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.
Terri Farrell, Deputy Chair
Board Member since 2001
During her 25 year career at Australia Post headquarters, Terri held a variety of policy development and executive management positions before retiring in 2002. Terri can regularly be seen at our aged care hostels with fellow board member Jo Maher where the pair take the residents on bus outings. Terri has a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University.
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 for more than 25 years, David has extensive experience in financial, commercial, contract, risk and project management and currently works as a management consultant.
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 2002
Jo has a background in business management and has been a partner in the establishment and operation of business for the last 25 years. She has been volunteering at the Mission since 1997 and currently assists in our St Kilda op shop as well as taking our aged care residents on regular bus outings.
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 26 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 president and founder of Cropley Communication: a global consultancy specialising in strategy development in the areas of change communication, corporate communication, training and development, as well as executive coaching. For more than 25 years Adrian has worked in the professional communication field, mainly in telecommunication. 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.