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

Dr Ricki Jeffery, Chair

Dr Jeffery was appointed to Mercy Partners Council in July 2014. She is the former Diocesan Director of Centacare: Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton and holds director positions on the Boards of Family Relationships Services Australia and Central Queensland Medicare Local. She previously held the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of St Ursula’s College Ltd. 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. She holds a professional doctorate in transdisciplinary studies. Dr Jeffery will be taking a leave of absence from her role for the period March 2020 to May 2020.

Mr Daryl Hanly

Mr Daryl Hanly OAM

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

Ms Dianne Hearn

Ms Hearn was appointed to Mercy Partners Council in July 2014 and was appointed Formation Committee Chair in January 2017. She has worked in education, adult faith formation and human resource management at a senior level in various Catholic organisations in Queensland and New South Wales. She has close associations with the Queensland Presentation Sisters and their ministries. Ms Hearn is currently a Director in Organisational Change Consultants and holds masters in education and business administration. 

Mr Les Jones

Mr Leslie Jones

Mr Jones was appointed to the council in December 2013. He is also Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. As an Audit Partner with Grant Thornton from 1985 until 2002, Mr Jones audited all ministries and congregational activities of the Sisters of Mercy in Brisbane. He was one of the inaugural members of the All Hallows’ Advisory Committee and worked with the sisters for seven years regarding delegation of powers between the congregation, the committee and the principal, and was on the All Hallows’ Property Development Committee.

Mr Kieran McCarthy

Mr Kieran McCarthy, Acting Chair, Deputy Chair and Company Secretary

Mr McCarthy is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law with over twenty years experience and brings to Council strong networks throughout the state. He is managing partner of Naughton McCarthy, one of Queensland's largest stand-alone specialist Family Law practices. He has been a Councillor for Mercy Partners since 2013, is liaison Councillor for St Rita's College, and has daughters at All Hallows' School. 

Ms Catherine Parker

Ms Catherine Parker

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

Mr Peter Pearce

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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