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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 is the Director, Audit, Risk and Integrity at the Victorian Department of Transport with responsibility for the key assurance activities across this significant government department. She has internal audit, risk and compliance experience across the public and private sector and she previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers for many years in the risk and assurance group. She is an experienced business process and controls practitioner with strong stakeholder engagement and management skills.

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.

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

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.

Netty Horton

Netty Horton

Executive Director
Appointed Dec 2020

Netty has spent most of her career working with and advocating for people who are disadvantaged across the community. Netty has an MA in Public Policy, is a Churchill Fellowship recipient, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has had vast community and not-for-profit experience.

Her previous positions include: Territorial Social Programmes Director for the Salvation Army, Southern Territory General Manager of Community Services at St Vincent de Paul’s Aged Care & Community Services, and CEO of Council to Homeless Persons.

Netty has served as Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Homelessness, and as a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Homelessness and as a recent member of the Federal Aged Care Sector Committee. Netty is currently a director of CatholicCare Victoria and Tasmania, Catholic Social Services Victoria and Wintringham Aged Care.

Ross Wheatland

Executive Director
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).

Rhonda Lawson-Street

Executive Director
Appointed Dec 2020

Rhonda is a qualified social worker and values-led professional with a commitment to social justice.

Her extensive leadership experience encompasses a wide range of community, government and academic settings, particularly in environments of change and reform. Her skills include strategic analysis and planning; business and enterprise development; stakeholder engagement; cross-sectoral partnerships; capacity building and change management; project management; and evaluation and research. She is skilled in a diverse range of communication, consultation and negotiation requirements.

Rhonda brings to the board a strong commitment to collaboration and empowerment of those experiencing disadvantage in the community, and to staff at all levels.

Advisory Committees Centacare Housing Services Board