The Advisory Council was established in 2006 to offer advice to the then Cardinal Archbishop through the duly appointed Promoter of Justice and Peace. The Council is responsible to the Archbishop and reports to him through the Promoter.

Ms Jacqui Remond

Jacqui Remond is a mother of two. She has over fourteen years experience as an environmental educator and advocate. She is National Director of Catholic Earthcare Australia, the ecological agency of the Catholic Church in Australia.

Among other things Jacqui is developing partnerships and ecological conversion programs to enable the Catholic Church in Australia to become a leader for ecological justice and peace. Jacqui is also Convenor of the ecumenical National Council of Churches Australia Eco Mission Project.

Ms Fiona Hastings

Fiona has 20 years’ experience in the public and non-profit sectors as a social worker. She began her career with the NSW Department of Corrective Services, and later took up the manager role at Guthrie House (a residential rehabilitation service for women leaving prison). From 2007 to 2014 Fiona held a senior role at CatholicCare Diocese of Broken Bay where she was responsible for a range of family services. Fiona recently graduated from UNSW with a Masters of Business Administration, and joined CatholicCare Sydney in 2015 as General Manager for one of the Families and Community Divisions.

Mrs Louise Zavone

Ex Officio Member

Louise currently holds the role of Education Officer: Secondary Religious Education where she is responsible for the Religious Education Curriculum for Secondary Students in the Catholic schools of the Sydney Archdiocese.

She works as a part of the Religious Education and Evangelisation Team at Leichhardt, also working closely with the three Regional Secondary Religious Education Advisers, the Religious Education Coordinators and the teachers of Religious Education in Catholic schools to deliver a curriculum that is engaging and meets the needs of young people in Catholic schools.

Louise also coordinates an annual Social Justice day for students in Sydney Catholic Schools, which focuses on the annual Social Justice statement as presented by the Australian Catholic Bishops.

Mr John Ferguson

John is National Executive Officer of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council. Prior to this he was Acting Director of the Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission and Senior Policy Officer of the ACSWC and Catholic Welfare Australia. Particular areas of advocacy include justice for the First Peoples, for refugees and asylum seekers and those experiencing socio-economic disadvantage. John holds degrees in Social Work and Theology.

Fr Daniel McCaughan

Daniel currently serves as Assistant Priest at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Miranda. Prior to this appointment he had a short-term pastoral placement in New York working at St Michael’s, Manhattan NY and then Christendom College, Front Royal, Virginia. Daniel grew up in Sydney and before attending the Seminary of the Good Shepherd he earned a Bachelor degree in History, Political Science and Journalism at the University of Tasmania. He has since received graduate education in the United States and Rome.




Mr Chris Meney

Chris Meney is Chancellor of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney and Director of the Life, Marriage and Family Centre, an agency of the Archdiocese dedicated to promoting marriage, family and the Gospel of life.  Prior to joining the Archdiocese of Sydney, Chris taught secondary school students in both the Catholic and public sectors and served as Head of Religious Education at a Catholic independent boys’ school for six years.  Earlier in his career, Chris was employed in the field of biomedical science and served as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy for 11 years.  Chris holds degrees in Science, Arts and Education, as well as a Masters in Bioethics from the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family.  He is married to Mary-Clare and they have been blessed with nine children.

Ms Kim Hill

Kim is currently the Executive Officer at the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry in Sydney. She has an extensive background in education.