The National Council aspires to work towards an Australia transformed by compassion and built on justice. This aspiration is outlined in our Strategic Plan 2020-2023 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. This is 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 our state and territory councils to report on their activities, discuss matters of common concern and make decisions 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 Claire Victory

    Claire Victory has lived her whole life on Kaurna land. Having worked in private practice for 15 years, practicing primarily in employment and injury law, she currently works as an industrial officer. Claire has...

  • National Deputy President Warwick Fulton

    On Sunday March 17 2019, Warwick Fulton was elected as the new Deputy President of the St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia. Warwick has been a member of the National Council since 2016 following his...

  • Spiritual Advisor Sr Therese Haywood DC

    A Daughter of Charity, Sr Therese has been involved with the Society since she was 19. Sr Therese was a youth representative and involved in formation and training in Maitland Newcastle diocese while at university. She...

  • Vice-President, Maurice Ryan

    Maurie has been a member of the St Vincent de Paul Society since 2014 when he joined as a member of the NSW Rural Taskforce assisting farmers in the Bathurst Diocese. As well as being a volunteer he has held positions as...

  • Vice-President, Patrick Wallis

    Patrick Wallis began volunteering with Vinnies in 2009 when he joined the Mazenod College Conference. From there, he built on his Vincentian journey through various youth support programs, the Curtin University...

  • National Secretary Ryan Erlandsen

    Ryan Erlandsen is a Consultant working as a Business Architect for a problem-solving advisory in Canberra. Ryan has over 10 years’ experience working in public, not for profit and private sectors. He consults in a...

  • Canberra/Goulburn Territory President John Feint

    John has been a member of the Gowrie Conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society since 2012. Soon after joining John took on the President’s role for the Conference and in 2014 he also became the Regional...

  • New South Wales State President Paul Burton

    Paul has been a member of the Society for over 35 years. He has served as Conference President, Centres President and Regional President in south-western Sydney. He currently holds the positions of Conference President...

  • Northern Territory President Jocelyn Cull

    Jocelyn is the President of the St Vincent de Paul Society (NT). She first joined the Society in 2015 and has been a member of the Northern Territory Council, President of St Mary’s Conference and a member of the...

  • Queensland State President Trish McMahon

    The Vincentian mission is in Patricia (Trish) McMahon’s blood, her father was a Vincentian in both Warwick and Toowoomba, a man of great leadership who inspired Trish. She commenced her Vincentian journey with St...

  • South Australian State President Brad Hocking

    Brad Hocking says his time as a Vincentian began with ‘a mistake’ but he has only fond memories of his time with the Society which began when his youth group found itself double-booked at a church...

  • Tasmanian State President Mark Gaetani

    Mark is a finance professional having worked for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia for 32 years in various roles including branch management, Corporate and Agri-banking specialist and his last role prior to leaving the...

  • Victorian State President Michael Quinn

    Michael Quinn was elected Victorian State President on 19 February 2022. Michael Quinn’s involvement with St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria began in 1992 when he joined the Langwarrin Conference. Most recently,...

  • Western Australia State Council Representative David Kennedy

    David Kennedy is the Western Australian member of the St Vincent de Paul Society National Council, having been asked to fill the position held by WA State President Gladys Demissie. David became a proud Vincentian ten...

  • National Council governance framework chart

    The governance structure of the National Council consists of various committees and working groups.