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.
John joined the Board in July 2012.
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.
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.
Michael joined the Board in February 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.
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 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.
Stephen joined the Board in September 2017.
Stephen Psaila-Savona has been employed in the Western Australian public sector for 23 years and is currently the General Manager, Regulatory Services at WorkCover WA. Stephen has previously worked at the Health and Disability Services Complaints Office; the Public Sector Commission; the Department of the Premier and Cabinet; and the Disability Services Commission.
Stephen holds a Bachelor of Psychology; a Diploma in Education; a Graduate Diploma in Business; and he will graduate in early 2018 with an Executive Masters in Public Administration. Stephen is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Leadership Western Australia.
Daniel joined the Board in April 2018.
Daniel is Deputy Principal of Mission and Catholic Identity at Newman College, Perth. Daniel is responsible for the articulation and promotion of the mission, ethos and distinctive educational, moral and social purpose of Newman College within the evangelising Mission of the Catholic Church.
Daniel has experience in strategic planning and leadership, canonical and civil governance, organisational change processes, policy development, curriculum renewal and facilitation within both Diocesan and Independent Catholic education systems, as well as the not-for-profit sector. Within these sectors, Daniel’s focus has been aligned to the integration of Christian values with pastoral and wellbeing initiatives and has a particular interest in the ongoing formation for the leadership of staff and students in Catholic schools.
Daniel holds a Bachelor of Education: Secondary (Humanities and Social Sciences) with Honours, and Master of Education (Leadership and Management) from the University of Sydney. He also holds a Master of Theology from the University of Newcastle.
Paul joined the Board in February 2018.
Paul was Chief Executive Officer of Lotterywest from February 2015 to July 2017 and was responsible for the organisations day to day operations, growth and development through business and strategic frameworks. While at Lotterywest Paul lead the organisation through an organisational restructure with significant change and major strategic initiatives being achieved.
Having a strong community focus, Paul has over 30 years’ experience within the government and not-for-profit sector. Most recently, Paul was the Chief Executive Officer of Surf Life Saving Western Australia (SLSWA) for a period of nine and a half years.
Prior to this role, Paul held the position as Director of Corporate Services at St John of God Health Care Murdoch, as well as Manager of Employee and Community Relations at the Catholic Education Office in Western Australia.
Holding a Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, Paul has extensive experience in leadership, strategic planning, business growth and development.
Fr. Vincent Conroy
Fr. Vincent joined the Board in February 2018.
He studied for the priesthood at St Charles seminary in Guildford and St. Francis Xavier seminary in Adelaide. Ordained in 1967 he has worked in a number of city and country parishes in the Archdiocese. He has also been the “Apostleship of the Sea” port chaplain and chaplain in the military Ordinariate.