St Patrick’s is led by a dedicated team of business professionals committed to delivering the vision and mission of the organisation. The Executive Team includes:
Steve McDermott – Chief Executive Officer
With a commitment to promoting a whole community response to homelessness, Steve has set a dynamic vision of pro-activity and growth for St Patrick’s over the past ten years in his role.
His wealth of international and local experience has resulted in acquiring specialist skills in the area of social service provision that include: housing; employment and welfare services. Steve’s work has enabled the exchange of highly constructive dialogue with key stakeholders to evoke change and achieve practical, sustainable outcomes in addressing homelessness.
Steve has served on a number of committees including the WACOSS Board from 2005-2009 and was a member of a steering committee that reported to the Department of Housing on the future of ‘Lodging house’ accommodation in the Perth Metropolitan Region.
Graduating from Teeside University with a Psychology degree and post-graduate qualifications in counseling, Steve also has extensive experience as a tertiary level lecturer in psychology and sociology and is a graduate of the Catholic Social Services Management course at the University of Leuven, Belgium.
“Adequate housing provision for the disadvantaged within our community is paramount. We need to document and report the rise of the ‘working poor’ within Australia and adopt a whole community response to addressing it.”
Michael Piu – Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Lawyer, NGO Executive and Community Advocate for change, Michael works to break down the stereotypes surrounding homelessness in Western Australia, reminding business and government sectors of the importance of collaboration and industry engagement.
As Deputy Chief Executive Officer at St Patrick’s, Michael has a key role in strategic direction and planning, leads work around new service development and projects, and is responsible for oversight of daily operations in areas including finance & corporate services, day centre and health services and community and government relations.
A graduate of Monash University, Melbourne, Michael completed a Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences), 1993 and Bachelor of Laws in 1996 and practiced Law as a Barrister, Solicitor and Notary over a period of 15 years, gaining the following qualifications: Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria (1997), High Court of Australia (1997) and the Supreme Court of Western Australia (1999).
Presently, Michael is a Current Certificated Practitioner of the Supreme Court of Western Australia Public Notary for the State of Western Australia.
Voluntary service has very much been a part of Michael’s history; serving on a myriad of Boards and Committees throughout his professional career, currently including:
- Chair, South West Metropolitan Partnership Forum (swmpf.org.au)
- Member, Pharmacy Board of Australia (appointed by the Council of Australian Governments Health Ministerial Council) & member of the Board’s national Notifications Committee (dealing with complaints/ disciplinary matters)
- Member, WA Registrations and Notifications Committee, Dental Board of Australia
- Member, WA Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, & registrations committee of the Board
- Independent Director, and Chair of the Governance Committee, Occupational Therapy Council of Australia and New Zealand
- Member, Shelter WA Advisory Committee on Homelessness
- Chair, Fremantle Family Support Network Steering Committee
- Member – Fremantle Homelessness Interagency Working Group; Partners in Recovery Fremantle Consortium Steering Committee; Freo Street Doctor Consortium Committee; Crossroads Drug & Alcohol homelessness service management committee.
Michael recently retired as Chair of 55 Central Inc (inner-Perth based homelessness service), previously served on the Board of the Community Housing Coalition of WA, and he was also a board member of St Patrick’s Community Support Centre prior to joining the management team.
Victor Crevatin – Director – Homelessness & Support Services
With a Bachelor of Social Work from Curtin University and extensive experience in the community sector, Victor oversees all of St Patrick’s Homeless and Housing programs. Understanding client’s needs and challenges and translating them into strategic and practical outcomes is paramount to Victor’s role and reflects a long-term commitment and proactive approach to making a difference in the community.
His interest in the area commenced through a volunteering position in a Perth Crisis Youth Centre and rapidly expanded to include a range of roles predominately focusing on youth. Commencing his career with St Patrick’s in 2004, Victor has worked at a ‘hands-on’ level across all areas of the organisation from the running of the emergency response and crisis management unit, through to human resources and senior management positions.
Today, he is responsible for St Patrick’s specialised Housing programs including: Youth Place and Youth Housing, Street to Home, Housing Services Facilities and Mental Health Housing Support.
With a personal vision to realise a goal of affordable housing for all Australians, Victor’s knowledge and insight, adds significant value to local and state-wide forums and has included guest lecturing at TAFE, Curtin University and a number of schools across Western Australia.
“Giving back is so rewarding if we work together to provide those less fortunate with the opportunity to the same rights that so many of us take for granted –and this can be as simple as providing a Roof over someone’s head.”