Advisory Board

The PM Glynn Institute is supported by a distinguished Advisory Board, drawn from leaders within the ACU and wider Catholic community. Their role is to help determine the scope of the Institute's work and to identify its strategic priorities.

The Advisory Board plays an important part in developing the Institute's public policy programs and in establishing a broad network of researchers and experts to contribute to the Institute's work. The inaugural meeting of the Advisory Board was held on 11 August 2016, with the Institute's programs being a major focus of discussion.

The Advisory Board's role is to advise on the strategic direction and research priorities of the Institute and to support the analysis of key issues.

Mr Julien O'Connell, AM Chair, PM Glynn Institute Advisory Board

Mr Julien O'Connell AM

Mr Julien O'Connell AM

Julien O'Connell is Pro-Chancellor of Australian Catholic University and Chair of the PM Glynn Institute Advisory Board after University in first line. Following successful careers in insurance, accounting and risk management, he joined the Board of Mercy Health in 2005 and has served as Chairman since 2008. He is also the Chairman of the CEO Institute (Syndicates 3 & 4), which provides mentoring to CEOs and Chairs of member companies, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Miss Pam Betts

Miss Pam Betts

Pam Betts is Executive Director of the Catholic Education Office in the Archdiocese of Brisbane. She has over thirty years experience in Catholic education as a secondary teacher in both systemic and Religious Institute schools. She worked with the Catholic Education Commission and Edmund Rice Education Australia before her appointment to the role of Director Administrative Services and subsequent appointment as Executive Director Brisbane Catholic Education.


Ms Virginia Bourke

Ms Virginia Bourke

Virginia Bourke is a lawyer who currently works in private practice. She has a breadth of experience in corporate governance and commercial law and has held a number of non-executive director positions in the not-for- profit sector. She is a member of Mercy Health's Human Research Ethics Committee and the Corporate Governance, Remuneration and Nomination Sub Committee. She is also a former General Counsel to the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea.


Most Reverend Peter Comensoli

Most Reverend Peter Comensoli

Bishop Peter Comensoli is Bishop of Broken Bay. He was an Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney from 2011-14, and served as Apostolic Administrator in 2014. He is a member of the Bishops Commission for Evangelisation and is Acting Chair of the Bishops Commission for Family, Youth and Life, as well as Chair of the Catholic Education Commission NSW.


Ms Jennifer Cook

Ms Jennifer Cook

Jennifer Cook is General Counsel to the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney. She began her career working in Cambodia for a human rights organisation training public defenders and then worked as a commercial litigation lawyer in Sydney with Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters), Andersen Legal and Corrs Chambers Westgarth. As a commercial litigator, she had a particular interest in private international law and international arbitration. She also acted as in-house counsel for World Youth Day 2008.


Mr Jack de Goot

Mr Jack de Goot

Jack de Groot is Chief Executive Officer of the St Vincent de Paul Society of NSW. Prior to this he was Group Mission Leader at St Vincent's Health Australia and CEO of Caritas Australia for 13 years. During this time he was a Board member of St John of God Healthcare, Vice President of the Australian Council for International Development, and a member of the Minister for Foreign Affairs' Aid Advisory Council.


Mr Stepan Kerkyasharian AO

Mr Stepan Kerkyasharian AO

Stepan Kerkyasharian is the former President and Chief Executive of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Commission (2003-16). He is also the former Chairman and Chief Executive of the NSW Community Relations Commission and its predecessor, the Ethnic Affairs Commission (1989-2013).


Mr Brian Loughnane

Mr Brian Loughnane

Brian Loughnane is a political and business strategic consultant. He was Federal Director of the Liberal Party from 2002 until early 2016. In that time he ran four national campaigns as Coalition Campaign Director. He has extensive international political experience with major centre-right parties around the world. He attended the first Convention of the Conservative Party of Canada and has just recently completed a review of campaign operations for the Party.


Dr Brigid McKenna

Dr Brigid McKenna

Brigid McKenna is Director of the Office of Life, Marriage and Family in the Archdiocese of Hobart. She holds degrees in medicine and bioethics and was previously Policy Officer and Executive Officer of the Office of Life, Marriage and Family in the Archdiocese of Sydney. She also currently lectures at the School of Medicine at the University of Tasmania.


Mr Patrick Mullins

Mr Patrick Mullins

Patrick Mullins is Senior Partner of the Brisbane Law Firm, Mullins Lawyers. He practises as both a civil (or common) lawyer and as a canon lawyer. He holds masters degrees in law, theology, arts and canon law, as well as the ecclesiastical degree JCL (Licentiate in Canon Law) from K. U. Leuven, Belgium. He is currently Chair of the Boards of Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital and Holy Spirit Care Services.


Mr Francis Sullivan

Mr Francis Sullivan

Francis Sullivan is Chief Executive Officer of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council. Prior to this he worked in government and private practice and also held positions as Secretary-General of the Australian Medical Association, Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Health Australia and Senior Advisor to the Minister for Health in Western Australia. He also served as a consultant to the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers at the Vatican.


The Advisory Board strongly links the Institute to community partners to help broaden the focus of public policy debate and to source deep expertise and experience.

Dr Michael Casey, Director, PM Glynn Institute.
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