Marymead and CatholicCare to merge
Marymead and CatholicCare are to merge, following a review by the consultancy firm, KBWest Advisory.
The new body will be known as MarymeadCatholicCare.
Reasons behind the review of the two social service agencies included rapid population growth, changes to the community and social services sector, and desire to deepen the mission of caring for those in need.
The amalgamated agency will have new leadership and a new governing structure with the appointment of Anne Kirwan as Group CEO.
Tracey Hall and Lisa Higginson will be the Group deputy CEO’s.
“I am thrilled to lead the coming together of these two well established organisations,” Anne Kirwan said.
“For decades CatholicCare Canberra/Goulburn and Marymead have worked alongside each other providing quality services to individuals and families in need.”
“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to come together and better utilise our skills, resources, and expertise to do more within our communities.”
Archbishop Christopher Prowse has also welcomed the decision.
“Both Marymead and CatholicCare have been great witnesses over the years of the archdiocese’s care for the vulnerable in our region.”
“Now joined together, that closeness to the suffering Christ will be amplified,” the Archbishop.
Marymead CatholicCare Board Co-Chairs Fr Percy and Helen Delahunty have assured the community that frontline services are unaffected and will continue to be delivered by existing staff.
The merger will take place over three stages with completion expected in 2022.