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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, Australia’s peak communications industry body.

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 has had a senior management career with St John of God Health Care, finishing as Group Director of Nursing in December 2014. She still provides consulting services to St John of God Health Care as a Nursing Development Program Advisor in Timor Leste.

She holds a number of health related degrees, as well as a degree in business and administration. Kate has several Board and committee appointments. These currently include the Gordon Institute of TAFE Geelong, Barwon Health Ethics Committee and Mercy Health Board Quality Committee. Previously Kate was a member of both Catholic Health Australia and the Caroline Chisolm Ethics Centre Boards. She is also a graduate of the Company Directors Course of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2006 Kate was appointed by the Australian Catholic University to the position of Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing, which she held until her retirement in 2014.

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.

Kate resides in Melbourne.

Mr David Penny

David is currently Executive Leader Operations ISMAPNG (The Institute of Sisters of Mercy Australia and Papua New Guinea). Until May 2017 he held an executive role within the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes in Western NSW.

He has significant experience in the management and governance of not-for-profit organisations and has been a BBI Council member since its inception.

David holds degrees and diplomas in Health Science and Administration.  He completed the Intensive Executive Management Program for Non-Profit Leaders at Stanford University, CA, USA in 2004. David has a Master’s degree in Management and has also recently completed a Master in Pastoral Theology at Heythrop College, London University, UK.

David was a Director of Little Company of Mary Health Care between 2000 – 2009 and was a member of its Mission & Ethics Committee.

David resides in Sydney.

Ms Kerry Brettell

Kerry is an organisational consultant, facilitator and a founding Director of Integroe Partners Pty Ltd, a multidisciplinary legal and consulting practice that delivers a range of legal and consulting services predominantly to not for profit, faith based and government clients, particularly in health, aged care, education and human service organisations. She has a particular interest in and understanding of Catholic organisations.

Kerry has significant experience working with leadership groups and wider organisational systems as they manage complex governance, strategic planning and change management processes. In recent times, this has included involvement with Religious Institutes as they transition themselves and/or their ministries to new canonical entities. Kerry has worked with many of the Australian PJP’s and with many religious congregations in Australia and South East Asia.

Kerry has served on a range of boards of governance, including her current role as director of MacKillop Family Services. She is also a member of the Mission Integration Committee of SJGHC Board.

Kerry resides in Sydney.














Mr Bill Appleby

Bill is a strong executive leader with extensive experience and strategic understanding of the aged and community care services sectors.

Bill has held the position CEO of Jewish Care Victoria since February 2010.  He is also a Board Member for East Timor Hearts Fund, member of the Consumer Reference Group for Calvary Health Care Bethlehem, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Bill has held various other senior positions including Victorian Divisional Councillor for Aged & Community Services Australia, Board Member of Leading Age Services Australia Victoria, Board Member of Tweddle Child & Family Health Services and his most previous roles preceding Jewish Care as Executive Director, Aged Care, Mercy health and National General Manager of Operations at Regis Group.

Bill is passionate about value-based leadership and how he can influence the development of a “good society”. Driven by a personal objective to care more than others think is wise, to risk more than others think is safe, to dream more than others think is practical, and to expect more than others think is possible, Bill is driven in his desire to create value through change.

Bill resides in Melbourne.


Sr Jennifer Barrow LCM

Sr Jennifer is a Sister of the Congregation The Little Company of Mary, who in her Nursing career has completed studies in Operating Room Management, Midwifery, Advanced Clinical Nursing Administration/Bachelor of Applied Science, and has worked in varied roles throughout the Little Company of Mary Health Care facilities in Australia.

Sr Jennifer served on local LCM Health Boards of Management, and was the inaugural chair of Little Company of Mary National Board, and also served as a Trustee of St John of God Health Care Services.

Sr Jennifer has held Leadership and Governance roles in Little Company of Mary Australia, NZ, and Tonga, and was involved in the re-structuring of LCM Health Care and Aged Care Services Australia, leading to the establishment of the Ministerial Public Juridic Person Calvary Ministries.

Sr Jennifer was awarded the CHA Maria Cunningham Lifetime Award in 2017 for her contribution to Catholic health and aged care Community Services in Australia.

Sr Jennifer resides in Melbourne.


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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. Since 2002 she has worked with the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in financial and administrative roles. Edwina held the position of Assistant Director of Jesuit Mission up until the end of 2014 and has also served on Not for Profit Boards for the Sisters of Mercy and an international advisory team for the Jesuits.

Edwina also 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

Sr Anne Sheridan LCM (Chair)

Ms Susan Uhlmann

Mr Seamus O’Grady




Ms Sharon O’Sullivan