Ms Andrea Frost Chairperson Ms Andrea Frost Chairperson Andrea has served on the CatholicCare Social Services board since 2015 and was appointed to the role of Deputy Chairperson late 2016.

She has enjoyed an extensive career in journalism, communication and stakeholder engagement and currently works co-ordinating media and communications for Toowoomba Catholic Schools.

Andrea holds a Bachelor of Education from USQ as well as a Master of Arts (Journalism and Mass Communication) from Griffith University.

Ken Avenell Deputy Chairperson Ken Avenell Deputy Chairperson Ken’s passion for the Educational sector is clearly reflected within an exceptional career that started in 1979. He is currently employed as Assistant Director of Formation and Identity for Toowoomba Catholic Education.

Over the course of his career, Ken has been the recipient of many awards namely, Excellence in Educational Leadership, Excellence in educational administration, and Outstanding leadership in education, educational writing and research.

Ken also recently held the role of President for SPELD Qld from 2014 – 2018.
Father Ray Crowley Member Father Ray Crowley Member Father Ray Crowley has served on the CatholicCare Social Services board since 2016. Originally a student of St Joseph’s and St Mary’s in Toowoomba, Father Ray was ordained in 1972 and served in Parishes in Warwick, South Toowoomba and Roma.

In 1982, Father Ray was entrusted to initiate the Counselling Departments in two of our Diocesan Colleges, building and supporting the departments of Counsellors and Chaplains across the Catholic Framework.

Today Father Ray provides support to Chaplains in Catholic Education and has a wider involvement in the community, particularly facilitating groups for those affected by grief and walking with those who are dying.
Dr Lachlan Rathie Member Dr Lachlan Rathie Member Dr Lachlan Rathie joined the board in late 2018. He currently works as Senior Staff Anaesthetist at the Toowoomba Base Hospital, and has spent the last ten years serving tenures as Departmental Director and Deputy Director as well as the Supervisor of Training.

Lachlan has a proven track record in providing high-quality services in regional areas within a cross cultural environment and strong leadership of multidisciplinary teams within a consultative environment.
Patrick Nunan Member Patrick Nunan Member Patrick has an accomplished legal career with extensive experience across personal injury, aviation and commercial litigation and is a qualified Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia.

He has a strong affiliation for community, dedicating more than 40 years of service to various Not for Profit organisations. His career experiences support invaluable contributions to corporate governance, breaking down isolation and providing a voice to communities, while supporting sustainability and development of organisational objectives.
Wendy Agar Member Wendy Agar Member Wendy has served on the Catholic Care Social Services Board since 2018. She holds a Diploma of Teaching (Primary), a graduate diploma of human resources management, a diploma of tourism management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company directors.

With a personal purpose of ‘creating change for good’ Wendy Agar is passionate about making a difference in our communities.

Her strong cross secretarial background includes leadership experience in education, agriculture, banking and regional development. It is this broad skill set, combined with her strategic and purposeful leadership and a drive to innovate and collaborate, that has allowed her to transform Toowoomba’s Sunrise Way Rehab. Named the 2018 national OPTUS ‘Not For Profit Business of the Year’, Sunrise Way is supporting stronger and healthier communities through helping individuals impacted by addiction to rebuild their lives.
Ariane de Rooy Member Ariane de Rooy Member Ariane is a versatile, commercially focused business advisor with extensive experience partnering with business leaders to achieve commercial and operational success.
She has direct experience in a range of industries including not for profit organisations, health, government, oil and gas, infrastructure, hospitality and sport in Australia, the UK and SE Asia.
Her experience extends to strategic reviews and planning, governance advisory, forecasting and budget management, management accounts, risk management, investment cases and contracts management. She is well known for her collaborative nature and providing fresh ideas.
Carla Canning Member Carla Canning Member Carla is an enthusiastic people-focused leader who has extensive experience in working within not-for-profit organisations.
Carla brings an abundance of experience in counselling, mentoring, project management, training design and delivery, event coordination, human resources and public speaking.
Her personal mission is about ‘helping others recognise their potential by showing compassion, working collaboratively and acting courageously.’ Carla is values-driven, people-centred and outcome-focused.
Carla holds a Bachelor in Human Services (Counselling) and has pursued post-graduate studies relating to drugs and alcohol, a Certification for Nicotine Addiction and Smoking Cessation and a Cert IV Training & Assessment.
Carla has a broad range of real-life experience in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, human resources and leadership development. She has been involved with numerous regional mental health and addiction support initiatives funded by Queensland Health, Queensland Mental Health Commission and Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN.
Throughout 2019 and 2020 Carla was selected as a fellow in the Australian Mental Health Leaders’ Fellowship where her project was awarded the coveted Jackie Crowe Memorial Prize.
Carla is passionate about improving access to mental health services in regional and remote areas, having grown up in Toowoomba and with strong connections in South-West Queensland.
Andrew Ward Member Andrew Ward Member Andrew is a respected accountant, specialising in finance and risk management. He is currently employed as a Senior Chartered Accountant for the Horizon Accounting Group.
Andrew brings a wealth of financial expertise, not just on a local level but on an international level. He has international experience in financial professionalism from 11 years of corporate finance experience within multiple industry-leading multibillion-dollar companies, across the banking and agricultural industries.
Andrew is known for his knowledgeable financial insight and control and analysis skillset. His experience extends to risk management, policy development and evolving controls & efficiencies within businesses and organisations, making him a valuable talent to our CatholicCare board.