Catherine House Board

The Catherine House Board has
experienced members who bring a
range of skills and expertise to their role

Juliet Brown OAM

Juliet Brown OAM


Juliet Brown has significant experience in business and the law extending over various industries including health, superannuation, insurance, and transport in both the public and private sectors.

Her current directorships include Chair of the Lifetime Support Authority of South Australia and membership of the boards of the Medical Insurance Group of Australia, the South Australian Financing Authority Advisory Board and Green Industries SA. Former directorships include Chair of Statewide Super, Chair of Cancer Council SA and President of the RAA of SA Inc.

Kate McKeough

Kate McKeough

Kate is a Partner in HWL Ebsworth Lawyers’ Corporate and Commercial team, practicing in the areas of companies and securities law, including equity capital raising (for both listed and unlisted public and private companies) and mergers and acquisitions (in particular, private treaty acquisitions and divestments), and has a broad practice in general commercial law.

Kate provides advice on the obligations of companies and their officers under the Corporations Act and ASX Listing Rules and has particular experience in advising publicly listed companies with respect to their fundraising activities.

Kate has extensive commercial contract drafting and negotiation experience, including in relation to supply and procurement arrangements for clients in a range of industries, in particular energy and resources and mining services.

Kate was named in Best Lawyers® as one of Australia’s best lawyers in the fields of Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Oil & Gas Law, Commercial Law, Corporate Law and Mining Law. Doyle’s Guide named Kate as a Recommended lawyer for Corporate Law, Commercial Law and Energy & Resources Law in South Australia.

 Peter Panatsos

Peter Panatsos

Peter is a Director in Ernst & Young’s Mergers and Acquisitions team. Peter’s professional experience includes Corporate Strategy and Development, Mergers and Acquisitions, Debt Advisory, Transaction Due Diligence and Audit. Peter focuses on the Healthcare and Financial Services sectors given his previous experience in an ASX Top 20 business as well as a mid-cap business as an executive team member.

Peter was a board member and treasurer for a ‘profit for purpose’ community business based in Victoria before returning home to South Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Finance, Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and is a Chartered Accountant.

Peter has a strong community focus and is continuing to concentrate on addressing the homelessness issue within South Australia.

 Sr. Anne Tormey

Sr. Anne Tormey

Sr. Anne has been a member of the Board of Catherine House since December 2018, and also serves as the nominee on the Board for the Sisters of Mercy.

Anne is a member of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea. The Sisters of Mercy have a long tradition in advancing the education, well-being and leadership of women. Catherine House began in 1988 as an initiative of the Sisters of Mercy in South Australia.

Anne has held leadership positions within the Sisters of Mercy and has served on a number of boards in education, health, community services and aged care in the private sector in Western Australia.

Anne’s recent and current involvement includes membership of committees of community groups working on social justice issues.

Sarah Court

Sarah Court

Sarah is a lawyer by training and is currently a Commissioner at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and an Associate Member of the New Zealand Commerce Commission.

She has extensive executive experience and leadership, sound commercial judgment and a deep knowledge and understanding of the complexities of board decision-making and associated legal, risk and public perception issues. Sarah also has deep expertise in consumer protection and conduct regulation across multiple industry sectors.

Sarah is the State Chair of the International Women’s Forum Australia, and sits on the Advisory board for the Law School at UNISA.

Sarah has a passionate interest in the provision of services and opportunities to women to address the effects of homelessness, and is looking forward to making a contribution to the great work of Catherine House.

Linda Matthews

Linda Matthews

Linda has worked in leadership positions for the last three decades. She has a successful track record in the following areas:

  • Managing competing interests of diverse stakeholder groups in local, state and national arenas
  • Managing staff in small and large organisations
  • Delivering high quality policy advice
  • Conducting complex negotiations requiring high order advocacy skills
  • Advising business, government and community groups on conflict management
  • Media commentary on a variety of topics

Linda has held positions in South Australia as the Commissioner for Equal Opportunity and Director Funding and Advocacy at the S.A. Intellectual Disability Services Council. In 2018 she was appointed as Chairperson for disability services provider SCOSA.

Following these positions she was appointed Queensland’s first Privacy Commissioner in 2010. She was the Executive Director of Women NSW in 2013-2014.

Linda has also managed a number of organisations including the Parks Community Legal Service, SA Domestic Violence Prevention Unit, and the SA Rape and Sexual Assault Service. Most recently Linda was interim CEO for Survivors of Torture and Trauma Rehabilitation Services (STTARS) and interim CEO at Catherine House 2016-2017.

Linda is an experienced manager, mentor and problem solver.  She has led and participated in many community, business and government forums and events covering a multiplicity of topics.

Mary Patetsos

Mary Patetsos

Mary Patetsos is recognised nationally and in her home state of South Australia in community engagement, aged and health care and the public sector.

As Chairperson of FECCA, she heads the peak national body representing Australians of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, advocating on behalf of ethnic communities to government, business and the broader community, often on contentious issues of public policy.

Mary has recently stepped off the South Australian Housing Trust Board. As Chair she oversaw the largest transfer of public housing to Community Housing providers in South Australia’s history as well as construction of over 1000 houses and new supply of affordable housing.

Mary is also the Chair of the Local Government Grants Commission, and a Council Member of the University of South Australia.

As Chair of ACH Group, she leads South Australia’s leading aged care provider. This commitment to health and aged care has seen her appointed as Deputy Chairperson of the Health Performance Council and a member of the National Aged Care Alliance.

Mary is a long-time supporter of the Port Adelaide Football Club. As Chair and non-Executive Director of Power Community Limited (PCL), an independent offshoot of the AFL club, she seeks to drive real social and economic change in the community through programs that focus on some of the key issues facing young people in society including education and employment, wellbeing and resilience, respectful relationships, cultural awareness and reconciliation.

Catherine House Trust


The Catherine House Trust exists to further the work of Catherine House.

Any queries regarding the Trust, or the Trustee, CHT Company Ltd, should be directed to the Public Officer, Linda Matthews.

Our Patron

Our Patron

Mrs Lan Le

We are pleased to have Mrs Lan Le as our Catherine House Patron.

Since 2014, Mrs Le together with her husband, The Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, have made essential contributions to the Vice-Regal Program in promoting the wellbeing of the South Australian Community. Mrs Le has a strong interest in Mental Health and Disability Management issues within the work place. She has developed and implemented innovative practices in client service delivery and staff training/supervision through effective mentoring and coaching processes.

We are grateful to Mrs Le for ongoing patronage of Catherine House.