Meet the Board
Nick Dunstan - Chair
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 two 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 five years. Nick is Barrister and lives in Melbourne with his wife, Stephanie, and their daughter, Lucy. He has served on the Jesuit Mission Board for more than 12 years and is currently Chair of the Board.
Fiona is the new Deputy Principal/Head of Plenty Campus at Ivanhoe Grammar School in Victoria. Prior to taking on this role, Fiona was the Acting Principal of Hunter Valley Grammar School in NSW and before this, she was the Director of College Engagement and Head of House for eleven years at Loyola College VIC, overseeing all pastoral and academic progress of students in her house. Fiona is a Senior Biology and Junior Science teacher with 20 years of experience in teaching and leadership. Fiona is passionate about student well-being and social justice and brings a devotion to pastoral care, education and social welfare. Fiona has recently spent time in Thailand and Cambodia visiting our Jesuit Mission projects, and brings a wealth of contemporary experience and compassion to the role.
Sr Joan Doyle RSM
Joan brings a great commitment to pastoral care, education and social welfare. After gaining qualifications in music and teaching she entered the Congregation of Sisters of Mercy. She then completed a social work degree and worked in Child Protection and in the Women and Girls in Custody advocacy group. Joan has worked in Chile and Peru for eighteen years where she was involved with the community to establish three centres for women, two childcare centres and a medical clinic. She worked in partnership with Caritas Australia and Mercy Family Health Service for 10 years to implement a community health education program encompassing projects in ecology, sanitation and nutrition. Joan is the current Director of Initial Formation for ISMAPNG. (Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea).
Fr Steve Curtin SJ
Steve joined the Society of Jesus in 1985. After his ordination in 1994 Steve was based in Bangkok working with the Jesuit Refugee Service in the Asia Pacific region. Working mainly with refugees from Burma he also travelled extensively in South East Asia managing projects in Indonesia, East Timor, Thailand, Cambodia and Nepal. In 2001 Steve was appointed Director of Jesuit Mission Australia. From 2008 until 2014 Steve was the Provincial of the Australian Province of the Society of Jesus. Since then Steve has been the Director of the Australian Jesuit Tertianship program helping younger Jesuits reflect on their life and ministry and prepare for final vows.
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. Doug holds a Senior Finance role at Ramsay Healthcare, and as a Chartered Accountant, 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.
Patrick (Pat) Davies
Patrick has various advisory and non-executive director roles working with a range of established and emerging businesses in the healthcare and service sectors across Australasia and works closely with a number of investors on their strategic expansion plans.
He is currently Senior Advisor at BGH Capital, one of Australia’s largest private equity firms, is senior advisor to iNova Pharmaceuticals, chairs the Strategy Committee at Akesa Pharma and the Investment Committee at BRC Capital Group. Patrick provides strategic advice to a range of other private healthcare companies and investors and business owners.
Scott is an experienced corporate finance professional and currently leads the equity advisory business for independent corporate adviser, Grant Samuel. Prior to his current role, Scott worked at Deutsche Bank and J.P. Morgan in Melbourne, Sydney and London.
Scott is passionate about community involvement and is currently the Chair of the Finance Committee for his local parish and the Auskick Coordinator for his local AFL Junior Football Club.
Inspired by her uncle Fr Ken McNamara SJ, who left Australia in 1956 to help establish the Jesuit Mission in India, Mary- Ellen’s love and support for the work of the Mission, to make a real difference to communities, was reinforced by her many and regular trips to the Jesuit Mission in India from 1982.
Mary-Ellen has a Masters of Laws (University of Sydney) and has practised as a solicitor in New South Wales for 40 years. During her legal career she was an accredited specialist in personal injury litigation, acted as an arbitrator in the Supreme Court of NSW and served three terms as an Acting Judge of the District Court of NSW.
Throughout her long professional career Mary-Ellen has constantly expressed her commitment to community and giving by voluntary contributions to the communities with which she has been involved including many years with the Committee of the Woollahra Public School Parents and Citizens’ Association and as its Vice-President, working with the Loreto Kirribilli Parents & Friends for several years and as its President, scripture teaching at government schools for 15 years, and as part of the St Canice’s Kitchen team of volunteers in Kings Cross preparing lunches for all who need assistance.