The Oblates of Mary Immaculate and Rosies’ Board have announced the appointment of Ms Jayne Shallcross as the new Chief Executive Officer of Rosies.

Acting Rosies Chair Fr Michael Twigg OMI said Ms Shallcross’ appointment followed a thorough and independent process featuring “a high-quality field of candidates who wished to join our mission”.

“At all times, the care and support of the entire Rosies community; patrons, volunteers, team leaders, branch coordinators, staff, donors and supporters has been at the front of our minds and hearts.”

“We’re very pleased to announce Jayne’s appointment. She brings significant experience and proven skills, and a loving heart into this role as we continue to build upon the work of Rosies over more than three decades,” Fr Michael said.

“Jayne is a former Rosies’ Board member so she brings great insights to this position. Jayne was chosen for her passionate and deep spiritual connection with the Oblate Charism, our Catholic community and Rosies’ mission.”

Ms Shallcross is an experienced senior executive who is passionate about making an impact in the areas of homelessness and social isolation, particularly in this challenging time of COVID-19. Jayne has a strong record in leadership, strategic development and operational management with significant experience in corporate and not-for-profit sectors (nationally and internationally). Jayne is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Masters’ of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor in Business Administration (Finance and Economics). Jayne is also Acting Chair, Chair of the Risk Committee and member of the Finance Committee at Duchesne College (UQ).

Ms Shallcross replaces Rosies’ General Manager, Deacon Andrew O’Brien, who accepted a role as Director with the Archdiocese of Brisbane, working with our Archbishop Mark Coleridge. To support Rosies’ during a transitional time, the Board appointed an Acting Chief Executive Officer to maintain the leadership of Rosies’ operations whilst the Oblates and Board reviewed the strategic focus of the General Manager role.

During this time the Oblates and Board also reviewed their strategic plan with a reignited focus on their vision to expand Rosies’ community reach and mission. This resulted in the General Manager role being restructured into a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) role. This new CEO role is the result of consultation, research and communication with the Rosies’ community. The new CEO role will work closely with the Oblates and Board to:

  • align the community to the mission, faith values and purpose;
  • build commercial capability to ensure future sustainability of the organisation; and
  • continually drive operational efficiency and engagement with staff, volunteers and patrons.

“We wish Jayne well in further building on Rosies’ strong foundations of people and community sharing the Oblate spirit of daring and of being true friends to those in need,” Fr Michael said.

“We have been guided by our vision, with a purpose to provide ongoing and meaningful leadership connection with the Oblates and community well into the next phase of the Rosies’ mission. We thank all who support the Rosies vision and mission. We appreciate all the time and effort that our community takes in making Rosies such an important and wonderful charity during such challenging times.”
To celebrate this new chapter in the Rosies journey, you are invited to pray the Rosies Prayer with us.

O Jesus,
Make our hearts so human,
That others may feel at home with us,

So like Yours,
That others may feel at home with you,

So forgetful of self
that we might simply become the place
where You and they meet

In the power of Your Love and the joy of
Your friendship.

Fr Michael Twigg