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Our People

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.  

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.

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.

Sarah McAdie

(Appointed to the Board 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.

Sara McIvor 

(Appointed to the Board 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.

Kevin Murnane

(Appointed to the Board 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.
Kevin is the CCV Board representative on the CHS Board.

John Murphy

(Appointed to the Board 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.

Maureen Waddington

(Appointed to the Board 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 CEO

Agnes Sheehan

(Appointed to the Board 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.


Melbourne/Gippsland Advisory Committee

Ms Beth McConnell

(Appointed to the Board Feb 2018)

Beth McConnell has over 25 years' experience as a corporate, trust and superannuation solicitor and corporate governance adviser, having worked at leading corporate law firms, in-house with superannuation funds and in management consulting specialising in corporate governance. Beth provides governance, facilitation and training services through her own consultancy Beth McConnell Consulting. Beth also sits on the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal, the Board of Xavier College, Kew and is an Independent Consultant to the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee of UniSuper. Beth has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from The University of Melbourne, a Master of Commercial Law from The University of Melbourne and a Diploma of Superannuation Management from Macquarie University. She is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Terry Healy

(Appointed to the Board Jan 2013) 

Terry’s public service career spanned four decades with the Commonwealth and Victorian State Governments. He held senior roles in central agencies, planning and development, natural resource management and social policy. His experience includes policy advice, executive and program management, organizational and administrative reform and whole of government coordination. Terry is also a Board member with Domestic Violence Victoria. 

Professor Sandra Jones 

(Appointed to the Board Feb 2016) 

Sandra is the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement at ACU. Her role provides leadership, advice and support for ACU's community engagement strategy, including strategic frameworks that implement the new measurement of research engagement and impact.  Prior to her current appointment Sandra was the Director of ACU's Centre for Health and Social Research (CHaSR). Sandra’s research career has focused on the development and delivery of community-based interventions, in partnership with health services and NGOs, to improve the uptake of health promoting and risk-reducing behaviours.

Mr Dennis Torpy 

(Appointed to the Board Apr 2014) 

Dennis has more than 18 years’ experience across Catholic and government education sectors, working with Ministers and executive teams in areas of student wellbeing, engagement, inclusion, disabilities, student learning and communications. He also spent a decade in media as a daily print and television journalist and news producer. He is a member of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government Alumni and Catholic School Parents Victoria Council. Dennis is responsible for strategic policy and advice on key wellbeing portfolios for both Catholic Education Melbourne and Catholic Education Victoria. He holds an Executive Master of Public Administration from Melbourne University.

Fr Thang Vu 

(Appointed to the Board Jan 2013) 

Fr Thang spent nearly five years in the Finance industry before he commenced formation for the priesthood at Corpus Christi College. In 2008, Fr Thang was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Melbourne.  After serving five years at Catholic Parish of Ivanhoe as parish priest, he is currently Director of Ministry to Priests. Fr Thang holds a Degree in Accounting from Monash University and a Graduate Diploma in Computer Science from Victoria University.

Mr Kieran Walshe 

(Appointed to the Board Jan 2013) 

Kieran retired from Victoria Police in July 2012 after 44 years of service across a broad range of policing activities and reaching the rank of Deputy Commissioner. He has broad experience in administration, governance, audit and risk and human resources. Kieran is very focused towards community service and is currently a board member of the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation and the Adult Parole Board.  

Melbourne/Gippsland Executive Team

Netty Horton

Netty Horton

Executive Director
(Joined CatholicCare in 2017)

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. She is also currently a member of the Federal Aged Care Sector Committee.

Nick Collins

Executive Manager, Operations 
(Joined CatholicCare in 2009)

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

Peter McDonell

Executive Manager, Human Resources 
(Joined CatholicCare in 2013)

Peter has an extensive track record in strategic and operational HR roles, including generalist and specialist HR management roles with leading organisations including Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific. He has broad HR experience in strategy and policy, performance management, employee relations, learning and development, leadership development and culture change. Peter has led and mentored HR teams in the delivery of HR services to corporate, wholesale and retail environments. Peter has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma of Industrial Relations from Victoria University and a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment. He is a Certified Professional of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Tony Newton

Executive Manager, Corporate Services 
(Joined CatholicCare in 2008)

Prior to joining CatholicCare, Tony held several positions in the NGO sector and local government, most recently as Director Corporate Services, Diabetes Australia – Victoria. Tony has also worked in local government holding positions including Director Corporate Services – Shire of Bulla at Sunbury, Shire Secretary - Shire of Ballan, Deputy Shire Secretary – Shire of Hampden and Assistant Town Clerk – City of Colac. Tony has business qualifications from RMIT and post-graduate management qualifications from Melbourne Business School, The University of Melbourne. Tony has a keen interest in social justice and a commitment towards organisational quality improvement.

Bernadette Garcia

Executive Manager, Communications, Fundraising, Marketing
(Joined CatholicCare in 2014)

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.