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Our People

Our management team has the skills and expertise to create meaningful change. Our team is passionate and dedicated to making a real difference in the lives of our clients and the community we serve.
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Mr. Peter Monaghan

Chief Executive Officer

Qualifications: FIML, GAICD, MBA, MSc (Psy), MCL, JCL, Grad Dip Counselling, BSc (Psy), BTh

Peter has worked extensively in the community and social services sector for more than 30 years, from frontline roles to management. He has senior management experience across policy and legislation, program and service delivery within Government, and more recent executive appointments within Catholic social services. Peter continues to transform agencies challenging the status quo, building performance, activating contemporary corporate governance and ensuring the mission is congruent with the heart and soul of the agency. 

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Ms. Julie Collier

Director Therapeutic Services

Qualifications: MA (Mental Health), GradCert.CFH, RM, RN

Julie has worked within NSW government and community programs over 30 years, providing support for vulnerable families and communities impacted by complex trauma. She has worked in clinical and senior management roles, driving related evidence based practices, legislation, and professional standards of care to optimise health outcomes for children, young people, and families. Julie has also worked extensively with Aboriginal families and communities and strives to ensure organisational governance aligns with cultural considerations. She has facilitated University education, presenting her research at National and International conferences related to the complexities of mental health and adverse life experiences, aiming to shift social stigma and create opportunities for social acceptance of mental health concerns. Julie was selected to participate in the 2023 Marist Pilgrimage that has further developed her leadership and spiritual capacity. 

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Ms. Katie Cowley

Director Professional Standards and Workplace Relations

Qualifications: MLLR, LLB, BA, Grad Dip Legal Practice, Grad Cert Criminal Intelligence

Katie has 20 years of experience working in employment and industrial relations across various organisations in insurance, the not-for-profit sector, Catholic education and social services, and federal and state government departments in Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle. Katie has extensive experience advising managers and senior leaders on all workplace issues, and provides practical solutions that are compliant with employment laws, as well as helping them manage risks and achieve best practice outcomes. Katie is also a workplace mediator and combines her mediation skills in her approach to supporting employers and leading employees. Katie is values-driven and committed to supporting Marist180 achieve its strategic and business goals. In her downtime, Katie relaxes with walks around Newcastle beaches combined with boxing gym sessions.

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Mr. Gordon Fraser

Chief Financial Officer

Qualifications: CPA, MPA, Dip.FinPlan, BEc

Gordon has worked in the financial services sector for over 20 years in the areas of Banking, Superannuation, Investments, and Insurance. He has been the finance lead on several business transformation initiatives to improve reporting, efficiency, accountability, and performance. His experience has been across large and medium organisations including NAB, MLC, AMP - Superconcepts, Telstra, Qantas and AGL.  He is a fact-based purpose driven leader who enjoys partnering with the business and developing insights and strategies to drive business performance.

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Ms. Cassandra Gray

Senior Manager Therapeutic Services

Qualifications: BBehavSt (Psych), BSocSc (Psych) (Hons)

Cassandra has worked directly in the residential care, including implementation of Intensive Therapeutic Care across NSW regions for many years.  As a registered psychologist, Cassandra is passionate about trauma informed practice that develops positive growth and wellbeing outcomes for children, and their supporting teams. Cassandra’s experience and skills has enabled her to commit to and deliver change within team cultures, embed therapeutic growth, and enhance organisational congruence.

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Mr. Patrick O'Reilly 

Director Mission, Inclusion and Identity

Qualifications: B.Ec (Merit), GradDipEd, GradDipMin, MA (Merit), MEdPol (International)

Pat has 30 years’ experience in Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education, including being Foundation Principal at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, Burwood, NSW. More latterly, he is in his second leadership role in the Catholic Social Services/For Purpose (FP) sector. He has extensive experience in community/FP volunteering and engagement, including Board and Committee membership, and is committed to aligned and coherent mission-focussed service delivery. Pat is currently a Director on the Lasallian Mission Council, and Secretary at Randwick-Botany Harriers. In 2011, Pat was the 2011 Australian College of Educators (ACE) recipient of the Alan Laughlin Perpetual Award for Educational Leadership.  He was a member of the Australian Government Review of Senior Secondary Pathways (Expert Panel): 2019/2020. 

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Mr. Jonathan Raja

Director Service Delivery

Qualifications: BA (English literature), MSW (Clinical)

Jonathan has more than 30 years of experience in health and human services improving service delivery and outcomes in Australia and the United States. He has held senior positions across several sectors including community services, clinical service delivery, health insurance, professional services and health education and support. Underpinned by his clinical training and experience, he has developed a pragmatic and a creative approach to working with diverse stakeholder groups identifying common goals, improving customer experience, and creating awareness of opportunities for improvement.

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Ms. Anjali Rivan

Senior Manager Human Resources

Qualifications: DipHRM, BBC-HRM & IR, CPHR

Anjali is a seasoned organisational leader with about 20 years of experience working in various Industries for the Private Sector-State and National, Local Government, Not for Profit Organisations, Public Sector. Anjali has also successfully led international projects as an expatriate. She specialises in facilitating a robust and holistic approach to understanding the workforce trends to provide strategic advice to operational managers and leaders, directing all the HR functions of complex organizations-Recruitment, Payroll, WHS, Learning and Development, Governance and Compliance, developing company culture, mediating disputes and case management.

Anjali is a professional member of the AHRI and who is ready to modernise the workplace and help organisations remain responsive to an evolving workforce.

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Ms. Megan Sprague

Senior Manager Governance & Risk

Qualifications: BBA, BFA (Hons)

Megan has 20 years senior management experience in public listed organisations and the community sector.  Megan has worked extensively in achieving workplace relations reforms, improving safety practices, and implementing government led initiatives such as the Local Area Coordination under the NDIS.

Inspired by the courage and passion of people facing and overcoming injustice, Megan works in partnership with client services and business units, to enable the continuous improvement of strategically aligned services and sustainable business practices, to achieve positive outcomes for vulnerable persons in need.

When not working, Megan is an avid nature-lover spending her time in the outdoors bush walking, and twitching.

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