Mr. Bernard Boerma, BA (Psych), B Soc Stud (Hons), MBA, MAASW

Bernard has an extensive background in the public and private human services in child and family welfare, disability, community corrections, social policy, public housing, community development, mental health, Aboriginal affairs and aged care. Bernard has written several published papers on topics that include mental health and the law.

Bernard has worked in both rural and city-based NGO and Government social service agencies, in NSW and Queensland. He has been Chief Executive Officer of CatholicCare, a significant provider of a range of human services for the past 10 years. He is President of the Association of Major Community Organisations, member of the Leaders Council of Sydney Alliance; and a member of the Board of the School of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

Rob Lourey Chairman, B Bus in HR and an Associate Diploma in Personnel Management

Rob Lourey is a senior executive with many years' experience in the human resources function across a number of industries, including media, property, construction, manufacturing and financial services. He has been the principal human resources executive in public listed companies in each of these sectors and has had responsibility for operations in Australia, Asia, UK/Europe, US and New Zealand. Rob has been a non-executive director with Afrox and Afrox Healthcare, South African listed companies; Michael Page International, a FTSE plc and KU Children's Services, an Australian early childhood education organisation.



Mr. Michael O'Neill, BA, CPA, FAICD

Michael is managing director of Pacific Capital Corporation Limited and has had over 30 years' experience in merchant banking and company management. He joined the Board of the Catholic Adoption Agency in 1984 and the Board of Catholic Care in 1991. From 1995 to 2003 he was Chairman of Access Programs Australia Ltd.




Michael Sommerton B.Bus (Ind Rel) MBA, FAHRI, GAICD

Michael's executive experience spans over 25 years with Not For Profit, ASX and FTSE listed organisations in various sectors including health, retail, distribution and automotive. He has a strong record both as a functional HR leader as well as Managing Director of a complex national supply chain services business.

Michael has served as Deputy Mayor and Councillor on Blacktown City Council and he is a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Mark Phillips M Com, B Com (Hons) 

Mark began his career with the Commonwealth Bank. Over 20 years, he held a range of senior roles with the Bank, both in Australia and overseas. Mark then spent 10 years as the Managing Director of financial services companies which were listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. More recently, Mark has become a director of, and adviser to, organisations across a range of industries in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Including being appointed Chairman of the Cancer Council in NSW. 

Mark has had a long and extensive involvement in a voluntary and philanthropic capacity with a range of charities delivering social welfare. He has also been active within the Catholic Church at a variety of levels. Completing high school at St Patrick’s College in Strathfield, Mark then attained a Bachelor of Commerce with first class honours and then a Master of Commerce at the University of NSW.


Sally Kirkright, B Bus (Hons), Dip Fin. Planning, GAICD

Sally is the Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary of AccessEAP. Sally has extensive experience in the finance sector and spent the majority of her career with a major Australian bank. Sally has broad experience in most aspects of banking including retail State General Manager in Tasmania, head of Operational Risk and Compliance division in Sydney and leading a private banking team in Melbourne. Her primary focus has been driving business performance and building strong working relationship with all stakeholders. Sally is a board member of the Curran Access Children's Foundation.



Harry Petropoulos, BA (Hons), Grad Dip Bus Admin, registered psychologist

Harry has held senior leadership positions in manufacturing and FMCG sectors. He is also a registered psychologist and an accomplished coach, mentor and trusted advisor to a number of senior executives across a diverse range of industries. He currently provides a range of executive coaching and team coaching services, conducts board reviews and governance training programs, and consults to public, private and NFP organisations on cultural alignment, organisational performance and strategy.

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Madeleine Mattera, B.Ec, FCA

Madeleine is a partner and the Head of Financial Services at Grant Thornton Australia. She has a keen interest in helping organisations grow and succeed in an environment of evolving regulatory pressure, demographic shifts, financial technology innovation and changing consumer behaviour. Madeleine is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Registered Company Auditor. She has over 25 years business experience and also serves as a member of the Good Samaritans Finance Council.

Justine Turnbull, BEc LLB (Hons)

Justine is a partner in an international law firm specialising in Australian employment law and strategy. Justine’s particular professional passions include key people management and retention, and collaboration between diverse team members for strategy development and implementation, as drivers for business success.

Justine is a member of the advisory board to the TAFE Commission of NSW, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Human Resources Institute and the Law Society of New South Wales. Justine is a co-author of the AICD publication Executive Appointments & Disappointments (2013) and has authored many articles, blogs and papers.

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