Kevin Mercer, St Vincent de Paul Society’s new chief executive officer in Queensland, can’t wait to “get out into the field”. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Mr Mercer will succeed Peter Maher, who is retiring.
They will work alongside each other in transition until March 1 when Mr Mercer takes over as chief executive officer.
Mr Mercer, whose career in Catholic ministries began about 10 years ago when he was chief executive officer for Holy Spirit Care Services on Brisbane’s northside, said it was a privilege to be offered and to accept the leadership role at Vinnies.
“It’s such a wonderful organisation (with) a great reputation,” he said.
Mr Mercer admired “the trueness of Vinnies’ service delivery, and the way it’s so real in terms of their membership model, and the Vincentians and how they engage with the community at the grassroots, which I think is so important”.
“You’ve really got to be close to your people and close to the communities to really understand the needs, and I think Vinnies do that so well,” he said.
Mr Mercer said that once he had become familiar with the organisation of the society he was keen on “getting out into the field and meeting the people, the members and the Vincentians in the field who were doing the works, and really getting engaged in the diocesan areas and the regions within St Vincent de Paul and engaging with them and understanding their communities and their community needs”.
Mr Mercer was chief executive officer at Holy Spirit Care Services for seven years and then spent two-and-a-half years in Melbourne with Mercy Health, heading their aged care and community care services.
Since returning from Melbourne last July, he has worked with Mercy Communities in Brisbane.