CSSA Staff

About the CSSA Staff


CSSA - Catholic Social Services Australia - Ursula Stephens

Dr Ursula Stephens

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Ursula Stephens has a long personal and professional commitment to the social services sector. She is a passionate advocate for social inclusion and the not for profit sector, having served in the Australian Senate for twelve years, including as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector , negotiating the National Compact and supporting efforts from government and the sector to establish the Australian Charities and Non Profit Commission.

Ursula has been an adult educator, senior public servant, small business owner and social entrepreneur.  She chairs the Code Authority of FIA, Fundraising Institute Australia, is a Visiting Fellow and Director at Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Non Profit Studies, at QUT and served on the Board of the School for Social Entrepreneurs Australia for three years.

Ursula holds a doctorate in Public Administration and brings strong leadership and governance experience to her role. She has a deep understanding of Catholic Social Teaching principles that underpin the work of our Social Services member network.  She is a thought leader in the areas of social innovation and entrepreneurship. Born in Ireland, Ursula’s joys are Irish music, poetry and literature.

To contact Ursula phone (02) 6285 1366

or email admin@cssa.org.au


Mary Jamieson

Director Corporate Services and Executive Secretary

As Director Corporate Services and Executive Secretary Mary’s primary objectives are to oversee all aspects of the business of CSSA including finance, compliance, contracts and human resources functions.  Mary works closely with our Board and Committees providing support to the CEO and Board in achieving the strategic goals of the organisation.

Mary has extensive experience working in peak bodies across the community and health sectors having held senior roles in business management, corporate services, governance, policy and membership services.  Mary previously worked at the Australian Medical Association and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.   She also has experience in service delivery having managed a large Canberra general practice medical clinic for many years.