Francis Lynch

Francis Lynch

I have worked for over 30 years in the community service sector including 20  years in executive and CEO roles – you can see a detailed work history on LinkedIn.

I am a past President of both the Australian Council of Social Services, and of the Western Australian Council of Social Services.

I have significant experience in developing and delivering partnerships with government and non-government partners. My extensive professional networks across Australia has created value for many projects that I’ve been involved in. I’m motivated to deliver high-level outcomes to communities and individuals who need support to reach their potential.


Master of Business Administration
Master of Social Work
Bachelor of Social Work
Grad Dip Business (Human Resources)
Certificate in Governance Practice
Cert IV Training & Assessment

Professional Development

Ontological Coaching Program
Mindfulness Coaching Program
Professional Supervision Training
CBT Practitioner Certificate
Psychological First Aid
Mindfulness Based Therapy


Fellow – Governance Institute of Australia
Fellow – Australian Institute of Management
Accredited Member – Australian Association of Social Workers

Senior Executive Experience

Chief Executive Officer, Solaris Cancer Care, 2020 to now

Solaris Cancer Care provides complementary supports and services to people living with a cancer diagnosis. Solaris has service centres in Perth, Albany, Bunbury, and Port Hedland.

Regional Director, Anglicare Victoria, 2017 to 2020

Responsible for Northern, Central and Western regional Victoria and into southern NSW. The services delivered include family services, out of home care, mental health, victim support, gambler’s help, and financial counselling.

Chief Executive Officer, Ruah Community Services,  2007 to 2015

Ruah works primarily in the areas of homelessness and housing, tenancy support, community support to people living with mental illness, support to women leaving prison, and accommodation and support to women and children experiencing domestic violence.

General Manager, MercyCare, 2000 –2007

Responsible for foster care and residential care of children, youth homelessness services, services for children at risk of abuse, employment services, addictions counselling, No-Interest “Leviticus Loans” Scheme, and services focussed on refugees. A member of the MercyCare Executive Team.

Other Professional Experience

Manager, Family Services, Mercy Community Services, 1997 – 2000

Managed children’s residential care, foster care, No Interest Loan Scheme, and a Family Centre.

Senior Social Worker, Djooraminda, 1995 – 1997

Managed the residential care program for indigenous children. Acted as Chief Executive when necessary.

Community Resources Manager, Anglicare WA, 1993 – 1995

Managed the Supervised Child Access Service, Financial Counselling, Community House, Child Care, Emergency Relief, Volunteers, and Information Systems programs. Member of Anglicare Management Team.

Teenshare Coordinator, Anglicare WA, 1990 – 1993

Coordinated a foster care program.

Governance Experience

Board Memberships (selected)

The Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors (ASeTTS)

  • Non-Executive Director 2020 to now

Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)

  • President 2014 to 2015
  • Board Member 2012 to 2013

Community Employers WA (CEWA)

  • Board Member 2007 to 2015

Australian Alliance to End Homelessness

  • Director 2014 to 2015

UWA Social Work Board of Studies

  • Board Member 2004 to 2015

WA Council of Social Services (WACOSS)

  • President 2011 to 2013
  • Vice President 2009 to 2011
  • Board Member 2007 to 2009

Edmund Rice Institute for Social Justice

  • Board Director 2010 to 2012

Alliance for Children at Risk

  • Chairperson 2005 to 2007

Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia (CAFWAA)

  • Board Member 2000 to 2005
  • Treasurer 2001 to 2005

Children’s Youth and Family Agencies Association (CYFAA)

  • Chairperson 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004
  • Vice-Chair 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006

Curtin University Student Guild

  • Chairperson 1984
  • Chair committees 1984-1989

Other Professional Involvement (selected)

WA Partnership Forum

  • Member 2011 to 2013

Commonwealth “CHOGM People’s Forum” Organising Committee

  • Member 2010 to 2011

Minister’s Community Advisory Group, Implementation Of The Department For Community Development Review Report

  • Member 2007

Ministerial Advisory Council on Child Protection

  • Member 2004 to 2008

Care for Children Advisory Committee – Dept of Family and Children’s Services

  • Member 1999 to 2001

WA Community Drug Summit – 2001

  • Community Delegate