Our Board of Directors

Kieran Gleeson – Chairperson

Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants; Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Executives

Kieran has been a successful senior manager in complex organisations in the public sector, at both Commonwealth and State level; in the private sector and internationally. In each senior management position he has embraced the role of leader and change manager. Kieran has extensive experience in the implementation of Government strategic goals in a practical, results driven manner. He has successfully led large organisations during periods of significant restructuring. This is evidenced through his career as a CEO in the NSW Health system, as the Chief Operating Officer in the Defence Support Group, as a First Assistant Secretary in Climate Change and as the National Director of Corporate Services for Calvary Health Care. Kieran has also led large Australian Aid Funded Projects in Papua New Guinea and Fiji. He has a demonstrated capacity for mentoring and coaching senior managers, both at a domestic and international level.

Kate Barnett – Deputy Chairperson 

BA LLB (Hons) Dip.Mod.Lang (Chinese) Melb. GradDipCommM UTS

Over the past 15 years Kate has worked in various roles building enduring and effective programs and teams that contribute significant results in philanthropy, sponsorship, engagement and advocacy. She was the National Executive Director of the Australian China Business Council  from 2005-2009  a role which included influencing and informing the national debate on Australia-China relations, and building a strong, and mutually beneficial bilateral relationships. She then worked with the University of Melbourne in various roles leading philanthropic engagement including major gifts fundraising, bequests and donor stewardship events. Kate currently serves as the Chief Executive, of St Vincent’s Institute (SVI) Foundation at SVI of Medical Research in Melbourne.

Anthony Abraham – Chairperson of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee


Anthony has a background in funds management, corporate finance, tax, accounting and finance including 21 years at Macquarie Bank where he was an Executive Director in Macquarie Agricultural Funds Management.  Anthony currently works as an investment manager for a private equity firm as well as providing consulting services and acting as a non executive director on a number of boards including the listed Australian Agricultural Company.  Anthony has been involved in boards and finance committees for parish and schools for a number of years in the past.

Sr Sheila McCreanor

Dip T, Grad Dip Ed Admin, M Ed, PhD, GAICD, JP 

Sheila was a teacher and school principal for close to 25 years at various schools across South Australia. In 2000 Sheila completed her Doctor of Philosophy through the University of South Australia where her thesis explored Sainthood in Australia: Mary MacKillop and the Print Media. Between 2002 and 2014 she acted as the Secretary General for Sisters of St Joseph and during those years Sheila visited the works of Sisters of St Joseph in Peru, Brazil and Timor- Leste. She has held various Director roles during the last two decades including with Mary MacKillop Care South Australia and the Mary MacKillop Foundation. Sheila is currently working as a consultant, researcher, associate archivist and is a student of Canon Law.

Grahame Petersen – Member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee


Grahame worked for 35 years in the financial services industry, with executive experience in banking, strategy, risk management, investment, technology and cultural change. He has been a director of a variety of financial services companies since 1999 and was a director of a substantial foundation focused on education and financial literacy from 2008 – 2015. Grahame retired from executive life in 2015 and is now a non-executive director of not-for-profit and financial service entities.

John Collins – Member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee

BCom (Hons), CA, CFP

Throughout a twenty year financial services career John worked for Arthur Andersen (Ernst & Young), Macquarie Bank and Deutsche Bank. Through those roles John has developed a unique skillset that enables him to deliver innovative and commercial solutions to the complex issues faced by Australia’s largest corporates and wealthiest private families. In 2010, John founded Black Pearl Private Clients, a boutique advisory firm that structures merger, acquisition and value realisation solutions for private business owners, together with succession planning and estate planning strategies

Hilary Johnston-Croke 

B. Sc (Hons), PGCE Education, M.Ed, Grad Dip (Theology), GAICD

Hilary has an extensive background in education and business.  A scientist by training, she is a highly respected and experienced educator. Hilary was Principal and CEO of one of Australia’s leading independent schools, Kincoppal-Rose Bay, School of the Sacred Heart, and Principal at Catherine McAuley at Westmead. Hilary is highly skilled in corporate governance, financial management, strategic thinking and leadership mentoring, more recently lending her expertise and guidance to number of boards as a non-executive director and Chair, including the University of Notre Dame, Australia.