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 VerschuerMBA, MScSoc, BAppSc
President

Mary is an experienced non-executive director currently on the board of Maxitrans (ASX:MXI) and previously a director of Nuplex and THC Global. 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).

Lindsay SmarttBA, FIAA, FNZSA, ASA, GAICD
Treasurer

Lindsay is a non-executive director, consults in risk and strategy and is a qualified actuary. He sits on the boards of the Westpac/BT insurance subsidiaries 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, CFO and appointed actuary roles, having worked in large financial institutions, global reinsurers and consultancies (including his own). Member since 2016.

Dr Sandra CheesemanPhD, B.Ed, Dip Teach (Early Childhood)
Vice President

Dr Sandra Cheeseman is a senior lecturer in social policy, leadership and professional practice at the Department of Educational Studies, Macquarie University. She has over 30 years’ experience in the early childhood sector working in diverse roles and communities as a director, teacher, manager of professional learning and senior executive. She has been a member of a number of Boards and advisory groups and is a strong advocate for considering the perspectives of children in policy and decision making. Sandra was appointed to the Board of The Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) in April 2016. Member since 2015.

Anthony KutraB.Ec (Hons), MBA, FAICD, FAIM
Director

Anthony has held various senior management and director positions in Australia and overseas, covering the global mining services, and engineering services industries. Anthony is a member of the Finance Committee for CatholicCare Broken Bay. Member since 2008.

Hugh HumphreyMBA, BCOMM (Economics & Marketing)
Director

Hugh is a senior executive in the financial services industry with a background in telecommunications and management consulting. Hugh has held a number of leadership roles and is currently general manager in one of Australia’s largest financial services organisations. He has served on the boards of Vodafone Australia Superannuation Trustee, Vodafone Fiji, Hillross Financial Services and National Mutual Life Association (subsidiaries of AMP Limited).

Hilary Johnston-CrokeM.Ed, B.Sc(Hons), PGCE, Grad. Dip (Theology), GAICD
Director

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.

The Hon Dr Peter HendyB.Econ (Hons) PhD MAICD FAIM
Director

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.

Sarah MichaelRN, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Director

Sarah is a registered nurse with a background in intensive care / critical care and currently holds a senior management position at St Vincent’s Health Australia, the largest Catholic not-for-profit healthcare provider in Australia. Sarah has specific expertise in policy development, organisational change, benchmarking and reporting and clinical governance and risk. Sarah became a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2016.