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.

Joe Zabar

Senior Director, Strategic Operations and Economic Policy

As Senior Director, Strategic Operations and Economic Policy, Joe’s priority is to influence government policy and decision-makers with responsibility for, and control over, the important economic levers which impact on the social and economic wellbeing of people in Australia. Joe’s focus is to advance policies which improve social services to, and the wellbeing of, the disadvantaged and vulnerable in our community by developing and advocating for policy reforms which address income inequality and adequacy; and improve the sustainability of social services provision.

Joe has more than 25 years of experience spanning the government and NFP sectors in areas such advocacy, marketing and fundraising, human resources and business management. His extensive social services advocacy and policy expertise is well recognised across government circles which has resulted in his appointment to a number of Government and advisory bodies over his career. In July 2016 Joe was appointed as the inaugural Community Chair of the ATO’s NFP Stewardship Group.

Joe has a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration and Masters in Legal Studies, specialising in public law.