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A natural development

New Salvation Army Housing CEO Mark Dall looks back at the foundations of his new role.

Mark Dall

Having worked successfully for decades in the ‘for profit’ and government sectors (both state and federal), I have increasingly been drawn to the not for profit sector.

So it was with pleasure that I thanked my wife, Danielle, who alerted me to the housing role for the Salvos, which was advertised on an ethical jobs worksite.

I had just finished a stint as a carer for our son, Finnlay, who has cerebral palsy; I recognised that the position would be a good fit with my professional experiences [see accompanying article] and my skills in change management. 

The Salvation Army has been part of the cultural and spiritual background to my childhood and adult years as an Australian.

My first recollection of The Salvation Army is donating coins to the cause as a child at St Kilda footy games.

As parents, when we lost our daughter, Matilda*, we arranged for her to be buried in the Salvation Army section of Springvale Crematorium.

I have always had a high professional and personal regard for the likes of Major David Eldridge, Jane Barnes and Netty Horton.

For a considerable period of time, The Salvation Army has presented itself as a decent organisation, well-organised and managed. 

Knowing that David and Netty were involved I was keen to apply; I recognise and respect how everything fell into place thereafter quite nicely.

I have never entered a job feeling more excited and welcome.

Mark Dall

* Matilda, the twin sister of Finnlay, survived for a day. Finnlay is in year 11; his older brother, Rafferty, is undertaking his first year of a science degree at Monash University.

Mark Dall – a précised backstory

Mark Dall is a public-spirited Australian, economist, developer and businessman. A degree in Economics at Monash University, and post graduate credentials in property at RMIT University, underpins a worklife in the private sector and the State and Federal governments.


More recently, as a Director in Victoria’s Department of Human Services, he has been heavily involved in the Government’s homelessness and family violence programs. As Director in charge, Mark successfully delivered Victoria's $1.5bn social / public housing component of the Federal Government's Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan.

Mark is an influential leader with a consultative approach to team building and business planning. A good communicator and relationship builder, Marks other activities include membership of the City of Casey's Conservation Advisory Committee. The committee provides strategic advice and advocacy to the City of Casey on conservation, natural resource management, sustainability and heritage matters of relevance to the municipality.

Married with two boys, five dogs and a cat, life for Mark can be happily chaotic. But he stays grounded by being a St Kilda tragic and a Melbourne Victory newbie. Mark took up his appointment as SAH/SAHV CEO on 20 July, 2015.

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