer, St Mary’s House of Welcome


Policy & Advocacy Committee

Netty Horton, Chair
Chief Executive Officer, CatholicCare Greater Melbourne Geelong & Gippsland

Fr Joe Caddy
Episcopal Vicar for Social Services Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

Bernie Cronin
Chair of Council, Catholic Social Services Victoria

Gavin Dufty
Manager Policy and Research, St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria

Nick Halfpenny
General Manager Policy and Innovation, MacKillop Family Services

Glenn Jessop
Policy and Advocacy, Jesuit Social Services

Vin Martin

Ruth Webber
Research and Evaluation Consultant, Australian Catholic University

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