Board of Directors

Elizabeth Carr – Chairman BA (Hons), MPA, FAICD

Elizabeth’s focus is the inter-dependence between the private, public, education and not-for-profit sectors. Her skills incorporate all sectors, having worked for IBM, Macquarie Group, and the Department State Development WA in Perth, Sydney and the USA; plus she has undertaken a Masters degree at Harvard University, specialising in governance, accountability, cultural change and strategic policy.

As well as Chairing St Catherine’s Aged Care Services, Elizabeth is the Chair of the Macular Degeneration Foundation and Chairs the Department of Family and Community Services Audit & Risk Committee. She is a non-Executive Board member for the Environmental Protection Authority (WA), The Safety, Return to Work and Support Board (NSW) – and a member of its Audit & Risk Committee, St Marys Anglican Girls School (WA), WA co-ordinator for the Harvard Club of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). In addition Elizabeth undertakes consultancies on Governance and Risk Management in the Public, Private and Not-for-Profit sectors and is a facilitator for the AICD.

Paul Bourke – Director

Paul Bourke spent almost 30 years in the Australian Food Industry and is a former Chief Executive Officer of Campbell Soup’s, Arnott’s Biscuits and Cadbury Confectionery.

He has previously been a Director of Public, Private and Not For Profit Companies, including Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Ltd and Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation.

He is currently a Director of Leadership Development Australia, a company which advises organisations on culture and values and management teams on interpersonal skills.

Paul holds a Master of Business Leadership (MBL) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).


Catherine Hallinan – Director

Catherine joined the Board April 2016.   Now a professional non-executive director, she enjoyed a long career in financial services and has a particular interest in the health and aged care sectors.  She has extensive experience as a senior executive in wealth management and investments, banking and insurance, and as a consultant in corporate strategy and planning.  She is Chairman of Gateway Credit Union, an approved deposit institution with around $1b in assets, and a Director of HCL Life Limited, a subsidiary of the health fund HCF.  She has served on Audit, Risk, Compliance, Nominations/Remuneration and Investment Committees and believes that sound governance is an essential element in furthering the mission of St.Catherine’s Aged Care.  Catherine is Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the professional financial services body, Finsia and the Australasian Mutuals Institute and is a graduate of Sydney University and Macquarie Graduate School of Management.


Martin Hartcher – Director

Martin has enjoyed a long career in CEO roles in a diverse array of industries from broadcasting to insurance and publishing. He currently chairs GNS Ltd, a public company wholesaling stationery and Natbuild, a major hardware group. He has qualifications in law and accounting with further studies in management and governance. He is a Fellow of the AICD and until recently a chair of Coraggio a CEO mentoring group.

Theresa Haywood – Director

Therese Haywood DC Bsc(Hons), Grad Dip Arts (Social Welfare), MA(Theology).

Therese is a Daughter of Charity who is a current member of the Council. She has experience in the welfare sector, especially in homelessness, mental health and youth work. She is currently the Spiritual Advisor responsible for mission and values for the St Vincent de Paul Society in Canberra/Goulburn.

Damian Jeffree – Director

Damian Jeffree is the Senior Manager Compliance for Optiver Pty Ltd a market making proprietary trading firm.  At Optiver Damian is responsible for regulatory and compliance matters relating to the Australian and other Asian markets.

Prior to joining Optiver, Damian represented the finance industry to Government as the Lead Director Markets at the Australian Financial Markets Association (AFMA). In this role he engaged with international and domestic regulators and led the replacement project for Australia’s benchmark interest rate, the Bank Bill SWap rate ‘BBSW’.  Following this successful project Australia now leads the world with a benchmark interest rate that is derived directly from market orders rather than submissions.

At AFMA Damian also led the industry policy and engagement with Government in relation to dark pools and high frequency trading, and carbon trading and energy policy. As Lead Director he had responsibility for all market related committees for the Australian market including the Market Governance Committee which sets OTC policy for the Australian markets and the Equity Steering Committee which represents the institutional banks in relation to the financial markets.

Prior to AFMA Damian has worked in senior roles as the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Minister for Transport and Minister for Energy and as a cash trader at two investment banks.

Damian has Bachelor Degrees in Law, Science (Computer Science, Physics) and Arts (Philosophy). While attending university Damian worked for a number of years part time and casually as an assistant in nursing at Inala group home in Pennant Hills.

Damian’s key areas of expertise are:

  • Policy and compliance;
  • Government relations;
  • Finance;
  • Energy; and
  • Information technology.

Maureen Robinson – Director

Maureen Robinson is the General Manager, Clinical Governance for Healthdirect Australia. Prior to joining Healthdirect Australia, Maureen provided an extensive range of consultancy services in healthcare quality and clinical governance in both New Zealand and Australia. In her role at Healthdirect Australia Maureen is responsible for establishing, directing and managing our clinical governance research and analysis functions in order to promote and support patient safety and clinical governance within the company and for contracted services.

The work that Maureen undertakes in her role at Healthdirect builds on her impressive track record of leading and creating reform in healthcare quality, including the development Australia’s first state based health quality and clinical governance framework, “The Framework for Managing the Quality of Health Services in NSW’ and the “Clinician’s Toolkit for Improving Patient Care”. Maureen designed and oversaw the implementation of the NSW Safety Improvement Program, the NSW Incident Information Management System, established the priorities for quality in the New Zealand health and disability sector and developed and implemented the New Zealand Incident Management policy and system.

Maureen’s key areas of expertise are:

  • Governance, with a particular interest in clinical governance
  • Healthcare policy
  • Standards and accreditation
  • Quality and safety in healthcare
  • Qualified privilege / statutory immunity legislation.

Among other appointments Maureen is:

  • Visiting Fellow and lecturer, Clinical Governance and Risk Management in the Master of Health Management program, University of NSW in the, Faculty of Medicine
  • Fellow, The Australasian Association for Quality in Health Care
  • Director, St Catherine’s Aged Care Services Australia
  • Member BreastScreen Australia Accreditation Review Committee
  • Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Louise Sexton – Director BA, LLM, MBA (Exec), GAICD

Louise has practised as a solicitor since 1983 with experience in government, private practice and in-house corporate practice, primarily in telecommunications and technology based businesses. She has over 20 years of experience as a company secretary in listed public companies and has been a director of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman and the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association.