Members of the Board

Nick Lucas (Chair)
Nick Lucas is a Franciscan friar, a priest who also has qualifications in Social Work.  He is the founder of St Francis Welfare Committee – a committee of the St Francis Parish Paddington, which he led during the 1980’s.  When incorporated in 1994 this committee eventually morphed into St Francis Social Services. 

Peter Hennessy (Company secretary)
Peter Hennessy is a lawyer who has spent most of his professional life in the area of Law Reform.  He started out with the Australian Law Reform Commission, then advanced to a senior position with the NSW Law Reform Commission.  He has long involvement with NGO’s: He started working with St Francis Social Services while it was still known as St Francis Welfare Committee.  Peter has held the office of Chair of the Board of St Vincent’s College, Potts Point.  He is on the boards of several projects conducted by the Sisters of Charity and has also served a term as board member of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council.

Carol Dettman
Carol is the publisher at Chapter & Verse, a small publisher specialising in Fine Art photography books. A dual American/Australian citizen, she has been committed to refugee support for the past 15 years, in addition to being involved in community organisations and a director of a small US-based family foundation.

Sr Libby Rogerson
Libby is a Loreto sister, and coordinator of the Loreto Sisters JPIC. In addition to her service on the Board of St Francis Social Services, she also sits on the Boards of Jesuit Social Services and CentaCare (Wilcannia-Forbes).  Libby is Deputy Chair Loreto Normanhurst School Council, Jesuit Social Services NSW Committee, and a member of the CLRI NSW Justice Committee.  At present Libby is the Delegate for the Pastoral work of the Jesuits in Australia.  To keep herself grounded in reality, Libby runs an after-school homework program for South Sudanese children in Blacktown.

Margaret Morgan
Margaret is a retired General Practitioner married to a now retired Radiation Oncologist with 2 adult children. In more recent years she has completed a Master of Medical Humanities and a Master of Health Psychology, both at the University of Sydney. She has been associated with and a supporter of the House of Welcome since 2011.

Anna Coroneo
Anna joined the Board in March 2016. Anna holds Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of New South Wales and is a Senior Associate in the Corporate team at Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF). Anna specialises in providing advice to the corporate head offices and general counsels of listed companies on a range of critical corporate governance, Corporations Act and ASX Listing Rule issues.
Anna is also an active member of the HSF Pro Bono and Citizenship Committee and co-ordinates the relationship between HSF and St Francis Social Services. Anna has provided governance training and pro bono legal work to a number of charities.

Laurie Ferguson

Laurie joined the Board of St Francis Social Services in December 2017.   He holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Arts in History from Sydney University.  Before entering politics, Laurie worked as a Research Officer at the Federated Miscellaneous Workers Union.  He served as the NSW MP for Granville  (1984 – 1990), then as the Federal Member for Reid (1990 – 2010) and Werriwa (2010 – 2016.)  Laurie’s emphasis in Parliament was on International Affairs, advancing Human Rights, Immigration and Multiculturalism.

Renee Dal Santo
Renee joined the Board of St Francis Social Services in November 2017.  She is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales.  Renee has worked in a variety of financial services roles since 2009, including international postings.  She is currently an External Audit Financial Services Manager at KPMG, Sydney.


Executive Team

Chief Executive Officer
We are currently recruitng for this position.

Miriam Pellicano, Executive Manager - House of Welcome
Miriam has worked in the community, humanitarian and education sectors for over 12 years.  She has specialised in working with refugee communities, both in Sydney and internationally; working across education, settlement and human rights programs in the Middle East.  Miriam established an income generating English language program in the Jerash refugee camp in Jordan and has taught English in a number of marginalised communities overseas.  She holds a Graduate Diploma in International Community Development and has utilised her experience and understanding of community development frameworks to create large-scale programs that draw on the strengths of those in the community to respond effectively to need.


St Francis Social Services achieves outcomes through the support of 24 staff members and over 100 volunteers, wihtout whom, none of this would be possible.