Our Board

Di McDonnell

Di McDonald

Board Chair

Di has an extensive background and formal qualifications in business development and management in the occupational health, disability and human resources fields. She has over 25 years of demonstrated leadership in senior roles including at Managing Director and CEO level in NFP, privately owned and publicly listed organisations, as well as Executive and Non-executive positions on Boards and Advisory Boards. Currently Di is Chair of the recently formed NFP Law and Advocacy Centre for Women (LACW); sits on the Advisory Board for Psychology Melbourne and is a member of the Institute of Company Directors. Di sees it as a privilege to be a member of the Melbourne City Mission Board and is highly committed to making opportunities accessible to those that are the most disadvantaged and at risk.


Andrew Douglas

Member Board Quality Safety & Risk Committee; Member of the Strategic Oversight Committee

Andrew is the Practice Group Head of Workplace Relations and member of the Executive for Macpherson Kelley Lawyers in Victoria as well as being a National Principal. He has been a board member and Chair of several not-for-profit organisations (most recently the Chair of Awards Victoria and National Board member of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award) and is committed to the sector. Andrew is a leading author in workplace law, speaker throughout Australia, Asia and New Zealand and is a commentator on workplace issues in the Age, Australian and Smart Company. A significant part of Andrew’s legal practice is governance and as the National Head of Local Government for Macpherson Kelley spends much of his time training councillors and the executive of local government organisations on good governance, conflict and dispute management.


Caitlin MacLeod

Member Board Finance Investment & Audit Committee

Caitlin works for a global boutique consulting firm advising banks, financial institutions and governments on financial regulation, strategy and risk. She has consulted across Australia and Africa. Prior to this Caitlin spent four years at the UK financial regulator during the global financial crisis working on a range of prudential and consumer protection issues. Caitlin has extensive Australian government experience having worked in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Finance and Administration. Caitlin co-founded Pivot, an ed-tech business, in 2014.  She is married with two children. 


Catherine McGovern

Chair of Board Quality Safety & Risk Committee; Member Board Nominations & Remuneration Committee

Catherine has extensive experience in government relations and public affairs having spent over 20 years working in and with government as a consultant, adviser and government relations and communications specialist. Catherine worked in the health service and health policy environment, both in Australia and in Europe, for nearly fifteen years prior to which she was an adviser in the Howard Government in the industry, science and resources portfolio, a wide ranging portfolio where she was responsible for the policy development for a variety of industry sectors. Catherine began her career in merchant banking and now consults in the areas of health and social policy and services, regional development, education and government regulation. She is a graduate member of the Institute of Company Directors and a board member of Victoria Legal Aid.

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Joe Carbone

Member Board Finance Investment & Audit Committee; Member Board Quality Safety and Risk Committee

Joe is an experienced Chief Executive and Independent Advisor with a career that spans 36 years focussing on leadership building, innovation and continuous improvement in the context of value creation for stakeholders and consumers. Joe’s leadership experience PROPOSAL: Melbourne City Mission Website Redevelopment Project has traversed three industry sectors (Health Care, Local Government and Retail/Manufacturing), where he has been responsible for strategic and visionary development of complex, large scale and multidisciplinary service organisations and innovative commercial enterprises. Joe is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Health Administration, BHA (University of NSW). In addition, Joe is a former Board Director of Health Purchasing Victoria and his consulting work interest is in the area of transformational leadership for disruptive times.


John Jeffreys

Chair of Nominations & Remuneration Committee; Member Board Finance Investment & Audit Committee

John is an experienced senior Finance Executive and Company Director having worked in the mining, service and manufacturing industries. John is a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors. He is married with two children and enjoys spending time with his two grandchildren and sport – in particular, cricket and football – supporting Richmond in the AFL. John has been actively involved in community activities including the Lord’s Taverners, The Jean Hailes Foundation and many more and is looking forward to making a positive contribution to Melbourne City Mission.

Leonie Boxtel

Leonie Boxtel

Deputy Chair; Member Board Nominations and Remuneration Committee; Chair Board Strategy Oversight Committee

Leonie has extensive experience in stakeholder relations, strategy development, marketing and communications in Australia and in the Asian region. She has worked in executive and senior management roles with the Australia-Japan Foundation, the University of Melbourne and Monash University, and was a member of the leadership team that delivered one of Australia’s first major higher education philanthropic campaigns. Leonie is a former Board member of the International Women’s Development Agency and has a long-standing interest in education, and the philanthropic sector. She is married with two bilingual children.


Paul Scroope

Chair of Board Finance Investment & Audit Committee; Member Board Quality Safety & Risk Committee

Paul is a senior finance executive with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and Chief Financial Officer for Therapeutic Innovation Australia Ltd. Paul has broad experience in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors including GM of Services with the CSIRO, Operations Manager with Fujitsu Australia and GM of Manufacturing with Vision Systems. In his spare time, Paul spent 10 years as a volunteer leader with Scouts Australia and organised the local Red Shield Appeal in his community. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Master of Organisational Systems.

Sean O'Donnell

Sean O’Donnell

Member Quality Safety and Risk Committee

Sean is an experienced executive having held senior leadership roles in banking, management consulting and information technology. Sean has a particular strength in leading transformational change programs while remaining focused on people, customers, shareholders and the community.

Sean’s experience includes senior leadership roles in Business and Retail Banking, Credit Risk, Wealth Management, Third Party Distribution, Franchising and Information Technology and Services.

Sean has a deep desire to make a meaningful contribution to the community and in addition to Melbourne City Mission he is a Non-Executive Director of Out Doors Inc. Sean is a proud rugby tragic and is President of the Melbourne University Rugby Football Club. Sean is married to Audrey, herself a successful banker and has three adult children.