Our Staff

Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO

Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO

Chief Executive Officer

Jesuit priest Fr Frank Brennan has been a long-time advocate for human rights and social justice in Australia.

His contact and involvement with people who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged began early in his priestly ministry when he worked in the inner Sydney parish of Redfern with priest activist Father Ted Kennedy. In every role he has had since, he has been amplifying the voice of conscience, especially the voice of those who are marginalised.

Frank is an adjunct professor at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture. He is also the superior of the Jesuit community at Xavier House in Canberra.

To contact Fr Frank phone (02) 6285 1366

or email admin@cssa.org.au

Mary Jamieson

Director Corporate Services and Executive Secretary

As Director Corporate Services and Executive Secretary Mary’s primary objectives are to oversee all aspects of the business of CSSA including finance, compliance, contracts and human resources functions.  Mary works closely with our Board and Committees providing support to the CEO and Board in achieving the strategic goals of the organisation.

Mary has extensive experience working in peak bodies across the community and health sectors having held senior roles in business management, corporate services, governance, policy and membership services.  Mary previously worked at the Australian Medical Association and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.   She also has experience in service delivery having managed a large Canberra general practice medical clinic for many years.

Mary Jamieson
Joe Zabar

Joe Zabar

Senior Director, Strategic Operations and Economic Policy

As Senior Director, Strategic Operations and Economic Policy, Joe's priority is to influence government policy and decision-makers with responsibility for, and control over, the important economic levers which impact on the social and economic wellbeing of people in Australia. Joe's focus is to advance policies which improve social services to, and the wellbeing of, the disadvantaged and vulnerable in our community by developing and advocating for policy reforms which address income inequality and adequacy; and improve the sustainability of social services provision.

Joe has more than 25 years of experience spanning the government and NFP sectors in areas such advocacy, marketing and fundraising, human resources and business management. His extensive social services advocacy and policy expertise is well recognised across government circles which has resulted in his appointment to a number of Government and advisory bodies over his career. In July 2016 Joe was appointed as the inaugural Community Chair of the ATO's NFP Stewardship Group.

Joe has a Bachelor's Degree in Administration and Masters in Legal Studies, specialising in public law.

Kylie Burgess

Director of Mission

As Director of Mission Kylie’s role involves facilitating and promoting the mission shared by the national network of Catholic social services. This includes working with member agencies to strengthen formation pathways for leaders and staff. Kylie is also working with the network to build its capacity to demonstrate and articulate the role and value of Catholic social services in creating a more just and equitable society.

Prior to working with CSSA, Kylie was a case manager in community, aged and disability services, and worked for ten years in policy and program design in aged care. Kylie is a trained spiritual director, has qualifications in nursing, public health, and a graduate certificate in community counselling.

Kylie is also interested in:

  • The relationship between Catholic mission and identity and organisational culture
  • The role of individual spiritual formation in staff and leadership development
  • Catholic Social Teaching as the basis for social justice in action for Catholic social service and health ministries
Kylie Burgess
Liz de Chastel

Liz de Chastel

Director Social Policy

As Director of Social Policy Liz develops and advocates CSSA positions on social policies such as affordable housing, improved treatment of asylum seekers and rural and regional issues. Liz led CSSA’s engagement with the Dropping off the Edge research including coordination of the research and in-depth national briefings on the findings. 

Liz has qualifications and experience in urban and regional planning with a focus on social planning and policy development. Originally from Queensland, Liz has worked in the NFP, private and public sectors in the ACT, Qld and NT and has always had a keen interest in the social dimension of our communities focussing on improving the lives of the most vulnerable.

In her spare time, Liz enjoys productive gardening, cooking, reading and travelling and is kept busy with her two teenage children.

Lil Bryant-Johnson

Director of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement

As Director of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement, Lil’s focus is on ensuring CSSA uses the most effective communication channels to advocate for all people who are poor and vulnerable, and to support and promote the Catholic social services sector to our stakeholders and the broader community.  This work involves managing media relations, publications, social media, events and stakeholder engagement activities.

Over the last twenty years Lil has worked as a lobbyist in the private sector and a marketing manager in the community sector. Immediately prior to joining the team at CSSA, Lil worked in public affairs in the Commonwealth public sector coordinating high profile national stakeholder engagement campaigns for the federal departments of Health and Environment.  

Lil is passionate about promoting connected communities in Australia, where people care deeply about each other to the point that they share resources equally and value living together.

Lil Bryant-Johnson
Ingrid Hatfield

Ingrid Hatfield

Research and Policy Officer

Janaka Biyanwila

Janaka Biyanwila

NSW ACT Branch Officer