Carrington Cottages Ltd. Board

Bob Warner CBE


Bob moved to Adelaide in 2012 after a career in finance and executive roles in mining, and telecoms in the UK. He was Chief Executive of Remploy an organisation which assisted over 6000 disabled people a year into employment. 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. He was awarded a CBE in 2009 for services to disabled people.

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.

Jon Gerschwitz


Jon is a chartered accountant with strategic, financial and people management experience and has acted as Chief Financial Officer in Companies across diverse industries. He has an active interest in not for profit organisations and is also currently Chairperson of Morialta Nominees Pty Ltd acting as trustee for The Morialta Charitable Trust Fund.

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.

Steve Andrews


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.

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.

Steve Ludlam

Steve Ludlam is a qualified engineer who has worked in Europe and Australia. Most recently he was MD and CEO of ASC Pty Ltd, the Adelaide based naval ship and submarine building company. He led the State Government’s response to the General Motors (Holden) closure and the Northern Economic Plan. Both activities were aimed at creating jobs, keeping people in work and especially ensuring their health and well-being. He brings commercial, project management and risk management experience.

Penny Davis

Penny was previously employed in Adelaide as a social worker with the Department of
Correctional Services where she worked as a probation and parole officer. She then worked in
London as a social worker for Westminster Social Services. After returning to Adelaide she spent
many years raising her family before undertaking a Law Degree at Adelaide University. Since
graduating in 2005 she has been employed as a barrister and solicitor in the Criminal Law Division
of the Legal Services Commission South Australia. Penny has a long standing commitment to
social justice.

Gaby Kinsman

Gaby is a Marketing and Communications specialist with a Bachelors degree in Media. Gaby has worked across a number of industries and has an interest in the storytelling and communication of justice issues. She is also passionate about the significant role grass-roots organisations play in responding to the signs of our times. Gaby is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at St Aloysius College and she also coordinates Young Mercy Links SA, a post-schooling formation initiative supported by the Institute of Sisters of Mercy Australia and Papua New Guinea that is centred around volunteer service work and connecting with local communities.

Management Team

Ms Karen Aistrope

Karen has worked in both the not-for-profit and corporate sectors and brings a wealth of relevant experience in strategic development, operational delivery, culture and leadership, collaborative partnerships, facilities management, innovation and growth including championing pilot programs where there is an unmet need. She has deep insights into the multiple factors that contribute to social disadvantage and a genuine desire to respond holistically to the needs of vulnerable people.