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CCSS Council Members

Members of the CatholicCare Social Services Council

 

Most Rev Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv DD STL  

Bishop of Parramatta 

 

Bishop Vincent was as an assistant and then parish priest for seven years in Kellyville within the Diocese of Parramatta and for seven years in Springvale in Victoria before being elected Superior of the Order of Friars Minor Conventuals in Australia in 2005. He served as Assistant General in Rome from 2008 until 2011, responsible for the Asia-Oceania section of his Order.

In 2011, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne in which role he served for nearly five years. Bishop Vincent is the first Vietnamese born bishop to lead a diocese outside of Vietnam and the first Vietnamese born bishop in Australia. During that period, he was Episcopal Vicar for Justice and Peace and for Social Services and was Chair of the Catholic Education Commission (Victoria). Nationally, he serves as the Bishops Delegate for Migrants and Refugees, Chair of Australian Catholic Social Justice Council and member of the Permanent Committee. 

On 5 May 2016, he was appointed the 4th Bishop of Parramatta in succession to Bishop Anthony Fisher OP following his appointment as Archbishop of Sydney in 2014.

 

Very Rev Peter G. Williams VG EV

Vicar General & Moderator of the Curia, Episcopal Vicar for Social Welfare

 

Father Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts in Medieval Studies and Philosophy from the Australian National University, a Bachelor of Theology from the Australian College of Theology and a Bachelor of Education from La Trobe University. He also has been awarded the Masters of Theology from the University of Sydney, and the Master of Arts in Liturgical Studies from the Catholic University of America. In 2014 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of the University from the Australian Catholic University.

Father Peter has held appointments in many parishes in the Diocese of Parramatta most notably as parish priest of St Oliver Plunkett’s Parish in Harris Park (1998-2004), and Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral Parish in Parramatta (2004-2006).

In August 2006, he was appointed Director of Liturgy for World Youth Day Sydney, 2008. In this role Father Peter was responsible for the planning of the liturgical celebrations surrounding WYD and the Papal visit.

From 2000-2011 he served as  Executive Secretary of the National Liturgical Commission; overseeing in this role the implementation across Australia of the new translation of the Roman Missal and serving on numerous committees and boards within the Australian Catholic Church.

He was elected Fellow of St John’s College, Sydney, in 2009 and a Member of the NSW Chapter of the Australian Catholic University in 2010. He is Chairman of the National Liturgical Music Board (since 2005) and a member of the National Liturgical Art and Architecture Board (since 2010) and as Chairman of the Catholic Worship Book Project (since 2006) has worked on producing a revision of this music resource.

Father Peter teaches at the Catholic Institute of Sydney and lectures and runs workshops on liturgy. From 2011 until 2014 he was Vicar General in the Diocese of Parramatta and Episcopal Vicar for Social Welfare. Fr Peter is currently Moderator of the Curia (appointed 2011), Vicar General and the Director of Liturgy (appointed 1998) in the Diocese of Parramatta.

 

Gary Smith (Chairman)

Gary Smith takes a keen interest and involvement in health reform in Australia. He provides advice to the Commonwealth Government on the management of health reform as a member of various working and task groups.

Gary is Chair of one of Australia’s largest accreditation agencies which provides quality accreditation programs consistent with international standards to all sectors of business in Australia and internationally.  

He holds Board positions with the General Practice Workforce agency in Tasmania and has been appointed by the NSW Health Minister to the Board of Governance of the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and the Australian Association of Practice Management. Gary is an Academic Director and lecturer for UNE Partnerships, the commercial arm of the University of New England.

Gary’s working background for the past 30 years has been in the area of business management of health care facilities and has a wealth experience in Corporate Governance.

 

Mr Joe Cashman (Executive Director) 

Joe Cashman has over 16 years of experience working in a variety of government, non-government and private sector agencies. In these agencies he has successfully undertaken frontline, management and executive roles.

Having attained tertiary qualifications in Theology and Social Work (Masters), Joe has expanded his knowledge through successfully engaging in law enforcement, social work and business management positions within a diverse range of sectors.

He has had extensive experience working with vulnerable populations, including mentally disadvantaged persons; environmentally-impacted communities; economically disadvantaged populations; criminals; and children and youth in crisis.

Most recently, Joe has held the position of Director of Administrative Services for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta where he has excelled in ensuring efficient, safe, and productive administration of the business requirements of the Chancery.

As a Company Director and Company Secretary for Mamre Plains Board Ltd and CatholicCare Social Services Council, Joe brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge that will guide and foster the wider Diocesan Community in their upcoming goals and projects.

 

Evelyn Picot

Evelyn has a background in establishing and leading a wide range of social welfare services within the Catholic sector comprising of Directorships in the areas of Children and Youth Services which included significant change in the adoptions legislative framework, Ageing and Disability and Employment Services.   In these appointments Evelyn’s role required innovative leadership for the successful achievement of program design, business unit development significant change management, human resource and financial management, and policy development.

Evelyn was CEO of what was the largest single employment service funded by the Commonwealth operating in the Fairfield and Liverpool areas of Western Sydney.  Evelyn also held a Directorship spanning a wide range of corporate functions within the Community Welfare sector before moving into Higher Education. 

As the founding Director of Planning and Strategic Management at the Australian Catholic University, Evelyn led the University through three strategic planning cycles, developing  a culture of planning and reporting to support the achievement of the University’s strategic objectives.  In addition, Evelyn led the development and implementation of a quality and risk management framework.

Currently Evelyn is the Director of the Office of Student Success, a role which is responsible for the University’s co-curricular student program involving a range of professional services, programs and learning opportunities available to 34,000 students across seven campuses in Australia and a campus in Rome.

Evelyn holds a Bachelor of Social Studies and a Master of Commerce.

 

Nicholas Maley

Nicholas completed a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce working for Maclarens Solicitors as a solicitor until early 2005.  

For the past eleven years he worked for PwC, finishing as a Director in the M&A Tax team.  During his time at PwC, he completed my Masters of Taxation.  

For two years during the period he was at PwC he managed and led the Australian tax desk in New York.  Since returning from New York, he has led many sub-groups at PwC, and with many projects and client teams.  In addition, during this period he has also been involved in the PwC charity team.   

In late 2016, he started working for the Australian Taxation Office as Assistant Commissioner for Diverted Profits Tax.

 

Dianne Dawson 

Dianne has been a high school science teacher; was employed as a solicitor in the NSW Education Department Legal Unit; as a child protection and employment relations adviser at the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations; as a manager of a legal team at FACS (previously known as DoCS); as Assistant Director/Director in Professional Standards for NSW Ambulance.

She has also worked as a consultant undertaking investigations, mediation, "locum" work for the Sydney Catholic Schools Office, Safeguarding in the Diocese of Parramatta (also acting as Director when required), as well as undertaking inquiries and providing legal advice for other Catholic Dioceses and Catholic agencies and government agencies. 

As an accredited mediator she has conducted numerous mediations.

She is an inaugural Board Member for OLMC Parramatta and has just completed a 5-year term. She was also a Director on the Board of Mt St Benedicts College Pennant Hills, where she was also on the Board's Risk and Compliance Committee. 

Dianne has worked in both urban and rural settings and has attained a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Legal Studies.

 

Mary Creenaune

Mary has worked in Catholic Education for over 30 years. Her passion is in making a difference for students and families in Western Sydney with a particular focus on those who are most vulnerable.

As a leader in Catholic Education she has valued the opportunity to work with the communities Holy Family Luddenham (Sacred Heart Parish) and Good Shepherd Plumpton as principal.

In my current role as Head Student Services for Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta she is accountable for leading the strategic direction for wellbeing and diversity in diocesan schools. She has also co-lead the First Time Principals Coaching and Mentoring Programme for the Diocese of Parramatta and Diocese of Broken Bay.

Mary is a member of St Finbar’s Parish, Glenbrook and has lived in the Blue Mountains for 16 years and has been an active community member during this time.

 

Simon Napoli

Simon grew up in Kellyville, attending OLOR Parish and was schooled at Oakhill College and then Macquarie University, where he completed an Economics degree majoring in Accounting and Finance. 

Simon went on to develop a successful career in the property industry, now with over 20 years’ experience. Simon is the Managing Director & CEO of EDG Capital Limited, an integrated property group with over $1 billion of successful residential development projects completed. 

Simon also has extensive experience with large property corporations and has held senior roles at Lend Lease Corporation and Queensland Investment Corporation, where he was involved in the development of 5 of the top 10 shopping centres in Australia; 3 of which are in the Diocese of Parramatta (Castle Towers, Westpoint Blacktown and Penrith Plaza - now Westfield Penrith).

With extensive experience in Retail, Commercial and Residential projects, Simon combines his strong finance base with significant practical property expertise and experience.

 

Geoffrey Officer

Geoff is the Chief of Operations and Finance for the Diocese of Parramatta, a position he has held since March 2015.

Geoff holds tertiary qualifications in theology and business administration and significant experience working in the Catholic Church when he was a priest. He is an experienced Catholic leader and commercial manager.

Previously, Geoff held senior executive positions with Morgan & Banks, TMP Worldwide, Westpac, The Donington Group and most recently with the HREXL Group.

Geoff and his wife, Monica, have two adult children. He and Monica are committed to the faith and are active parishioners of Corpus Christi Parish, St Ives. Monica works as a Religious Education Coordinator at a Catholic Primary School.

Geoff personal interests include family, music, golf, wine, reading and travel.

 

Sr. Maria Lawton RSM

Sr Maria Lawton has been a member of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta for 25 years and has served in Leadership of the Congregation since December 2010 as Councillor and Congregation Bursar, and in December 2016 was elected Congregation Vicar and re-appointed as Congregation Bursar.

As a Registered Nurse, Maria has ministered in a variety of settings including as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Acting Clinical Nurse Educator in Cardiology in Westmead Hospital; as a Registered Nurse and Service Manager for Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor (Brown Nurses) Inner City Ministry; and in Chronic and Complex Care Community Nursing in Mt Druitt.

Maria is currently a Director and Company Secretary for St Michael’s Family Centre Limited, and has previously served as the Congregation’s Member Representative with Catholic Health Care (NSW).

As a Sister of Mercy, Maria is passionate about the care, support and empowerment of those who are the most vulnerable in our society and the role and responsibility of the Church and Religious in working as a voice for the voiceless.

Prior to entering the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, Maria was employed in a Senior Product Marketing Management role for a large pharmaceutical company in Sydney.

 

Maria holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing), a Bachelor of Nursing (Hons); Bachelor of Theology, and a Graduate Certificate in Cardiac Nursing. Maria is also a Justice of the Peace (NSW).