Our Board

Since its inception in 1988, the Catherine House Incorporated Board has had the great fortune of being able to attract high calibre members who bring a broad range of skills and expertise to their management role. Members meet monthly and participate on a voluntary basis.

CEO / Executive Director, Louise Miller Frost

B App Sc, MA (Comm Mgmt), MPH, MBA, FAICD

Prior to her appointment at Catherine House, Louise spent the last seven years in Local Government, managing customer-facing services from regulatory and planning, through to aged care. Prior to that she had a long career in the health sector, private, NGO and public, managing a wide range of community-based services including Street to Home, SA Health’s homelessness health services, and Women’s Health and Safety services, Aboriginal Health and new arrival health services.

Louise is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and until recently was the Chair at Unitingcare Wesley Bowden, a mid-sized nfp community service provider. She currently sits on the Medical Board of SA and the Vaccines Committee of the Therapeutic Goods Administration. In addition to her CEO role, Louise is an Executive Director on the Board of Catherine House, and also serves as the Board’s liaison with the Catherine House Trust.

Chair: 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

Mark Phelps

Mark has been a member of the Board of Catherine House since August 2010.   Mark leads Ernst & Young’s Audit Practice in Adelaide. Mark is a Registered Company Auditor, Registered Greenhouse & Energy Auditor, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a regular presenter of industry and accounting technical sessions both within the accounting industry and at universities. Mark has worked for much of his career in Adelaide, having spent time in Melbourne, Perth and, most recently, in Brisbane.

Mark has a strong community involvement.  He has served on various not for profit Boards. Mark was also a Regional Council Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants SA/NT from 2005 to 2013. Mark also serves as the nominee on the Board for the Sisters of Mercy.

Kate McKeough

Kate is a Partner in HWL Ebsworth Lawyers’ Corporate and Commercial team.

Kate practises 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 names Kate as a Recommended lawyer for Corporate Law, Commercial Law and Energy & Resources Law in South Australia.

Yvonne Sneddon

Yvonne has been a full time professional company director since 2004, with experience on boards in the private and public sector and chairs of a number of audit, finance, governance and risk committees. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand.

Yvonne’s board appointments reflect her strategic, governance, financial and commercial experience. She has a reputation as a leader who can deliver sustainable outcomes through times of change.

She is a Chartered Accountant with more than thirty years’ experience and was a partner at Deloitte and before that a partner at Ferrier Hodgson.

Yvonne has expanded her core financial competencies and developed the broad range of skills and experience needed of professional directors.

As a strategic thinker with a genuine love of working collaboratively with others, Yvonne can exercise the sound professional judgement and make the tough decisions needed to ensure business success in today’s dynamic environment.

Yvonne actively contributes to the accounting profession and was appointed the South Australian Regional Chair of the institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand in 2007. She has also participated in various roles for both the University of SA and Flinders University.

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 issue. 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 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.

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.

She has led and participated in many community, business and government forums and events covering a multiplicity of topics.

Catherine House Trust

Catherine House Trust was instituted by the Board as the fundraising arm of Catherine House Incorporated in November 2003. The primary function of the Trust is to raise funds and exercise good stewardship of these funds for the benefit of the work of Catherine House Incorporated.

Members work in a voluntary capacity and each brings a wealth of expertise and generosity of spirit to the work that they do. Trust members give generously of their time through their attendance to regular meetings and also through their participation in two critical sub-committees, the Fundraising and Promotion sub-committee and the Finance and Governance sub-committee.

Our Trust members display a keen determination to raise the funds needed to deliver the type of innovative programs and services that will most benefit the women who access the services of Catherine House Incorporated.

Current Trust members are:

  • Annette Comley (Chairperson)
  • Rudy Boeff (Treasurer)
  • Yvonne Clark
  • Belinda Campbell
  • Kasia Bartkowski