Former financial manager Mark Phillips will take the helm of CatholicCare Sydney from today, succeeding former chief executive Bernard Boerma.
The Archbishop of Sydney, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, announced the appointment on 26 September.
“Mark is strong and visionary and will ensure CatholicCare Sydney continues to live out its mission and vision through the provision of quality services and support for the whole community,” he said.
Mr Phillips began his career with the Commonwealth Bank, where he held a range of senior roles, both in Australia and overseas, over a period of 20 years.
He spent the following decade as managing director of financial services companies which were listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.
More recently, Mr Phillips became a director of, and adviser to, organisations across a range of industries in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. This has included being appointed Chairman of the Cancer Council in NSW.
Mr Phillips has long been involved in a voluntary and philanthropic capacity with a range of charities, and has been actively involved with the Catholic Church.
After attending St Patrick’s College in Strathfield, he completed Bachelor of Commerce with first-class honours and then a Master of Commerce at the University of NSW. He is married with four children.
Archbishop Fisher acknowledged the service of Mr Boerma in his 12 years with CatholicCare.
“Bernard served in a selfless and completely dedicated way with a focus on the poor and underprivileged within our archdiocese,” he said.