Meet the Board
Jack de Groot - Chair of the Board
We are grateful to have Jack leading our Board with his breadth of experience as a senior executive in the not-for-profit sector. Jack is currently Chief Executive Officer for St Vincent de Paul Society NSW. He has served in many Catholic ministries – including as the CEO of Caritas Australia for 13 years and a senior executive at St Vincent’s Health Australia. Jack also volunteers his time and skills as a Board member of Catholic Social Service Australia, St John of God Healthcare, and the Board of Governors of the University of Notre Dame – on top of his dedication to Jesuit Mission as Chair of the Board.
Fr William Uren SJ
Fr Bill brings to Jesuit Mission a wealth of experience and insight into what it means to live out our faith according to scripture. Fr Bill Uren entered the Jesuits in 1954 and was ordained in 1968. He studied at the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney and travelled to Oxford to undertake postgraduate studies in philosophy. He has served in various educational establishments including as Rector at St Thomas More College and Rector of St Leo's College at the University of Queensland, as well as serving as Provincial Superior from 1991 - 1996. Currently, Fr Bill is living in Melbourne as Rector of Newman College.
Jesuit Mission is a cause close to Nick’s heart after he spent nearly 10 years in the Jesuit Order. He taught at Saint Ignatius' College in Adelaide for 2 years and worked with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Cambodia in 2000. He was a volunteer lawyer with the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre for nearly 5 years. Nick is currently a lawyer with the law firm Galbally & O'Bryan while living in Melbourne with his wife, Stephanie, and their daughter, Lucy.
Doug has been a long-time volunteer for Jesuit Mission. In addition to his service on our Board, he has co-led the "$5 Wheel" stall at the Jesuit Mission Indian Bazaar for 30 years and also helps us with event planning on our organising committee, Indian Bazaar Excom. As a Chartered Accountant, Doug has extensive commercial experience in professional services and ASX listed companies. Doug worked for 10 years with Ernst & Young before joining Qantas Airways Limited in a variety of roles including CFO of Qantas Freight Enterprises and CFO of Jetstar Group. Doug also gained Not-For-Profit experience during his time as a consultant and Company Secretary for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation.