Centacare, Catholic Diocese of Ballarat is a Company Limited by Guarantee with its sole member being the Bishop of Ballarat. Governed by a Board of Directors the daily operations of the organisation are managed by the Chief Executive Officer,
Tony Fitzgerald, and the Executive Team.

The Board of Directors have a strong connection to the Ballarat Catholic Community and have a range of expertise, life experiences and backgrounds. They provide the organisation with strong governance and guidance.

PROFILES:

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Paul Bird CSsR

Bishop / Member

Bishop Paul Bird CSsR was born in Newcastle in 1949. He was ordained as a Redemptorist priest in 1975.

 

In 1987 the Bishop was appointed superior of the Redemptorist community at Brighton in Melbourne and commenced twenty years of service as editor in the congregation’s publications ministry, Majellan Publications.

 

He served various terms totalling fifteen years in all as a member of the Provincial Council of the Redemptorist Congregation. He represented the Australian province at the congregation’s general chapter in Brazil in 1991 and, from 2008 until the announcement of his appointment as Bishop of Ballarat, he served as Provincial of the Australian Province of the congregation with overall responsibility for the communities and missions in Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia.

 

Bishop Paul Bird CSsR has served as the bishop of Ballarat since 2012.

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Dr Liam Davison

Chairperson

Liam joined the Centacare board in 2006 and was appointed Chairperson of the board in 2015.

 

Liam has worked as the Director of Religious Education for the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat, the Principal of two Ballarat schools and also lectures in Theology and Education at Australian Catholic University.

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Maree Nolan

Vice Chairperson

Maree holds over 20 years’ experience in the training and education industry with expertise in leadership and management training with a particular emphasis on business, health, aged care, disability services and government. Maree is the Director of the Graduate Business School.

 

Maree holds a Masters of Business Management, Graduate Diploma of Management, Graduate Certificate of Management, Bachelor of Management and a Diploma of Vocational Education and Training.

 

Maree joined the Centacare board in 2013 and is also a board member of the Centacare Housing Incorporated board.

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Michael Myers

Michael is the Coordinator for Professional Standards Consultative Panel for Catholic Diocese of Ballarat. He has over 25 years’ experience in Family Law and is the past president of the Ballarat and District Law Association and Child and Family Services.

 

He holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce and is an accredited mediator and member of the Law Institute of Victoria and AICD.

 

Michael was appointed to the Centacare board in 1996.

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Carmel Hempenstall

Carmel currently works within the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) Pathways and Transition Team which is responsible for policy, provision and support for student pathways and transition in Catholic Secondary Schools throughout Victoria. Carmel’s work focuses on vocational and applied learning in the senior and middle years of education as well as Career Development.

 

Previously Carmel has worked in secondary schools across Ballarat and Melbourne and spent time as an Honorary Probation Officer with the Children’s Court.

 

Carmel is a member of the Highlands LLEN and holds a Bachelor of Economics, Diploma of Education (Secondary), Diploma of VET, Master of Career Development and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

 

Carmel was appointed to the Centacare Board in 2011.

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Mary Darcy

Mary Darcy is a Counselling and Consulting Psychologist working in private practice for over 20 years. Mary has worked extensively in the areas of organisational change and development. Mary holds a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma of Social Psychology and a M.Ed. Counselling and Consulting Psychology.

 

Mary also volunteers at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka.

 

Mary joined the Centacare board in 1993.

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Allan McKinnon

Allan was appointed to the Centacare board in 2012. Allan worked for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development for over forty years. A member of the Rotary Club of Ballarat South and Legacy Allan is a key volunteer on the Commemorative Days Committee.

 

Allan holds a Bachelor of Education, Graduate Diploma in Religious Education, Graduate Diploma in Education Administration, Diploma in Teaching Asian Studies and a Diploma in Technology.

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Maureen Waddington

Maureen is the Director of Mission at St John of God Hospital Ballarat and holds responsibility for the social outreach programs, Pomegranate House, Bloomsbury House, Raphael House and International Health in Tonga and Timor Leste.

Maureen has also been the Director of Mission for St. John of God Bendigo through the cultural alignment period of the new acquisition in 2005 and Acting Director of Mission for St. John of God Murdoch in Western Australia in 2010.

Maureen holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Graduate Diploma in Theology.

She was appointed to the Centacare board in February 2011.

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Jane Jens

Jane was appointed to the Centacare board in 2015. Jane is a registered tax agent and has worked in public practice for over eight years. Jane migrated to Australia from the Philippines in 2002 while she completed her studies in Bachelor of Commerce major in Accounting & Commercial Law. Jane holds her CPA.

 

Jane volunteers as a councillor for the CPA Ballarat Branch and is the President Elect of the Rotary Club Young Ambitions.

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Fr Tom Brophy