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 behaviour and practice.

Board members

Janett Milligan – Chair – Director since October 2016 and Chair since July 2019

Qualifications and Experience
Janett is currently a Trustee of the NSW Responsible Gambling Fund and 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: Member of the People and Practice Committee and Member of the Governance Committee.

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 publicly 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, Board 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 and execution of technology strategies across multiple industries.
Qualifications include: Bachelor of Science (Newcastle University), Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Special Responsibilities: Chair of the Technology Advisory Board, Member of the Governance Committee and Member of the Risk Committee, Board Visitor to Find-A-Family (NSW).

Prof Fran Waugh - Director since May 2014

Qualifications and Experience
Fran is the Head of School, Sydney School 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. Fran 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: Chair of the People and Practice Committee and Board Visitor to South Coast Children’s Family Centre.

Rhonda Stien – Director since July 2014

Qualifications and Experience
Rhonda is currently a 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. Board Visitor to Hunter/Central Coast TFC and Kinship Care.

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, Board 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 adviser. Sam is currently a partner at PwC Australia, leading the statutory and regulatory audits of complex financial institutions. Sam also advises on regulatory matters, risk management, controls and organisational governance. Sam 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. Paul has managed successful businesses in the public and private sectors.
Qualifications include: Master of Business Administration (AGSM, UNSW), Chartered Financial Analyst (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 Board Visitor to the Penrith Metro Children’s Family Centre.

Julia Davenport - Director since May 2019

Qualifications and Experience
Julia is a company director and business advisor with particular experience in the design and implementation of cultural change initiatives and strategic oversight in the professional services, environmental management, NFP and industry association sectors. Among other appointments, Julia is a non-executive director of Lindsay Dynan Consulting Engineers and Head of Strategy and Innovation at Sparke Helmore. Julia is a former Deputy Chair of the Children’s Book Council of Australia and Julia is the founding director of Davenport Marketing and Advisory, a specialist consultancy with a key focus in the development of innovative strategy.
Qualifications include: Bachelor of Arts (Information Science) (University of Technology), Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Special Responsibilities: Chair of the Engagement Committee, Board Visitor to Sydney Metro Children’s Family Centre.

Stephen Mills - Director since September 2019

Qualifications and Experience
Stephen is an honorary senior lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. His previous experience is as a journalist and editor with Fairfax newspapers, political adviser (speechwriter) to Prime Minister Hon R J L Hawke, and corporate affairs adviser in the financial services sector. He is the former Chair of Australian Business Foundation and former director of ShareGift Australia. 
Qualifications include: Bachelor of Arts (Hons) University of Melbourne; Master of Public Administration, John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney.
Special Responsibilities: Member of Risk Committee, Board Visitor to ACT Together (ACT).

Amy Kilpatrick– Director since November 2019

Qualifications and Experience
Amy is a lawyer with a background in public interest law and the higher education sector and is currently a Senior Legal Adviser to the ACT Government. Amy has also led not for profit organisations in the social justice sector. Her key areas of practice are administrative law, governance, human rights and discrimination. Amy is also a non-executive director of Directions Health Service.
Qualifications include: Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory, Bachelor of Law (Hons) (Australian National University), Graduate Diploma in Politics (University of Melbourne), Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Special Responsibilities: Member of the Governance Committee and Board Visitor to Canberra Children’s Family Centre and Southern NSW (Queanbeyan).

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.