Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) Members and staff extend their profound gratitude as Mr. Francis Sullivan AO concludes his term as CSSA Chair this month.
Mr. Sullivan’s journey with CSSA began in late 2020, a critical time when the organisation had just recently transitioned to a company limited by guarantee, which was a shift from its former status as a commission of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC).
This period also included significant changes to its funding base that necessitated a comprehensive restructuring, leading into a rebuilding phase.
Under Mr. Sullivan’s astute guidance, CSSA has flourished, evolving into a formidable and impactful advocacy team. His strategic emphasis on refining CSSA’s mission and purpose, alongside prioritising budget sustainability, has been pivotal in securing the organisation’s long-term future.
Monique Earsman, Executive Director of CSSA, expressed her deep appreciation, “Francis has been an extraordinary mentor and colleague for me as I took over the management of CSSA. His generosity with his time and patience has been invaluable in helping me acclimate to my role. His support has been a cornerstone for our team’s success, and I am profoundly grateful both personally and professionally.”
Mr. Sullivan’s commitment to the Church is distinguished, with his roles as CEO of Catholic Health Australia (CHA) for 14 years and as the leader of the Truth Justice and Healing Council for six years. His tenure as CSSA Chair, which began in 2020, concluded at the CSSA Annual General Meeting on Friday, 10 November 2023.
As CSSA bids farewell to Mr. Sullivan, the organisation warmly welcomes Mr. Peter Monaghan, CEO of Marist180, as its new Chair. CSSA is eager to build upon the solid foundation established by Mr. Sullivan and continue its mission with renewed energy and commitment.