People are at the heart of our business. The role of our Executive Committee is to provide leadership, direction and support to enable our people to perform at their absolute best.
Led by our CEO Catherine Yeomans, the Executive Committee meets monthly to review operations, identify new opportunities and plan for the future.
It is made up of executives from Service Delivery, Finance and Group Shared Services, as well as our National Chaplain and General Counsel.
Catherine Yeomans LLB, MAICD
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 the Mission Providence Pty Ltd joint venture. She holds a Degree in Law and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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 regulatory compliance 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, Many Rivers Microfinance Ltd and Mission Providence.
She holds a Degree in Economics and a Degree in Law, a graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the New South Wales Law Society.
Iain Keddie ACA, BSC (Hons)
Chief Financial Officer
With a background spanning the professional services and corporate sectors, Iain is a highly experienced CFO. He has held Senior Executive roles in listed and private companies operating in various services sectors in Australia and worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young in London and Sydney.
Iain joined Mission Australia in November 2014 and provides oversight and direction to the Board and Executive Team on financial, treasury and investment management, strategy development, risk management and assurance. He is passionate about driving sustainable financial growth underpinned by strong governance and strategy. Iain is a Chartered Accountant and holds an Honours Degree in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. He is a Director of Mission Australia Housing, Mission Australia Housing (Victoria), Mission Providence and Working Links (Employment) Ltd UK.
Paul Molyneux MA
Paul is an ordained minister and leads Mission Australia’s national team of chaplains who support the spiritual and emotional wellbeing of our Board, Executive Team, staff and clients. Paul and his team offer pastoral care, spiritual support, crisis intervention and an attentive listening presence to those in need.
Before joining Mission Australia in 2013, Paul was Pastor of City Life Church Melbourne, Australia’s second largest church. He also served as State Director of Youth Alive Victoria, a Christian organisation that promotes positive life choices to young people. Paul is on the Board of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse Australia.
He holds a Masters Degree in Vocational Practice and has studied at Ridley and Tabor Bible Colleges.
Mark Newton BScoCS, ThA, Dip Yth Min, JP
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 HR, IT, Property & Procurement, Project Management Office and Internal Communications. 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).
James Toomey MSc, MBA, GAICD, Fellow – Vincent Fairfax Centre for Ethical Leadership
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.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Master of Business Administration.
Chris Bratchford GAICD, MBA, LLB
Executive, Mission Australia Housing
Chris is responsible for the strategic leadership, operational performance and sustainable growth of Mission Australia Housing, one of the largest national community housing providers in Australia.
Prior to joining Mission Australia Housing in January 2015, Chris worked in leadership roles across the not-for-profit and commercial sectors both nationally and internationally. Chris previously held roles as CEO of Argyle Community Housing, COO of Lake Maintenance, COO and CFO of Avant and CEO of Ample, a London-based financial services business.
He is currently an Executive Director of Mission Australia Housing and Mission Australia Housing (Victoria), and was formerly a Non-Executive Director of the NSW Federation of Housing Associations and a Non-Executive Director of Professional Insurance Australia Pty Ltd.
Chris is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Master of Business Administration and a Degree in Law.
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