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Board of directors

Catherine Yeomans LLB, MAICD
Mission Australia Chief Executive Officer

Catherine has brought strong leadership and strategic oversight to Mission Australia since she was appointed as CEO in March 2014. She is values-driven, has a ‘hands on’ management style and is committed to bringing best practice to the not-for-profit sector. Prior to this role, Catherine was COO with responsibility for driving operational effectiveness, staff engagement and change management. Catherine has worked at an executive level across the corporate sector, including Thomson Reuters, LexisNexis and Butterworths. Catherine is Director of Mission Australia Housing, Mission Australia Housing (Victoria), Mission Australia Early Learning, Many Rivers Microfinance Ltd and Mission Providence Pty Ltd. She holds a Degree in Law and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

James Toomey MSc, MBA, GAICD, Fellow - Vincent Fairfax Centre for Ethical Leadership
Mission Australia Executive, Operations and Fundraising

As a qualified social worker with an extensive background in community services, James is client-focused and passionate about transforming the lives of Australians in need. He joined Mission Australia in 2010 as National Manager Community Services Operations Support and was appointed to his current role 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, a charity that works in partnership with schools to inspire young people to succeed. He was also Assistant Director of Foster Care Associates, a leading provider of foster care services 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.

 

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).

 

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.

 

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