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 James Toomey, the Executive Committee meets monthly to review operations, identify new opportunities and plan for the future.
James Toomey MSc, MBA, GAICD, Fellow – Vincent Fairfax Centre for Ethical Leadership
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 Early 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.
Sally Ascroft BEc, LLB, GAICD
General Counsel & 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 in 2012 and Company Secretary in 2014. 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 Mission Australia Housing (Victoria) and Company Secretary of Mission Australia Early Learning. She holds a Degree in Economics and a Degree in Law and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the New South Wales Law Society.
Iain Keddie BSc (Hons), FCA, GAICD
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 2014 and provides oversight and direction to the Board and Executive Team on all areas of financial management, strategy development, project management and technology, risk management and assurance. He is passionate about driving financial sustainability underpinned by strong governance and strategy. Iain is a Director of Mission Australia Early Learning, Mission Australia Housing and Mission Australia Housing (Victoria). He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds an Honours Degree in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.
Paul Molyneux MA,MBA
Executive, Chaplaincy, Fundraising and Marketing
Paul is an ordained minister and leads Mission Australia’s national team of chaplains. The Chaplaincy team support the spiritual and emotional wellbeing of our Board, Executive Team, staff and clients by offering pastoral care, spiritual support, crisis intervention and an attentive listening presence. Since late 2017, Paul has also overseen Mission Australia’s Fundraising and Marketing efforts to build brand awareness and fundraising income through corporate partners and generous individuals. Prior to joining Mission Australia in 2013, Paul was Pastor of CityLife Church Melbourne. 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 International Relief Australia. He holds a Master of Business Administration, Master’s Degree in Vocational Practice and has studied at Ridley and Tabor Bible Colleges.
Ben Carblis BA, MA, GAICD
Executive Community, Family and Children’s Services
Ben’s passion and deep understanding of community services led to his appointment of Executive, Community, Family and Children’s Services in January 2018. In this role he leads and directs nationwide teams and operations. He most recently served as Mission Australia’s State Director NSW/ACT, also leading our Social Enterprises in Victoria. Ben has over 20 years’ experience in leadership roles within community and employment services and started out his career as a youth worker on the Central Coast, NSW. Ben is a Director of the NSW Council for Social Services (NCOSS) and a member of the NSW Premier’s Council on Homelessness. Ben is also a Director of Mission Australia Early Learning. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Education from the University of Newcastle and a Master’s Degree in Adult Education (MA Ed) from the University of Technology, Sydney. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chris Bratchford MBA, LLB, GAICD
Executive, Mission Australia Housing
Chris is responsible for the strategic leadership, operational performance and sustainable growth of Mission Australia Housing. 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. Chris is a Director of Mission Australia Housing, Mission Australia Housing (Victoria) and Powerhousing Australia, 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 Bachelor of Laws.
David Pigott BA (Hons), MA, MAICD
Executive, Sector Engagement
David has held a number of senior roles at Mission Australia and is responsible for leading its research, policy, advocacy, media and internal communications teams. He has served as an adviser to federal and state governments, including to the Treasurer and Minister for Foreign Affairs, and as private secretary to the NSW Premier. David is a member of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Advisory Board, the NSW Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing and the Chair of the Ella Centre. David holds a Master’s Degree in international relations and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in government. He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Marion Bennett BA (Hons), GAICD
Executive, Practice, Quality and Performance
Marion has had a long career in the NSW Government advising on social policy, natural resources reforms, governance and performance improvement. As Executive Director of Housing Policy and Homelessness in the Department of Family and Community Services, she led housing and homelessness policy, inter-governmental negotiations, research, and delivery of affordable housing and homelessness programs. In 2015, she joined Mission Australia as Head of Policy & Advocacy, aiming to bring together the community, government and private sectors to advance the lives of vulnerable people. She now drives the continuous improvement and growth of evidence-based and strategically-aligned services in Mission Australia, through contract management, quality programs, business systems, learning communities, impact measurement, data analysis and service design and development. Marion holds an Arts Honours Degree and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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