Seton Villa is an incorporated work of the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent d Paul. It is a Company limited by guarantee incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001. The Board is responsible for the governance and strategic direction of Seton Villa. As non-executive Directors, the Board members are not remunerated for the work that they do to ensure that Seton Villa continues to pursue its mission providing support to women with intellectual disabilities.

Responsibility for the day-to-day management of the organisation is delegated to the Executive Management Team.

Our Directors

Mr Marco Colli – Chair

BSc, BE (Hons 1), MBA, GAICD

Marco was appointed to the Board in April 2016. He has been the Chair of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee and was appointed Board Chair in August 2018.

He runs his own consultancy firm specialising in interim and contract management services. Before starting this business, he was a senior executive with Schneider Electric, managing a local business unit involved in providing operational technology solutions and turnkey projects for infrastructure customers. Marco has many years of corporate and financial management experience and applies these extensive skills in assisting the management of Seton Villa.

Sr Debra McCarthy – Provincial Delegate, Provincial Councillor and Director

Sr Debra entered the Daughters of Charity in 1982 after graduation as a speech pathologist and six years working in the field of children with multiple disabilities including the deaf and visually impaired. Sr Debra also has a degree in Theology and Clinical Pastoral Education.

As a Daughter of Charity, Sr Debra has extensive experience in residential care, pastoral care in acute health as well as many years in various roles in disability services. Her leadership experience includes seven years as CEO of Marillac [disability service], Provincial Treasurer [six years] and Director of Pastoral Care at Calvary Health Care ACT [eight years].

Sr Debra has been on a number of Boards within the services of the Daughters of Charity and in other not-for-profit agencies. These include St Mary’s House of Welcome, Marillac and Seton Villa [2000-2006, 2018-]. Sr Debra has twice been a Trustee/Provincial Councillor of the Daughters of Charity, 1999-2006, 2015- and is currently the Delegate of the Provincial on the Board of Seton and St Mary’s House of Welcome.

Ms Shauna Jarrett – Director

BA (Hons), LLB

Shauna was appointed to the Board in April 2016. She is an experienced senior executive and non-executive director with a strong professional background in strategic design and implementation. Shauna specialises in governance across the education, legal, arts and community sectors. She also has commercial experience in managing and growing small organisations to adapt to statutory and financial reforms.

Shauna has over 20 years’ experience at board level of promoting and implementing governance reforms as a platform for organisational sustainability, integrity and generational change including chairing the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and undertaking the Vice President role in the NSW Law Society.

Shauna feels privileged to bring her skills and experience to Seton Villa as the Daughters of Charity transition to the NDIS. She is passionate and committed to the sustainability and ongoing development of community and social justice organisations.

Mr Craig Heinjus – Director

Grad Dip Planning, BACH

Craig was appointed to the Board in November 2016 with 20 years of property management and development related experience in the public and private sectors. Craig’s experience predominantly resides in the human service environment, working with Community Housing Providers and the Disability and Aboriginal sectors.

Craig’s work in the community housing sector includes the management of the project financing to fund new affordable and social housing. He previously held senior management roles in Government responsible for managing complex capital works at program and project management levels. Craig was instrumental in the delivery of new disability housing and refurbishment of group homes across NSW in readiness of the NDIS.

Craig holds a degree in architecture and post graduate qualifications in town planning. He is passionate about his contribution of his property skills in support of Seton Villa’s work.

Mr John Cassimatis – Director

Mr John Cassimatis was appointed to the Board of Seton Villa on 16 February 2018. John is an experienced project development and finance executive with a proven track record in delivering major property and infrastructure projects for Government and large corporations.

He has led high performing teams delivering greenfield developments and refurbishment projects for organisations including NSW Police, Fire & Rescue NSW and Stockland Corporation Ltd.

John holds a Bachelor of Business degree from UTS and a post graduate diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia, and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA).

John’s previous work in facilities and asset management services along with his funds management experience will be valuable in our mission to deliver a caring and empowering community for Seton Villa’s clients.

Mr Wallace Fan – Director


Wallace is a strategic finance and investment specialist with a deep interest in social impact, social enterprises and disruptive innovations. He brings over 20 years of commercial and financial management experience in helping corporates in various capital and strategic funding initiatives. In addition to his commercial interests, he is also an adjunct faculty of the School of Banking & Finance at UNSW Business School.

Wallace joined the Board of Seton Villa in February 2019 and will Chair the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee.

Mr Anthony Wallace – Director


Tony has over 30 years of financial experience as CEO of various private hospitals in the private corporate sector, Catholic healthcare sector, community mental health, aged care and disability services. In addition to the administration of hospitals, he has overseen the development of new services, including their physical expansion as well as recently commissioning a new mental health hospital.

Tony also has over 25 years experience as a Board Director including superannuation, finance and aged care. He has Chaired numerous Board sub-committees including the Finance and Audit Committee, Investment Committee and Risk and Compliance Committee.

Tony also has a strong interest in quality service provision, corporate governance, strategic planning, risk management and organisational development. He adopts a wholistic approach to achieve one’s mission and vision through the practical applications of the values.

Tony has joined the Board in December 2018 as the Chair of the Quality and Safeguards Committee.

Our Executive Management Team

Peter Gardiner – CEO


Peter has over 40 years of professional social work and management experience in the human services sector, with a focus around social inclusion and citizenship for people with disability in both government and not for profit organisations.

Prior to Seton Villa, Peter was the CEO of Samaritans Foundation, Diocese of Newcastle responsible for 730+ employees serving people with disabilities including 20 group homes, day projects, community participation and support coordination. Peter has a special interest in clinical governance as part of the Quality Improvement Framework.

Peter has held senior management position with CatholicCare Sydney as Senior Manager Organisational Development, Regional Director of NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care, and Executive Director Large Residence DADHC.

Peter’s collaborative leadership is driven by values of faith, courage, integrity, justice and wisdom.

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