Our Board

About the CSSA Board

Members of the Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) Ltd Board are appointed by the Board and include persons elected by our member organisations, representatives from the Australian Catholic Bishops, Catholic Religious Australia and those with special expertise in the social sciences or related disciplines.

The Board is entrusted with the stewardship and trusteeship of advancing CSSA’s work towards a fairer more inclusive society that reflects and supports the dignity, equality and participation of all people.

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Mr Francis Sullivan AO



Appointed October 2020

Francis Sullivan is also the Chair of the Board at Mater Misericordiae Ltd.  Before commencing at Mater he was Chief Executive Officer at the Truth, Justice and Healing Council and Secretary General of the Australian Medical Association (AMA).

Francis is committed to equity and justice and has been highly successful in bringing a social conscience to the political debate on health, aged care and community service issues.

He spent 14 years as the chief executive officer of Catholic Health Australia (CHA), speaking for 73 private and public hospitals and more than 500 aged care services across Australia.

Prior to that, Francis was senior adviser to the Minister for Health in Western Australia.

Francis has a masters degree in theology from Loyola University in Chicago and a bachelors degree in politics from Curtin University in Western Australia.

Early in 2008, the Australian Catholic University awarded him an honorary Doctorate for his work in public health advocacy.

Ms. Anita Veivers

Ms Anita Veivers

Deputy Chair

Executive Director, Centacare Far North Queensland

CSSA Member Organisation Elected Representative

Appointed December 2019

Ms Veivers is a highly experienced executive professional within the community services sector including a five year appointment as CEO of ARC Disability Services Inc. She is a dedicated and enthusiastic leader, recognised by peers as responsive to the diverse needs of a highly changeable political and economic landscape, and the impact on the broader health and community services industry.

Centacare FNQ delivers a broad range of social services across mental health and wellbeing, aged care, disability services, multicultural services and family support services.  Ms Veivers brings firsthand knowledge, and deep experience of social service delivery in regional Australia and the importance of responding to community needs with innovative programs underpinned by a strong evidence base.

Ms Veivers is an experienced Board director, having held both government and community sector directorship appointments. Current appointments include Deputy Chair of the Queensland Disability Advisory Council (ministerial appointment), Member FNQ Regional Community Forum (Qld Government), Member Cairns Regional Council Independent Rates Tribunal and a Committee Member of the Social Enterprise Network for the Tropics.

Bishop Martin Ashe DD VG

Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Representative

Appointed November 2022

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Sr Karon Donnellon rsm

Sister of Mercy

Catholic Religious Australia Representative

Appointed October 2022


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Ms Clare McNamara

Special Counsel, Clayton Utz


Appointed September 2019

Ms McNamara, Special Counsel with Clatyon Utz, is a lawyer based in Canberra.  She was previously a Senior Lawyer with the Truth Justice & Healing Council from 2013 to 2018.

Ms McNamara acts for both private sector and government clients, specialising in dispute resolution, administrative law, and regulatory compliance.  Ms McNamara has managed proceedings seeking review of administrative decisions and advised on the conduct of inquiries.  She has detailed experience and in depth knowledge of the operation of Royal Commissions and the development of appropriate strategy and responsive legal policy.  She has also advised on the exercise of delegations and authorisations, provided training to decision makers and prepared manuals on decision making, procedural fairness and the proper exercise of legislative powers. Other areas of knowledge include stakeholder management and advocacy, workers compensation, work health and safety and general insurance.

Ms McNamara also holds a Masters in Theology.

Ms McNamara sits on the Board’s Mission and Governance Committee.

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Mr Peter Monaghan

Chief Executive Officer, Marist 180

CSSA Member Organisation Elected Representative

Appointed November 2021

Peter has worked extensively in the community and social services sector for more than 29 years from frontline roles to management.

He has senior management experience across policy and legislation, program and service delivery within Government, and more recent executive appointments within Catholic social services as Executive Director Centacare North Queensland (2014-2019) and Marist Youth Care Ltd (Marist180). He has been the CEO of Marist180 since 2019 leading it through a significant period of growth and transformation across its service platforms.

Peter has an established track record of transforming agencies, challenging the status quo, building performance, activating contemporary corporate governance, and ensuring mission is congruent with the heart and soul of the agency.

He has postgraduate qualifications in Psychology, Counselling, Canon Law and Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


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Ms Agnes Sheehan

Chief Executive Officer, CatholicCare Victoria

CSSA Member Organisation Elected Representative

Appointed November 2022

Agnes Sheehan is the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of CatholicCare Victoria, a position she assumed on January 1, 2021. She has an impressive executive and non-executive career spanning over two decades in the information and communications technology industry and twelve years as a non-executive director in the health sector. Her expertise lies in delivering organisational integration, transformation and growth, primarily within large enterprises, making her a recognised effective and strategic leader.

Agnes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies (Hons) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Before taking up her role as CEO, she worked with the Archdiocese of Melbourne from May 2019, where she played a key role in several strategic transformation projects. Her most recent accomplishment was leading the Sharing Mission Project, which culminated in the historic merger of Centacare Ballarat, CatholicCare Melbourne and Gippsland, and CatholicCare Sandhurst to form CatholicCare Victoria Limited.

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