Our Board Members
Mr John Olive
John has served on the CatholicCare Social Services board since 2014 and was appointed to the role of Chairperson late 2016. Graduating from USQ in 2004, John holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in Accounting and Electronic Commerce. John obtained his Chartered Accountant status in 2007 and is currently a Partner at Horizon Accounting Group. He is also recognised by the Taxation Institute of Australia as a Chartered Tax Advisor. John has extensive experience advising a broad range of clients, especially small to medium family enterprises. John is married and is the proud father of two children.
Father Ray Crowley
Originally a student of St Joseph’s and St Mary’s in Toowoomba, Father Ray went on to formal studies in Theology and Philosophy at Banyo Seminary in Brisbane before he was ordained in 1972. After ordination, Father Ray served in Parishes across the Diocese including Parishes in Warwick, South Toowoomba and Roma. In 1982, Rather Ray moved into the Chaplaincy and Counselling arena when he was intrusted to initiate the Counselling Departments in two of our Diocesan Colleges. Over time as these teams grew, Father Ray was able to move into a role supporting the Counsellors and Chaplains in these departments and then extend his support to other Counsellors working within the Catholic Framework. Today Father Ray not only provides support to Chaplains in Catholic Education but has a wider involvement in the community, particularly facilitating groups for those affected by grief and walking with those who are dying. Father Ray Crowley has served on the CatholicCare Social Services board since 2016.
Ms Andrea Frost
Andrea has served on the CatholicCare Social Services board since 2015 and was appointed to the role of Deputy Chairperson late 2016. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Education from USQ as well as a Master of Arts (Journalism and Mass Communication) from Griffith University. With a background in journalism, communication and stakeholder engagement, Andrea currently works coordinating the Media Relations team at Toowoomba Regional Council. Andrea gives generously of her time to the Catholic Diocese including serving as Deputy Chair for the Social Justice Commission, which advocates for those facing
Dr Doug Birrell
Doug is an English medical graduate who moved to Australia with his family in 1975. He has worked as a consultant physician in Toowoomba and over the last 10 years, specialised in the management of diabetes, with a particular interest in diabetes in remote and rural communities. This involved a lot of distance driving and flying to clinics throughout southwest Queensland and the experience has given him an in-depth knowledge of the region and an understanding of the challenges of service provision in regional areas. After 45 years of clinical practice, he retired in 2015. In addition to his current appointment to the CatholicCare board, which commenced in 2016, he is also a member of the parish council at St Patrick’s Cathedral and the St Patrick’s Safeguarding Team for children and vulnerable adults.
Mr Kerry Shine
Kerry has served on the CatholicCare Social Services board since 2013. A Solicitor by profession, Kerry founded the firm now known as Shine Lawyers in 1976, which has grown into a successful nationwide company, from which he resigned in 1998. Kerry is best known in Toowoomba as an Australian Labor Party politician who served as the Member for Toowoomba North from 2001 to 2012. During his time in the Queensland
Ms Michelle Alroe
With over 25 years’ experience in the legal services industry, Michele is currently the Head Office and Finance Manager at Alroe & O’Sullivans Solicitors. Michele’s experience as Proprietor of successful local businesses and her well-developed leadership skills prepared her to serve as a Councillor on the Toowoomba City Council for 8 years from 2000 to 2008. Combining her extraordinary experience with a Diploma of Management, Michele also offers support to local business women through her membership of Leading Ladies Toowoomba and the Circle Club. In addition Michele is a volunteer member of the mentoring team at the Toowoomba Flexi School which is a part of the Centenary Heights High School campus. Michele has served on the CatholicCare Social Services board since 2016.
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