Mercy Community Services

To support and empower those who are poor, vulnerable, marginalised or in a position of disadvantage

Our Board

The Mercy Community Services (MCS) Board of Directors is comprised of practitioners from a wide range of professional fields.

Mercy Community Services Director John O'DonnellDr John O’Donnell


After some years in general practice, John embarked on a career in management of public and private hospitals and health services. He has held a variety of roles including public teaching hospital and private hospital Chief Executive Officer, regional hospitals Chief Executive Officer, and national responsibilities for clinical practice and governance in large hospital groups.

John was Chief Executive Officer of Mater Health Services Brisbane from 2001 to 2015, and led this organisation through a period of rapid re-development and expansion of services. During this period John was Director of Mater Medical Research Institute Ltd, Mater Appeals Ltd (T/A Mater Foundation); Mater Education Ltd, Health Round Table Ltd, Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute Ltd, Catholic Health Australia Ltd and Chair CHA Health Policy Committee, and Assistant Commissioner of Queensland’s Health Quality and Complaints Commission.

John is an Adjunct Professor of the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland, and Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology.

Current roles include Chair of Mercy Super (approximately $1 billion corporate fund); Director of Catholic Health Australia Ltd, Director of Brisbane South Primary Health Network Ltd;  Chair, Proton Therapy Australia Ltd, in addition to a number of board advisory roles for major national companies.

Mr Terry Crawford

B Economics, LLB
(Deputy Chair)

Terry is a non-executive director and corporate adviser with special expertise in financing, commercial strategy and governance and with a special focus upon the healthcare, finance and resources sectors. He is the Deputy Chair of Mater Misericordiae Ltd (MML) and of Mercy Community Services SEQ Ltd and Chair of the Risk Management and Audit Committee for each of these organisations. He is also a director of Mater Medical Research Institute Ltd (MMRI) and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee of MMRI. He is a member of MML’s Clinical Advisory Board.

He has extensive senior executive and director experience nationally and internationally, including prior roles as Head of International Strategy, HSBC Bank plc, London; Head of Wealth Management Europe, HSBC Bank plc and Executive Director Corporate Finance, Boston Australia Ltd. He has been a director of Government Owned Corporations, Not for Profit companies and commercial corporations for over 20 years.

Terry holds a Bachelor of Laws (University of QLD) and Bachelor of Economics (University of QLD), and was admitted as a Barrister-at-law in 1980 and is a member of the Asia Institute and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He is also a director of ASX-listed White Energy Company Ltd and a member of the Remuneration Committee. Prior directorships include Gladstone Ports Corporation Ltd and Yancoal Australia Ltd. His interests include family, surfing, cycling and snow skiing.


Adjunct Professor Iyla Davies


Iyla was admitted as a lawyer in 1983 and holds a current practicing certificate.  She worked in family law and personal injuries before becoming a law academic for over 20 years, eventually specialising in mediation and dispute resolution. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Law School at University of Queensland and President of the All Hallows’ School Board.

Previously she has held roles as Associate Dean, International, Commercial and Community Engagement in the Queensland University of Technology’s Law Faculty and was Head and Chief Executive Officer of The Women's College within the University of Queensland. She has also held a number of community leadership roles including National and Queensland President of Relationships Australia, Director of the Legal Aid Board Queensland, and National President of University Colleges Australia.


Mr Shane Fracchia

MBA B Com, CertTech, FCPA, FAICD

Shane is a strategist and director of Fracchia Advisory; a specialist strategic advisory firm he founded to assist boards, executives and business leaders maximise their opportunities and minimise the risks in their business and/or major projects.

Shane has been a senior executive for over 25 years with leadership and management experience across a range of industries including health and aged care; engineering and architectural services; management consulting (accounting/IT) and defence (avionics). Prior to establishing his advisory firm, Shane served as Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Operating Officer of Calibre Consulting, Australia’s leading urban engineering design firm. Prior to that he was Chief Financial Officer of Holy Spirit Care Services before taking on the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2001; leading the organisation to achieve multiple industry and professional awards for quality and design excellence.

Shane is also a professional non-executive director and has served on a number of boards across many different sectors. He was recently appointed by the Deputy Prime Minister as non-executive Chair of Regional Development Australia (Brisbane). He is also a former non-executive director of the Aged Care Standards & Accreditation Agency and former Chairman of Bickerton Masters Architecture, one of Australia’s foremost aged care and senior living design firms.

Shane holds formal qualifications in commerce and engineering, including an MBA from Deakin and executive leadership studies at Harvard. He is a recipient of the AIM Professional Manager of the Year (Brisbane 2005), the Australian Defence Medal and a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors and CPA Australia.


Ms Lynn Smart


Lynn is an experienced company director, business and accounting professional with a strong commitment to quality community service provision in a transforming health and disability sector. Lynn is currently Deputy Chair of Open Minds Australia Ltd having served as an independent director since 2011 during which time she has been Chair of the Finance, Compliance and Risk board sub-committee and currently is the Chair of the Governance Remunerations and Nominations board sub-committee. Lynn was previously a director on the board of the Anywhere Theatre Festival.

Lynn is outcome and customer focussed with a commercial sector background including significant mergers and acquisition exposure. Lynn’s substantive profession has been delivering senior management and accounting roles within organisations and later as director of her own consulting company, which, for more than 16 years, delivered strategic business, accounting and governance services. These services were delivered in start-up, high growth, private and public companies across broad industry segments including construction, mining and mining services, web hosting, energy, heavy industry and food manufacturing, assembly, FMCG, franchise, and transport.

Lynn holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and has been a CPA for more than 20 years. Lynn also holds an MBA from the University of Queensland and has been a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2002.


Ms Gail Davidson


Gail has worked in management for over 40 years. She has worked in the disability sector for over 26 years at Executive level and has been responsible for the provision of a range of services for children and adults. She has managed the establishment of new services in Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia.

Gail has been a member of Government Boards and Committees such as the Inaugural Chair of the Regional Disability Council CQ, the Disability Council of Queensland and the Complaints Management Quality Committee, providing advice to the Minister on issues relating to people with a disability and their use of Government services.

Gail has also served on the Board of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund under Treasury, which recommends the distribution of government funds to community organisations to assist them to meet community need. She has presented papers at the Australian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability Annual National Conference and has been a member of the Queensland Government’s “CQ - A New Millennium Project” and the Gladstone Foundation. She also currently sits on the National NDIS Policy Committee on Social Inclusion and Accommodation in Canberra.

Gail has particular expertise in the operation of community based not-for-profit organisations and the provision of services within regional centres. Gail is in her third term as a Director and member of the HR Committee on the Board of the Gladstone Ports Corporation. She has an extensive network of contacts within Government and non-government organisations and businesses.

Gail has a management qualification, continues her studies and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.