Our Board

Catholic Homes is an incorporated association and recognised as a charitable institution. The organisation is governed by a Board of Management elected from the Association’s membership.

Each member brings a unique range of complementary skills and expertise to the organisation including marketing, finance, legal, and property management together with the responsibility of representing the Archbishop of Perth and Bishop of Bunbury.

The Board performs a vital role in the organisation including:

  • Development of the organisation’s strategic plans, aims, objectives and goals.
  • Ensuring that the organisation’s structure, operations and legal and regulatory framework of the sector and in line with the Constitution of the Association and best practice Governance;
  • Promoting and developing the organisation in order for it to grow and maintain relevance within the market place;
  • Maintaining sound financial management of the organisation’s resources, ensuring expenditure is in line with the organisation’s mission and values;
  • Approving the annual budget and monitoring the financial performance of organisation;
  • Ensuring the effective and efficient administration through sustainable leadership practices within the organisation.

Board Members

Peter Messer

Chairperson

Peter Messer

Peter joined the Board in November 2004 and became Chairman of the Board in November 2015.

Peter retired from employment in February 2012 after seven years as the director of Professional Standards for the Catholic Church in WA. Prior to that he had spent thirty-two years in the accounting profession and was a partner in a large chartered accounting firm for twenty-one of those years.

During Peter’s professional career he specialised in audit, corporate advisory and company secretarial practice for large listed companies, government corporations and the not-for-profit sector. He now spends his time working on a voluntary basis for several non for profit organisations.

Peter is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators and an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He was a councillor on the State Council of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators for thirteen years, state chairman for two years and on the National Council for two years.

John Ogilvie

Deputy Chairperson

John Ogilvie

John is the Financial Administrator for the Catholic Diocese of Bunbury a position he has held since relocating with his family from Perth more than a decade ago. He is responsible for the business management of the Diocese, its parishes and organisations and was project manager for the award winning rebuilding of Bunbury’s iconic St Patrick’s Cathedral and surrounding precinct.

John has extensive experience in accounting, budgeting, finance, investment, property funds management, project management and strategic planning.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the Australian National University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment. He is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a Certified Practicing Accountant. He was a board member of Aquinas College and past president of the Old Aquinians Association. He is and has served on the boards of a number of sporting and not for profit organisations and is a life member of the Melville Water Polo Club Inc. In 2011 John received a Papal Honour from Pope Benedict XVI. He was awarded a Knighthood of the Order of St Gregory the Great and is only the fourth Western Australian to receive such an honour.

Margaret Haydon

Member

Margaret Haydon

Margaret joined the Board in 2004 and is the Donor Relations Manager at Channel 7 Telethon.

She started her career in Sydney, working with the Catholic Youth Organisation. Following on from this, she spent thirteen years working for the Sydney Catholic Communications Centre. In the late 1980’s Margaret moved to Perth and worked in public relations, for the Catholic Education Office. Then in 1990, she took the position of Director of Communications and Fundraising for the University of Notre Dame, later becoming the Director of Corporate Development with the Association for the Blind of WA. For the past four and a half years she was at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Head of Marketing and Fundraising before taking up her current position.

Margaret provides grant and funding, marketing and PR expertise.

Michael Hughes

Member

Michael Hughes

Michael joined the Board in 2011. Michael is a Director of law firm Michael Hughes Legal.  He has been a solicitor for more than 30 years, is a Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Law Society of Western Australia and a Notary Public.

Michael's legal expertise is around property law: all forms of property transactions, including acting for lessors and lessees, purchasers and vendors; easements, restrictive covenants and other agreements relating to land and development. He also specialises in carbon sequestration, tree plantations and related agreements, commercial and business law, including actingfor buyers and sellers of property and business. 

He is also a member of the Board of Aquinas College, and a life member of the University of Western Australia Rugby Union Club. Michael also became the Australian Sudoku Champion at the National Titles in Brisbane in August 2011.

Marina Re

Member

Marina Re

Marina Re joined the Board in July 2012.

Marina is Chief Executive Officer of Identitywa, an outreach of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Perth that provides support and services to people with disabilities, their families. Prior to joining identitywa in 2011 Marina was Chief Operating Officer with the Association for the Blind WA for over 7 years.

Marina graduated from Murdoch University as a Clinical Psychologist in 1985 and has worked within the disability sector both in Australia and in the UK  for more than forty years.  She has held a number of key positions both within the Disability Services Commission and non government agencies and has been closely involved in Ministerial Committees reviewing legislation and recommending significant change in service delivery within WA.

Marina was a board member of the UnitingCare Commission for a two year period at a time of significant change and development. In addition Marina was a Director of the Australian Blind Sports Foundation for a five year period from 2005 to 2010.

David Barnao

Member

David joined the Board in August 2015.
 
David is a qualified property valuer and has been involved as a professional in the property industry for almost 50 years.He has his own commercial property consultancy, with significant experience in the project management of numerous and substantial projects over his career.
 
David has strong links with a number of charitable and not-for-profit organisations, including the Archdiocese of Perth and the Catholic Education Office.He has previously held the role of Vice Chairperson and Board Member at the Youth Hostels Association, and is a member of the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia.

Julie Waylen

Member

Julie Waylen

Julie joined the Board in August 2015.

Julie is the State Manager, National Disability Services Western Australia. Julie began her career as a Social Trainer working with people with disabilities with complex needs.

She has worked for more than 30 years in a range of senior executive roles, with both the government and community not for profit services sector. Her areas covered were disability services, child protection, family support, homelessness, community services and health.

Helen Marchesani

Member

Helen joined the Board in August 2015.

Helen is the Internal Auditor of the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth encompassing the Archdiocesan Finance Office and the Catholic Development Fund. 

Helen has a professional background in corporate governance, financial reporting, internal and external audit, compliance requirements and risk assessment.

She has more than 25 years experience as a Chartered Accountant commencing her career with Deloitte Perth before transferring to their offices in Bermuda, Grand Cayman and Singapore. Upon returning to Perth Helen was a Financial Controller and consultant to a variety of companies.

Helen is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and a Board member of Sacred Heart College.