Advisory Council

CatholicCare’s Advisory Council exists to provide pastoral support and independent advice to the Executive Director in relation to programs and organisational initiatives, including strategic objectives and directions.

It consists of ten Ordinary Members with a broad range of skill and expertise in areas relevant to agency operation. Members are appointed for a three year term by Bishop Peter A Comensoli. The CatholicCare Executive Director and Diocesan Financial Administrator are Ex-Officio Members of the Council, which meets approximately eight times per year.

Our Advisory Council members are:

Trish Devlin
Ex-Officio Member
Trish is the Executive Director of CatholicCare and holds an ex-officio seat on the Council.

Emma McDonald
Ex-Officio Member
Emma has built a senior management career within the non-for-profit, church, professional services, educational and property sectors. Emma has worked in church administration since 2006, initially working for the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney across a number of areas from World Youth Day, St Mary MacKillop Canonisation, through to property management to more recently being appointed as the Diocesan Financial Administrator (DFA) for the Diocese of Broken Bay in March 2016.  In her role as the DFA, Emma is accountable to the Bishop of the Diocese for the sound financial and commercial management of the temporal affairs of the Diocese through the management of the Office for Stewardship and its associated functions being financial services, investment, internal treasury, property, audit and risk, human resources and ICT.

Ted Wziontek
Ted has over 15 years experience as Non-Executive and Executive Director of large and complex organisations across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors covering social care services, infrastructure, public private partnerships, industrial and resources. He is formerly an international executive with operations across Australia, Asia, North America and Middle East. He is a qualified practicing Accountant with strong financial and risk management skills in addition to his expertise in strategic planning, operational excellence, change management and projects delivery. Ted is also currently a Board Member of North Sydney Community Services, which provides a range of aged, disability and migrant services.

Zachariah Duke
Deputy Chair
Dr Zachariah Duke is Academic Assistant to the Dean of Studies and Lecturer in Theology at the Broken Bay Institute. Zachariah is a member of the faculty’s executive and his role includes oversight of the Institute’s teaching and learning, quality assurance and compliance. Zachariah is known internationally for his work in disability theology and is an active member of a number of different academic and professional associations, including the Association for Practical Theology in Oceania, the Australian Catholic Theological Association, Carers NSW, Deaf Australia, Down Syndrome NSW, Fragile X Syndrome NSW and Physical Disability Australia.

Tricia Ho-Hudson
Ordinary Member
Tricia Ho-Hudson is the Head of Capital & Regulatory Strategy for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, responsible for managing the capital on the bank’s balance sheet with a value of over $59 billion. She has experience in the not-for-profit area, particularly in relation to social care businesses. She is currently a Director of North Sydney Women’s Benevolent Association Limited which operates Mary’s House, a refuge for women and children escaping domestic violence, a past Board Member of UnitingCare Ageing NSW/ACT and a past Board Member of Kincoppal-Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart. She is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Chartered Tax Adviser.

Judge Matthew Myers AM
Ordinary Member
His Honour Judge Matthew Myers AM was appointed as an ALRC Commissioner in February 2017 to lead the inquiry into the incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Judge Myers was appointed to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in 2011. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales, a Master of Applied Law (Family Law) from the College of Law and a Vocational Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution from Bond University. Judge Myers is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

Paula Ribeiro
Ordinary Member
Paula is a Human Resources professional specialising in building learning and organisational development capability in organisations, an Executive Coach and mentor for the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI). She is an active member in her local parish who leads a parish youth group and she also volunteers each year in leading English speaking pilgrimages to Lourdes in France.

Daniel Boland
Ordinary Member
Daniel is a self-employed Management Consultant, who volunteers regularly with disadvantaged groups. He has a particular interest in youth issues and unemployment. Daniel also has some experience of aboriginal culture and disability issues in employment.

Deacon Roberto
Ordinary Member
Deacon Roberto is a Deacon at the Hornsby Cathedral Parish. He also is Assistant to the Filipino Chaplain and Pastoral Associate with Catechetical Ministry, Sacramental Program. Prior to immigrating to Australia with his family in 1995, Deacon Roberto worked as an educator in the secondary and tertiary sector. He has also co-authored The Advent Prayer Guide for Families and The Lenten Prayer Guide for Families.

Anna-Maria Wade
Ordinary Member
Anna-Maria Wade is a Human Resources practitioner. She has experience in generalist HR and Industrial Relations consulting and training, most recently for a national peak body in the NFP aged care space. She is currently working on the Central Coast as a Human Resources Manager in Specialist Homelessness Services.

Louise Cosgrove
Ordinary Member
Louise is an early childhood teacher with extensive experience in training and development. She has worked in a variety of roles in early education, professional development and registered training organisations. She has a special interest in and professional commitment to supporting families to ensure children’s safety and wellbeing. Louise is also an active member of her local parish helping to co-ordinate the children’s sacramental program.

Paul Hussein
Ordinary Member
Paul has worked in the health system for 24 years, in a range of health management roles across both hospital and community based services. His expertise lies in assessing community needs, supporting people to navigate the health system, raising issues on behalf of the community and developing services that are meaningful and take into consideration broader social determinants.

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