Our organisational structure
Caritas Australia sits within the auspices of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) and we conduct our operations across the agency in accordance with ACBC policy and mandate.
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
Caritas Australia sits within the auspices of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) and we conduct our operations across the agency in accordance with ACBC policy and mandate. The President of the ACBC is Archbishop Denis Hart (Melbourne), and the Vice President is Archbishop Philip Wilson (Adelaide).
A sub-committee of the ACBC is the Bishops’ Commission for Justice, Ecology and Development (BCJED), which includes:
- Caritas Australia
- Catholic Earthcare Australia
- Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC)
Caritas Australia’s National Council
Our National Council is responsible for ensuring the promotion and implementation of Caritas Australia’s mandate. The Council provides strategic direction and timely and independent advice to the Bishops Commission for Justice and Development on the formation of policies and administration of the agency.
Chair: Bishop Christopher Saunders
Deputy Chair: BishopTerence Brady
TAS: Michael Burnett
NSW: Diane van Aken
QLD: Clyde Cosentino
WA: John Bouffler
ACT: John Warhurst
NT: Sean Parnell
VIC: Kate Fogarty
VIC: Patrice Scales
ACT: Sarah Gowty
Caritas Australia’s Leadership Team
Our Leadership Team provides direction to our agency’s core functions, and informs National Council decisions. The team comprises our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Finance and Operations Officer, Head of International Programs, Head of Mission, Senior Manager - People & Culture and Head of Engagement and Sustainability.
Chief Executive Officer: Paul O'Callaghan
Chief Finance and Operations Officer: Rocky Naickar
Senior Manager, People & Culture: Steve McNab
Head of Engagement and Sustainability: Richard Landels
Head of Mission: Sr. Jo Brady
Head of International Programs: Carol Sherman
Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)
Caritas Australia is a signatory to the: