Management Incorporated Board

Dr. Bill Griffiths (Chair)

After a career in education as a school principal, system director and CEO in Adelaide, Darwin and Canberra, Bill is now involved in governance and leadership in the not-for-profit sector in Adelaide, including (since 2015) as Chair of Carrington Cottages Management Incorporated. Bill’s vision for Carrington Cottages includes both maintaining the strong pastoral care framework maintained by the Foundation Administrator, Sr Betty Schonfeldt, and also developing best-practice approaches to governance and to joined-up solutions for the homeless men who live at Carrington Cottages. 

Sr. Judith Redden RSM AO (Deputy Chairperson)

Sister Judith is a Sister of Mercy, and has spent a large part of her adult life working as a school principal in Adelaide, most significantly for thirty years at St Aloysius College in the city. Judith has completed studies at Flinders University and London University. She has also held positions on the Commonwealth Schools Commission and the SA Youth Arts Board. She is also one of many Sisters of Mercy who has been an active supporter of Carrington Cottages over the past twenty-five years.    

Mr. Steve Andrews (Treasurer)

Steve Andrews is a qualified accountant who has worked in both the not-for-profit and corporate sectors and brings a wealth of relevant experience in financial management, information technology and facilities management. Steve has worked closely with the Sisters of Mercy for over a decade and is currently the Business Manager at St Aloysius College and Treasurer of CCMI.

Ms. Catherine Alcock

Catherine has been a long term educator, serving as a Principal of both Government & Catholic schools in Adelaide and in Sydney. She has also been involved in international education through the International Baccalaureate and the Council of International Schools.

Catherine is concerned with issues of social justice, especially in enabling people in most need to be supported in accessing resources and services.

She is also currently a volunteer at the Mercy House of Welcome, especially assisting refugees in acquiring English language skills.

Ms. Janette Ashworth

With over twenty years of experience in business management and real estate, Janette applies her business acumen, creativity, mentoring and problem-solving skills to improve business strategies and create growth.  With the ability to communicate honestly and effectively she is able to develop rapport and liaise with people from all walks of life.  Strongly committed to public service, Janette is pleased to bring her professional & life experiences to promote the values of Carrington Cottages supporting the values her grandmother instilled in her as a child, that everyone is entitled to safe accommodation. 

Mr. Leon Cholsh

Leon is an experienced Lawyer and Chartered Company Secretary who has practised as an in-house corporate counsel for over 10 years and prior to that with some of Adelaide’s leading corporate, commercial and property law firms.

He has advised a wide range of business, operational, regulatory and transactional matters, including risk management and compliance, regulatory and dispute resolution management, strategy and policy.

Leon is an Associate of the Governance Institute of Australia, an Alternate Director of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association Ltd and Member of the Property Committee Law Society of SA.

Ms. Lesley Haas-Baker

Lesley’s career incorporates fund raising as a committee member for The Friends of The Australian Ballet South Australia (FABSA) and a Committee member for The Chairman’s Circle for The Adelaide Festival of Arts. Her corporate experience was with AXA and BUPA Australia. Lesley returned to Adelaide 7 years ago after working for 25 years as an Interior Designer with her own business in Melbourne.

Ms. Paula Nagel AM

Well known in South Australia as the first female reporter on ABC television current affairs “This Day Tonight”, Paula Nagel specialises in headhunting and board appointments. She is a member of the Governing Council of the University of South Australia and the University’s Audit Committee, the Board of the Islamic College of South Australia, the Advisory Council of the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Chair of the Adelaide Festival Chairman’s Circle Committee.

Previously Paula has held the consulting role of International Education Adviser to Premier and Cabinet, Chairman of Education Adelaide, a member of the Export Council of South Australia, the Boards of State Opera, The Ring Cycle, Jam Factory (Crafts), the Australian Academic Board of Le Cordon Bleu, Business in the Community, the Tourism Minister’s Round Table, the Governor’s Leaders Institute, the Florey Medical Foundation and Flinders University Foundation.

Ms. Carolyn Rayner

With strong commercial experience gained through working in marketing and management roles, Carolyn has a broad range of experience in strategic business development and leadership. Carolyn’s work has also followed her passion of empowering people through knowledge. Working as an educator in the vocational training sector in the areas of leadership, financial management, business strategy, strategic marketing, communication, innovation and negotiation. Personally Carolyn welcomes the opportunity to utilise her business acumen to ensure the best outcomes can be achieved for Carrington Cottages and the people it assists.

Mr. Bob Warner CBE

Bob moved to Adelaide four years ago after a career in finance and executive roles in mining, telecoms and employment services in the UK. He was also a non-executive director or chair of three housing associations, including one that specialised in support for people with drug and alcohol problems.


Manager

Mr. Joe Bitter 

Assistant Manager

Mr. Alex Haak

Consultants

Ms. Ann Kelly