Providing education and support to deliver better outcomes for children and families in permanent care and adoption

Patron and Board of Directors

Patron, Dorothy Scott AM





Emeritus Professor Dorothy Scott AM became our Patron in April 2013 and was the foundation Chair of Child Protection and the inaugural Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection at the University of South Australia from 2005 to 2010. Prior to this she taught in the School of Social Work at the University of Melbourne and was CEO of The Ian Potter Foundation.  Professor Scott’s practice background is in child welfare and mental health. Professor Scott has conducted a number of major reviews and inquiries. 


Board of Directors



Meredith Carter
QualificationsBachelor of Law and Arts, Master of Laws (Melb), GAICD
BiographyMeredith Carter brings to PCA Families her lived experience of fostering and permanent care. Meredith is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has held many leadership roles, including as a CEO of two not for profit organisations over 13 years and serving on a number of statutory tribunals and boards, including as Chair.  Now a consultant who social policy expertise is underpinned by her breadth of experience in the public and not for profit sectors, in law reform and in governance, with a strong commitment to community participation. 


Name Donna Coelho
Position Vice President

Donna is an adult adoptee and mother to a permanent care daughter.  Donna has been a stay at home mother since 2010 and is on the Parish Education Board.  She has a background in Administration, Customer Service and Supervisory roles across a number of sectors.  Donna brings her lived experience and knowledge as an adoptee and permanent care parent to the PCA Families Board which she joined in 2016.



Roslyn Rule
QualificationsBachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Commercial Law), FCPA, MBA, FGIA
BiographyRoslyn is a well rounded finance executive with broad experience including management, strategic advice, reporting, governance and systems.  She has forged her career working in both big and niche businesses and understands nuances and drivers for organisations of different magnitudes and in different stages of development.  Roslyn is motivated to give back to the community and offers her diverse finance and leadership experience to the PCAF Board. 



Chris Lockwood
QualificationsBachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts
BiographyChris Lockwood  has over 20 years experience working across the Mental Health, Construction and Finance sectors. With specific knowledge of mental health, safety and suicide prevention in the construction industry, and expertise in managing strategic growth, sustainable funding and partnership development. Chris is currently the National CEO of MATES in Construction, the leader in suicide prevention in workplaces and across industry in Australia, as well as being the proud father of two children adopted from China and Korea.



Dan Barron
QualificationsBA (Hons)
BiographyDan Barron is a father of three children. For several years he was a full time ‘stay home dad’ with two of his children, who both joined the family via permanent care. His work experience includes many support and care work positions in the fields of physical disability, intellectual disability, mental illness and young care-leavers, in Australia and in the UK. He came to Australia in 1995, and currently works both as a case manager in a homelessness support service, and as a cook, quizmaster and 'fitness instructor' in an over-55s  social support group.



John Loke
QualificationsB. Acc, FCPA

John Loke has over 30 years experience across the construction, engineering, retail and manufacturing sectors.  With his comprehensive finance and commercial acumen, John contributes to the business strategy and operational performance.  He does this by optimising the synergies across different working groups.  Since graduating (2001) as a Williamson Community Leader, he has been making time to give back to the community.



Jennifer Botha
QualificationsBachelor of Business (Accountancy), member of CPA Australia and Australian Institute of Company Directors   
BiographyJennifer brings 13 years of global finance, accounting, and operational experiences to PCA Families and is currently leading a global financial management entity, ensuring strong financial stewardship and corporate governance. Jennifer developed financial and operational reporting systems, unified regionally dispersed finance teams, and drove agility through effective financial strategies, optimization of resources and operational excellence. 



Alba Chliakhtine 
QualificationsMaster in Business Logistics and Masters in E-business

Alba was born in Brazil and has been calling Australia home since 1988. Alba’s professional career spans over 30 years in the supply chain and business strategy in both the private and government sectors. In 2002 she commenced her voluntary work in the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) sector by supporting the establishment of the ABRISA- Brazilian Association in Melbourne. In 2010 Alba extended her volunteering capacity by joining the Victorian Immigrant and Refugees Women’s Coalition (VIRWC) in a Directorship capacity.  Alba is a Board member of the Ross House Association and a graduate and member of The Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Alba commenced her family journey in Brazil by adopting two children.  



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