Our Board and Management

VincentCare's Board of Directors and Management team

Board of Directors

Vincentcare Board Chair Tony NicholsonTony Nicholson | Board Chair

Tony served as the Brotherhood of St Laurence Executive Director for 13 years to 2017 and prior, as the Chief Executive Officer at Hanover Welfare Service (now Launch Housing).

Beginning as a young social worker in the early 1980s, Tony’s work in the homelessness sector has been extensive. Notably he chaired the Australian Government’s White Paper on homelessness and was one of two Deputy Commissioners appointed to the Victorian Government’s Royal Commission into Family Violence. In 2017, at the request of the Victorian Government, he led the development of a long-term strategy to reduce the incidence of rough sleeping. He is a director of Goodstart Early Learning.


Anita Chow
Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) and Science – The University of Melbourne, CPA

Anita has over 15 years of corporate finance experience working with private and public companies across a number of industries in Melbourne, London and Hong Kong. She has had direct exposure to strategy development, financial reporting and budgeting and M&A including due diligence, funding, valuation and transaction structuring.

She is currently a Director within the Deals Advisory business at PwC in Melbourne. Prior to this, she has worked within the investment banking division at UBS and Rothschild. She has also spent time at Level 3 Communications (now CenturyLink) as the EMEA Commercial Finance Director.

Anita joined the VincentCare Board in April 2019.


Gerard Gogan
MBA, Grad Dip (ILM), Dipp App Sc, Dipp Acc, GAICD

Gerry established his skills from almost twenty years in the military specialising in Major acquisition projects and logistics. Since then he has performed Project Management roles in the private sector with such organisations as BHP Billiton and Linfox, and with the public sector with the Victorian State Government Departments of Justice, Transport, Sustainability and Environment.

He has had extensive experience managing Government procurement activities, and has been involved with successful Government grant submissions such as EPICS and reviewing the Victorian Emergency Management NDRRA grant submissions.
He is currently serving as a Board Member and Director of Woodleigh School, and on the John Paul College School Board.

Gerry joined the VincentCare Board in April 2019.


Sally James
GradDip (CommDev), GradDip (MusTherapy)

Sally has worked for more than 30 years in the community and not-for-profit industries covering direct service delivery, program design, and development of policy practice and research. She has extensive experience working with people experiencing disadvantage including people experiencing homelessness and people living with a disability.

Sally is currently Head of Youth Transitions at the Brotherhood of St Laurence. She is also on the board of the Australian Government Cross Departmental National Community of Interest, and is a member of the Victorian Government Expert Advisory Committee – Leaving Care Home Stretch. Sally is also a two-time past recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Community Business Partnership.

Sally joined the VincentCare Board in July 2019.


David Purchase

David was the Executive Director of Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce for 17 years and retired from this positon in 2014.

David has an extensive background in life insurance, previously appointed Group Company Secretary with Norwich Union Financial Services Limited and Deputy General Manager of Lifescreen Australia (a subsidiary of Norwich Group). David also was appointed Executive Director of the Life Insurance Federation of Australia, the representative body for all the life insurance companies operating in Australia.

David has been involved in various Boards including the Board of Australian Overseas Foundation Inc and Metropolitan Fire & Emergency Services Board.

David was also awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2005.


Michael Quinn

Michael is currently the Deputy State President of St Vincent de Paul Victoria.

Michael established the East Timor Scholarship Fund – funds are distributed by Australian Salesian Mission Overseas Aid Fund. He is also President of the Parish Council at St Judes Parish in Langwarrin and a member of the Finance Committee.

Michael has been involved in establishing and managing several businesses over the past 35 years.


Brian Tooth
Bachelor of Commerce (Melb), ACA, AGIA, ACIS, GAICD

Brian has held a range of senior finance and accounting positions across both the private and public sectors, principally with Foster’s Brewing Group Limited and the Department of Treasury and Finance (Vic), in addition to listed entities in the Health sector.

He previously qualified as a Chartered Accountant, whilst working at an antecedent firm of Ernst & Young. He is semi-retired and currently consulting to the State Government on an occasional basis.
Brian has been a member of VincentCare’s Risk, Audit and Finance Committee for nearly three years, where he has demonstrated strong analytical capacity and financial acumen.

Brian also currently serves as a Board Member and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the John Pierce Centre (Catholic deaf community); a Board (and Finance Committee) Member of Doncare Community Services; Treasurer of the Australian Cricket Society Inc.; and a member of the Compass Leaving Care Board.


Board Committee Members

Brendan Foley
Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Graduate Diploma Information Systems, CPA, LSS BB

Brendan is State Treasurer of St. Vincent de Paul Society Victoria Inc. – the parent of VincentCare Victoria.

Brendan’s career started in chartered accounting but quickly moved to the manufacturing sector where he gained great experience across the aluminium, petrochemical, metals manufacturing and glass packaging industries.

Brendan has held a wide range of senior executive positions within financial, commercial and IT operations across the manufacturing sector, including roles as CFO Australia, IT Security Manager Global, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Director of Business Improvement Asia Pacific.

Brendan has extensive overseas business experience, having worked in sixteen countries across Europe, Asia, the USA and China, where he directed the implementation of large scale business improvement and IT development projects.


Maurice Joyce
BEc (Hons); MEc

Maurice has a background in economics and finance in the manufacturing and mining industries.

He worked at the World Bank in Washington DC and held management positions with Rio Tinto in Australia and internationally. He was also a Commissioner at the Commonwealth Government’s Productivity Commission.

Maurice is President of the Ringwood Region of the Society.

Maurice is Chair of the Investment Committee.


Senior Leadership Team

Chief Executive Officer: Quinn Pawson

Chief Financial Officer: Eileen Goh

General Manager – Homelessness Services: Paul Turton

General Manager – Housing: Stephanie Fennell

General Manager – Marketised Services: Brad Jordan

General Manager – People, Culture and Communications: Mark Jackson

Executive Assistant to CEO: Lyndall Willis


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