Mercy Community Services

To support and inspire people in need to live healthy, connected lives within inclusive communities.

Our Board

The Mercy Community (MC) 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 Brisbane South Primary Health Network Ltd;  Chair, Proton Therapy Australia Ltd, in addition to a number of board advisory roles for major national companies.

Ms Lynn Smart

(Deputy Chair)

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. She is outcome and customer focussed, gained from a commercial sector background including significant mergers and acquisition exposure. Lynn’s substantive profession has been in senior management and accounting roles within organisations and later as director of her own consulting company.

Lynn is currently an independent director of Holy Cross Laundry Ltd, a subsidiary of the Mater Hospitals and Health Services. She is also an independent director of Zarraffa’s Coffee Group Pty Ltd. Her prior directorships include Queensland Irrigation Scheme LMA Stage 3 board on behalf of the Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply, Open Minds Australia Ltd and the Anywhere Theatre Festival Ltd.

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


Adjunct Professor Iyla Davies


Iyla was admitted as a lawyer in 1983 and worked in family law and personal injuries before becoming a law academic for more than 20 years, specialising in mediation and dispute resolution.

Iyla is currently a Director of Metro South Hospital and Health Board, Chair of All Hallows' School and a Director of Emmanuel College within UQ. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Law, UQ.

Iyla has previously held a number of community leadership roles as National and Queensland President of Relationships Australia, Director of Legal Aid Queensland, National President of University Colleges Australia and a Member of the Specialist Accreditation Board, Queensland Law Society. In addition, she has held senior university positions as Associate Dean, International, Commercial and Community Engagement in the Faculty of Law, QUT and as Head of College and Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s College within UQ.

Iyla holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Masters of Laws. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Shane Fracchia

MBA B Com, CertTech, FCPA, FAICD

Shane is a business strategist and director of Fracchia Advisory; a specialist strategic advisory firm assisting boards, executives and business leaders maximise the opportunities and minimise the risks in their business and/or major projects. The firm specialises in strategic design, performance analysis/planning and corporate support for the professional services and health and aged care sectors. 

Shane has been a senior executive for over 25 years with experience across a range of industries including health and aged care; engineering and architectural services; management consulting and defence.  Shane has served as CFO and COO of Calibre Consulting (formerly Brown Consulting) and prior to that as CFO and then CEO of Holy Spirit Care Services; leading the organisation to achieve multiple industry and professional awards for quality, management and design excellence.

Shane is also a professional non-executive director serving on boards across many different sectors.  He was recently appointed by the Deputy Prime Minister to chair Regional Development Australia (Brisbane).  He is also a former director of the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency and former chairman of Bickerton Masters Architecture.

Shane holds formal qualifications in management, commerce and engineering; including an MBA from Deakin and 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 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 Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.