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 joined the Board of Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury in July 2012. 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. Carel’s entry into healthcare came when he joined Australian Hearing as HR Director and then St Vincent’s Health for an assignment. He then joined The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus in May 2015 as head of HR and later acting CEO and is currently General Manager HR Services. He holds an honours degree majoring in Business Economics and Organisational Psychology, postgraduate diploma in Industrial Relations, a Masters Degree in Human Resources.

David Scott – Deputy President

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.


Mark Hedges – Treasurer

Mark joined the Board of Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury in 2016, and has been a 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 listed corporates. 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 was President in 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 a Director and Deputy Chair of Hunter United Employees Credit Union and Newcastle Anglican Church Corporation.

Arabella Searle – Secretary

Arabella joined the board of Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury in April 2020. Arabella is a lawyer at MinterEllison in the Corporate Tax team and works with large corporates to provide legal and taxation advice on income tax issues. She is involved in the MinterEllison pro bono practice, providing tax and charities law advice to a number of charities and assisting with the registration of charities with the Australian Not-for-profits and Charities Commission. She also volunteers as a lawyer with the Homeless Persons Legal Service, providing pro bono legal advice to homeless people in Sydney, and is a volunteer mentor with the Diverse Women in Law network. Arabella has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Government and International Relations and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney.


Doreen Kirby – Board Member

Doreen joined the Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury Board in December 2017 and is Chair of the Fundraising Marketing and Communications Committee. She has been a member of the Gala Ball Fundraising Committee since August 2016. Doreen is an advocate for corporate social responsibility and has also supported youth focused education and sports programs in management and fundraising roles. With a career of over 20 years in institutional banking and financial markets, she currently leads the marketing strategy for the derivatives business at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). She has held senior marketing roles in Sydney with Royal Bank of Canada and Commonwealth Bank and business administration roles with Country NatWest and Salomon Smith Barney in London. Doreen has a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing, a Certificate in Financial Markets from FINSIA and is a Member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Barbara Ward – Board Member

Barbara joined the board of Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury in March 2017. Barbara is the Managing Director of Impact 1 and has a held a variety of senior commercial, customer, strategic alliance and finance roles across the industry, both onshore and overseas. Barbara has a career that spans Government, Corporate, Not for Profit and the Charity sector and is known as a ‘change agent’. Barbara is the current President of Rotary Club of Sydney, Lupus Australia, SHARE (SMR) Inc, Nutrition Australia NSW, and; Immediate past President of the Australia India Business Council NSW. Barbara holds non-executive positions on several boards including the World Lupus Federation, the Royal Rehabilitation NSW Agency for Clinical Excellence. Barbara is the former President of the Fundraising Institute of Australia and is a Fellow. In 2019 she was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship, Leadership in International Mental Health, Excellence in Community Service on Australia Day, and is Nominee for the AFR 100 Women of Influence. Barbara was awarded “Ku-ring-gai Local Woman of the Year 2017”, amongst many other awards for her leadership in business and the community. Barbara’s passion for good public policy stems from her experience that a strong economy is the basis of a just society and she works tirelessly at every level to make life better for those less fortunate. She has a strong commitment to helping others and building stronger communities with a focus on Mental Health and Wellbeing.


Chris Kinsella – Board Member

Chris joined the Board of Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury in August 2013 and is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. Chris is also an Ambassador for the Vinnies CEO Sleepout and has participated in 9 CEO Sleepouts to raise awareness and funding for homelessness. Chris is a lawyer and chartered accountant with a focus on taxation law. Chris has over 30 years professional experience and has practised in Sydney, London and Singapore. He is a partner in the law firm Minter Ellison. 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).

Peter Tuchin – Board Member

Dr Peter Tuchin has worked at Macquarie University for over 27 years and is currently an Associate Professor. Peter’s areas of research include the relationship of posture with neck pain, headaches and migraine, chronic pain syndromes, and the relationship of vertebral artery dissection stroke with chiropractic. Peter has been President of the Chiropractic & Osteopathic College of Australia (COCA) and was recently made a Life Member of COCA. Peter is also a member of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Disability and Rehabilitation committee and has had over 30 papers accepted for WFC Congresses, where he received several international research awards. Peter also conducted one of the largest RCT’s on chiropractic and migraine to date. Peter has had a long relationship with Lifeline through his wife (Tessa Marshall) and is also currently a member of the Gala Ball committee.

Bruce Young – Board Member

Bruce joined the Board of Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury in January 2020. He is also Chair of the Risk and Compliance Committee.Since January 2014, he has volunteered as a Lifeline Telephone Crisis Supporter, and since July 2019 as an In-Shift Supervisor.Bruce spent over twenty years with Ernst & Young (EY), serving as a risk & advisory partner for sixteen years. In addition, he served as National Director of the EY Oceania Technology & Security Risk Services practice, representing EY at a global level.He was the information technology signing partner for major financial services clients, and provided Risk and Advisory services to leading financial services organisations.He held the position of Chief Risk Officer (CRO) for Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) Enterprise Services for over six years, covering all Information Technology & Group Operations.He also served as CRO for an additional five CBA Group Support functions, including Group Strategy, Human Resources, Risk Management, Financial Services and Group Corporate Affairs support services for of four years.As CRO, He was responsible for establishing an effective risk function over the Better Risk Outcomes Program (BROP), the CBA CEO sponsored Remedial Action Plan addressing APRA’s Prudential Inquiry report findings in relation to governance, culture and accountability within the CBA group.Bruce has a BSc. (Information Processing, Computer Science Major), B.Com (Honours) Accounting, Master of Commerce in Computer Auditing, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants.In addition he holds Higher Diploma in financial markets and instruments, a Higher Diploma in Accounting, and is a member of the ISACA.