Our Trustees have overall responsibility for St John of God Health Care. They bring a wealth of skills and experience to the organisation.

The Trustees exercise a range of authorities, including the appointment and evaluation of Governing Board members and ensuring that our ministry remains faithful to its role within the Catholic Church.

The Trustees meet 11 times a year.


Chairman since 1 January 2015

Trustee since February 2012 and Deputy Chairman from 1 January 2013 to 1 January 2014

  • Career in commerce and financial markets, gaining an MBA from the renowned IMD International in Switzerland
  • Executive positions at Commonwealth Bank and Barclays de Zoete Wedd, followed by consulting in business, project management and strategic advice
  • More than 20 years’ experience as director on boards in business, government, education and the not-for-profit sectors
  • St John of God Health Care Board Member from 1999 to 2008 and Deputy Chairperson from 2008 to 2012
  • Current Director Macmahon and RCR Tomlinson Ltd

Rev Dr Joseph Parkinson – STL PhD

Deputy Chairman since January 2014

Trustee since October 2009

  • Ordained for the Archdiocese of Perth in 1981
  • Postgraduate in Moral Theology from the Alphonsian Academy in Rome (STL) and The University of Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle WA (PhD)
  • Current Director of LJ Goody Bioethics Centre in Perth WA
  • Concurrent appointments: Director of Catholic Health Australia; Honorary Fellow of Australian Catholic University; Member of WA Department of Health Reproductive Technology Council; Clinical Ethics Consultancy, Perth Children’s Hospital; and St John of God Health Care Human Research and Clinical Ethics Committees

Mr Frank Cooper – AO B.Com (UWA)

Trustee since January 2015

  • Extensive business experience spanning more than 30 years and an outstanding record of community service
  • Member of the Senate of the University of Western Australia, Chair of its Strategic Resources Committee and a commissioner of the West Australian Football Commission
  • Current Director of Woodside Petroleum Limited and South 32 Limited, and Chairman of the Insurance Commission of Western Australia
  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2014 and West Australian of the Year – Professions category in 2015

Sr Anne Derwin (RSJ) – BA, Grad Dip Religious Studies, M Ed, PhD (Honoris Causa)

Trustee since July 2015

  • Early career in secondary education as a teacher and principal followed by leadership of the Sisters of St Joseph NSW Province from 1996 to 2002 and then Congregational Leader of the Sisters of St Joseph from 2008 to 2014
  • Centre Director at St Joseph’s Kincumber and Mary MacKillop Place North Sydney, President of Catholic Religious Australia from 2010 to 2012, Board Member of St John of God Health Care from 2004 to 2009 and Chair St Anthony’s Family Care from 2004 to 2008
  • Current Board Chair of Good Grief

Mrs Mary McComish – LLB (UWA), LLM (London)

Trustee since July 2013

  • Barrister in the Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • Associate Professor of Law at The University of Notre Dame for 10 years
  • Dean of Law at The University of Notre Dame from 2005 until her retirement in 2007
  • Director of Daydawn Advocacy Centre from 2013 to 2016, an initiative of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Perth on behalf of Aboriginal people

Mr John (Jack) Moore – MAICD

Trustee since July 2013

  • Extensive business experience in marketing, advertising and public relations, including 28 years as principal of his own business providing services to a large range of companies.
  • Involved in financial/property governance for the Diocese of Sandhurst
  • Board Member of Mercy Health and Aged Care in Victoria since 1996
  • Represented the Diocese of Sandhurst as Member of St John of God Australia Limited from October 2010 to 30 June 2013
  • Board Member of Mount Alvernia Hospital Bendigo (now St John of God Hospital Bendigo) from 1987 to 1996 and Chairman from 1990 to 1996

Mr Mark Murphy – LLB (UWA), BJuris (UWA), FLWA

Trustee since January 2014

  • General Manager for the Australian Region of the Sisters of St John of God
  • Previously General Counsel and Company Secretary St John of God Health Care
  • Affiliate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, member of the Law Society of WA, member of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association and an alumni of Leadership WA’s Signature Leadership Program