Mr O’Callaghan will take over the role from Phillip Donato OAM whose term expires on November 15. Dr Donato has been on the Board since 2005. He has overseen Hutt St Centre’s successful implementation of Australia’s first homelessness social impact program ‘Aspire’, and the Hutt St Centre Pathways program, which assists homeless people to access employment education and training.
“Phillip has played a key role in enabling the successful delivery of a range of complex services in a very challenging sector,” Mr O’Callaghan said.
“Hutt St Centre owes him a debt of gratitude for providing a stable and positive platform on which to do its work.”
Appointed by the Daughters of Charity who founded Hutt St Centre in 1954, Mr O’Callaghan said he felt privileged to join an organisation that continued to play a vital role within the South Australian community.
“Since 1954, Hutt St Centre has been a work of the Daughters of Charity and has been a place of hope and opportunity – where people experiencing homelessness can and have achieved new beginnings,” he said.
“In its 65 years of working with South Australians experiencing homelessness, the Centre’s relevance in the community has only increased, and it continues to innovate and broaden its services to ensure it meets the evolving needs of the people it serves.
“As chair of the Board, I look forward to continuing the work of the Daughters in their mission to inspire people experiencing homelessness to achieve their full potential.”
Mr O’Callaghan is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and until recently held the position of deputy chair of the Defence Teaming Centre (DTC) – a leading industry association for the Australian Defence Industry.
Hutt St Centre serves 40,000 meals each year and helps more than 200 people experiencing homelessness each day, through case management and support, education and employment services, aged care and pastoral care.Jump to next article