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The PCA Families Board is governed by a of dedicated group of people who bring a wide range of not-for-profit, public sector and business skills, expertise and knowledge to the leadership of our organisation.

The responsibilities of the Board include setting and reviewing our strategic direction, monitoring organisational performance, the appointment of the CEO and deciding on key policy positions to take on behalf of members. The Board is also responsible for the organisation’s compliance with relevant laws including the Associations  Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic).  Board members themselves are bound by the Board Protocol and Code of Conduct.

The procedure for Board appointments can be found in our Rules. PCA Families maintains a Board Skills Matrix, reviewed annually to ensure that the Board continues to have the right mix of skills and experience. We also have a Board composition policyBoard member positions are voluntary with expenses reimbursed.

If you are Interested in Board positions please contact our President at .

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The current Board members are:

Meredith Carter

BA LLB LLM GAICD

Chair - Elected second term October 2018

Meredith Carter brings to PCA Families her lived experience of fostering and permanent care. She is also the author of The Potential of Permanent Care (2015). Her effective advocacy and strategic skills are based on wide experience in the private, public, and not for profit sectors, law reform and social policy consulting. A Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Meredith’s strong commitment to community participation complements her governance and leadership experience. These roles include serving as a CEO of two not for profit organisations over 13 years and on tribunals and boards, including as Chair.  

Naomi Colville

BA, Dip Gov FICDA 

Deputy Chair - Elected October 2020

Naomi brings with her a diversity of experiences including corporate recruitment, leadership roles at a disability employment agency and migrant support services, and even a stint as site manager for Cirque Du Soleil. Most recently, Naomi was the executive assistant for a statutory authority’s board of management. Now an ‘at-home’ parent of  two children, one with various diagnoses and special needs who came through permanent care... and one ‘rainbow baby’. The days are busy as President of the Specialist School’s Board and secretary of the other school’s Advisory Committee. With other various community governance roles, Naomi is a passionate advocate for regional and rural families with  additional needs facing the challenges and complexities of poor service provision and support. Naomi hopes to bring a perspective representative of the unique challenges faced by marginalised and, at times, isolated families.

Chris Lockwood

B Sci, BA

Secretary – Elected fourth term October 2019

Chris Lockwood has over 20 years experience working across the Mental Health, Construction and Finance sectors. With specific knowledge of mental health, safety and suicide prevention in the construction industry, and expertise in managing strategic growth, sustainable funding and partnership development. Chris is a director of Suicide Prevention Australia and is currently the National CEO of MATES in Construction, the leader in suicide prevention in workplaces and across industry in Australia, as well as being the proud father of two children adopted from China and Korea.

Roslyn Rule

B Com FCPA, MBA, FGIA

Treasurer - Elected October 2018

Roslyn is a well-rounded finance executive with broad experience including management, strategic advice, reporting, governance and systems.  She has forged her career working in both big and niche businesses and understands nuances and drivers for organisations of different magnitudes and in different stages of development.  Roslyn is motivated to give back to the community and offers her diverse finance and leadership experience to the PCA Families Board.

Dan Barron

BA (Hons)

Member - Elected fourth term October 2019

Dan Barron is a father of three, and for many years was a full time carer for two of his children, who joined the family via permanent care. His children’s challenges have given him direct lived experience in navigating the social service and youth justice systems in Victoria. He has also worked for over 30 years in providing direct care and support to people in community and residential settings, who may be living with physical and intellectual disabilities, mental illness,  young people leaving care or prison, and those in aged care. He came to Australia from the UK in 1995 and currently works as a Case Manager in a homelessness support service and facilitating a Social Support Group in a large housing estate. He loves the game of soccer and enjoyed coaching his daughter for many years - at least some of the time(!). He also has a passion for growing Australian native trees as a volunteer grower with ‘Tree Project’.

Kris Peach

BBus, MBus (Accy), FCAANZ, GAICD

Member - Elected October 2019

Kris is an experienced Anglicare respite carer and appreciates the challenges and opportunities facing permanent care and adoptive families. She has strong financial and strategic skills, developed during her 5.5 years as Chair and CEO of the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB), 28 years with KPMG as a technical accounting expert and independent member of the Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.  As AASB CEO, Open Gardens Australia Board member and Audit Committee Chair, YHA Bushwalking Victoria President and Hawthorn Tennis Committee member she has extensive experience in developing and implementing strategies, policies and processes for small organisations, including managing risk, corporate governance and compliance.

 

Sarah Witty

Dip FM&M

Member - Elected October 2019

Sarah had a successful career in both the real estate and finance industries. After some time she decided it was time to give back. Much to her delight, she was provided with the unique opportunity to put her skills to good use with a not for profit charity Homes for Homes. As National Partnerships Manager, Sarah works closely with the CEO and external advisors on establishing new fundraising opportunities within the property development and banking industries. Her diverse experience allows her to have a unique understanding from the corporate and not for profit business world which she looks to bring to PCA Families.  Sarah also fosters children through MacKillop Family Services.

Judy Gouldbour

B Bus

Member – Appointed October 2020

Judy has over 20 years experience working in the field of human resources.  During the last 10 years she has held roles with a variety of not-for-profit organisations, in particular, volunteer organisations. Her current role provides Executive Officer support to a health promotion charity. She is well versed on issues of governance and strategy and skilled in building strategic partnerships. Judy has been a member of the PCA Families Finance, Audit and Risk Committee since January 2020. Judy was adopted at birth and now enjoys strong relationships with both her adopted and her birth families. Judy has been a volunteer with Ozchild’s family/mentor support program and holds a Bachelor of Business and a Diploma in Frontline Management. 

Leslie Annear

BA Dip Mmt (VECCI)

Member – Appointed October 2020

A communications professional with 10+ years experience writing and raising funds for community sector organisations, Leslie has reached a wide variety of audiences with compelling content published across a range of print and online forums. As the Founder of Clarity Content, she has secured millions in grant funding for businesses and charities across a diverse array of sectors, including social housing, health, manufacturing, technology and R&D. Prior to this, Leslie campaigned for family-based care solutions for vulnerable children, delivering donor education and fundraising materials in an international aid & development context. With additional experience as a Grants Manager for a commonwealth government agency, responsible for a portfolio of projects worth over $15 million, she also has in-depth project management experience. A fellowship with Progress Australia in advocacy, strategy & campaigning informs her advice regarding external communications.