The National Council aspires to work towards an Australia transformed by compassion and built on justice. This aspiration is outlined in our Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 titled ‘One Society, A United Voice’. 

The National Council is instituted by the International Council General and convenes three times a year at the national office located in the Canberra suburb of Deakin.

Members of our National Council include our President and the Presidents of our State Councils, our Youth Representative and office bearers as specified in Article 20 of the Rule, the governing document of the St Vincent de Paul Society written for members and volunteers.

National Council meetings provide the forum for State or Territory Councils to report on their activities, discuss matters of common concern and make decision on action to be taken. Policy decisions are made at Council meetings.

The National Council President is elected by members of the Council for a period of up to, but not exceeding, four years. Read more in the  Constitution of St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia Incorporated.

  • National President Graham West

    Graham West is a National President of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Management Consultant in the NFP sector and a former CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society in NSW. Graham was a Member of Parliament in NSW for 10 years...

  • Deputy National President Claire Victory

    Claire Victory is a solicitor who has been working in private practice, for a small Adelaide firm, since 2008, specialising in personal injury, insurance, workplace safety, employment and discrimination law. She began...

  • National Secretary Liz Callaghan

    I spent almost 10 years working on Matthew Talbot Soup Van in Melbourne during the 1990s. This is my only involvement, every week on a Thursday night. My father was a long term member of the society when I was growing up...

  • National Treasurer Frank Brassil

    Frank Brassil was elected President of the Society in Canberra Goulburn for a four year term in March 2012. Frank has been a member of the Society since 1976 and has been a Conference and Regional President and a...

  • Western Australian State President Bob Burns

    Robert (Bob) Burns is married to Margaret and they have three children and six grandchildren. He is a Chartered Accountant and was engaged in public practice as a partner in the firm Burns Sieber until 2008. After...

  • Spiritual Advisor Fr Troy Bobbin

    Fr Troy Bobbin's involvement in the St Vincent de Paul Society began in his final year of schooling in Canberra in 1979 and he remains passionate about the Society, its members and the work they do to this day. Fr...

  • Vice President, Youth & Young Adults Representative Cathryn Moore

    Cathryn first joined the Society in 2005 in Queensland. She believes in the power of people working together to transform lives and communities. Cathryn works as a public servant in Victoria. She holds degrees in Law and...

  • Vice President, Housing and Homelessness. Bailly Pat Garcia

    Pat is a lawyer who is a former member of the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Randwick Conference and a former Children's Officer at St Vincent de Paul Society, Sydney Archdiocese. He is currently involved in attempts...

  • Vice President Retail Centres Rick Stankiewicz

    Rick Stankiewicz joined The Gap Conference in 2001 and served as Secretary for the Western Diocesan Central Council from 2002-2006. He Chaired the Western Diocesan Shops Committee from 2006 till early 2015 and is now...

  • Vice President Twinning Celina Lai

    Celina joined the Vinnies family in 2007, starting out on the food van, providing sandwiches and soup in Darwin city. Celina was a member of the Mary MacKillop youth Conference and in the past few years joined the Holy...

  • Territory Council of Canberra and Goulburn President Warwick Fulton

    On Friday 4th March 2016 Warwick Fulton was elected as the new President of the Canberra/Goulburn Territory Council, having been nominated by members from Kambah, Cootamundra and Temora conferences. Warwick comes from...

  • New South Wales State President Denis Walsh

    Denis Walsh is the newly elected NSW State President. Denis joined the Society 11 years ago and has been a Conference Secretary, Conference President and Regional President. Denis is a member of the West Wollongong St...

  • Queensland State President John Forrest

    John Forrest has been an active member of the Society since 1991. For the past 23 years he held various leadership roles at a conference, regional and state level. Prior to being elected to the President’s role he...

  • South Australian State President Cathy Beaton

    Cathy Beaton’s work with the St Vincent de Paul Society to date has been focused mainly in the Riverland area and in 2016 she was elected as Regional President for the Riverland/Yorke region. Cathy’s strong...

  • Tasmanian State President Toni Muir

    Toni Muir joined the St Vincent de Paul Society in 1989 as member of St Joseph’s Conference East Devonport and went on to becoming involved in the Centre in 1990. Toni was born and educated in Launceston. On...

  • Victorian State President Michael Liddy

    Michael has been an active member of the Society since joining the Donvale Conference in 2000. From 2007-2009 Michael was the Ringwood Regional Council President and from 2009-2013 he served on State Council as Eastern...