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 is comprised of a National Chief Executive Officer and State and Territory CEOs who oversee the day-to-day management of the Society across Australia and implement policy to achieve the strategic vision of the Society as outlined by the National Council and State Council members. 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 the Join our Staff section of this website.

  • National Council CEO P. Toby oConnor

    Toby oConnor was engaged as the CEO to the Society’s National Council on 25 March 2019. He brings over 35 years’ experience and knowledge working in Australia’s social services and has held senior...

  • 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...

  • 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 Fran Avon

    Fran Avon has more than 30 years-experience in marketing and leadership roles in diverse sectors including not for profit, consultancy, publishing and information services. Prior to joining St Vincent de Paul, Fran spent...

  • 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 David Wark

    David Wark commenced his role as Chief Executive Officer for the St Vincent de Paul Society in South Australia in January 2012. Having worked in a range of leadership roles within commercial and not-for-profit sectors,...

  • 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.

  • 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...