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
Twenty years’ experience as a non-executive director with significant experience in governance, strategy and risk management as an advisor and a company director. Among present appointments, Gabrielle is a director of Infrastructure Australia, two ANZ Banking Group subsidiary boards and the Cape York Partnership. Gabrielle is Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive, is a member of the Australian Sport Commission Board and has been appointed as an AFL Commissioner. 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), Master of Arts (Creative & Cultural Practice) (Western Sydney University), Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Special Responsibilities: Member of the Governance Committee and Member of the Engagement Committee.


Abbey McKinnon - Director since October 2010

Qualifications and Experience
Abbey has extensive experience as a lawyer having practiced as a Barrister in Victoria specialising in commercial crime and as a Solicitor in London and NSW in commercial litigation. Abbey is Co-President of the Peter Pan Committee, the main fundraising auxiliary for Barnardos. Abbey works tirelessly raising funds and awareness for Barnardos.
Qualifications include: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Monash).
Special Responsibilities: Chair of the Engagement Committee, Member of the People and Practice Committee and Special Visitor to Western NSW Safety and Prevention.


Rosemary Howard - Director since November 2010

Qualifications and Experience
Rosemary is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with over 20 years 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 Service and as a Visiting Medical Officer 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. Rosemary 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 Risk Committee and Special Visitor to the Sydney Metro Children’s Family Centre.


Jane Paskin - Director since May 2012

Qualifications and Experience
Jane is a former Senior Partner in the financial services practice of Clayton Utz Lawyers and currently a consultant to Clayton Utz. Jane has practised financial services law for over 25 years. Jane is the Chair of Rice Warner a leading research and consultancy business in the financial services industry and a director of ClearView Life Nominees Pty Limited, the trustee of a publically offered superannuation fund.
Qualifications include: Bachelor of Law (Hons) (University of Technology), Diploma AICD Company Directors Course, ASFA Accredited Investment Fiduciary.
Special Responsibilities: Chair of the Risk Committee and Member of the Finance and Audit Committee, Special Visitor to the Auburn Children’s Family Centre.


John Pittard - Director since May 2014

Qualifications and Experience
John is currently a non-executive director and Chair of ASX Listed company RXP Services Limited and Non-Executive Director of AEMO (Australian Energy Market Operator). John has extensive experience in Senior Executive and Board roles, on both listed and private company boards. John has an 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 the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Special Responsibilities: Member of the Governance Committee and Member of the Risk Committee, Special Visitor to Find-A-Family (NSW).


Prof Fran Waugh - Director since May 2014

Qualifications and Experience
Associate Dean, International and Alumni, of the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. 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 the People and Practice Committee and Special Visitor to South Coast Children’s Family Centre.


Rhonda Stien – 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, Chief Executive Officer Uniting Care Burnside and worked at 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 People and Practice Committee.


Janett Milligan – Director since October 2016

Qualifications and Experience
Janett is a former Executive Director, Venues NSW (Department of Premier & Cabinet Office of Sport) and has 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.
Qualifications include:  Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) (University of New England), Master of Business Administration (University of Sydney), Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Special Responsibilities: Chair of the People and Practice Committee and Member of the Governance Committee, Special Visitor to Hunter/Central Coast TFC and Kinship Care.


Mr Ray Kiley – Director since November 2016

Qualifications and Experience
Ray is currently Chief Executive Officer of Intelledox, a Canberra based Digital Transformation software company. Prior to that, Ray has held senior operations roles including Chief Operating Officer at CoreLogic Australia and Medibank Health Solutions. Ray has extensive experience in Technology and Operations specialising in business transformation. Ray’s experience also includes working as a commercial lawyer.
Qualifications include: Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (Australian National University).
Special Responsibilities: Member of the People and Practice Committee, Special Visitor to Canberra Children’s Family Centre, Southern NSW (Queanbeyan) and ACT Together (ACT).


Brad Cooke - Director since May 2017

Qualifications and Experience
A Bidjigal man from the La Perouse Aboriginal community in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, Brad is passionate about building the capability of Indigenous people around the country and telling the history of Indigenous Sports people. A broadcaster on television and radio, Brad is currently on secondment from Jawun as part of the Jawun Indigenous Corporate Leadership Program as a Manager, Emerging Technology with the Commonwealth Bank Australia.
Qualifications include: Executive Education Course, Non Profit/Public/Organisational Management 2012 (Activities and Societies), Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Non-profit organisations (Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government).
Special Responsibilities: Member of the Engagement Committee, Special Visitor to the BIG and Indigenous capacity building.


Sam Garland - Director since May 2017

Qualifications and Experience
Sam has over 10 years’ experience in financial reporting, risk management and governance as a company auditor and professional advisor. Sam is currently a Partner at PwC Australia, leading the statutory and regulatory audits of complex financial institutions. He also advises on regulatory matters, risk management, controls and organisational governance. He has experience auditing and working with a number of not-for-profit organisations, including in the education and medical sector.
Qualifications include: Bachelor of Arts, Business Economics (University of Leeds), Member Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand, registered external auditor (ASIC).
Special Responsibilities: Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee.


Paul Ireland - Director since November 2017

Qualifications and Experience
Paul currently works with Boards and Investment Committees providing advice on investment arrangements. Paul was General Manager of MLC Implemented Consulting and previously held senior roles in both the finance industry and TAFE. He has managed successful businesses in the public and private sectors.
Qualifications include: Master of Business Administration (AGSM, UNSW), Chartered Financial Analysist (CFA) (AIMR USA), Bachelor of Engineering (Sydney University), Bachelor of Social Studies (Hons) (Sydney University), Diploma of Adult Education (Sydney College of Advanced Education).
Special Responsibilities: Member of the Finance and Audit Committee, Member of the Engagement Committee and Special Visitor to the Penrith Metro Children’s Family Centre.


Patrick Kerlin - Company Secretary since 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.
Qualifications include: Masters in Policy Studies within the University of Sydney’s School of Education and Social Work, Graduate Diploma in Company Secretarial Practice with the Governance Institute of Australia.










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