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Board

The majority of Mercy Partners Board members are appointed by the Stewards of Mercy Partners and the remainder is appointed by the Board itself. The Board answers directly to the Holy See.

Dr Ricki Jeffery

Mercy Partners Board 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 the Chair on the Community Services Industry Alliance Board. Dr Jeffery brings to the Board 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.

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Ms Dianne Hearn

Mercy Partners Board Director 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.

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Mr Leslie Jones

Mercy Partners Board Director 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.

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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 Board 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.

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Ms Catherine Parker

Mercy Partners Board Director, Trustee of the Nudgee Trust

Mercy Partners Stewards appointed Catherine Parker to Mercy Partners Board 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.

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