Our Executive Team

Catholic Homes is committed to ensuring we have the right personnel and leaders dedicated to keeping us at the forefront of the aged care industry in Western Australia.

Our Executive Team is responsible for the effective delivery of all aspects of quality aged care within the organisation and ensuring that the delivery of all our services are within Catholic Homes’ Mission, Vision and Values.


John Fitzgerald

Chief Executive


John has more than 20 years’ experience in the senior management of for-profit and not-for-profit organisations. During this time he gained a wealth of experience from his various roles, including; Australasian Marketing Director for a multinational pharmaceutical company, Chief Operating Officer of a local biotechnology start-up, Executive Manager of Corporate Services of a WA Community Services organisation, to most recently, Chief Operating Officer at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

John holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and an Honours Degree in Science, both from the University of Western Australia. With John’s impressive track record in management and business development, he gives the leadership required in guiding Catholic Homes through each phase of growth, opportunity and prosperity.

Gautam Gupta

Executive Manager Finance

Gautam started his career in Accounting with a chartered practice in India in 1997. Over the past 15 years he has worked in varying industries including a chartered account practice, bank, pathological services and a hospital. His qualifications include Certified Practising Accountant (CPA Australia), Masters of Accounting (Macquarie University, NSW), and Masters of Business Administration (India).

Gautam joined Catholic Homes in January 2009 as a Management Accountant and was appointed Executive Manager Finance in September 2010.

Jackie Hadida

Executive Manager Human Resources

Jackie started her career in Human Resources in mining and has worked in leading state-based and multi-national companies,  covering varying industries including media, business solutions, health and hospital services. Over the past five years Jackie has worked in the not for profit sector and prior to joining Catholic Homes she was the Manager of Human Resources for Mercy Hospital Mt Lawley Inc.

Jackie has extensive experience in the development, delivery and implementation of Human Resources Management services. Her qualifications include a Post Graduate Diploma and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. She joined Catholic Homes in 2012 as the Manager, Human Resources responsible for the effective management and delivery of Human Resources services and systems to the organisation.

Bernadette Brady

Executive Manager Mission
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Bernadette has extensive and diverse experience in health and community care.  Her professional background includes nursing, counselling and psychotherapy, community development work, and managing the provision of pastoral and spiritual care in community, health and aged care settings.

In 2012, she joined Catholic Homes and was promoted to the Executive Team in 2016.  Bernadette brings a wealth of experience to Catholic Homes, assisting others to reflect on culture, change management and its vision, values and identity.

Julie Smith

Executive Manager Residential Care Services

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Julie has more than 30 years' experience in nursing.

Julie joined Catholic Homes in 2010 as Manager Clincial Services and has worked extensively to implement Catholic Homes' model of care, Care with Purpose.  Her strong drive for change and quality improvement has seen her lead an extensive range of initatives to improve care practices and outcomes for residents.

In 2016, Julie was appointed Executive Manager, Residential Care Services.

Kylie Steele

Executive Manager Home and Community Care

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Kylie has been in the community services industry in managerial roles for the past 18 years.

Her roles include management of multidisciplinary teams of staff and volunteers. She is also responsible for developing and implementing new programs, budgeting, risk management, continuous improvement and reporting to a wide range of government and non-government departments.

Kylie has been instrumental in driving and implementing change to organisations care models with her main focus being the development and building of teams in terms of change, adaptation and innovation in the Aged and disability sector.

Andrew Davidson

Executive Manager Property Services

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Andrew Davidson brings to Catholic Homes over 30 years of experience in building management, from a wide range of industries, including Aged Care, Local Government and Facility Management. Having held positions in facility management, project management, energy management and contract management Andrew has a vast and varied range of knowledge, both technical and managerial.

He joined Catholic Homes in October 2018 from aged care provider Amana Living where he held the roles of Property Capital Works Manager and Asset Manager.

Prior to aged care, Andrew worked for the City of Rockingham in a project capacity and was the State Manager for Transfield Service where he managed an impressive team and large-scale projects. Reigning from Scotland, Andrew holds an A Class Electrician’s License and a Diploma of Business from the University of Ballarat. A commanding leader, Andrew brings a wealth of experience and compassion to Property Services.