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Our Board

Cafs is governed by a team of dedicated Board members who focus on high-level strategy, oversight, and accountability of the organisation. 

John White 

MAICD, MRICS, FFin, AAPI, BBus (Land Economy), Grad Dip. (app Fin Inv)





Year appointed 2016


Gary Hevey RFD

LL.B (Hons), LL.M.







Year appointed 2022

Deputy Chair & Secretary 

Gabby Howlett

B Business (Accountancy), Australian & New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (Member), Registered Tax Agent of the Tax Practitioners Board of Australia 

Year appointed 2022


Karen Heap OAM

Chief Executive Officer – Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative (BADAC). 




Year appointed 2020

Andrew Henwood

MBA, Dip Business Accounting, Cert IV Community Services (Employment)


Year appointed 2023

Jayne Ferguson

BA Psychology and Sociology, Grad Dip (Counselling and Human Services), Cert Business Excellence

Year appointed 2020

Sharelle Knight

B Arts, B Social Work, Grad Dip Human Services Administration AICD Graduate


Year appointed 2022


Teresa Tjia

BSC Hons (UWA), MSc (UWA)




Year appointed 2023

Cherie Salmon

B Arts Education, Grad Dip Special Education, Grad Dip Social Science (Human Services – Counselling)



Year appointed 2023

Jeff Pulford

Grad Dip, Public Policy, Deakin University





Year appointed 2023



  • Kim Halbert-Pere
  • Heather Stewart
  • Jane Measday
  • Jayne Ferguson (Chair)
  • Julia Pannan
  • Karen Heap OAM
  • Kevin Zibell
  • Michelle Wilson
  • Wendy Sturgess
  • Serena Eldridge

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