Advisory Board

Pictured from left to right: Rhonda Lawson-Street (Director), Bernadette McPherson, Cameron Fraser, Bob Cameron, Fr Peter Ferwerda, Joan Coldwell, Joshua Gladstone, John Murphy (Chairperson).

Rhonda Lawson-Street (Director of CCS)

Rhonda’s career in the community and government sectors commenced in 1990 and continues uninterrupted to this day.

Rhonda has been involved with CCS since June 2017 and in the previous 20-plus years performed 10 related roles that saw he display her skills and acquire experience in strategic planning, business development, change management, stakeholder engagement, cross-sector partnerships, program delivery.
Rhonda brings a strong focus and true commitment to social justice, collaboration at all levels, organisational and sector development, and empowerment to those experiencing disadvantage.

Bernadette McPherson

Bernadette has been a Board Member for 2 1/2 years. She has worked for 44 years as a teacher in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors.

Her work has taken to four states and five different Dioceses. This year is her 33rd year of working in Aboriginal education and her 18th year at Catholic Education Office Sandhurst where she is employed as Senior Education Officer (Aboriginal Education); leading Aboriginal Education for CEOS. Her teaching experience has been in schools in remote, rural, regional and metropolitan locations. Bernadette has held several positions of leadership in schools. Prior to working with CEOS Bernadette worked at the University of Notre Dame Australia for 8 years in Aboriginal teacher education. Bernadette has a B.Ed and Master of Applied Linguistics.

Cameron Fraser

Cameron’s career in the not-for-profit and welfare fields commenced in the 1990’s with Mercy Health and Aged Care. This followed senior positions with Coopers & Lybrand and Telstra.

Cameron was appointed Business Manager for the Diocese of Sandhurst in October 2010. The Diocese of Sandhurst is one of four Catholic Dioceses in Victoria and in his role Cameron is focused on listening to the needs of regional Victorians, whilst holding a responsibility to administer the goods of the diocese under the authority of the Bishop. Cameron brings expertise in finance, corporate governance and the not-for-profit sector with a keen interest in working to meet the Vision of CatholicCare.

The Hon. Bob Cameron

Bob Cameron was a long serving Labor Victorian Minister from 1999 until 2010 and Bendigo West MP from 1996 - 2010. During this time Bob was Opposition Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Affairs and Minister of the Crown with responsibility of various portfolios over the 11 years including Minister for Police and Emergency Services.

Bob has a history of serving and working with community organisations including being a former Board member of the Anne Caudle Centre and currently is the Board Chair for Bendigo Health. After retiring from Parliament in 2010 Bob returned to his legal practice in 2011.

Fr Peter Ferwerda

Fr Peter migrated from the Netherlands in 1950 and completed a medical degree in 1970, he worked for 5 years in various hospitals then entered General Practice for 27 years both as a solo practitioner and later full-time locum work for General Practitioners in Victoria and Interstate. Fr Peter entered Corpus Christi Seminary in 2002 and ordained by the late Bishop Joe Grech on 8th Decemeber 2006.

Fr Peter worked as Assistant Priest in Wangaratta, then Parish Priest for Kerang, Pyramid Hill and Cohuna for 3 years, then Parish Priest in Myrtleford and Bright for 2 years and is currently Parish Priest of Heathcote. He joined the CCS Board in 2014.

Joan Coldwell

Joan has been involved in education for over 40 years. She has mainly worked in Catholic Primary Schools in a variety of settings, including city, rural and regional towns. She is currently in her fourth year as Principal of St Joseph’s Primary School in Quarry Hill in Bendigo. Prior to this, she taught for a year at the new Marist College in Maiden Gully. She was also Principal for eight years at St Monica’s Primary School in Kangaroo Flat.

Joan has had experience with School Boards during this time. Joan has a Bachelor of Education (Primary) and a Masters of Religious Education. Joan has been a member of the CCS Board for nearly three years.

Josh Gladstone

Josh has been with CatholicCare as a Board Member for the past two years. Josh grew up in Bendigo attending Holy Rosary Primary, Catholic College, and completed his undergraduate degree in computing at LaTrobe University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from LaTrobe.

Josh has worked in IT, Banking and Finance and Healthcare. Most recently joined Potential (X) and Health Roundtable, a healthcare benchmarking, improvement and innovation organisation. Josh has spent the last year consulting with SaferCare Victoria as an industry coach providing expert improvement advice and coaching across hospitals in Victoria. Prior to that Josh spent 5 years with Bendigo Health including Improvement, Project Management and supported the opening of the $685m new Bendigo Hospital.

John Murphy (Chair)

John had a 40 year career in the Commonwealth Public Service that encompassed roles in personnel management, organisational design, resource modelling and management, policy development, community development and the the delivery of community services.

John was a Director of Haven Home Safe housing and homelessness service for 16 years and joined the CatholicCare Sandhurst Board in April 2017. John has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.