Board Members

Meet the Board of Governors … The Foundation’s Board of Governors is a dedicated group of community leaders who set the Foundation’s strategic priorities and oversee our projects and fundraising activities. Other members of the Foundation contribute as Chairs and members of our various Major Project and/or Administration & Support Committees.

Diana Butler

Diana Butler  (Executive Director)

Born in rural Tasmania, Diana first found her passion when she used to play imaginary games with African children under the gum trees. Her deeply imbedded dreams came to fruition when she was working as an Emergency Nurse at the Launceston General Hospital where she was privileged to hear stories of an African co-worker’s life in an impoverished community – Tarime, in northern Tanzania. This inspired Diana to pursue the rights of disadvantaged Africans, and with her colleague the late Dr. Peter Hewitt, she founded the Care For Africa Foundation. Diana is also Chair of the Containers for Africa Committee and Co-Chair of the Foundation’sPublicity & Promotions Committee.

Chris Dockray

Chris Dockray  (Vice Chair)

Born in Zambia, Chris is a lawyer in Launceston. He graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1983 and worked with Zeeman Kable and Page for eleven years before setting up in private practice in 1995. He has, at various times, been a member of the Workers Compensation Tribunal, the Anti Discrimination Tribunal and the Law Society Disciplinary Tribunal. Since 1989 he has been a Director of the St. Luke’s Medical and Hospital Benefits Association and is its current Chair. Chris lives in Karoola and is married with three children.

Stephen Norris

Stephen Norris

Stephen was born in Northern Ireland and grew up in England. He gained his MA at Scotland’s Dundee University, majoring in Geography and went on the gain a Diploma of Education in 1987 and Graduate Diploma (Education Administration) in 1996, both from the University of Melbourne. He began teaching in 1982 at the Hutchins School in Hobart, then taught in England and Melbourne. Stephen has been Head of Launceston Church Grammar School since 2003. He is also a Board Member of the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority and President-Elect of the Australian Anglican Schools Network.

Carol Northeast

Carol Northeast

Carol Northeast has been working as a Registered Nurse for the past 25 years. She has worked 10 years in the Emergency Department of the Launceston General Hospital and is currently working as a General Practice Nurse Launceston. She happily married, mother of 3 happy, healthy adult children, grandmother of 2, who lives in an idyllic spot on the Tamar River, north of Launceston. Carol was on the original founding committee in 2005 of Care for Africa.

Dr Joe Tempone

Dr Joe Tempone

Dr Joe Tempone (MBBS), Principal Summerdale MC 22years, married to Jenni, three children Dominique, Julien and Sebastien. Born in Italy, migrated to Australia 1962, grew up in Melbourne, moved to Tas to study medicine in1981. Since settling into GP in L’ton in 1989, have represented GPs as director / Secretary or Chairman on multiple Boards including Northern Regional Medical Advisory Council 1991-1992, GPNorth and it’s subsidiary TasPrac services for over 10years, GP Tas state Board and involved in GP training positions. I have been a soccer player and school soccer coach over 20yrs, enjoy running, cycling and Kettle Bell training, love food have supported Jenni to raised funds for Charity through hosting many Gourmet grand occasions over the years.

Rob van der Elst

Rob van der Elst (Chair)

Rob has been a strong supporter of the Foundation since its inception and has been integral the success of the “Containers for Africa” project. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Deloraine, responsible for the group’s International Service projects. Rob has been living in Tasmania since 1977 and is a director of an Architectural practice in Launceston.


Don Wing M.L.C.

Don is a well-known member of the Legislative Council in Tasmania. He attended Scotch College in Launceston and graduated in law from the University of Tasmania. He was a partner with Clarke & Gee, Legal Practitioners, in Launceston from 1964 until 1976. Don holds a wide range of positions in community organizations and has a strong and long standing interest in Africa.

Ross Anthony Hart

Ross Anthony Hart

Ross Hart is the practice’s Managing Partner and a graduate of the University of Tasmania. He is married and resident in Launceston and was admitted to practise in 1985. He has practised in Launceston since admission and as a Partner of the firm, he has specialised in the commercial and litigious areas with complex project planning and development, including major tourist resorts, resource export and the complexities of Local and State Government compliance. A member of the Council of the Law Society of Tasmania for over 17 years, only to retire from that body in 2007, he is a Past President of the Law Society of Tasmania as well as being former Tasmanian representative on The Law Council of Australia.


Simon P Hegarty (Treasurer)

Consultant in the Launceston office of WHK Garrotts and Investor Financial Planning (a member of the National firm – WHK Group) since July 2003.. Commenced in KPMG’s Audit Division (1979) before transferring to the firm’s Private Business Division. Completed one year secondment in the Management Consulting Division of KPMG Peat Marwick Melbourne (1986). Chairman of National Private Business Committee in KPMG responsible for quality control, administration, product and service development for Australian Private Business partners and staff (1995 – 1998).

Ralph Norton

Ralph Norton

With a diverse background, Ralph completed a Bachelor of Economics, a Diploma of Education, and a Certificate in Business Management in his home state of Victoria. He moved to Tasmania in the early 1980’s to further his passion for tourism and hospitality. Founder of national pub group Irish Murphy’s, Ralph is Managing Director of his hospitality group, Altrex Investments, operating venues in Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland. He is also Managing Director of Tasmanian based company Roadside Products Pty Ltd, which manufactures and distributes both nationally and internationally. Ralph is married to Suzanne and they have four children.
Selena Saykao

Dr. Selena Saykao

Dr. Selena Saykao (MBBS) was born in Melbourne where she currently works as a surgical resident and assistant. She graduated from UTAS in 2009 and spent two years practicing at the Launceston General Hospital. Her interest in international health and development has motivated her to work in countries such as Vanuatu, Nepal, India, Philippines and Tanzania. Dr Saykao is currently studying a Masters Degree in Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Dr Saykao is enjoying Coordinating the Health Programs for Care for Africa and looking forward to what the future holds for the organisation.