Under Mary Aikenhead Ministries, the many health (including aged care and research institutes), education and some social service ministries that were established and developed by the Sisters of Charity in Australia, are governed by a group of Trustees.
The Trustees are the Canon Law and Civil Stewards of the Ministries. As such, the Ministries report to, and are accountable to the Trustees.
The Trustees exercise ecclesial leadership on behalf of the church in a collaborative manner that enables discernment to underpin the decision making process.
For a statement about the role of the Trustees, click here.
Mr Gary Humphrys
Gary was appointed to the Trustees of Mary Aikenhead Ministries on 1 July 2017. Gary has almost 40 years’ experience in senior executive roles covering a number of disciplines including finance and accounting, treasury, taxation, IT, procurement and audit in the energy and mining industries in both the public and private sector. Gary has held various directorships in the health, mining, water and energy sectors. He was previously a Director of St Vincent’s Health Australia Limited and is currently a Director of HESTA Superannuation. Gary also has recently been appointed as Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee of Brisbane’s South Bank Corporation.
Professor Michael E. Drew
Michael E. Drew is managing partner of Stonechat Capital; a director of Drew, Walk & Co.; and a professor of finance at Griffith University. He is a financial economist specializing in the areas of investment governance, pension plan design, and outcome-oriented investing. Professor Drew’s research has been published in leading practitioner journals, including the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, the Journal of Portfolio Management, and the Journal of Retirement. He has been invited to make submissions and to testify before numerous committees, including the US Department of Labor and the SEC joint hearing on target-date funds. Professor Drew serves as a specialist member of the QSuper Investment Committee and is a member of the Investment Advisory Board of the Petroleum Fund of Timor-Leste (East Timor). He received his PhD in economics from the University of Queensland, is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst®, and is a Life Member of FINSIA, the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.
Associate Professor Peter Howard PhD M.Ed (Hons) BA Dip Teach
Associate Professor Peter Howard has been involved in the development of a number of strategic partnerships with schools, community agencies, government, Church, corporate and university sectors. My approach to personal life and professional work emphasises the integration of theory and practice through collaborative ‘grass roots’ engagement and presence with communities including rural, Aboriginal, schools, disadvantaged peoples and low socio-economic as well as partnering purposefully with those who can enable policy and institutional change. My professional and personal life has a strong values-based framework of justice, care and compassion shaped by scholarship and the praxis of Gospel.
Peter holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Education (Hons), Bachelor of Education; Diploma in Teaching. As an Associate Professor of Australian Catholic University (1987-2019) I have held leadership roles in the ongoing transition and change management growth of a significant international Catholic university. Most recently (2003-2019) as National Leader, Clemente Australia a community embedded socially supported higher education program for people experiencing multiple disadvantage with a focus upon the humanities.
Within ACU and other universities I have lectured in mathematics education, Aboriginal pedagogy, classroom management, teacher education professional skills, community engagement and social justice and analysis. I have presented keynote talks, research papers, workshops, webinars and discussion groups and published journal and refereed and reviewed research and opinion articles individually and with other colleagues at numerous conferences across Australia and internationally.
Primarily, I am an educator who has journeyed a pathway of social justice and scholarship. I have visited and worked in hundreds of schools both primary and secondary. I ‘feel at home’ in the presence of teachers, students and school communities whether rural, remote or urban.
I have been privileged to travel to the capital cities, regional areas and bush of Australia as well as internationally. In these travels I have learnt a little more of who I am in this global world and a respect for others and their cultures. And nearly always, in the good, hard and tragic days, taking time to care and reflect with prayerful consideration.
Penelope Wright BEc. Dip.Law (LPAB)
Penelope Wright was appointed to the Trustees of Mary Aikenhead Ministries on 1 May 2019.
Penelope is a practicing solicitor with her husband in a small firm in Sydney they opened in 2005. She also holds a Bachelor of Economics and is currently studying a Masters of Laws at the University of Sydney.
Prior to studying law, Penelope worked in retail banking, funds management and government relations with a major Australian bank.
Previously Penelope has been a member of the Board of the Sisters of Charity Foundation and Waverley College. Penelope is a past Chair and Deputy Chair of the NSW Premier’s Youth Advisory Council and remains active in local community organisations in various roles.