Australian Catholic Safeguarding Ltd has today announced the appointment of Ursula Stephens as its new chief executive officer.
Dr Stephens, who is currently chief executive of Catholic Social Services Australia, replaces outgoing ACSL chief Sheree Limbrick.
She has previously worked as an educator, a senior New South Wales public servant, a senator for NSW, and been involved in numerous community-led initiatives to support community engagement and inclusion. She brings with her a wealth of experience in advocacy, policy development and relationship building, alongside a depth of experience gained from being part of and working within numerous Catholic organisations.
Chair of ACSL’s Board, Michael Lavarch said the appointment of Dr Stephens followed a thorough executive search process and was approved by representatives of the company’s members – the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Catholic Religious Australia and the Association of Ministerial Public Juridic Persons.
“The search process attracted a number of well qualified candidates from inside and outside Catholic organisations and ACSL is grateful for the interest and the support demonstrated for the company’s work. We believe Dr Stephen’s experience in public life, her extensive work on social justice issues and her good grounding in safeguarding will equip her well to lead ACSL,” Professor Lavarch said.
He also paid tribute to outgoing chief executive officer, Sheree Limbrick.
“Sheree has put tremendous energy into equipping the Church to be a more capable and more transparent community when it comes to protecting children. The Board is enormously grateful for her leadership.”
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