Council members

Mercy Partners Council currently comprises six members. The majority are appointed by the Stewards of Mercy Partners and the remainder by the council itself. The council answers directly to the Holy See.

Current councillors

Dr Ricki Jeffery | Mercy Partners Council Chair, Chair of the Nudgee Trust

Dr Ricki Jeffery
Mercy Partners Council Chair, Chair of the Nudgee Trust

Dr Ricki Jeffery is former Diocesan Director of Centacare, Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton and has held director positions on the boards of Family Relationships Services Australia, Central Queensland Medicare Local, and Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service. She previously held the position of Chair of the Board of Directors of St Ursula’s College Ltd.  She currently sits on the Community Services Industry Reform Council and is a Director on the Community Services Industry Alliance Board. Dr Jeffery brings to the Council a working knowledge of education, primary health and community services delivery in regional areas, with particular expertise in building capacity to meet challenges in a conscious and intentional way for ministries operating in regional Australia. 

Dr Daryl Hanly OAM | Mercy Partners Councillor, Trustee of the Nudgee Trust

Dr Daryl Hanly OAM
Mercy Partners Councillor, Trustee of the Nudgee Trust

Dr Daryl Hanly OAM, completed fifty years as a teacher in 2014. As an employee of Education Queensland for thirty-seven years, Dr Hanly served sixteen years as a principal of secondary schools. He was then the inaugural Director of the Education Department’s Centre for Leadership Excellence for five years. For two years, Dr Hanly was Director of Education Queensland International, which exposed him to international contexts and a variety of leadership models. For the final thirteen years, he was the first lay principal of St Joseph’s Nudgee College Brisbane, a year 5-12 Catholic Boarding School for boys. During his career, Dr Hanly has held a number of key executive positions at state and national levels, including National Chair of the Catholic Principals’ Association. He currently chairs the St Leo's College Council and the Youth+ Foundation

Ms Dianne Hearn | Mercy Partners Councillor and Formation Committee Chair, Trustee of the Nudgee Trust

Ms Dianne Hearn
Mercy Partners Councillor and Formation Committee Chair, Trustee of the Nudgee Trust

Ms Dianne Hearn has worked in education, adult faith formation and human resource management at a senior level in various Catholic organisations including the Catholic Education Office Diocese of Rockhampton, the Catholic Education Office Archdiocese of Brisbane, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney and the Catholic Education Office Diocese of Parramatta. She has served on numerous Catholic boards and committees including the St John of God Board, Marist Youth Care Board, NSW Professional Standards Resource Group and NSW Systemic Schools Employment Relations Committee. Most recently, Ms Hearn has been a director of Organisational Change Consultants, a national consulting group specialising in organisational reviews, strategic and business planning and human resource services. The company has worked extensively with Church-based service organisations, particularly within the Catholic tradition.

Mr Les Jones | Mercy Partners Councillor and Treasurer, Trustee of the Nudgee Trust

Mr Leslie Jones
Mercy Partners Councillor and Treasurer, Trustee of the Nudgee Trust

Mr Leslie Jones served as a Grant Thornton audit partner from January 1985 to December 2009 where he had wide involvement with not-for-profit organisations. During his time at Grant Thornton, Mr Jones was head of Assurance Services and was the Office Managing Partner for five years. Internationally, Mr Jones was an active member of the international firm’s risk management, client acceptance and audit technology groups. Mr Jones has been a director of various not-for-profit organisations. He is currently a director of Brisbane Housing Company Ltd and is Chair of Mercy Partners Finance Committee and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. As a Grant Thornton audit partner, Mr Jones has contributed to the Professional Education Program for the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants as both a group leader and a member of the Institute’s Education Committee. 

Mr Kieran McCarthy | Mercy Partners Deputy Chair and Company Secretary, Trustee of the Nudgee Trust

Mr Kieran McCarthy
Mercy Partners Deputy Chair and Company Secretary, Trustee of the Nudgee Trust

Mr McCarthy is a nationally-recognised Accredited Specialist in Family Law with over 25 years' experience and brings to Council strong networks throughout the State of Queensland and interstate. He is a Director of Naughton McCarthy Family Lawyers and Mercy Partners representative on the Association of Ministerial Public Juridic Persons (AMPJP). Mr McCarthy also sits on the Board of Brigidine College, Indooroopilly.

 

Ms Catherine Parker | Mercy Partners Councillor, Trustee of the Nudgee Trust

Ms Catherine Parker
Mercy Partners Councillor, Trustee of the Nudgee Trust

Mercy Partners Stewards appointed Catherine Parker to Mercy Partners Council in September 2020. Ms Parker is a lawyer, and experienced risk management and governance executive. Her desire to make a tangible difference has seen her engage with a number of not-for-profit enterprises including Lourdes Hill College, where she served as a Director and Chair of the Governance and Risk Committee. Ms Parker works with YMCA and has been active in their Youth Parliament program. 

 

Mr Peter Pearce | Mercy Partners Councillor, Trustee of the Nudgee Trust

Mr Peter Pearce
Mercy Partners Councillor, Trustee of the Nudgee Trust

Mr Pearce's association with Mercy ministries covers the past 20 years, first with the former Mercy Family Services board and subsequently with the board of Mater Health Services (now Mater Misericordiae Limited) in Brisbane. He has been active in charities and not-for-profit governance for 40 years, mostly in the social and community services and health services arenas, and is a keen student of the unique requirements of charity governance, particularly as that applies to the religious corporation. 

 

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