Central Council Presidents are elected by Regional Council Presidents who are elected by Conference Presidents.   

Central Council Presidents. L-R: Peter Burgess, Paul Burton, Tony Cranney, Anne Stanfield, John Donnelly, Gail Gaudron, Leo Woodman, Neil Rabbett, John McKendry. Below, left to right: Peter Houweling, Yvonne Wynen.

Paul has been a member of the Society for over 34 years. He has served as Conference President, Centres President, and Regional President in south-western Sydney, and currently holds the positions of Conference President (St Patrick’s West Tamworth) and Armidale Diocesan Central Council President. Paul spent his working life mainly as a logistics manager in road, rail, sea and air freight, providing transport, warehousing and distribution services to the general, food, agricultural and pharmaceutical sectors. Paul is married to Jennifer, has four children and is a member of Rotary.

Neil joined the Society as a volunteer in 2012. He then went on to become a member in 2014 conducting care support and became Conference President the same year.

Neil was elected Central Council President 2019 and acted as administrator Cudgegong Region 2020.

Prior to retiring in 2008, he worked in both the Club Industry as a Secretary Manager, ran his own business in the printing industry and was involved in local government and state government authorities and committees.

John was elected in June 2017 for his second term as Central Council President, having served at Broken Bay in this capacity from 2008-12. Previously, John served as Central Council Spiritual Advisor, Twinning Officer and Training Officer. He and his wife Jan are members of their local Conference.

Yvonne was elected President of the Lismore Central Council in October 2015. She was previously President of Mary Immaculate Conference, Bellingen. Along with her husband Frank, Yvonne runs a successful tourist accommodation business in Bellingen. She has a background in sales and marketing management and is a qualified personal trainer.

Gail has been a St Vincent de Paul Society member since 2011 with St Louise Conference Woolgoolga. She has held the positions of Conference Secretary, Conference President, Orara Regional President (pilot We Care Framework) Central Council Vice President, before taking up the President tenure in 2019. Gail has a background in Supermarket Management.

John has enjoyed a life-long journey with the Society, from Queensland to Canberra and now the Maitland/Newcastle Central Council, where he serves as President. John became Interim Chair of the company Board in December 2019. Since 2010, he has also been an active member of the Cessnock Conference. John has held senior positions in both corporate and government organisations. Prior to retirement, he was Chief Operating Officer for Australia Japan Cable, an international consortium of telecom companies.

Anne has been President of Parramatta Central Council since September 2016. She has been a member of the Society for 26 years and is currently a member of the Winston Hills Conference. She was previously The Hills Regional President, Vice President Parramatta Central Council – Member Development and Support, a member of the State Membership Advisory Committee, and President of Harris Park and Winston Hills Conferences. Anne has a background in employment and training and held senior management roles in government regulation and customer service.

Tony was elected as President of the Sydney Archdiocese Central Council in June 2019. He is also President of the Sutherland Shire Regional Council, having previously served in this capacity from 2004 to 2006, and Acting President of Liverpool Regional Council. Tony joined the Society in 1986 and has always played an active role in Conference work and fundraising for the good works of the Society. He and his wife Maggie are currently members of the Oyster Bay Conference. Tony has a background in project management in the building industry and continues to work full-time.

Peter is married with three grown-up children and six grandchildren. He has worked as a psychologist for the last 18 years, mainly as a school counsellor with the Department of Education. Before that, he spent 14 years teaching mathematics in schools in Western Sydney. Peter was a Councillor on Kogarah Municipal Council, spending three of those years as Deputy Mayor. He has been active in community affairs most of his life and has been a Vincentian for nearly six years.

Leo has been a member of the Sacred Heart Conference in Broken Hill since 2007, and was Broken Hill President from 2014 to 2019. He has a mechanical trade background and worked for 37 years in water supply and water treatment. For 10 years he held management roles as Building Trades Supervisor, Works Supervisor and Project Manager, and retired from the paid workforce in 1999. Leo was elected Wilcannia/Forbes Central Council President in July 2018 and regularly travels to all regions of the Wilcannia/ Forbes Diocese, covering 52% of NSW. Leo is also a NSW Justice of the Peace.

Peter has been an active member of St John the Evangelist Parish Dapto since being posted to Wollongong as a primary teacher after his marriage in 1973. He was elected as president of the parish council when it was first established under our current parish priest Father Francis Tran and is currently an active member of the Dapto Conference. At present he is the president of the Central Illawarra Regional Council. Peter holds a Bachelor Degree in Arts/History, Master of Studies and a Master of Education (Hons).