The Infants' Home Board of Directors

The Infants' Home is governed by a voluntary, independent Board of Directors

The Board of Directors' commitment to our community and stakeholders

With more than 100 years combined management experience, our Board is committed to integrity, diversity, collaboration and innovation

Mary Verschuer


Mary is an experienced non-executive director currently on the board of Maxiparts (ASX:MXI) and Forestry Corporation of NSW. She has experience in audit and risk and people committees. Prior executive roles included CEO and President with global scope across a range of industries, including engineering, mining services and packaging. She has extensive experience in developing and executing strategy and integrating acquisitions. Mary was on our Board from 2008 to early 2015, returning in 2017. Member since 2016 (with a period of absence in 2015-16).

Hilary Johnston-Croke
Vice President

M.Ed, B.Sc (Hons), PGCE, Grad. Dip (Theology), GAICD

Hilary is one of Australia’s most experienced educators, with extensive governance and professional experience in the Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Sectors. A scientist and educator by training, she has a professional background as teacher and educational leader with over two decades spent as a school principal. Hilary is currently a Non-Executive Director of the boards of The University of Notre Dame Australia and the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, Melbourne, as well as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Global Leaders Program, University of Wollongong. She is former Principal/CEO of Kincoppal-Rose Bay School and a former Deputy President of the Association of Independent Girls School (NSW). Hilary is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Member since 2017.

Lindsay Smartt


Lindsay is a non-executive director, consults in risk and strategy and is a qualified actuary. He chairs the Insignia Financial’s Superannuation Funds (including MLC and OnePath), sits on the boards of Westpac Life and Fidelity Life (in NZ) and is an experienced audit and risk committee chair. He was president of the Actuaries Institute in 2016 and previously chaired The Salvation Army Employment Plus (2017-2018). During Lindsay’s career in financial services he has held chief risk officer, finance and appointed actuary roles, having worked in large financial institutions, global reinsurers and consultancies (including his own). Member since 2016.

Hugh Humphrey

MBA, BCom (Economics & Marketing), Chartered Banker (FINSIA)

Hugh is a parent of young children, and a senior executive in the financial services industry. He has a background in telecommunications and management consulting. Hugh has held a number of senior leadership roles and is presently general manager at one of Australia’s largest financial services organisations. He serves on the board of Future2, the charitable foundation of the Financial Planning Association of Australia. He is presently a director of Hoskins Memorial Nominees and has served on the boards of Hillross Financial Services, Vodafone Fiji and as a Trustee for the Vodafone Australia Superannuation Fund. Member since 2015.

The Hon Dr Peter Hendy

B.Econ (Hons) PhD MAICD FAIM

The Hon Dr Peter Hendy is a professional economist and company director. He was formerly Chief Executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and has had a long career in both the private and public sectors, including the areas of defence, international trade, treasury, education and industrial relations. In 2003 he was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to Australian society in business leadership. He has been Chief Economist in the Prime Minister’s Office and prior to that he was a Member of Parliament with roles as the Assistant Minister for Finance, Assistant Minister for Productivity and Assistant Cabinet Secretary in the Australian Government. Member since 2017.

Sarah Michael


Sarah is a registered nurse with over 40 years’ experience in the health sector in hospital, government and private sector roles and currently holds a senior management position in Clinical Governance and Safety at St Vincent’s Health Australia, the largest Catholic not-for-profit healthcare provider in Australia. Sarah has specific expertise in clinical governance, compliance and risk, policy development, organisational change, benchmarking, reporting and more recently development and oversight of organisational COVID-19 response plans. Member since 2017.

Melissa Collins


Melissa spent most of her career in Management Consulting and Financial Services, prior to making the switch to Community Services three years ago. She is the General Manager of one of Sydney’s most iconic not for profit organisations. Melissa has significant experience in delivering projects, leading change and general management. She is mum to a small child and is an Inner West resident who is grateful for the services The Infants’ Home provides to her local community. Member since 2022.

David Jarjoura


David is a Chair, Finance & Audit Committee Member, Managing & Non-Executive Director with over twenty-five years of executive and board level experience in the public, commercial & not for profit sectors. This includes time as a Non-Executive Director of MyHouse where he led strategic development and business restructuring. As a Chair and Director of Challenge North Shore he contributed to the development and identification of supported employment opportunities within the local community. He currently has a portfolio of board appointments and experience of providing consultancy services to various clients. Member since 2022.