The Executive Committee

ANZACPE business is overseen by an Executive Committee consisting of the Association’s:

  • elected officers (President, Deputy President, Secretary, Treasurer, etc.)
  • immediate past president
  • Chair of Professional Standards Committee
  • Chair of Registration and Certification Committee AND
  • a representative from each Member Association (Usually the Member Association’s president), AND
  • a representative from Spiritual Care Australia


ANZACPE Executive 2019 – Adelaide Conference









Ms Jenny Washington (NSWCCPE) – President 

Jenny Washington is the Pastoral Care Manger at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.  She is an accredited CPE Educational Consultant with the NSW College of Clinical Pastoral Education.  Jenny has been involved in Pastoral Ministry and CPE since 1987.  She undertook her initial CPE Training at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney.  Prior to her current role, Jenny conducted the CPE Centre at St Vincent’s Hospital from 1996-2015.  She has qualifications in Teaching, Theology, Counselling and Pastoral Supervision.  Jenny enjoys reading, catching up with friends and is a keen cyclist.


Mr Stephen Delbridge (ASACPEV) – Vice President

Stephen Delbridge is a Level 2 Clinical Pastoral Supervisor in the Austin CPE Centre in Melbourne.  Stephen has been supervising CPE for ten years and has been in clinical spiritual practice for 19 years.  Stephen’s encounter with CPE began as a youth leader and then after completing a Bachelor of Agricultural Science informed his practice as an Agricultural Consultant in the Victorian Mallee.  Stephen and his wife Elizabeth followed their calls to Anglican ministry, completing Bachelors in Divinity, and were ordained in the same ordination service in St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral.  After some time in parish ministry Stephen secured the position as Anglican Chaplain at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. When he became Coordinator of Anglican Chaplains for the Diocese he began supervision training and has offered this expertise to those in formation and training and those discerning a vocation in spiritual care ministry.  Stephen is a Life Member of Spiritual Care Australia having offered leadership on the Board and in the SCA Victorian branch.  Stephen is on the Council and Vice-Chair of the Board of Spiritual Health Association.  Stephen was elected to the ASAPEV executive in 2018.


Ms Bernadette Wurlod (ASACPEV) – Immediate Past President

Bernadette completed a thesis on spiritual care in regional and rural communities with Stirling College (Graduate Certificate in Research Methodologies) in 2018.  She is now self employed providing CPE programs and private practice in supervision to those engaged in lay and and ordained pastoral ministries and spiritual practice.  Bernadette has gained experience with South West Healthcare Community Palliative Care as a Counsellor and Educator in recent years.  She holds a BA Theol, Dip Pastoral Ministries (University of Divinity) and an MA Theological Studies (ACU).  Bernadette is accredited as a Clinical Pastoral Supervisor with the Association for Supervised and Clinical Pastoral Education Victoria (ASACPEV Inc.)   Following on from being the inaugural CPE Centre Director for St John of God Victoria she established the South West Victoria CPE Centre to support more isolated people engaged in spiritual care


Ms Helen Vester (ACPEWA) – Secretary

Helen is a CPE Educaor with ACPEWA, offering CPE at the Royal Perth Hospital CPE Centre and supervision in private practice. She has a background in education as well as experience in pastoral care within hospital and prison contexts. Her qualifications include Bachelor of Theology (distinction), Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Graduate Diploma of Education (distinction) and Bachelor of Technology (1st class Honours). Helen’s hobby is hiking in the great outdoors. She walked the Camino across Spain in 2019 and has enjoyed hikes within Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New Zealand.


Ms Cathy Brown (QICPE) – Treasurer

Cathy Brown has been a CPE Supervisor since 2008 and a volunteer Pastoral Carer since 2004.  As an accredited CPE Educator for the Queensland Institute of Clinical Pastoral Education (QICPE Inc), Cathy conducts CPE units at the Prince Charles Hospital, Logan Hospital, Gold Coast University Hospital and in Townsville.  She enjoys being able to help the ANZACPE committee in a very practical way through her treasurer duties


Peter Brown (NZCPE) – Registrar

Peter Brown is a CPE Supervisor with the New Zealand Association. He is a member of the Wellington group. He is an Anglican priest serving in the Parish of the Rangitikei. His qualifications include M.Sc., Ad.dip. Theol., Cert.Ed. Though now almost retired his professional life was spent variously as a teacher (theology and philosophy), high school senior leader and Chaplain in U.K. and N.Z. Latterly he has been responsible for the management of hospital chaplains in New Zealand’s lower North Island.


Ms Allison Whitby (ASACPEV) – Chair of Professional Standards Committee

Allison is a Clinical Pastoral Educator and has been Director of the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital CPE Centre for 19 years while concurrently Director of the Austin Hospital CPE Centre for 9 years. She has a passion for extending the availability of CPE to regional areas, sharing the resources of ASPEA’s history and expertise with other CPE Associations in Australia and New Zealand and for the exchange of ideas, practices, collegiality and creativity which are the gifts of broad engagement in the sphere of experiential learning. Allison is a past president of ASPEA Inc. and ANZACPE, current chair of the ANZACPE Professional Standards committee, member of ASPEA Inc Registration & Certification committee, Chair of Spiritual Health Victoria’s Education and Research Advisory Committee and member of Spiritual Care Australia’s Education & Equivalency Advisory Group. In January 2015 Allison also took up the role of CPE Liaison Officer for the University of Divinity. This was a new appointment created to facilitate the revised process and new partnership between the University and ASPEA Inc. for the crediting of CPE units within University of Divinity Awards.


Michelle Benjamin (ACPEWA)

Michelle is a Clinical Pastoral Educator [ACPEWA Inc.] having been awarded her credential in 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing Primary Care), Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction.  Michelle is the Centre Director of the Perth Community CPE Centre.  She also maintains an independent supervisory practice.  She is an active and committed member of ACPEWA, having served as Vice President, President and Secretary of the Management Committee and Chair of the Registration and Certification Committee. “Supervision of another who is keen to begin or continue their formation as one who offers professional pastoral care is a privilege for me.  As I accompany another in this journey, I aim to work in such a way that the term “The Living Human Document” can become more real and appreciated.”


Robynne Malone (SANTACPE)

Robynne Malone is the current President of SANTACPE. She has been active in supervisory life  for 8 years. A highlight of her CPE leadership was taking a lead role in arguably /possibly one of the best ANZACPE conferences of recent years at Glenelg in Adelaide. She delights in working collaboratively with peers to create pastoral education that is transforming. She is known as having passion for CPE and is delighted when others catch it from her.


Rev Canon Kath McClean (NZCPE)

Kath has been a Mental /Forensic Spiritual Pastoral Therapist since 1994. She started in CPE  in 1994. Kath was running two CPE units each year at the hospital until six years ago when she went to Christchurch and Nelson to run CPE there. She has also run CPE units in Marton. Kath has a passion for learning which led her to complete a Masters in Health Science with a focus on physiotherapy and supervision. Her passions are working with people suffering from mental health issues and CPE. For the last few years she has been running 3 courses a year.  Kath is a member of NZACPE holding the office as chairperson for several years, has also been on the ANZACPE Professional Standards Committee for over 10 years, the New Zealand Anglican church Professional Standards Committee and NZHCA Professional Standards/Accreditation Committee. “I love family, gardening and my two dogs Buddy and Mac.”


Ms April MacNeill (NSWCCPE)

April is a Clinical Pastoral Educator at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. Previously at the Hunter Centre for Clinical Pastoral Education, April has nine years of supervisory experience. Formerly a Pastoral Care Manager, and Pastoral Care Practitioner, at the Calvary Mater Newcastle, April has a special interest in pastoral research in critical care environments. April has a background in health as a Registered Nurse in Intensive Care and Oncology units.


Mr Paul Hueston (TASPE)

Paul has been a CPE supervisor since 2011 and is currently the Centre Director at the Tasmanian Centre for CPE, based at the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH). Paul is the current president of the Tasmanian Association for Supervised Pastoral Education and is coordinator of the RHH Chaplaincy Services. Paul has been at the RHH since 2011 and before that was working as Chaplain at Liverpool Hospital Sydney. Paul has degree qualifications in Theology and in Aviation Technology and is passionate about pastoral care supervision and training, especially in the health care context.