Assembly of Catholic Professionals

Join the ACP...inspire, challenge, gather

The Assembly of Catholic Professional (ACP) provides an opportunity for business women and men to come together to network, share common values and engage with the leaders of the Church in the Newcastle, Maitland and Hunter regions.

The Assembly meets quarterly, over lunch, in a relaxed setting in the Newcastle CBD between noon and 2pm. We provide an environment which encourages discussion about perspectives on a broad range of challenging ideas. Speakers are chosen to inspire us with their unique story and how they relate their work and spiritual life experience to the context of living in our challenging, modern world.

Guest Speakers and Schedule 

This year our theme is The Nature of Fear. ACP speakers from a variety of backgrounds and interest areas will inspire, encourage and challenge our thinking.

Dates  Speaker
Thursday, 9 March A Social Comment – Peter Lewis, Cartoonist
Thursday, 18 May Mental Health - Tanya Russell & the Under Construction
Thursday, 3 August Serving the Homeless - Orange Sky Laundry
Thursday, 2 November  Women in Leadership - Elizabeth Proust, AO

Previous Speakers

Past ACP speakers have engaged and entertained at each event. Learn about our previous speakers.

How do I join?

Learn about membership and join now.


The Assembly of Catholic Professionals will bring together key business, community and Church leaders from the Hunter region. Sponsors will be offered the opportunity to present their products and services to attendees. You will be acknowledged on all promotional material prior to and on the day of the event.

For details, email Fundraising & Donor Relations.

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Thursday 2 November
Fort Scratchley Function Centre

Elizabeth Proust AO

Elizabeth Proust has held leadership roles in the private and public sectors in Australia for almost 30 years. She has worked in local, State and Federal Government, the oil industry and in banking. She has held senior positions in the Victorian Government and was CEO of the City Of Melbourne.
Elizabeth is Chairman of Nestle (Australia), Chairman of Bank of Melbourne, and Chairman of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also Deputy Chairman of the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council. Elizabeth has a Law degree (University of Melbourne) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from La Trobe University.
She was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2010 for distinguished service to public administration and to business, through leadership roles in government and private enterprise, as a mentor to women, and to the community through contributions to arts, charitable and educational bodies.

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Business and Community Engagement

Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
841 Hunter Street
Newcastle West NSW 2302

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