Our Board of Directors

Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury is one of the NSW Lifeline centres accredited by Lifeline Australia and accountable to Lifeline Australia for the governance of its operations.


Carel Bothma – President

Carel Bothma

Carel Bothma joined Aged Care Plus in May 2015. He commenced his career by specialising in Recruitment, Industrial Relations, and Organisational Development for 10 years before joining an executive leadership team leading the Human Resources function. Carel has gained his international HR experience from working in South Africa, Asia, New Zealand and project work in Europe. He relocated to Australia from South Africa in 1998 with Sara Lee Corporation as HR Director to establish HR functions for Nutrimetics in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Thailand. As a business partner he has introduced a number of organisational effectiveness initiatives such as continuous improvement, high performing culture and culture change initiatives to achieve business results. Since 2005, under the ownership of Tupperware Corporations, Carel was HR Director for Nutrimetics Australia and New Zealand. After being offered a global HR position in the USA, he decided to remain in Australia. Carel’s entry into health care came when he joined Australian Hearing as HR Director for 5 years and then St Vincent’s Health for an assignment before he joined Aged Care Plus.

Carel’s married with 3 children attends St Stephens Belrose and serves on the board of Lifeline and FACE. He  holds an honours degree majoring in Business Economics and Organisational Psychology, post graduate diploma in Industrial Relations, a Masters Degree in Human Resources.



David Scott – Deputy PresidentDavid Scott

David joined the Board of Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury in September 2013.  He is also Chair of the Retail and Property Committee.  David has degrees in science, business and policy and is presently undertaking a PhD in social policy at UNSW.

Most recently David was a senior executive at Commonwealth Bank where he had responsibility for group mergers and acquisitions in the group strategy division. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



Merlyne Thompson – Board Secretary

Merlyne Thompson

Merlyne has been a member of Lifeline H2H for 15 years, including the last four as a Board Member. She is Secretary to the Board and serves on the Retail and Property Committee. In addition, Merlyne continues to work on the Telephone Crisis Support Line and participated in the trial Online Crisis Support Line. She also assists with various projects such as accreditations, risk management and workplace health and safety. In 2012 she coordinated the revisions to the Constitution of Lifeline H2H.

Merlyne’s most recent experience in the paid workforce includes Asia-Pacific leadership roles in strategic procurement for multi-national companies. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Graduate Diploma in Administration (Financial Administration).



Mark Hedges – Treasurer

Mark  joined the Board of Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury in 2016, and has been Mark Hedges squarea member of our Finance Audit and Risk Committee since then. He became Treasurer and chair of the Finance Audit and Risk Committee in March 2017. His career spans more than 40 years in commercial and financial roles in the securities industry.

He has been associated with community works for many years, having experience on the board of a community hospital in South Australia and an appointment to a community trust established to assist people affected by the closure of a significant industry in regional NSW. He is a member of Turramurra Rotary and is President for 2016-17.

Mark has a bachelor’s degree in Business Studies, masters degrees in business administration and also applied finance. He is a CPA, a Fellow of the Finance and treasurers Association and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also a Director and Deputy Chair of Hunter United Employees Credit Union.



Barbara Ward – Board MemberICC_BarbaraWard_web

Barbara joined the board of Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury in March 2017. She is an experienced and qualified senior executive, with experience in fundraising, welfare services, humanitarian aid, finance, business administration, human resources, state & local government and management consulting.

Over more than two decades in the Not For Profit sector, Barbara – who is now Managing Director of the San Foundation – has raised millions of dollars for worthy causes, particularly in the aged and health care sectors, and has developed and implemented sustainable programs and projects that have changed lives for the better.

A former President of Fundraising Institute of Australia, in February of this year she was honoured with the  ‘Ku-ring-gai Local Woman of the Year 2017’ award, in recognition of her outstanding contribution and service to the community and health sector.



Doreen Kirby – Board Member

Doreen has over 20 years experience working in the Sydney and London banking sector across corporate finance, funds management, global markets and debt markets, specialising in marketing to corporate and institutional clients with a focus on the creation and dissemination of thought leadership through media and mixed channels.

She holds a senior position with the Commonwealth Bank and has worked with global corporates including Citibank, Macquarie Bank and NatWest.  She has a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing, a Certificate in Financial Markets from FINSIA, and has published an academic paper ‘Ethical decision making for Marketers’.

Doreen has been involved in a number of voluntary roles and has been part of the Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury Gala Ball Fundraising Committee since 2016.



Chris Kinsella – Board MemberCHRIS KINSELLA

Chris joined the Board of Lifeline H2H in August 2013. He is also a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee for Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury and is a lawyer and chartered accountant. Chris has over 30 years professional experience and has practised in Sydney, London and Singapore.

Chris has a Masters of Law from Cambridge University, a Masters of Economics from Macquarie University and undergraduate law and economics degrees from Sydney University. He also holds a diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute (now known as Finsia).

He is a partner in the law firm Minter Ellison.