Fernlea House



Working together

The staff team at Fernlea works to support our clients and their families, as well as the volunteers who work across our services. We work together to deliver the best outcomes for our clients and to identify new opportunities to extend and grow our services to meet local community needs.

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sue mcivor - Chief Executive Officer

Sue’s background is in business management, with tertiary qualifications in Business Administration, including an MBA. Having worked in both public and private sectors, including running her own business, Sue has spent more than 25 years managing not-for profit organisations at local, state and national levels. Prior to her role with Fernlea, Sue was CEO of Playgroup SA, Playgroup Australia, and the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

Sue has been a volunteer in the community sector for more than 30 years, currently as a Director on the Board of Connecting Up Inc, as well as having been a consumer representative on Cabrini Health’s Patient Experience and Clinical Governance Committee for more than six years.

Sue became interested in the impact of life-limiting illness following her own and her family's experiences, and joined Fernlea because she is passionate about building robust and sustainable community services. Sue has operational oversight of all of Fernlea's services, as well as working closely with the Board to ensure the strategic plan is implemented throughout the organisation.


pamela smithard - nurse manager

Pamela is a Registered Nurse with significant experience in clinical care and education. She manages Fernela's day respite services, and provides clinical input into Fernlea In-Home Care. Pamela's main responsibilities include:

  • managing day respite staff and volunteers

  • managing the clinical need of clients

  • providing clinical support for Fernlea In-Home Care

  • assessing client and carer needs, including developing and updating care plans

  • liaising with clients and their carers

  • promoting Fernlea's services



tim manning - pca

Tim is a qualified Personal Care Assistant (PCA), with many years experience and a passion for caring for people with a palliative illness, especially at the end-of-life stage. Tim's main responsibilities include:

  • providing high quality, person-centred care to Fernlea's clients

  • supporting carers in their role


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gwen murphy - pca

Gwen is a qualified Personal Care Assistant (PCA) with experience in disability, aged care and palliative care. Her main areas of responsibility include:

  • providing high quality, person-centred care to Fernlea's clients

  • supporting carers in their role


barbara curruthers - activities & lifestyle coordinator

Barbara develops and organises activities for our day respite guests. Her main areas of responsibility include:

  • creating and implementing a range of activities that suit clients' needs and abilities, and that enhance their quality of life and enjoyment

  • developing and updating client lifestyle plans



lynne trensky - marketing & communications

Lynne manages marketing and communications across all of Fernlea's services. Lynne draws on her experience having worked for a major brand consultancy, in advertising and the community house sector. Lynne's main areas of responsibility include:

  • increasing the profile, reach and uptake of Fernlea's services

  • keeping Fernlea's branding and marketing collateral up-to-date

  • engaging with internal and external stakeholders

  • supporting Fernlea's fundraising program


nicole riley - administration coordinator

Nicole is an experienced administrator who provides admin support across all areas of Fernlea's work. Her main areas of responsibility include:

  • overseeing HR administration for staff and volunteers, including OHS

  • recruiting volunteers

  • maintaining Fernlea's property and equipment

  • providing admin support for the CEO

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corinne woodyard - finance administrator

Corinne looks after finance-related matters across all of Fernlea's services. Her main areas of responsibility include:

  • providing bookkeeping, payroll and financial administration services

  • preparing financial and statistical reports

  • providing internal IT support


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catherine kenney- business administrator

Catherine manages Fernela's two social enterprises: the Fernlea Shop of Opportunities and Fernlea In-Home Care. Catherine's main areas of responsibility include:

  • managing the day-to-day operations of the shop, including managing and training the shop volunteers

  • managing the in-home care business, including client liaison, staff performance and staff rosters

  • promoting Fernlea's services


david johnson - chef

David is an acclaimed chef having worked overseas, in Gippsland and the Yarra Valley. He has previously taken restaurants to the top of their game and would like to be involved in setting the agenda for food in aged care. David creates quality fresh meals daily for our day respite guests (and the occasional staff and volunteer do). David’s main areas of responsibility include:

  • planning menus, shopping and preparing morning teas and lunches for day respite clients

  • overseeing food licensing audits, and ensuring Fernlea meets the required accreditation standards

  • providing a laundry service for the house