Centacare’s Executive Team hold a diverse range of skills in business administration, social welfare, governance, management and community services. The team oversee the operation of Centacare programs and services at an operational level.


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Tony Fitzgerald

Chief Executive Officer

Commencing as Chief Executive Officer in January 2017 Tony’s extensive career encompasses work in the welfare and financial sectors.

Working as the Managing Director of State Trustees Tony spent 11 years overseeing the management and operation of the financial and legal service that supports those under a statutory appointment from VCAT. State Trustees employed over 450 people with a gross revenue of over $65m. Under Tony’s management State Trustees grew from 7,000 clients to over 9,200 clients.

Tony’s professional career includes 25 years working for the National Australia Bank (NAB) in domestic and international positions across Marketing and Credit Strategy & Planning. Tony also took a secondment to NAB’s former subsidiary in Northern Ireland.

Tony’s industry leadership positions have included President of the Trustee Companies Association, Member of the Financial Services Council Board Trustee Committee, Treasurer of the Australian Guardianship and Administration Council and a member of the Association of the Australian Public Trustees.

A graduate of the Queensland University of Technology, Tony holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and is a CPA, he is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Deanna Davis

General Manager

Program Area:

Family & Community Services

Commencing with Centacare in 2009 Deanna is currently appointed as the General Manager, Family and Community Services with responsibility for family services, the family relationship centre and mental health services.

Deanna’s previous roles include 22 years with the Department of Health/ Human Services Victoria and General Services Manager Lakeside Psychiatric Hospital.


Lyn Edwards

General Manager

Program Area:

Family & Community Services

Lyn Commenced with Centacare in  December 2017 and is appointed to the role of General Manager Family and Community Services with responsibility for family services, youth services and the victims assistance program.

Lyn holds 25 years’ experience in the child, youth and family services sector, including extensive experience as a private consultant. Previous positions have included working as a Team Leader, Program Manager and Executive Manager of community, family and out of home care services.

Lyn also holds a breadth of knowledge in training, quality, and government policy and change initiatives in the community services sector. Lyn has managed health services and equity and diversity programs within the higher education sector.

Lyn holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a Diploma of Management and is a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers, and the Deakin Alumni Association.

Our organisation chart (below ) details the program areas each of our Executive team members are responsible for.