The Board is accountable to members and stakeholders for Barnardos performance and is responsible for the development of strategies and policies that shape Barnardos future direction and service delivery, whilst maintaining and developing Barnardos values and ensuring these values are reflected in organisational behavior and practice.

Board members

Gabrielle Trainor - Chair - Director since October 2012 and Chair since February 2013

Qualifications and Experience
20 years’ experience as a non-executive director. With significant experience in governance, strategy and risk management as an adviser and a company director. Among present appointments, she is a director of Infrastructure Australia, the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Cape York Partnership and Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Western Sydney, a trustee of the Charlie Perkins Trust and an Honorary Associate in the Graduate School of Government at Sydney University.
Qualifications include: Bachelor of Laws (University of Melbourne), M.A. (UWS) Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Special Responsibilities
Member of Governance and Welfare Committees, Special Visitor to the Canberra and Southern Centres.


Sharyn Schultz - Deputy Chair - Director since November 2008, Deputy Chair since February 2012

Qualifications and Experience
Currently Executive General Manager Human Resources at RP Data Asia Pacific. Prior to that was VP Human Resources & Communication at Luxottica Asia Pacific. Extensive experience in Human Resources Management specialising in learning & organisational development and change management.
Qualifications include: Graduate Certificate in Change Management from AGSM; Bachelor of Education, (HRD) from University of Technology, Sydney; Associate Diploma of Adult Education, from University of Technology, Sydney.
Special Responsibilities
Member of the Governance and Fundraising and Marketing Committees; Special Visitor to Sydney Metro Centre and Australian Barnardos Recruitment Services


Rhonda Stien - Deputy Chair - Director since July 2014

Qualifications and Experience
Currently Director of Plan Plus Consulting, a management consultancy service providing expertise in strategic management, workplace investigations and conflict resolution to government and the not-for-profit sector. Previous experience includes Executive Director Child and Family, NSW Department of Community Services, September 2001 to March 2003. Chief Executive Officer Uniting Care Burnside, 1992 to 2000 and worked in Barnardos in the 1980’s as Director of Adoption and Foster Care Services.
Qualifications include: Master of Business Administration, Macquarie University, and Master of Social Work, University of NSW.
Special Responsibilities
Chair of Governance Committee and member of the Welfare Committee; Special Visitor to Practice Development and Research Projects.


Rosemary Howard - Director - Director since November 2010

Qualifications and Experience
A Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with over 30 years specialist experience as a clinician, in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. She has worked in the past as a Staff Specialist with Northern Sydney and Central Coast Area Health Services and as a VMO with Western NSW Local Health District in Orange and Bathurst. She has experience in the Northern Territory, working to support the development of Child and Youth Mental Health Services in Central Australia, including seeing Aboriginal families in Alice Springs and remote communities. She currently works as a Psychiatrist member on both the NSW and NT Mental Health Review Tribunals.
Qualifications include: MBBS (Hons), FRANZCP, Cert in Child Psych.
Special Responsibilities
Member of the Welfare Committee, Special Visitor to the Auburn Centre.


Michael Bencsik - Director - Director since April 2014

Qualifications and Experience
Currently Deputy Group CFO at the Bank Of Queensland, formerly Chief Financial Officer, Global Wholesale Banking, Global Wealth & International, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, UAE, and prior to that General Manager Strategy, Institutional Banking and Markets with Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Head of Group Strategy and Planning, Global Banking and Markets and Group Functions, HSBC Holdings plc, UK and Chief Financial Officer, HSBC Bank Australia. Over 25 years of experience in banking and financial accounting.
Qualifications include:  BCom (UNSW), MBA (Macq), FCPA, FCCA (UK), F FIN, GAICD, JP (NSW).


Abbey McKinnon - Director - Director since October 2010

Qualifications and Experience
Extensive experience as a lawyer. Practiced as a Barrister in Victoria specialising in commercial crime. Practiced as a Solicitor in London and NSW in commercial litigation. Immediate past President of the Peter Pan Committee, the main fundraising auxiliary for Barnardos, she works tirelessly as a community advocate for Barnardos.
Qualifications include: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Monash)
Special Responsibilities
Member of the Fundraising and Marketing Committee, Special visitor to the Find-a-Family (including Adoptions) Program and the Sydney Youth Services.


Jane Paskin - Director - Director since May 2012

Qualifications and Experience
Former Senior Partner in the financial services practice of Clayton Utz, Lawyers, currently a consultant at Clayton Utz. Practised financial services law for over 25 years, having advised on all aspects of development and operation of the superannuation industry. Currently, Chair of Rice Warner a leading research and consultancy business in the financial services industry.
Qualifications include: Bachelor of Law (Hons) University of Technology, Sydney (1986), GAICD, ASFA Accredited Investment Fiduciary.
Special Responsibilities
Chair of the Welfare Committee and member of the Finance and Audit and Fundraising and Marketing Committees, Special Visitor to Western and Central Western Centres.


Julie Pascoe - Director - Director since September 2009

Qualifications and Experience
Currently Director of Corporate Property Group and Non Executive Director of RT Health Fund and Stuart Alexander Pty Ltd. Extensive experience in Marketing, Training, Strategy and Management Programs with over 25 years of experience with Unilever, Kelloggs and SC Johnson in Senior Management roles.
Qualifications include: Bachelor of Arts from Sydney University and a Graduate Diploma in Marketing from Charles Sturt University, Graduate of AICD Member GIA (Cert), Qualified Practicing Market Researcher (AMSRS)
Special Responsibilities
Chair of the Fundraising and Marketing (including Barnardos Mother of the Year) Committee and member of the Finance and Audit Committee, Special Visitor to Hunter Central Coast and Fundraising and Marketing.


John Pittard - Director - Director since May 2014

Qualifications and Experience
Currently Non Executive Director and Chair of RXP Services Limited, ASX listed information & technology services company providing services to medium and large private and public sector enterprises and agencies. Has extensive experience in Senior Executive and Board roles, on both listed and private company Boards. Extensive background leading organisational transformation (business & technology ) and the development & execution of technology strategies across multiple industries.
Qualifications include: Bachelor of Science – Newcastle University, Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors, MAICD.
Special Responsibilities
Member of the Welfare Committee, Special Visitor to the Practice Development Centre.


Fran Waugh - Director - Director since May 2014

Qualifications and Experience
Associate Dean International and Alumni of the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, Associate Professor Waugh has over 20 years professional experience as a registered nurse and then social worker, prior to the past 13 years as an academic in the Social Work and Policy Studies Program in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. Her practice research has included a focus on child emotional abuse, child protection and domestic violence.
Qualifications include: Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) with merit, University of Sydney, Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Social Work, University of Sydney, Bachelor of Social Work (Honours class 1), University of New South Wales.
Special Responsibilities
Member of Welfare Committee, Special Visitor to the Penrith Centre and Research Projects & Centre for Excellence.



Janett Milligan – Director since October 2016

Qualifications and Experience
Currently Executive Director, Venues NSW (Department of Premier & Cabinet Office of Sport) since March 2012. With significant experience in Governance, implementing new structures including servicing and supporting young people. Previous experience includes Executive level responsibility for policy and strategy in a range of human service organisations. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Qualifications include: Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) (University of New England), Master of Business Administration (University of Sydney).



Patrick Kerlin - Company Secretary - Appointed 28th June 1999

Qualifications and Experience
A Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience in Commercial Practice, including Business Management, Taxation and Audit prior to joining Barnardos Australia, he has since completed a Masters in Policy Studies with the University of Sydney’s School of Education and Social Work, and has a Graduate Diploma in Company Secretarial Practice with the Governance Institute of Australia.