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 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 Deputy President Warwick Fulton

    On Sunday March 17th 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 for the past 2 years...

  • Spiritual Advisor Sr Therese Haywood DC

    Sr Therese is a Daughter of Charity who has been involved with the Society since she was 19. She has worked in various social welfare roles and was employed by the Society in Canberra Goulburn for 13 years. She has...

  • 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 Treasurer Paul Trezise

    Paul joined the Society in 1983 as member of a Canberra conference supporting women and children escaping domestic violence. As a young person who had just moved to the city, he found this an eye-opening and rewarding...

  • 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 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...

  • Northern Territory President Fay Gurr

    On my arrival to the Northern Territory in 2015, having visited here over the previous 7 years I was welcomed by the St Vincent de Paul Society and put to work at Emergency Relief. It was through this early experience I...

  • Queensland State President Dennis Innes

    St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland State President Dennis Innes has over a decade of involvement with the Society, beginning in 2008 as a member of the Holy Cross Conference in Cairns. Dennis has stepped up to serve...

  • 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...

  • Victorian State President Kevin McMahon

    Meet Kevin McMahon Kevin McMahon has a long involvement with the Society from home visitation with his Conference to leaderships roles. He is a past president of the Diamond Valley Region and the Northern Central...

  • Western Australian State President Gladys Demissie

    Growing up in Singapore, Gladys Demissie was introduced to Vinnies at a young age with her Mother being a Vincentian; Gladys was encouraged to become a member of the Parish Youth Conference. In 1975 at the age of 19,...