During 2019, we made some significant changes to our organisational structure. We realigned our operations into five regions and developed a centre-led approach to frontline services, retail and logistics, finance, fundraising, property, and work health and safety.

These changes will allow for a more cohesive approach to our strategic goals, while reducing duplication across the Society.

Left to Right: Yolanda Saiz, JB Naudet, Kate Temby, Jack de Groot, Niamh Mannion and Leo Tucker. Not pictured: Ray Mouwad, Chris Thompson, Andrew Baldwin and Elaine Griffin.


The Executive Leadership Team (ELT) provides high-level management and strategy for the organisation. The ELT is led by the Chief Executive Officer, who reports to the Chairman.

Jack de Groot

Chief Executive Officer

Jack is CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society NSW. Prior to taking on the role in August 2016, Jack served in senior executive roles in the not-for-profit sector. He was CEO of Caritas Australia for 13 years and part of the Group Executive of St Vincent’s Health Australia for three years. He currently serves on a number of boards including St John of God Healthcare, University of Notre Dame and was Chair of the Implementation Advisory Group that monitors the Catholic Church’s implementation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. He has served on government advisory, industry and community organisation boards.

Chris Thomson

Executive Director Finance and Corporate Services (until December 2019)

Chris joined in December 2017, having worked for Northern Sydney Local Health District where he helped implement a ‘roadmap’ change program. Chris has a decade of experience in the Asia-Pacific region with multinational companies including Twentieth Century Fox, Readers Digest and Rentokil Initial Plc.

Andrew Baldwin

Acting Executive Director, Finance and Corporate Services (from January 2020)

Andrew served as Interim Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Services between January 2020 and September 2020. He was previously CFO of a number of international food businesses.

Jean Baptiste (JB) Naudet

Chief Financial Officer (commenced September 2020)

JB joined the Society in September 2020, bringing a wealth of experience gained from senior finance roles in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Working most recently as the Senior Finance Director in Johnson and Johnson Pacific’s Consumer Health Division, he has facilitated a strong team culture while delivering key commercial outcomes throughout his career.

Elaine Griffin

Executive Director Membership, Volunteers and Regional Operations (from September 2019)

The MVRO directorate was newly formed in September 2019 and we welcomed Elaine as the Acting Executive Director. Elaine has extensive leadership experience across the private, public and not for profit sectors and is focused on enhancing strategy and governance processes as well as driving sustainable positive change across organisations.

Niamh Mannion

Executive Director Vinnies Services

Niamh was appointed in June 2018. She was previously a senior member of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)’s Sydney Health and Disability Consulting team, with experience in project management, driving operational efficiency, leading change and delivering risk and control solutions. She qualified as a chartered accountant in Ireland.

Ray Mouwad

Executive Director People and Culture

Ray commenced his role in July 2017. He was worked in a variety of organisations to bring about successful workplace change and strategic reform outcomes. Ray has held NSW Government roles in industrial relations, advocacy and workplace relations, and has advised government agencies at a senior level.

Yolanda Saiz

Executive Director Commercial Enterprise, Fundraising and Communications

Yolanda joined the Society in 2012, bringing almost 25 years’ experience in communication, strategic development, community engagement and fundraising. She has worked in radio broadcasting, not-for-profits, local government, international trade, and major international sporting events including the Sydney 2000 Olympics and two FIFA World Cups.

Kate Temby

Executive Director Strategy and Governance

Kate joined the Society in October 2018, having previously delivered major public policy projects including at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce and the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Leo Tucker

Executive Director Mission and Spirituality

Leo joined the Society in November 2014, bringing extensive experience in pastoral care, spirituality, mission, culture, and identity in the healthcare and community sectors. His role mentors the Society to articulate the value of its Catholic identity, managing pastoral care and outreach, and providing mission, spiritual and ethical leadership. He is a member of the National Spirituality Advisory Committee and the National Mission and Membership Group.