The St Vincent de Paul Society employs more than 3,000 people across Australia in a diverse range of roles from social workers and health experts to IT and store managers. 

Our Executive structure comprises of a National Council and State and Territory Chiefs Executive Officers who implement the decisions of their respective Councils and oversee the day-to-day management of the Society across Australia. 

Together with the Society’s members, volunteers and employees the CEOs work to deliver the strategic vision of the Society as outlined by National Council and State/Territory Councils.

Our Staff

The St Vincent de Paul Society also has professional development policies in place to enhance peoples’ workplace learning and also offers a family-friendly environment in which to work. For more information about the benefits of working for the Society please visit Join our Staff.

  • National Council CEO P. Toby oConnor

    Toby oConnor was engaged as the CEO to the Society’s National Council in March 2019. He brings over 35 years’ experience and knowledge working in Australia’s social services and has held senior...

  • TAS CEO Lara Alexander

    Lara has acquired a great deal of experience in the not for profit sector having worked in this area for almost 20 years. Lara has held various senior management and executive positions with organisations such as St John...

  • VIC CEO Sue Cattermole

    Sue Cattermole commenced her role as CEO on Tuesday 26 April 2016.

  • NSW CEO Jack de Groot

    Jack de Groot commenced his role as CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW on 1 August 2016. An experienced senior executive in the not-for-profit sector, Mr de Groot joins the Society from St Vincent’s Health...

  • NT CEO Rob Lutter

    Rob Lutter has previous experience in the not-for-profit sector, including CEO of Heart Kids Australia and New Zealand, and as the Manager of Alzheimer’s Hawkes Bay. Rob comes with an extensive commercial business...

  • QLD CEO Kevin Mercer

    Kevin Mercer joined the Society in Feb 2019 with more than 30 years of experience in management across a range of sectors, including 10 years in the aged care, community care, disability and retirement living sectors....

  • SA CEO Louise Miller Frost

    Louise Miller Frost was appointed as CEO of St Vincent De Paul Society in March 2020 following a career spanning state government, local government and the not for profit sector. She is the co-chair of the Adelaide Zero...

  • WA CEO Susan Rooney

    Susan comes to us with a great deal of experience in the not for profit sector having been CEO for the Cancer Council WA for the past 15 years. Susan has held senior management and board positions in a range of...

  • ACT CEO Barnie Van Wyk

    Mr Barnie van Wyk commenced his role as the new CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn on 3 February 2017. He brings with him 21 years of international board and strategic experience in governance, change...