Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors.
"Today we are a stronger Good Shepherd community, meeting new challenges and fulfilling our purpose to disrupt cycles of disadvantage for women and girls." Chair
Alison McClelland, Chair
Alison's working life has included senior positions in governments (both state and Commonwealth), academia and the community sector. She has also participated in numerous government advisory committees. She says: My commitment to the mission and work of Good Shepherd stems from a life time of work and commitment to acting against poverty and inequality. I also value the way that Good Shepherd combines practical help with research and policy to develop ideas about how to change society for the better. Good Shepherd’s mission and combination of research and action make it a very special organisation. Alison is also Vice President of the Australian Social Policy Association, a member of the Australian Gambling Research Centre’s Expert Advisory Group, Life Member of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and is on the Program Committee of Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA Victoria). She has a Centenary Medal for her contribution to social policy and social research in Australia and is a Victorian Fellow of IPAA Victoria. She was invited as the Australian representative to the United Nation's Meeting of Experts on Social Services for Underserved Populations, Bangkok in 1998 and was awarded the Centenary Medal for her contribution to social policy and social research in Australia.
Frank has long been committed to community and social justice issues, personally and professionally. He says: My wife and I have been involved in out-of-home care for children over the past 35 years and it has been such an enriching experience. Over the years Frank has contributed his skills to a range of community services organisations. He joined the Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand Board in 2011 to continue this commitment and contribute to Good Shepherd's work. He brings extensive experience from his career as the General Manager of Corporate Services in a financial services and insurance company. Trained as a mathematician, Frank is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He served two terms as Mayor of the City of Port Phillip and was previously Mayor of the former City of South Melbourne. He is currently Chair of Port Phillip Housing Association Ltd, Chair of Napier Street Aged Care Services and a Director of Inner South Community Health Ltd.
Frances has been associated with Good Shepherd Sisters and their mission since 1986. She says: I am passionate about our community and have over 30 years’ experience as a social worker working with a diverse range of clients ranging from people experiencing homelessness to Aboriginal and rural communities. Frances is currently on secondment to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse. She has enjoyed a diverse public sector career, including senior executive roles with NSW Attorney General's Department in Guardianship working in advocacy and policy across government, and recently aging and disability. Frances also has extensive experience as a consulting oral historian developing unique perspectives highlighting significant national issues including responses to federal government inquiries, regional leadership forums and culturally and socially significant stories. Frances is Deputy Chair of the NSW Asylum Seeker Centre and a Director of Commonwealth Study Conference Inc. Her recent qualifications include a Master of Applied Science in Social Ecology, a Graduate Diploma in Frontline Management, a Graduate Diploma in Education for Justice, and a Bachelor of Social Work.
Justin has over 20 years' experience in accounting and finance, including working for KPMG and the ANZ Banking Group. He says: Working in the private sector and volunteering in the not-for-profit sector brings benefits. Collectively, these experiences enable me to navigate the continually changing environment that not-for-profit organisations experience. Justin has achieved levels of mastery in different areas of accounting, finance and governance. He is a fellow of the Chartered Accountants and has completed an MBA at Melbourne Business School. Justin is, or has been, a finance committee member on a number of not-for-profit groups including the School of Optometry, LaTrobe Accounting School and various schools. He also served as treasurer in a voluntary capacity for a number of not-for-profits, including his current service of five years at Kamaruka school for boys with learning difficulties. Justin is currently a finance business partner for relationship banking at the ANZ Banking Group. When he's not at work, Justin spends time at home with his three sons. He dabbles at the piano and is currently training for a half marathon.
John has been a board member of Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand for the past six years and was Chair from 2009-14. He says: One aspect of the parable of the Good Samaritan is life affirming: helping others enriches the helper! That is the work we do as mission partners with Good Shepherd. John was also a board member of Good Shepherd Aged Services for over 10 years. He is chairman of partners at Cornwall Stodart and is sought after for his business acumen, strategic insights and lateral thinking. His particular expertise lies in mergers and acquisitions, corporate advice, general commercial documentation and laterally inspired resolutions to disputes. John has played a significant role in shaping Cornwall Stodart’s culture and encouraging its growth, having been with the firm for 40 years. John is a director of ALFA International, a global legal network of which Cornwall Stodart is the Melbourne representative.
Therese has over 35 years' experience in local and global businesses as well as extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector. She says: I have seen Good Shepherd's work positively impact the community in so many ways over the years. Therese was formerly chair of Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services and Fitted for Work and was a director Good Shepherd Microfinance. She is currently a non-executive director of Burson Group Ltd, WA Local Super, Victorian Managed Insurance Authority, VicForests, Yarra Valley Water and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. Therese is Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Office of Correctional Services Review and an independent member of the audit committee of the City of Melbourne. She has a Bachelor of Laws and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Caroline is an outspoken advocate and fights for the rights of vulnerable children, women and girls. She says: I've had a life-long commitment to social justice and began my connection with Good Shepherd in 2011 when I first became a foster carer. Caroline joined the Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand Board in February 2013 and in 2014 joined Cara Inc., which provides accommodation, care and support for young people involved with the child protection system. She has a corporate background and is an engineer by profession. Caroline has worked on business cases for many large commercial ventures in Australia and abroad in a strategic and logistics capacity.
Michael Raper BA Dip Ed Dip LLaw is passionate about achieving better outcomes for low income and disadvantaged people and communities, and the organizations that work with them. Michael joined the Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand Board in December 2016. For the last eight years until February 2016, Michael Raper has been Director of Australian Services and International Operations at Australian Red Cross, with responsibility for the design, implementation and evaluation of all services and programs in Australia and internationally. He has an extensive background in education, social policy, social justice, staff and board leadership, organizational development, strategic planning, program management and policy advocacy.
Marilyn has 40 years of experience in social work, research and policy across a number of organisations including the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, and the Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service. She says: Being part of Good Shepherd is an opportunity to support the expression of a unique mission of practical and responsive services with highly regarded research and advocacy on issues of justice impacting the lives of women and girls. Marilyn joined the Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand Board in December 2016. Marilyn has governance experience in a number of organisations including International Social Service and the National Council for Single Mothers and Their Children. She was a Panel Member on the Review of Inter-Country Adoption conducted by Mr Justice Fogarty of the Family and Children’s Services Council and she has participated in numerous International Council and Regional Meetings for International Social Service (ISS) in Geneva and other ISS locations. She is a retired Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers and the Institute of Public Administration.
Chris Gallaher , B Comm, CA, MAID, is currently a director of the GSNZ Trust and GSNZ Limited and joined the Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand Board in February 2017. He is the recently retired Group Chief Financial Officer of Fulton Hogan Ltd, a large Australasian civil contracting and construction materials company; a position that he held for the last eight years. Prior to joining Fulton Hogan, Chris has held CEO and CFO roles in both listed and private companies both Australia and New Zealand. A Chartered Accountant and graduate of Otago University; Chris commenced his career in public practice with ArthurYoung achieving partner status before taking up a career in the corporate sector.