Executive Team

Anthony Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Anthony joined MercyCare in 2018 having more than 25 years’ experience delivering business success and societal impact across a range of organisations and sectors.

Anthony previously worked at St John Ambulance WA for 11 years, six of which he was Deputy Chief Executive Officer holding responsibility for organisational strategy, state-wide operations, and being instrumental in the management of significant organisation reform programs.  Prior to the Deputy CEO role at St John Ambulance Anthony held senior finance and executive roles within the organisation and before that he led the Western Australian division of The Australian Institute of Company Directors.


David Holden

Executive Director, Business Service and Systems

An MBA qualified executive, David is a qualified CPA and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. With over 25 years’ experience in a variety of organisations, predominantly in the banking and financial service sectors.

David’s experience includes strategic planning, risk management and compliance, treasury management, property management/development and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining MercyCare, David was the CEO of Goldfields Money, an ASX listed financial institution and also held Chief Financial Officer roles at Home Building Society and StateWest Credit Society. David has a keen passion for mission based organisations, having served 7 years on the Board of UnitingCare West.

Joanne Penman

Executive Director, Aged Care Services

Jo is a Registered Nurse with over 25 years’ experience within the Aged Care, Mental Health and Community Services sectors.  Prior to joining MercyCare Jo has held a number of senior management positions including roles at Silver Chain, Health Department of WA and Capecare.  She has a postgraduate qualification in Health Services Management from Edith Cowan University along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science as a Nurse from Curtin University.

Jo has a comprehensive understanding about person centred service delivery in community and residential aged care settings, extensive experience in strategic and operational leadership and comprehensive knowledge of relevant legislation and contract requirements within health and aged care.  She has worked extensively with Western Australians living with chronic mental illness and cognitive impairment.  She is committed to providing Aged Care services that are accessible, responsive and tailored to meet the diverse needs and preferences of people living in our community.

Sheryl Carmody

Executive Director, Mission and Ethos

Sheryl has been involved in the community sector in Perth for nearly 40 years with a focus on people who are faced with serious levels of disadvantage.  Her professional social work and senior management roles have included research, service delivery, management of innovative projects, workforce supervision and development, organisational and cultural development, partnerships and sector reform work.

Over several decades, working for Ruah Community Services in various senior management roles and establishing its mental health division, she became one of the leaders in WA in getting the recovery vision for mental health on the policy and practice agenda. She has contributed to a broad range of other reform activities, developing a range of innovative community models which included early intervention for young people and children, peer led and Aboriginal specific programs. Sheryl has had a parallel journey and passion for spirituality to sustain and nurture her work in the community and to awaken to the ecological challenges our generation faces.  This has included post graduate studies in theology and mission and the pursuit of ongoing spiritual and ecological identity formation opportunities.  For her, in the workplace, this brings a strong focus to organisational mission, values, culture, sustainability and spirituality, so that staff experience a positive and supportive environment to carry the organisation’s mission and values into their work activities for the benefit of people and communities.

Lyn Millett

Executive Director, Family and Youth Services

Lyn is a registered clinical psychologist and holds a Masters in Clinical and Health Psychology, a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Behavioural Sciences and a Graduate Diploma in Education. She has an exceptionally strong record of achievements in service growth and development and has previously held senior positions with headspace, the Department for Child Protection and Family Support and UnitingCare West.

Lyn is a published co-author in the field of offender rehabilitation and has presented at conferences on topics as diverse as youth mental health, violent offending and parental substance use. She has worked in the United States and New Zealand in the fields of offender management, child protection and education psychology.

Martin Wandmaker

Executive Director, People and Culture

Martin is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Business degree, with a major in Marketing and a sub major in Employee Relations.

Prior to joining MercyCare, Martin held senior management roles with DHL Worldwide Express, Sydney Ports Corporation and Automotive Holdings Group. His extensive experience has seen him in roles around the world, including Sydney, Singapore and Germany.

Martin has also previously held a non-executive Director role with Rocky Bay to support the organisation through the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

James Lawton

Executive Director, Governance and Strategy

James Lawton has over 30 years experience in leadership, governance, senior management, business development and marketing gained in the United Kingdom and Australia.

James has been with MercyCare for 8 years, previously as Director Executive Services. Prior to that, James was Executive Director of Community Employers WA, which represent employers in the non-Government, not-for-profit community services sector Western Australia and Chief Executive Officer of Palmerston Association, one of the largest specialist non-government service providers in the alcohol and other drug sector in Western Australia. 

James has held senior marketing positions in Australia for LandCorp, City of Joondalup, Activ Foundation and City of Stirling.

James is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of Leadership WA and has Certificate in not-profit governance with the Governance Institute of Australia. James was Chairperson of the Western Institute of Self Help (WISH) for 4 years.