Board of Directors


James Toomey MSc, MBA, GAICD, Fellow - Vincent Fairfax Centre for Ethical Leadership

Mission Australia Chief Executive Officer

James’ strong leadership qualities led to his appointment as CEO in November 2017. As a qualified social worker with an extensive background in community services, James is client-focussed and passionate about transforming the lives of Australians in need. He joined Mission Australia in 2010 as National Manager Community Services Operations Support and then became Executive, Operations and Fundraising in May 2014. James brings in-depth expertise to Mission Australia’s service delivery and is committed to quality, collaboration and performance measurement and evaluation to achieve the best possible outcomes for the people we work with.

Previously, James was the Operations Director for SkillForce. He was also Assistant Director of Foster Care Associates in the UK. James is a Director of Mission Australia Learning, Mission Australia Housing and Mission Australia Housing (Victoria). He holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Master of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors


Mark Newton BScoCS, ThA, Dip Yth Min, JP

Mission Australia Executive Shared Services

Mark brings a wealth of experience to Mission Australia, having held senior leadership roles across a range of organisations facing rapid change, cultural development and alignment. He joined Mission Australia in 2013 and is responsible for the strategic leadership and direction of People, Property & Procurement. He advises the Board and Executive Team on organisational culture, processes and productivity. Previously, Mark has held senior executive roles at Coffey International, Microsoft and the New South Wales Public Service, and has extensive international experience. Mark is a Director of Mission Australia Early Learning. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Science, a Diploma in Youth Ministry and studied at Moore Theological College (ThA).


Ben Carblis MA Ed, BA, Dip Ed, JACID

Mission Australia Executive, Community, Family and Children’s Services

Ben is employed by Mission Australia as the State Director of New South Wales/ACT, though is currently acting in the role of Executive, Community, Family and Children’s Services. He is also a Director on the board of NSW Council of Social Services (NCOSS). Much of Ben’s experience in management and leadership has been gained over a period of 15 years’ experience in leadership roles within the Community Services, Job Services Australia (JSA), and Disability Employment Services (DES). Prior to his State Director role with MA, Ben was the General Manager for leading employment services providers, allowing him to build an intimate understanding of the complexities, challenges and opportunities within the industry.

Ben’s qualifications include a Master’s degree in Adult Education (University of Technology Sydney), a Diploma of Education (University of Newcastle), a Bachelor of Arts (University of Newcastle) He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and recently completed Price Waterhouse Coopers Ascent program.


Sally Ascroft BEc, LLB, GAICD

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Sally is a highly experienced governance and legal professional, with more than 25 years' experience of working with Boards and Executive Teams to achieve organisational objectives through governance, policy and strategy. Sally and her team oversee all legal and governance activities at Mission Australia, guiding staff through the increasingly complex legislative issues affecting the not-for-profit sector. Sally was appointed General Counsel and Company Secretary in May 2012. Prior to joining Mission Australia, she was a Partner of King Wood Mallesons and General Counsel and Company Secretary of The Trust Company. Sally is a Director and Company Secretary of Mission Australia Housing and Company Secretary of Mission Australia Housing (Victoria), Mission Australia Early Learning and Mission Providence Pty Ltd. She holds a Degree in Economics and a Degree in Law and is a graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the New South Wales Law Society.