Operating in the not for profit sector, Sacred Heart Mission benefits greatly from the years of knowledge and expertise of our board, who help us maintain a robust and effective approach to tackling homelessness and disadvantage .
Mark is a consulting professional engineer and ergonomist working in occupational and public safety, and an expert witness called in personal injury cases. Qualified in engineering and ergonomics, Mark has a wide business and professional network in commercial, legal, health, union and government sectors. He founded Solve - Disability Solutions Inc, a statewide organisation of volunteers providing people with disabilities with no-cost design, technical assistance and aids. He is also actively involved in parish life.
David O’Brien, Treasurer
Board Member since 2001
David is a Certified Practising Accountant with a Bachelor of Business degree. Having held senior positions in the telecommunications and banking sectors over more than 30 years, he has extensive experience in financial, commercial, contract, risk and project management. David is currently developing and building a new online business.
Carolyn Clark, Company Secretary
Board Member since 2009
Carolyn has a Masters of Laws following her Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Arts and worked for nine years as a solicitor and senior associate at Mallesons Stephen Jaques. She has also worked for the Australian Securities Commission and at Telstra as corporate legal counsel and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2004, Carolyn joined the Mission’s Women4Women Committee which is dedicated to providing financial support to the Women’s House. She has been the chairperson of the committee since 2007 and volunteers regularly at the House.
Board member since 2017
Claire brings 20 years of leadership experience across government and corporate Australia, having started her professional life in Occupational Therapy and Psychology, including as Area Mental Health Service Manager for St Vincent’s Health, before moving in to banking a decade ago. Claire is currently the General Manager for the Commonwealth Bank, Business Banking in Victoria. She has a passion for helping businesses to achieve their ambitions through the support of bespoke financial solutions. Claire is a non-executive director for Indigenous Business Australia, a company designed to remove the obstacles for Indigenous People to establish home ownership, businesses, and investments.
Board member since 2017
Rosemary leads our Property and Development team and is a Law Institute of Victoria accredited specialist in Property Law. She is focused on delivering quality advice to her clients, practicing in the areas of commercial property, leasing, aged care and retirement villages. As part of her role she advises peak industry bodies such as the Property Council Australia in their dealings with Government. Rosemary was named Best Lawyers' 2014 Melbourne Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law "Lawyer of the Year" and recognised in 2012 - 2018 for expertise in this sector. Rosemary is Deputy Chair and Board Member at Russell Kennedy Lawyers. Rosemary is also a committee member of the Property Council of Australia - Retirement Living.
Board member since 2017
David has held senior leadership roles in marketing and strategy in major banking, health insurance and general insurance companies for over 20 years, and prior to that with Australia Post, having started his career in information technology.
He also established and managed a charitable foundation for a large insurer. David’s qualifications include a Master of Administration and a Bachelor of Science with Honours.
Fr John Petrulis
Board member since 2007
Fr John became parish priest in 2007 and has been a priest of the Archdiocese of Melbourne for the past 31 years. In that time he has ministered in a variety of parishes including Sunbury, Ferntree Gully, Heidelberg, East Bentleigh and Boronia, where he was parish priest for 10 years. Over the journey of his appointments, John has been involved as a hospital chaplain and has pursued further study in the area of spirituality.
Board Member since 2013
Adrian is the CEO and founder of Cropley Communication and the Centre for Strategic Communication Excellence: a global consultancy specialising in strategy development, training and development in the areas of change communication, corporate communication, as well as executive coaching. For more than 30 years Adrian has worked in the professional communication field, across a number of sectors. He has enjoyed a variety of roles from technical project management to HR manager and as an internal consultant on change management and business planning. Adrian is an accredited Business Communicator and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
Board Member since 2015
Greg is principal of Hypatia, a management consultancy, and has worked extensively in leadership development and organisational change in the private and public sectors, including aged care and mental health. Prior to establishing his business in 2001, Greg held leadership roles with Telstra and the ANZ Group.
Greg’s qualifications include a MBA from Melbourne Business School and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours.
John is a director, founder and owner of a range of business across a variety of industries including biotechnology, financial services and manufacturing. He is a director and member of the Audit Committee of ASX listed McMillan Shakespeare and was a founder and director of Australian biotechnology company Cellestis Ltd which has lead the world in improving the diagnosis and treatment for tuberculosis. He is also a co-founder and director of Culture is Life which is seeking to help address mental health issues in indigenous communities. Prior to moving into business John practiced as a commercial solicitor.