Board of Management

The PFC Board is a small and committed group of volunteers doing their best to ensure that PFC continues to meet its mission and lives out its values.

Ian Urquhart  

Ian Urquhart is a CPA and has had a wide-ranging career in finance and accounting.  Ian has a close and long-term interest in housing for and care of people with disabilities together with years of Board experience in this outreach. He joined the Board in 2013.

Cate Sydes

Cate Sydes joined the PFC Board in 2019 after being involved with PFC for previous 12 months after moving from Sydney to Melbourne to become the CEO of Loreto Ministries. Cate was previously the CEO of Marist 180 in Sydney which provide housing and education for over 5000 children and their families in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.  Being part of the PFC is a great opportunity contribute to the community. Cate has completed the Company Directors Course, has a MBA and a Masters in Psychology and Education which will support and add value to the governance of PFC.

Claire Thorn

Claire Thorn has been involved with PFC since 2017.  Claire brings to the PFC Board a deep knowledge of social services gained from community and public sector roles and qualifications in public policy development, management and governance.  Claire is actively involved in her local community.  Claire is particularly interested in how community engagement and activity can address inequality and discrimination and tackle the impact of loneliness and trauma.  

The Reverend Christine Barren

Christine Barren joined the PFC board in 2015.  She wear a number of hats:  Anglican Deacon at Flinders/Balnarring Parish; musician and teacher specialising in pre-school and primary work;  married 44 years to John with three adult sons and 4 grandchildren. She sees all equally important in defining who she is.

Her music and church work overlap as she is sent out to work in kindergartens, to run playgroups and do some music in the local aged care facility.  Deacons are particularly called to care for others and to enable others to do the same.  This has resulted in her growing connection with Presentation Family Centre.

Prof. Phillip Steele (Chairperson)

Prof. Phillip Steele is an Emeritus Professor of Monash University.  He holds a doctorate in Information Systems from Deakin University and is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society.  Phillip has over 30 years of experience as an IT academic.  He has played a variety of senior academic leadership roles including Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Berwick and Peninsula campuses of Monash University.  Since retirement, Phillip has developed voluntary roles with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project and the Presentation Family Centre.