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Trustee Directors

In addition to the normal civil responsibilities under Australian Corporations Law the Trustee Directors have the responsibility of ensuring that Calvary Ministries and its related works operate in accordance with the teachings, discipline and legislation of the Catholic church.

The Trustee Directors of the Company are:


The Hon. Michael Lee (Chair)

Michael grew up in Sydney and was educated by the De La Salle Brothers. His background is in Engineering, Business and Politics.

He was a member of the House of Representatives in the 1980s and 1990s. He served as Minister for Communications, Arts and Tourism in the Keating Government and in Opposition was Shadow Minister for Health.

Michael also brings corporate governance experience to the role, having served as a Director on several Boards including Sydney Airport. He is currently Chair of Communications Alliance and Industry Number Management Services Limited.

He is also a Director of Catholic Schools NSW, the representative body for Catholic education in this state.

Michael resides on the Central Coast of NSW.


Ms Catherine (Kate) Birrell OAM

Kate has served as a Non-Executive Director and senior Nurse Executive in the not-for-profit health services sector for many years.

For some 20 years Kate had a senior management career with St John of God Health Care.  She holds a number of health-related degrees, as well as a degree in business and administration.

Kate has several Board and committee appointments. Previously she was a member of both Catholic Health Australia and the Caroline Chisolm Ethics Centre Boards. Kate is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kate was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division for services to nursing, particularly education, and the community in June 2015.

Kate was the 2018 recipient of the CHA Sr Maria Cunningham Award for Lifetime Contribution to Catholic Health and Aged Care Community Services in Australia.

Kate resides in Melbourne.


Ms Kerry Brettell

Kerry is an organisational consultant, facilitator and executive coach with significant experience working with leadership groups and wider organisational systems as they manage complex governance, strategic planning and change management processes. She has particular expertise in the area of mission formation and is currently involved in facilitating leadership formation programs for senior operational executives of Catholic health, aged care and social services delivered by Australian Catholic University. She is also a member of the Formation Working Party of the Association of Ministerial PJPs.

With qualifications in Social Work and Social Sciences, Kerry has served on a range of boards of governance, including her current role as director of Mercy Community Services Australia and formerly, as director of MacKillop Family Services and a member of the Mission Integration Committee of St John of God Health Care Board.

Kerry resides in Newcastle.













Mr Bill Appleby

Bill is an accomplished and successful senior leader with 35 years’ experience in the health, aged and community services sectors.  He held the position CEO of Jewish Care Victoria from February 2010, retiring from this role in December 2021.  Bill commenced in his role as CEO of Albury Wodonga Health in June 2022.

Bill originally trained as a Division 1 Registered Nurse at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne.  He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA); Graduate Diploma Industrial Relations/Human Resource Management; and an Associate Diploma Occupational Health & Safety.

He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and has previously served as a Director on several Boards, notably as the Victorian Health Minister’s appointment on the Tweddle Child & Family Health Service Board (VIC) for six years; Leading Aged Services Australia – Victorian Board for six years; and East Timor Hearts Fund Board for six years.  As well as being a Trustee / Director at Calvary Ministries, Bill is a Director at Stand Up, a not for profit organisation whose focus is to empower vulnerable communities specialising in youth engagement with a focus on leadership training and capacity building.

Bill resides in Melbourne. 

Mr David Robinson

David is a trusted advisor to Australian and multinational corporations, and has extensive accounting, taxation and business expertise. David is a Chartered Accountant, registered auditor and partner of ESV Accountants and Advisers based in Sydney.

He has over 30 years experience as a non-executive director of listed public companies, private companies and not for profit entities, particularly those associated with religious congregations in Australia. He was an inaugural Trustee of Mary Aikenhead Ministries, the public juridic person established to take responsibility for the health, education and community care works established by the Sisters of Charity of Australia, from 2009 to 2017.

In addition to his ongoing professional roles, David is currently a director of Catholic Schools NSW Limited, Catholic Employment Relations Limited and chair of the Advisory Council of Christian Brothers High School Lewisham.

David resides in Sydney.

Mr Paul Davis

Paul is the Director of Integroe Partners Pty Ltd a multi-disciplinary legal practice based in Sydney. He is an accredited mediator and experienced employment lawyer, having acquired admission into the Supreme Court of NSW in 1993. Paul also delivers a range of professional services relating to organisational development and change management in government, not for profit and commercial sectors.

Paul is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and over the last 20 years has held board director and trustee appointments in a broad range of contexts.

He has advised on and supported the establishment of numerous public juridic persons to advance the mission of the Church into the future.

Paul resides in Sydney.



Mrs Edwina MacArthur (Executive Officer)

Edwina is a Chartered Accountant who after working for over 25 years in professional accounting practices joined the Not for Profit world. For 12 years she worked with the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in financial and administrative roles before joining Calvary Ministries in 2015. Edwina also served on not- for-profit Boards for the Sisters of Mercy and an international advisory team for the Jesuits.

Edwina acts as Company Secretary for Calvary Ministries Limited.


Mrs Michele Black (Executive Assistant)

Michele is an experienced office administrator who holds the responsibility of supporting the Executive Officer and the Board of Calvary Ministries and the Members’ Council along with the day to day conduct of the company’s affairs.

The Members’ Council

The Members’ Council is required to exercise certain high level canonical responsibilities including the appointment of the Trustee Directors of Calvary Ministries and Calvary Ministries Ltd; ensuring the observance by Calvary Ministries sponsored organisation of the ethical directives issued by the appropriate episcopal authority; appoint the Chair of Calvary Ministries; and approve any major changes to the philosophy and mission, and the Canonical Statutes and By-Laws of Calvary Ministries etc.

Mr Seamus O’Grady (Chair)           Ms Susan Uhlmann            Ms Sharon O’Sullivan