MercyCare Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer
Chris holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of MercyCare having been appointed in November 2010. Chris has held senior leadership and corporate governance positions for thirty years in the Australian not-for-profit sector and local government industry at national, state and local levels. He has worked in the community services, health, mental health, disability and aged care sectors. Chris is a well-known supporter of the not-for-profit sector and well-recognised advocate and driver for social justice and for changes that benefit the community. He has served on numerous advisory and consultative bodies and committees to federal, state and local governments and on the boards of various not-for-profit organisations. Among his current appointments, he is Co-Chair of Community Employers WA and a member of the State Training Board of WA and the WA Advisory Council for the Centre for Social Impact. Chris has tertiary qualifications in business management, social work and the arts and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and 2009 Churchill Fellow.
Executive Director, Aged Care Services
Rebecca’s professional experience includes government relations, strategic policy development, social advocacy and stakeholder management together with delivering key business growth initiatives in both the government and non-government sectors. She developed Bankwest’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategy and Diversity and Inclusion program. Prior to joining MercyCare, Rebecca was the Chief Operating Officer for a large not for profit organisation. She held the position of Director Government Relations for UnitingCare Australia and worked within Parliament House Canberra as a Policy Advisor and Whips Clerk. Rebecca is a fellow of Leadership WA and has over 15 years’ experience working with private companies and national and local government organisations providing strategic planning advice, managing business development initiatives and building communication and marketing strategies.
Executive Director, Business Services and Systems
David holds the position of Executive Director Business Services 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.
Executive Director, Mission and Culture
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.
Executive Director, People and Organisational Services
Angela has a comprehensive background in strategic human resources management and has held senior management positions within large organisations in local government and the private sector in both Australia and the UK. Previously, Angela held the role of Manager Human Resources at the City of Stirling and before immigrating to Australia was the Director Human Resources at Chorley Council. Angela holds qualifications in Human Resource Management and has a wealth of experience in dealing with all facets of people and culture related matters with specific emphasis on organisational development and change management. She also has extensive experience in developing organisational strategies and dealing with complex industrial issues. Service driven, Angela believes that the right human strategies lead to be best outcomes for an organisations customers and she is passionate about people and the community.
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.