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Vinnies SA welcomes new CEO

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The St Vincent de Paul Society SA (Vinnies) has announced the appointment of Louise Miller Frost to the role of chief executive officer, effective from March 10.

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Ms Miller Frost joins the organisation from Catherine House, a fellow not-for-profit that offers emergency accommodation and support services for women experiencing homelessness.

During her tenure at Catherine House Ms Miller Frost expanded the service capacity by 37.5 per cent, successfully implemented NDIS funding and more than doubled the fundraising income in two years.

Ms Miller Frost said that joining an iconic organisation like Vinnies was the natural next step in her career which has seen her work in rural and metropolitan areas across Aboriginal communities, new arrivals, mental health consumers, women’s health and safety, men’s health, homelessness, rehabilitation, youth and ageing populations.

“Vinnies has been operating in South Australia for more than 135 years, but the needs are growing and more complex than ever,” Ms Miller Frost said.

“With its diverse range of services, it feels like the different roles I have held over the course of my career have been preparing me for this one, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Vinnies State Council President Cathy Beaton welcomed Ms Miller Frost to the role, and said she was “looking forward to working with her to produce positive outcomes for South Australians experiencing disadvantage”.

Previous CEO David Wark, who is now heading up Operations Flinders Foundation, was praised by Mrs Beaton for his contribution to the organisation over the past eight years.

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