Bishop Frank de Gouveia – Liaison Bishop

Sr Hermenegild Makoro CPS – SACBC Sec General

Dr Khaya Nzimande – Chairperson

Sr Sophia Phiri

Ms Albina Kekana

Mr Bheki Jama

Ms Mrudula Smithson – SACBC Aids Office

Sr Maureen Rooney – LCCL(SA)

Sr Maureen Yenson OP – Treasurer

Mr Thembekile Kanise

Dr Douglass Ross

Dr Khaya Nzimande

Board Chairperson

Sr. Maureen Rooney LCCL (SA)

Board Deputy Chairperson.

Retired Professional Educator still serving on Educational Boards.

Holy Cross Sisters Provincial Leadership Team 2005-2014.

Currently  Secretary General of Leadership Conference of Consecrated Life South Africa [LCCL SA]

Serves on Johannesburg Metropolitan Tribunal.


Ms Mrudula Smithson


An alma mater of the Annenberg School of Communications, University of Southern California, Mrudula Smithson has a post graduate degree in Communication Management for International Development with a focus on public health. She has extensive international experience creating and implementing social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) programs for national projects including child survival, population control, and HIV/AIDS. Among the countries she has worked in are Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Malawi and now South Africa. She has a passion for making a genuine difference in the lives of the most disadvantaged people of this world. As the Director of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference AIDS Office, she overseas projects that concern orphaned and vulnerable children, treatment adherence for HIV and TB as well as TB screening and linkage to treatment.

Sister Hermenegild Makoro

Secretary- general of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference


Dr Douglas Ross

A qualified medical and general practitioner registered with the HPCSA. He also holds an MBA. Dr Ross has extensive experience in healthcare management in both the South African non-profit and for-profit health sectors. He held the position of Chief Executive Officer of St Mary’s Hospital, Mariannhill, from 1995 to 2014. St Mary’s Hospital, Mariannhill, situated on the outskirts of Durban, was at that time a state-aided Catholic mission and district hospital. 

In late 2014, Dr Ross became the Hospital Manager for Midlands Medical Centre Private Hospital in Pietermaritzburg. In early 2018, Dr Ross took on additional responsibilities, becoming the Group Hospital Manager for Mid-Medical Holdings. In this latest role, he has overall responsibility for two private hospitals in Pietermaritzburg, namely Midlands Medical Centre Private Hospital, an acute hospital, and Royal Hospital, a subacute and rehabilitation hospital.

Dr Ross gained his governance experience in the SA non-profit health sector in various positions (chairperson, vice-chairperson and board member), on the board of CATHCA from 1998 to today. During the period Dr Ross was the Chairperson of the Board of CATHCA, he was appointed by the Pontifical Council of Health Pastoral Care to represent Africa on the International Association of National Catholic Health Care Associations, known as AISAC. For a time, he was also a Director of St Mary’s Hospital Nursing College.

Dr Ross has received governance training from the Institute of Directors South Africa (IoDSA). He has held the roles of Vice-Chair and Chair of the KZN Branch Committee of the IoDSA, and is currently a member of the Regional Advisory Committee of the IoDSA.

Dr Ross feels he has “benefited significantly at both a personal and professional level and has grown in his Catholic faith through his many years of involvement in governance with CATHCA”. 

Mr. Thembekile Kanise

Mr. Bheki Jama