Our directors and chief executive officer are committed to the purpose of our organisation, the services we provide to our clients and to achieving the highest standards of corporate governance.
John Forrest (Chair)
Chairman of Directors
Board member since 2021. As State Council President in Queensland from 2014-2018, as well as being a Vice President on State Council from 1998-2001, John has served terms as president at conference, regional and diocesan level and was a member of SVDP National Council from 2014-2018. His working life encompassed public broadcast production, electrical engineering, and building construction. John was acknowledged for nearly three decades of service to The Society and his invaluable contribution when he became the recipient of The Vincentian Cross in 2019, the highest award available from The Society.
Anthony Godfrey (CEO)
Qualifications: CA, BFinAdmin, GAICD
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) since 2012. Board member from 1999 until August 2016. A Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in finance, Mr Godfrey has held executive positions with Ozcare for over 20 years and was previously Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer.
Qualifications: BBus (Accountancy), FCA, GAICD
Board member since 2022. Former Managing Partner (Audit), PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) with 40 years’ experience supporting businesses in a variety of sectors. Currently serving on the board of four for-profit organisations, three of which are listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, and a board career spanning a decade in both not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. A Vincentian, Robert has been a member of the St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland for the past 10 years.
Qualifications: FCPA, JP (Qual), BBus, MAICD
Board member since 2016. Certified Practising Accountant. Over 30 years’ experience in senior management positions in private and public organisations. Former State Councillor and Treasurer of St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland State Council.
Dr Minjae Lah
Qualifications: MBBS, FRANZCR, DipPallMed, MAICD
Board member since 2023. Radiation Oncologist with special interest in Palliative care. Currently Specialist Consultant in Radiation Oncology with ICON Cancer Centres. 20+ years’ field experience across both public and private hospitals including as Visiting Medical Officer at Wesley Hospital, Greenslopes Private Hospital, St Vincent’s Private Hospital and Mater Springfield Private Hospital.
Background extends to roles in clinical governance and medical education including Senior Lecturer – University of Queensland Clinical School of Medicine and Lead for Radiation Oncology Training and Education for the ICON Group.
Qualifications: BEng Mechatronics, MEng, GradDipBus, MAICD
Board member since 2021. Extensive Board experience, with tenures on several boards nationally, ranging from education, superannuation, property development, building services, health services and not-for-profits.
Qualifications: MBusResearch, BBus, DipAppSc, MAICD
Board member since 2022. Extensive board and senior executive experience across the healthcare, social services, financial services and not-for-profit sectors, including CEO of Down Syndrome Queensland and former CEO of Cancer Council Queensland. A member of the Queensland Disability Advisory Council and Queensland Disability Network.
Qualifications: BScCompSc, MBA, GCertAppLaw, GAICD
Board member since 2020. Declan brings with him extensive experience as a technology executive in both public and private sector. Declan is highly skilled in strategy, technology, risk, governance, financial management and digital transformation.
Qualifications: GradCert Policy Analysis, GradCertMgt, GradDip Education & Training, BNurs, DipNurs&MidWif
Board member since 2020. Executive Director, Community and Oral Health, Metro North Hospital and Health Service. An experienced senior executive in health, former clinician and formerly Chief Executive South West Hospital and Health Service (SWHHS). Extensive knowledge of the aged care industry and significant experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partner organisations and across local, state and commonwealth governments.
Qualifications: BA, Grad Dip Teach, B. Ed Stud, Dip Gov (Investigation), Cert Procure Goods and Services, Cert Conflict Management, Assault Avoidance and Disengagement for Care Settings
Board member since 2023. Extensive experience in the Disability and Community Services sector, Risk Management and Compliance, Corporate Finance and Community & Youth Justice Services. Has held various senior executive roles in Child Safety & Youth Justice Services, former Chair of Endeavour Foundation’s Abuse & Neglect Prevention Committee and recent Chair of the Board of VITAE, a Youth Justice not-for-profit.