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Our People

MercyCare is only made possible by the strength, passion and shared values our employees and volunteers bring each day.

We are here for the Western Australians we serve, creating meaningful connections and walking alongside them to create a future they want.

When you join MercyCare you are an integral part of making a difference at the heart of the Western Australian community.


Our Trustees

Jennifer Stratton
Chair

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.

Anne-Marie Pitos
Deputy Chair

Anne-Marie Pitos has made significant contributions to Catholic education in WA for more than 40 years, having served as Principal of Santa Maria College and Iona Presentation College over two decades. She has also held executive roles on numerous professional bodies and has served on a range of committees, advisory groups and boards. She was a member of the Catholic Education Commission of WA, a board member of Catholic Institute of WA and is currently a Trustee of the University of Notre Dame, Australia. Anne holds a Master of Educational Leadership (UNDA), a Bachelor of Applied Science and Graduate Diploma of Education (Curtin University).

Mary McComish
Trustee

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 with Indigenous people. Mary is also a Trustee of St John of God Australia. 

Steve Halley-Wright
Trustee

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 Finance & Administration at Newman College, a Pre-K to 12 coeducational Catholic College with around 1900 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.

Des Hardiman
Trustee

Des Hardiman has over 40 years commercial experience primarily in the not-for-profit sector. As a qualified accountant, Des has worked in Catholic education for over 30 years, having held the leadership position of Bursar/Business Manager at Trinity College, Newman College and John XXIII College in that time. Responsibilities included all financial management, risk, board governance, non-teaching staff, and capital developments. Des has been a member of school boards and held numerous committee positions on related associations. Retiring in 2015, Des has a small consulting business and is active in the community as a Justice of the Peace and on the Board of the Swan Districts Football Club. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants and a Member of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Tom Stephens OAM
Trustee

Tom Stephens was a long-term regional member of the State Parliament (1982-2013) and maintains an active involvement with the WA Aboriginal community, serving as an Independent Director with MG Corporation and Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation. Tom currently serves on a number of boards and committees in both the non-for-profit and government sector.


The MercyCare Board

Mary Woodford
Chair

Mary holds a Bachelor of Laws, Master of Public Health, Bachelor of Arts (Hons), is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Governance Institute Australia.

Mary was appointed to the MercyCare Board in July 2014 and appointed Chair in November 2014.  She is currently General Manager, Advocacy, with the Law Society of Western Australia, having previously held the roles of Senior Legal Counsel at UWA and Consultant, Corporate & Commercial with Jackson McDonald Lawyers.

Mary is also a non-executive director of the Local Government Insurance Scheme, the Australian Pro Bono Centre Ltd and Chair, Central Regional TAFE WA.

She has also been a director of HBF Health Ltd (until October 2018), HBF Insurance Pty Ltd prior to the sale of the general insurance underwriting business and a Director of HBF Financial Services Pty Ltd until 2009.

Mary has experience as a Company Secretary and Chair for not-for-profit organisations.

Michael Kenyon
Deputy Chair

Michael is currently fulfilling the roles of Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for two publicly listed companies, as well as being a director of several other private companies.

He was appointed to the MercyCare Board in October 2013.

Michael was previously the Chief Financial Officer of two ASX 300 companies over the past fifteen years as well as being a successful business owner.

He has always been active in the not-for-profit sector and is currently the chairman of the Western Australian charity, Make A Difference. 

Michael is a Chartered Accountant, graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a certificated member of Chartered Secretaries of Australia.

Mike Heath
Board

Mike is the CEO of Activ Foundation, the largest provider of support to people living with intellectual disability in Western Australia.

He was appointed to the Board of MercyCare in November 2018.

Mike previously worked as the Chief Operating Officer of the Hawaiian Group, CEO of the St Ives Group, CEO of Perth Racing and held senior executive management roles at the RAC for 16 years.

He has an MBA and Diploma of Strategic Management and is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management WA.

He is a Board Member of the Australian Institute of Management WA, Committee Member of the Carbine Club of WA and has been a director of several not-for-profit organisations.

Bryan Pyne
Board

Bryan has more than 25 years’ experience in finance, including over 20 years with St John of God Health Care. He has been the St John of God Health Care Group Director of Finance since 2007 and was appointed Chief Operating Officer Hospitals in August, 2018.

He was appointed to the MercyCare board on October 24, 2019.

Bryan holds a Bachelor of Business and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. In 2010 he was awarded a 40 under 40 Award (WA) in recognition of his achievements.

He also holds a board position with Newman Collage where he is the Chair of the Finance Committee.

Margaret (Margie) Tannock
Board

Margie is an experienced senior lawyer, recently concluding 10 years as a partner of a global law firm.

She now runs her own practice, ESG Legal, working at the intersection of law, public policy and litigation.

Margie advises corporate and government clients on statutory approvals, corporate governance, compliance and public law. 

She has been committed to the advancement of pro bono and social justice initiatives, particularly in the areas of indigenous education and economic advancement, and also holds the position of Board Chair, St Catherine’s College, UWA and Curtin             

Lynette Jones
Board

Appointed to the Board of MercyCare in October, 2021, Lynette has more than 20 years management and Non-Executive Director experience in the health and community care sectors.

A former registered nurse, Lynette has held a number of executive roles at Silver Chain and St John of God Health Care.

A values driven leader, Lyn has a strong focus on consumer experience, quality of care and organisational culture.

Patrick Walsh
Board

Patrick has held executive roles for over 20 years including his most recent role as the CEO of Craig Mostyn Group.

Patrick was trained as an Electrical Engineer and has extensive international business experience in Australia as well as working in the UK for 18 years before returning to Perth.

He holds an MBA from Warwick University in the UK. Patrick has over 13 years board experience including experience at the Chair level.

Peter Mott
Board

Peter has over 40 years of experience in public and private healthcare including 9 years as the CEO of Hollywood Private hospital. Peter currently holds the position of State Manager for Ramsay Health Care WA.  

Peter is the Vice President of the Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) and Chair of the APHA Workforce Committee while also being a member of a number of boards across the Health Care sector. 

He holds a Masters’ Degree in Industrial Relations, a Bachelor of Business Degree, a Diploma in Health Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Leadership & Catholic Culture.  


Our Leadership 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.

Rosina Smith
Executive Director Early Learning Services

Rosina has more than 15 years’ experience in the education and care sector, beginning as a Qualified Room Leader before progressing to higher management roles including Operations Manager, Area Manager, Compliance and Governance and Business Support. She brings her practical experience and management skill and experience to the newly created role of Executive Director of Early Learning Services.

Vicky Gonzalez Burrows
Executive Director, Mission and Ethos

Vicky has a range of experience in areas of social justice, education, pastoral care, youth work, outreach and spirituality.

She has a Diploma in Youth Work, a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Political and International Studies and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies.

Vicky came to MercyCare from the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry and a commitment to relationships and reconciliation with Australia’s First Peoples has been a common thread throughout much of her career.
She’s always had a passion for justice, spirituality and seeing people and organisations connect to, live by and embody their mission and purpose.

Martin Wandmaker
Executive Director, People, Culture and Brand

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.

Phil Martin
Executive Director, Aged Care Services

Starting out as a Paramedic, Phil went on to build a strong healthcare career having held clinical, operational and senior leadership roles during his 14 years with St John Ambulance.

He holds post-graduate qualifications in health leadership and emergency management and is also a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors, having previously served in a number of governance roles.

Joining MercyCare in mid-2019 as General Manager of Residential Aged Care, in 2021 Phil stepped into the role of Executive Director of Aged Care Services where he will focus on building a connected and supported team who strive to provide the best possible care to service users.

Jennie Burns
Executive Director, Family and Community Services

Jennie has worked in the Community Services Sector for more than 25 years predominantly with Children, Youth and Families as well as the Disability and Mental Health sectors.   Jennie was previously the State Director for Life Without Barriers and the Executive Director for Service Delivery at YMCA WA.   Jennie has considerable Executive management experience and has sat on a number of key Community Sector Boards.  Jennie brings a strong values and person – centred approach and is passionate in supporting vulnerable people to become active members of their community.

Daniel Heggie
Chief Financial Officer

Daniel joined MercyCare in 2022 and brings a range of experience in the finance sector, having held various Director, Company Secretary and leadership roles in treasury, IT, procurement, tax and property at companies including Murdoch University, Bankwest and SGS. A Chartered Accountant, Daniel is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is also a member of the Governance Institute of Australia. In his role as MercyCare Chief Financial Officer, Daniel’s focus will see him continue to drive growth opportunities and continual improvement in the organisation’s business services sector while striving to deliver the best possible outcomes for the MercyCare community.