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 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.
Dina Cavazzini was born in Italy and there she graduated in Classics at the University of Bologna. She consequently studied for her Master Degree in Theology at the Sydney College of Divinity. She retired from teaching in 2013. She has been involved with St Francis Social Services since 2005 and with Spirituality in the Pub in Paddington for approximately twelve years.
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 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 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 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.
Lyn Harrison, Chief Executive Officer
Lyn is a qualified Teacher, Counsellor and Psychologist and has over 15 years in the not for profit sector. She formerly served as CEO at Rosemount Good Shepherd. In recognition of her social justice achievements, she was appointed Chair of Catholic Social Services NSW/ACT in 2015. Lyn holds a Bachelor degree in Education and Masters in Counselling and is an active member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Jodie Kidd, Executive Manager - Centre 360 Youth and Family Services
Jodie has worked with disadvantaged and ‘at risk’ young people and families for over 10 years, in a variety of settings throughout Sydney. This includes early-intervention child protection in Campbelltown, youth employment and crime prevention projects in Auburn, and counselling and social skills programs at the Dunlea Centre in Engadine (formerly Boys Town). Most recently, Jodie worked with NSW Juvenile Justice as a Counsellor and Assistant Manager, she was also responsible for writing and implementing a number of critical policies and procedures for the Department. Jodie has a passion for social justice and using evidence based models and principles to provide the best outcomes for clients. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Social Development, and a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons).
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.
Ina Mullin, Business Development Manager
Ina has worked in the field of marketing and communications for over 18 years. Until becoming a mum, Ina was also an overnight volunteer at a crisis refuge for the homeless in Redfern for 10 years. Since 2005, she has assisted ‘not for profit’ organisations to communicate effectively the capacity of individuals to make positive change. She holds a Master of Arts in Communications Management, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and is currently working towards an Executive Master of Business Administration. Ina’s passion is supporting those who work with marginalised, disadvantaged people. She takes pride in communicating the importance of upholding the dignity of the individual and the achievements of clients and employees of St Francis Social Services.
St Francis Social Services achieves outcomes through the support of 22 staff members and over 100 volunteers, wihtout whom, none of this would be possible.