CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes has set demanding goals to continually stretch and improve the organisation for the coming years and coming challenges. We are dedicated to working with, and alongside, our communities, people and governments to build stronger communities and contribute to community wellbeing. A key component of our forward planning is to collaborate with Catholic Parishes and other agencies to support those most in need.
Allen DugganCompany Secretary, Public Officer and Company Director
Allen has been a solicitor for more than 50 years. He has worked as a consultant, sole practitioner, as a partner in firms in Sydney.
"My love of the law comes down to a feeling of being able to help people, really in its most simple form."
Practicing since 1969, Allen has vast experience in land and property law, commercial law, estate planning, succession and family law.
He credits his career with giving him the skills to serve the community with more than 10 years on the CentaCare Advisory Board and now as a director of CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes along with other service organisations.
Bernard BoermaChairperson and Company Director
Bernard is a teacher at the University of Sydney and a non-executive director of a number of not for profit human services and research non government organisations.
He has held senior leadership and policy development roles in the human services sector, including 13 years as CEO of CatholicCare Sydney. Bernard has research interest in social justice and the impact on human service NGO values when operating in a market based service context.
His passion is to build a just society and a better world in which all people are treated with dignity and have an opportunity to contribute.
Dr Lana LeslieCompany Director
Lana is from the Kamilaroi people of North-West NSW and lives on Dharug and Gundungurra Country in the Blue Mountains.
Lana is an experienced Management Consultant and founder of Lana Leslie Consulting, an Aboriginal Consultancy business specialising in leadership and strategic planning, Cultural support and advice, education programs and research. Her work has a large focus on developing cultural responsiveness and cultural safety of leaders and organisations.
Lana has extensive experience in community development, higher education, sport and recreation, Aboriginal health and wellbeing, and policing.
‘I joined the Board of CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes to contribute my knowledge and skills to an organisation that I believe in – one that empowers the people of Western NSW by developing social, economic and emotional wellbeing and strengthening their network of support.’
Dr Mark BuhagiarCompany Director
Before taking on his current role as the Head of Clergy Health and Wellbeing for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, Mark worked for over 15 years within the healthcare sector in a variety of clinical, research and management roles.
He has experience in both the public and not for profit sectors, with a particular focus on rehabilitation, palliative care and residential aged care.
"I am on the board of CCWF because its drive to empowering individuals, families and communities, in a practical and tangible manner that is inspired by our Creator and imbued with a spirit of justice. This aligns with my own work ethos and gives real direction to my working life."
Father Barry DwyerCompany Director
Father Barry was born and educated in Parkes and ordained there in 1973. He is presently the Parish Priest of Parkes in the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes, the Vicar General of the Diocese and a member of the Trustees of the diocese.
He has worked in the parishes of Broken Hill, Forbes and Hay and as a Police Chaplain for the past 36 years. During this time he was fulltime Chaplain, Counsellor and Lecturer at the Goulburn Academy for 7 years and later fulltime with the Specialist Operations of the NSW Police Force for the next 15 years and presently he is an honorary Police Chaplain in the Parkes district.
His appointment as a board member is as a liaison between the board and the Bishop, and, as CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes is a part of the apostolate of the diocese, to be a spiritual support person to the board members and to assist in furthering the work of the Church in the area of social justice and welfare.
Lynda EdwardsCompany Director
Lynda is a descendant of the Wangkumara people of far west NSW and is a passionate advocate for financial inclusion, fairness and financial resilience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia.
Lynda joined the consumer advocacy movement in her role as Coordinator Financial Capability with Financial Counselling Australia.
Lynda is also a past team member of CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes.
Michael DiggesCompany Director
Michael worked in senior management roles in private industry before his current role as the Executive Director, Administration and Finance of the Catholic ArchDiocese of Sydney. The Chancery provides administrative and accounting support to the parishes.
"I see my role on the board of CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes as both a support to management and also exercising oversight on behalf of the Diocese."
"Outreach to those less fortunate, in particular, our Indigenous brothers and sisters, is something that I regard as an essential duty of the Catholic Church that I strongly support."
Michael WrightCompany Director
With more than 30 years of experience working in the rural industry and more than 20 of those years based in regional NSW, Michael Wright has developed an excellent understanding of the issues affecting rural and isolated communities.
Michael is currently the Livestock and Client Finance Manager for Schute Bell (Wool Brokers and Stock & Station Agents) and is based in the head office, Sydney. Through his vast experience in dealing with rural and regional people, Michael has developed a very strong network of contacts and business skills which he utilises to assist clients and staff, particularly during times of hardship within the rural industry.
A respected advocate and contributing member of several industry-based boards and advisory committees, Michael is eager to contribute to the CatholicCare Board with his vast rural experience.
Stefanie LoaderDeputy Chairperson and Company Director
Stef is a former mining industry executive and aspiring small-scale farmer. She has lived and worked in remote communities in Laos, Peru, Canada, London and New Dehli and now calls regional NSW home.
Stef’s focus is on building diverse, regional economies and strong, supportive regional communities.
This includes the work of CCWF in encouraging strong social networks and wellbeing, supporting vulnerable and potentially vulnerable people as well as growing economic activity.
"I want to see my region, the central west and western NSW communities, grow and thrive for many years to come. That’s why I am on the board of CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes."
Bishop Columba Macbeth-GreenBishop
Columba Macbeth-Green has been the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes since April 12, 2014, the dioceses’ seventh bishop. At the time of his episcopal ordination Bishop Macbeth-Green was the youngest Catholic bishop in Australia.
Having grown up in Forbes, Bishop Macbeth-Green understands the unique challenges the Wilcannia-Forbes community faces. He is a former member of the Australian Army Reserves and a Police Chaplain.
Bishop Macbeth-Green is an avid bagpipe player, having played twice in the world bagpipe championships in Scotland and now spends his days travelling around our diocese visiting schools, communities and those in need with his pipes and his dog in tow.
Our Leadership Team
CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes has a passionate team who work hard every day to fulfill our vision and mission and who strive to live and work by CatholicCare Values.
Anne-Marie MiocheChief Executive Officer
Anne-Marie Mioche commenced as CEO of CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes in January 2017 and brings a strong commitment to the values embodied in principles of Catholic social justice.
Anne-Marie is passionate about doing all she can to support work environments that nurture care, compassion and service to those in need.
Previously she has led several national not for profit companies and associations including Families Australia and Carers Australia, which she established. During her career Anne-Marie has been employed in the political sphere as an adviser to a Commonwealth Government Minister and has worked at senior levels in the Commonwealth Public Service.
In the Commonwealth Department of Health, Anne-Marie headed a taskforce that was responsible for developing Australia’s first national strategy for the prevention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide. She has had responsibility for and managed $45 million worth of projects including programs for the Stolen Generations and programs around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing.
Anne-Marie has extensive knowledge and understanding of Government policy as well as issues relating to rural and remote issues and challenges in the lives of First Australians.
Kate GibsonDeputy CEO
Kate Gibson has worked with CatholicCare for more than 10 years as the Director of Programs and Service Delivery and now the Deputy CEO. She had previously worked at the Catholic Education Office as a Senior Education Officer and Coordinator of Schools Curriculum and was awarded the Brother John Taylor Award for Excellence in Catholic Education for her significant commitment to education within the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes for over 20 years.
Kate has lived and worked in Broken Hill, Trundle and Forbes and has held management positions at several schools in our diocese.
Kate is very aware of the social issues impacting our diocese and has a strong commitment to the CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes mission, vision and values. Her central focus is ensuring that we are providing the highest quality of service for our participants and communities with an emphasis on continual growth and improvement.
She has specifically trained in Planning, Techniques and Communication in Public Participation, Mercer Job Evaluation, Staff Supervision and participated in the Harvard Business School for Social Enterprise.
Margie JohnsonChief Financial Officer
Margie Johnson has more than 20 years of experience in accounting, including management accounting, business management, taxation and superannuation. Margie is a Certified Practicing Accountant and has worked for CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes since 2007.
Margie has a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Accountancy from Charles Sturt University.
Using her knowledge and experience, Margie has guided CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes through the recent transition to a company and with the Executive Team will continue the journey of growth and expansion of services to achieve the strategic objectives by 2023.