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CatholicCare Victoria Board

John Sheldon

Appointed to the Board Dec 2020

John has served as the Chair of the CatholicCare Melbourne/Gippsland Board since February 2015 and is a highly experienced senior executive, mentor and coach having worked in the professional services/advisory market for over thirty years with Touche Ross and KPMG in Australia, Europe, and Asia Pacific. John’s experience covers a wide range of industry sectors. John currently is a founding partner in the Executive and Board Search and Assessment firm, Sheldon Harris.  

Ross Castle 

Appointed to the Board Dec 2020

Ross is General Manager, Client at Catholic Church Insurance where he has overall responsibility for CCI’s client engagement strategy and leads the national CCI teams in meeting all day-to-day needs of the CCI clients. He has over 38 years’ experience in the international insurance industry, with a focus on managing the complex needs of major corporations and financial institutions. Ross has a Master of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School (Melbourne University) and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sara McIvor 

Appointed to the Board Dec 2020

Sara has a Bachelor of Law from Trinity College, Dublin and is a Chartered Accountant.  She is currently the Director, Program Assurance at the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority in Victoria.

She is responsible for the key assurance activities across this large infrastructure entity which is responsible for the Victoria Big Build Program. 

She has significant internal audit, risk and compliance experience across the public and private sector and she previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers for many year in the assurance and risk sector.

John Murphy

Appointed to the Board Dec 2020

John had a 40-year career in the Australian Army and Commonwealth Public Service that encompassed roles in training and development, personnel management, organisational design, resource modelling and management, policy development, community development and the delivery of community services.
John was Chair of Haven Home Safe housing and homelessness service and a Director there for 16 years. He joined the CatholicCare Sandhurst Board in April 2017. John has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tuanh Nguyen

Appointed to the Board Aug 2021

Tuanh Nguyen is a Director in the corporate law practice at PwC Legal, specialising in providing legal advice to Australian and international clients on corporate transactions. She has 15 years’ experience assisting clients with their fundraising transactions and private and public M&A.

In addition to her work as a transactional lawyer, Tuanh has extensive experience advising Australian companies and not-for-profit organisations, and their boards on corporate governance and risk management issues. She also provides advisory services on a broad range of general commercial and corporate law matters, and she has previously worked as an in-house lawyer at General Motors.

At PwC Legal, she continues to support numerous in-house legal teams through an outsourced in-house / general counsel service. Tuanh is passionate about utilising her corporate legal skills to support the not-for-profit and community sector, and she is a passionate advocate for cultural diversity with a particular interest in advocating for greater representation of culturally diverse women amongst the leadership ranks of Australia's corporate and not-for-profit sectors.

Kate McCormack

Appointed to the Board Aug 2021

Kate is recognised as an industry expert and sought-after presenter at both local and international conferences across workforce, flexibility, attraction & retention as well as culture.

For the last 18 years she has worked as the Human Resources Director for Mercy Health where amongst her achievements included being awarded Diversity Leader for the ‘Advancement of Women’ Equal Opportunity Workplace for Woman and a winner of ‘Age Diversity in the Workplace’ Award from the Australian Human Resources Institute as well as Winner of ‘Best Workplace Diversity Strategy’ from the HR Leadership Awards.

Kate is a committed and dynamic Human Resources executive with over 25 years of experience across retail, logistics and healthcare. A demonstrated and proven strategic leader, she is highly passionate and proven at leading, driving, developing and engaging teams of professionals to deliver the strategic goals of an organisation.

With people being a significant component of CatholicCare Victoria, Kate will provide strong support in Industrial Relations, Transformation / Change Management, Performance Management Systems as well as Industrial Relations.

Fr Charles Balnaves

Appointed to the Board Dec 2020

Fr Charles is Parish Priest of St Joseph’s Parish in Meredith Victoria. Prior to his ordination as a Priest, Fr Charles worked in the petroleum industry for 30 years. He brings rich experience of family life arising from 36 years of marriage and the raising of two sons, now in their forties.
Following his wife Tanya’s death in 2012, Fr Charles undertook a journey of discernment which led to ordination as a Permanent Deacon and then as a Priest. In addition to running the Parish of Meredith, he is involved with CatholicCare’s Prison Chaplaincy Program.

Sarah McAdie

Appointed to the Board Dec 2020

Sarah McAdie is currently the Director of Public Affairs at Bendigo Health, a role she has held for eight years, where she oversees the Public Affairs, Fundraising and Governance and Business planning departments. A communications professional with almost 20 years’ experience she has worked as a Ministerial Adviser in Federal politics, National Communications Manager for DON KRC and has spent the majority of her career in the health sector, including a stint in the NHS in the UK.
Her skills and expertise are wide reaching and include media management, speech writing, internal communications, social and digital media, stakeholder engagement, governance and strategic planning, philanthropy and crisis communications. She previously served on the board of Castlemaine Community Health and the Kyneton Community and Learning Centre, and is an active member of the Country Women’s Association.

Kevin Murnane

Appointed to the Board Dec 2020

Kevin was appointed to the Centacare Ballarat Board in 2018 and holds a Diploma of Business Studies, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a registered Tax Agent and a former registered Company Auditor.
Kevin is a committed volunteer in the community volunteering at St Vincent’s De Paul, St Patrick’s Cathedral and the Snake Valley Golf Club.
Kevin brings to the Board strong skills in finance, governance, systems development and implementation, business acumen and critical thinking.

Maureen Waddington

Appointed to the Board Dec 2020

Maureen is the Director of Mission Integration at St John of God Hospitals Ballarat and Bendigo where formation is her primary role. Maureen has also held responsibilities for the establishment and management of community mental health services for perinatal and infant mental health, a youth drug and alcohol program, community psychology service and an international social justice program with Tonga.

Maureen holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Theology and was appointed Chair of the Centacare Board in June 2019

Sally Kirkright

Appointed to the Board Aug 2021

Sally is a purpose driven, curious and strategic leader, highly committed and passionate, with outstanding executive experience in the financial services and health sectors. Her board experience spans the sports and not-for-profit sectors where her contribution has focused on achieving member and philanthropic outcomes through robust governance, managing risk and compliance, strategic development, and creating inclusive and thriving cultures.

Sally believes her value at a board level is through leveraging strong people and human capital experience, exceptional financial management experience and an agile approach to seeking technological and innovation solutions.

Sally will make significant contributions to the organisation in the areas of Strategy, Finance Risk and Compliance, Stakeholder Management and Philanthropy, and Technology and Innovation.

Frank O’Connor

Appointed to the Board Aug 2021

Frank is a highly skilled and experienced leader with specific expertise in governance coupled with an extensive executive management background in information technology and corporate services. His core skills are leadership and governance and these have been clearly demonstrated over many years.

Frank brings a passion for a just and equitable society and has committed himself over the past four decades to a range of NFP organisations in conjunction with a long corporate career at Senior Executive level. His focus has been on social justice issues and he has been deeply involved in areas of social housing, disadvantaged women and girls, community health, indigenous affairs and aged care.

Social Housing is also an area where Frank has a strong background, having Chaired HousingFirst from 2013 to 2020. During that time, HousingFirst has gone on to become one of the largest and most successful Community Housing organisations in Australia with over 2,000 housing units (current stock and existing projects) and additional project proposals for significant numbers of social housing units. 

Frank was intimately involved in all governance aspects of the operation from bids to execution of contracts, delivery of stock and subsequent management of operations. He has very valuable insights to provide in this highly challenging area.

From a personal perspective, Frank and his wife also ran Family Group Homes over a number of years in the 1970’s and 1980’s giving him direct insight and experience of the issues facing young people in Out of Home Care. Frank also brings an absolute level of commitment to community as demonstrated by the range and longevity of his association with a diverse range of community organisations.

CatholicCare Victoria Executive Team

Agnes Sheehan

Appointed Dec 2020

Agnes has had an executive and non-executive career, spanning more than 20 years as an executive in the information and communications technology industry, and twelve years as non-executive director in the health sector. Recognised as an effective and strategic leader, delivering organisational integration, transformation and growth, primarily within large enterprises. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree Business Studies (Hons) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Agnes is highly engaged with the Australian Catholic community and, in November 2018, was appointed a Lieutenant of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

She has worked with the Archdiocese of Melbourne since May 2019 on a number of strategic transformation projects and most recently Agnes successfully led the Sharing Mission Project culminating in the historic merger of Centacare Ballarat, CatholicCare Melbourne and Gippsland and CatholicCare Sandhurst to become CatholicCare Victoria Limited.

Nick Collins

Group Director - Client Services
Appointed Dec 2020

Nick commenced his career in the sector in 1994 in youth work and counselling children.

Prior to commencing with CatholicCare in December 2009 he worked in senior positions in a number of Community based organisations in both Geelong and Melbourne. This included roles in program and service development, leading and managing staff teams and developing innovative programs to support men as fathers.

In July 2012, Nick assumed the role of Senior Manager in the North West and Barwon region. He was appointed Director, Operations in 2016.

Nick has a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Science (Family Studies) and Master of Arts (Counselling Psychology) and holds a Diploma in Impact Leadership. Nick is also a registered psychologist.

Ross Wheatland

Group Director - Performance & Enablement
Appointed Dec 2020

Ross commenced with Centacare Ballarat in 2019 in the position of General Manager, Corporate Services with responsibility for Finance, Information Technology, Housing Services, Marketing and Facilities.

Ross has worked for the past 5 years in the Public Health System, working specifically in Finance and Corporate Services roles. Prior to that he has held a number of senior Client Management roles in commercial software organisations, specifically in relation to accounting and client management systems.

Ross has a keen interest in customer services and process re-design. He has developed a number of client engagement models currently in use in commercial practice. Ross has been a volunteer board member in the welfare services sector. He also enjoys supporting his family’s local sporting clubs.

Ross holds a Bachelor of Accounting, Masters of Information Systems, Diploma of Education and is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA). Ross is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Bernadette Garcia

Group Director - Community Engagement
Appointed Dec 2020

Bernadette has over 20 years’ experience working in not-for-profit organisations in leadership roles.

Prior to joining CatholicCare, Bernadette held the position of Community Engagement Manager at Carers Victoria providing leadership in communications, membership and fundraising.

Bernadette has broad experience in marketing communications, including strategy, branding, digital communication and public relations. Bernadette’s background is in Arts and Media; she studied at the Victorian College of the Arts and was the recipient of an Arts Council of Great Britain traineeship.

She is passionate about social justice and using communications for a more equitable society.

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