Chief Executive Officer
Felicity Reynolds has been CEO of the Mercy Foundation since March 2008. Immediately prior to joining the Foundation, she managed the community and homelessness services unit at the City of Sydney. Her academic qualifications are in Social Work (University of New South Wales) and she has worked in senior management and academic roles in homelessness, mental health and health research.
Felicity was Chair of the Australian Common Ground Alliance 2011-2012 and of the B Miles Women’s Housing Foundation from 2012-2014. She also chaired the Nepean/Blacktown Regional Homelessness Taskforce from 2009-2014. She was a member of the Expert Panel for the Going Home Staying Home homelessness services reforms in NSW. In 2012 Felicity was invited to the first international expert consultation on integrated services and housing at the OECD in Paris and in 2015 she was invited to the first Global Homelessness Conference, held in Chicago.
Felicity is currently a member of the Board of the Australian Alliance to End Homelesness. She is also a part-time member of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal, a role she has held since 2005.
In 2007 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate programs that successfully assisted vulnerable and complex chronically homeless people in the USA, Canada and the UK. A copy of her Churchill Fellowship Report can be obtained from the Mercy Foundation website or visit the Churchill Trust website here: Churchill Trust.
Lara Turner is the Foundation’s Finance Manager. Lara Turner was born and educated in South Africa. She graduated from the University of KwaZulu Natal with an Honours degree in Accounting before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Anderson. Lara then moved to London and worked as a product accountant at BNP Paribas before becoming the Finance Manager and an Associate Director of IG Index (a FTSE 250 listed company). In 2003 Lara and her family moved to Australia.
Lara joined the Mercy Foundation in March 2004.
Manager Projects and Communications
Sue Mowbray has worked for the Mercy Foundation since August 2009. Sue has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales. Sue is experienced in retail and consumer marketing. Before joining the Mercy Foundation, Sue was a director of an innovative marketing consultancy, providing marketing strategies and services to small and medium size businesses.
Sue manages the grants programs, the Home in a Box project and all marketing and communications from the Mercy Foundation. Sue has developed expertise in the issues and services related to homelessness in Australia and has a significant commitment to ending chronic homelessness.