The Advisory Board plays an important part in developing the institute's public policy programs and in establishing a broad network of researchers and experts to contribute to our work.
The Advisory Board plays an important part in developing the institute's public policy programs and in establishing a broad network of researchers and experts to contribute to the institute's work. The inaugural meeting of the Advisory Board was held on 11 August 2016, with the institute's programs being a major focus of discussion.
Julien O'Connell is Pro-Chancellor of ACU and Chair of the PM Glynn Institute Advisory Board. Following successful careers in insurance, accounting and risk management, he joined the Board of Mercy Health in 2005 and has served as Chairman since 2008. He is also the Chairman of the CEO Institute (Syndicate 4), which provides mentoring to CEOs and Chairs of member companies, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Director of a number of companies.
Pam Betts is Executive Director of the Catholic Education Office in the Archdiocese of Brisbane. She has over thirty years’ experience in Catholic education as a secondary teacher in both systemic and religious institute schools. She worked with the Catholic Education Commission and Edmund Rice Education Australia before her appointment to the role of Director Administrative Services and subsequent appointment as Executive Director Brisbane Catholic Education.
Virginia Bourke is a lawyer and consultant in private practice with a breadth of corporate governance and commercial experience. She is a consultant to the national health industry group at MinterEllison Lawyers. Virginia is a Director of Mercy Health and a former General Counsel for the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea. She has served as a director of several not for profit organisations and is currently Chair of St John Ambulance Victoria.
Most Rev Peter A Comensoli is the Archbishop of Melbourne. Prior to this, he was the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay. He is the newly appointed Chair of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Commission for Life, Family and Public Engagement, a member of the Bishops’ Commission for the Plenary Council, and a Board Member of CSNSW.
Jennifer Cook is General Counsel to the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney. She began her career working in Cambodia for a human rights organisation training public defenders. She also acted as in-house counsel for World Youth Day 2008.
Stepan Kerkyasharian is the former President and Chief Executive of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Commission (2003–16). He is also the former Chairman and Chief Executive of the NSW Community Relations Commission and its predecessor, the Ethnic Affairs Commission (1989–2013).
Brian Loughnane is a business and political strategic advisor. He was Federal Director of the Liberal Party of Australia from 2002 until early 2016. In that time he ran four national campaigns as Coalition Campaign Director. He has extensive international political experience with major parties around the world. In 2016 he undertook a review of campaign operations for the Conservative Party of Canada. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the International Republican Institute and a Vice Chairman of the International Democrat Union.
Brigid McKenna is a lecturer in clinical skills and medical ethics, School of Medicine, University of Tasmania. Prior to this she was Director of the Office of Life, Marriage and Family in the Archdiocese of Hobart. She holds degrees in medicine and bioethics and was previously Policy Officer and Executive Officer of the Office of Life, Marriage and Family in the Archdiocese of Sydney.
Patrick Mullins is senior partner of the Brisbane law firm, Mullins Lawyers. He practises as both a civil (or common) lawyer and as a canon lawyer. He holds masters degrees in law, theology, arts and canon law, as well as the ecclesiastical degree JCL (Licentiate in Canon Law) from KU Leuven, Belgium. He is currently Chair of the Boards of Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital and Holy Spirit Care Services.
Francis Sullivan is Chief Executive Officer of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council. Prior to this he worked in government and private practice and also held positions as Secretary-General of the Australian Medical Association, Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Health Australia and Senior Advisor to the Minister for Health in Western Australia. He also served as a consultant to the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers at the Vatican.
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