Newly-appointed CatholicCare Tasmania chief executive Julia Mangan credits her Catholic education in Adelaide and watching her mother work in the public housing sector as major influences in her life – both personally and professionally.
“I would say a significant influence was my Catholic schooling, particularly in high school at St Mary’s College,” Ms Mangan said.
“There were social justice engagement and opportunities; things like Fred’s Van, making soup for people who are homeless in the city. As a teenager, it lent me towards that social justice drive in my personal life, and later professionally as well.”
After completing a law degree and an arts degree majoring in politics, Ms Mangan worked with the South Australian government at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, SafeWork SA and Housing SA, in the housing and homelessness sectors.
She then took a role as state manager with the family-owned RTC Group, which provides facilities maintenance and capital works to the social housing sector, lastly working as head of business strategy, risk, and improvement.
“The move from government was about understanding impact, whether in the private sector or now working in the community sector. Being able to lead a team with experience to achieve outcomes for the community is fantastic work,” Ms Mangan said.
“The list of programs and work delivered [by CatholicCare] is huge and complex, so I will be on a listening tour to start with; I am keen to hear from the executive team and from the people on the ground; What’s working? What are the challenges, the roadblocks, what do they see as our opportunities?”
In a letter to CatholicCare Tasmania staff, Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous warmly welcomed Ms Mangan to the role, and spoke of her experience and mission-driven approach.
“Ms Mangan joins CatholicCare Tasmania with a strong career of [more than] 15 years in senior leadership positions within the government of South Australia, including executive roles where she was responsible for social housing, homelessness, regulatory compliance, property and contract management, legal advisory and business strategy, and risk.”
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