Jennifer Stratton


Jennifer Stratton has held senior leadership positions in Catholic education, Catholic health and aged care, and Catholic aid and development for the past 24 years. She was Group Director of Mission at St John of God Health Care (SJGHC) for 15 years where she worked closely with the Board and Trustees assisting them in their leadership of the Mission.

In addition to her responsibility for developing the culture, she led a broad range of learning and development initiatives for managers and their teams. She had executive responsibility for social justice initiatives including ground breaking work in creating employment opportunities within SJGHC for people with a disability.  She also led the construction and implementation of SJGHC’s first Reconciliation Action Plan.

Mary McComish

Deputy Chair

Mary McComish was the Associate Professor of Law at The University of Notre Dame for 10 years, as well as the Dean of Law at The University of Notre Dame from 2005 until her retirement in 2007.

She has been a Barrister in the Supreme Court of Western Australia, and was recently Director of Daydawn Advocacy Centre from 2013 - 2016, an initiative of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Perth on behalf of indigenous people.

Carmel Ross


Carmel Ross is an organisational consultant who has held leadership roles in a variety of sectors of education, as well as in tourism and other human services industries.

Carmel chairs the Board of Heartlands WA and is on the Council of the Shire of Chittering. She was on the governing council of James Cook University from 2001-2007, and was Deputy Chancellor from 2004-2008. Carmel has qualifications in theology and scripture, governance, business administration and psychology, and her current work with organisations includes mentoring senior staff, change and transition management, human resources support and management profiling.

Steve Halley-Wright


Steve Halley-Wright has held senior leadership positions in major corporations and in Catholic education for over 25 years. Since 2009, Steve has been Director of Finance, Administration & Operations at Newman College, a PreK to 12 coeducational Catholic College with around 1,900 students. At Newman College, Steve is responsible for all non-teaching aspects of the College including Accounting, Finance, ICT, Facilities, Registrations, Capital Development and Procurement.

Prior to that, Steve was General Manager Group Accounting & Corporate IT, and General Manager Group Audit at Wesfarmers where he worked closely with the Board and senior management in developing and enhancing the risk and control environments of this major, diverse business.

Tony Wheeler


Tony Wheeler has worked in the financial services industry for over 40 years, holding senior management positions within national banking organisations.

Since retiring, he has chaired and sat on many Church related boards and committees, is a Director of Mercy Education Ltd and was the official Australian Representative for the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers. Tony is a past Chair of Catholic Health Australia and was a MercyCare Board Director from 2003 to 2012.

Tony received the Order of Australia Medal in January 2013 for his contributions to aged care, health and church organisations, including MercyCare.