Bryan Woodford OAM
Commencement Date: 26/8/2009
British by birth, Bryan taught in schools and Colleges in England, Germany and Papua New Guinea before migrating to Australia in 1982. He joined the Spastic Society of Victoria (now Scope Victoria) soon afterwards and rose to be Deputy Chief Executive with line responsibility for all services, before moving briefly to the private sector, where he managed the early growth of a successful enterprise engaged in the manufacture of amino acid sports and fitness products.
Returning to the not-for-profit sector in 1992, Bryan relocated to Canberra, where he took over as CEO of the Koomarri Association, a disability employment service. He remained there for five years, returning to Victoria to become Managing Director of Yooralla. By the time he retired in 2008, Yooralla had become Victoria’s largest specialist provider of disability support services.
Today, Bryan consults selectively and works in the local community on a volunteer basis. He joined the Council of the Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College in 2004 (currently President) and the Board of Leisure Networks in 2009 (currently Chairman).
In February 2011, Bryan was appointed Chairman of the Victorian National Disability Insurance Scheme Implementation Taskforce. The purpose of the Taskforce is to provide advice to the Premier, Minister for Community Services and Minister for Finance to inform the development of the Victorian Government’s approach to implementing a NDIS.
Citing outstanding service to the organisation, Bryan was awarded Life Membership of National Disability Services (NDS) in 2010. He was also a recipient of a Harvard Club scholarship to attend the Harvard Business School’s summer school program for not-for-profit management in Boston, Massachusetts.
Awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003, Bryan received an Order of Australia Medal in 2011. Both awards were for services to people with a disability.
- Cert Education, University of London
- Ex-CEO of Yooralla
- Ex-CEO Koomarri Association
- Director National Disability Services
Currently consulting in Specialist Training and Advice in Disability Support Services.
Currently Chairman of the Victorian Ministers Taskforce for the National Disability Insurance Scheme
- Audit and Risk Committee, CEO Performance Committee
Commencement Date: 28/10/2003
Wendy Miles joined the board of Leisure Networks in 2003 after moving from Melbourne to work at Deakin University at its Geelong campus at Waurn Ponds.
Wendy has now worked at Deakin for 8 years and is currently the Co-ordinator, Postgraduate Administration for the Faculty of Business and Law. She was Chair of Leisure Networks for 3 years from 2008 to 2010.
Prior to joining Deakin University, Wendy worked for Industry Fund Services Pty Ltd for 5 years working with industry funds in the superannuation sector.
During this period she was also very much involved in a volunteer capacity as Secretary and then Chair of the Organising Committee of the Mothers Day Classic, a national event to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Prior to that Wendy spent 10 years working in administrative roles in listed public companies including Bendigo Bank, National Mortgage Market Corporation Ltd and Industrial Equity Ltd
- Diploma of Superannuation Management, Diploma of Financial Services Macquarie University
- Diploma in Corporate Management, Chartered Secretaries Australia
- Bachelor of Business, Footscray Institute of Technology
Associate Member of Chartered Secretaries Australia Ltd
Experience: – 25 years’ experience in the financial services and superannuation sectors and, for the past seven years, in the tertiary education sector.
Currently Manager of International and Partnerships, Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University.
- CEO Performance Working Group
- Membership Working Group
Audit and Risk Committee
Commencement Date: 16/4/2009
After graduating from Deakin University, Ross worked in Melbourne in systems support for an IT company and then in the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office. He then moved to a Geelong Chartered Accounting firm, Day Neilson, working in its Audit Division until being appointed as an audit and assurance services partner in 1993.
He was responsible for providing external auditing services and helped developed the firm’s internal audit and risk management services. This included developing a risk assessment framework based on facilitated workshops which has been used extensively by the firm. His clients were involved in a broad cross section of industries including education, health, water, manufacturing, financial services and not for profit agencies. He was a contract service provider to the Victorian Auditor-General, although he specialised in the private and not for profit sectors.
In 2000, Day Neilson was acquired by WHK Group Ltd, a public listed company with accounting and financial planning practices in all States of Australia and in both the south and north islands of New Zealand. Ross headed the practice’s Audit and Assurance Division for a number of years. He also facilitated risk assessments of each practice in the WHK Group and provided training on professional standards to most of the Group’s Victorian firms.
In 2008, Ross left WHK Group and the following year moved to Forrest. He provides consulting services to a small number of clients in financial reporting, quality control, risk assessment and risk management.
- Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia
- Certified Practicing Accountant
- Registered company auditor
Currently semi-retired and consulting in audit and accounting.
-Audit and Risk Committee
Commencement Date: 28/10/2003
Anna retired from full time work in early 2009 and now consults in Health Management and Quality and undertakes Accreditation Surveys of hospitals and mental health services for the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards.
This work follows her lengthy period as General Manager, Community & Mental Health at Barwon Health from 1998
– 2009, after roles as CEO Geelong Community Health Services, and Manager, Psychiatric Services with Geelong Hospital from 1992 to 1996.
Prior to this Anna was Deputy National Director of Australian Hospital Association – the national peak industry body for public sector health services - for five years.
Anna worked in acute hospitals for seven years, and for five years as a Community Health Nurse in inner Melbourne, before moving on to work as a Professional Officer with the Australian Nursing Federation (Vic Branch), a Nursing Administration Officer at Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, and then as a Nursing Adviser with Health
Department Victoria from 1986 to 1988.
During this time Anna was the Government Representative on the Professional Study of Nursing Issues (known as the Marles Report)
Over the years, Anna has represented nursing and/or health management on numerous Government advisory committees, and her employing organisations on many health and human service organisation partnerships and alliances.
Anna retains strong interests in health systems and policy, and in corporate and clinical governance.
- Registered Nurse
- Bachelor of Health Administration
- Masters in Health Planning
- Member of the Public Health Association of Australia
- Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
- Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Executives
Experience: – Over 30 years’ experience in health services initially as a clinical nurse, and later in policy development, public health and senior management.
Currently working in quality assurance and accreditation in the health sector.
- Membership Working Group
-Audit and Risk Committee (Chair)
Commencement Date: 25/11/2009
In 2008, Clive retired from Quiksilver, an international surf life style company founded in Torquay, Victoria, bringing to a close 20 years of employment with the company.
For the last 5 of these years Clive held the position of President Asia Pacific, responsible for the entire wholesale and retail operations for this region.
Clive began with Quiksilver as Accountant, following some years spent in large corporate companies, including Carlton United Breweries and Containers Packaging. Clive’s career path with Quiksilver saw him move from Accountant to Managing Director, to Director and Board Member, prior to becoming President.
In 2002, Clive led the development of a strategic plan that merged Quiksilver Asia Pacific operations under one umbrella with Quiksilver Inc.
In 2004, Clive was instrumental in positioning the company into China as member of a Joint Venture Board.
For the last few years Clive has mentored various young companies, and accepted positions on the Board of Leisure Networks, and the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee, where he can make use of his strengths in leading change, motivating people, and setting strategy.
- Diploma of Business Studies, CIT, 1976
- 20 yrs experience in the surf apparel business with Quiksilver
- Director and Board Member Quiksilver
- Former President of Quiksilver Asia Pacific
- Board Member of Quiksilver’s Joint Venture operation in China
- Board Member of Quiksilver environment committee
- Board Member Quiksilver Foundation
- Marketing and Communications Working Group
Commencement Date: 30/1/2006
Howard currently is the CEO of Macquarie Commercial College. He has a Master of Education (Business Education and Training) among other qualifications, and is a Justice of the Peace.
This role requires the management and administration of the college and includes project management for any developments. Howard is responsible for the educational leadership and management of the College programs.
He has a major role in the Information Technology field, and provides consultant services to local companies and organisations regarding business procedures and administration using Technology.
Workplace training is one of his passions using the principles of adult learning and competency based training, to implement effective learning in the workplace.
Further he has been a leader in the development of flexible learning using Internet based elearning facilities. This has included the research and evaluation of online learning tools; Learning management systems; professional development of staff; and implementation of service delivery.
- A Learning and Development professional
- Master of Education (Adult Education and Learning)
- Many years of experience in training and development
- Various roles of responsibility with Rotary, including Board member
Currently operates Macquarie College, a National provider of full time, off-campus education courses and traineeships.
-CEO Performance Working Group
Dr. Louise Mathews
Commencement Date: 27/10/2010
Dr. Louise Mathews is currently employed as a lecturer [Health and Physical Education] at Deakin University, Waurn Ponds Campus.
Her research to date has been in the area of adolescent obesity prevention in schools, working with a number of primary and secondary schools across the Barwon-South Western Region, to develop intervention strategies in relation to healthy eating and physical activity with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention.
Data generated at baseline and follow-up has been published in a series of ‘It’s Your Move!’ implementation reports (reports 1-12) in line with the action plan objectives.
In relation to her teaching, Louise has been teaching in schools across Greater Geelong since 2002. She has also completed her Masters of Education (2006) and Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (2011) and February this year (2011), Louise submitted her PhD titled ‘Transferring personal knowledge in schools: A case study’.
Since the commencement of her position as a lecturer in the School of Education, Louise has been awarded two Commendations from the Vice Chancellor (Academic) for Excellence in Teaching (2009 & 2010).
In terms of her position on the Board of Leisure Networks, Louise brings the knowledge of preventative health promotion programs (specifically healthy eating and physical activity), educational networks and a commitment to improving sports access and services across the region.
- Doctor of Philosophy
- Masters of Education (Health and Physical Education)
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement)
- Graduate Diploma of Education
- 5 years teaching experience in Secondary Schools
- 5 years experience in Obesity Prevention Projects
Commencement Date: 28/10/2003
Maureen Garrett is a registered nurse, with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Philosophy who has worked predominantly as a Manager of both Aged Care and Disability services for the last forty five years.
Maureen has also been involved in establishing a number of community based services both in Geelong and Melbourne and has participated as a Director in a number of local organisations.
Maureen currently works as a charge nurse and educator in a Residential Aged Care facility and also as the Training Manager for Marillac Disability Services in Caulfield Melbourne.
Maureen is now a Director of two organisations that provide disability support services.
- 40 years of experience in disability and aged care services
- Bachelor of Arts
- Registered nurse
- Board Member of Inclusion Melbourne (disability organisation focused on social inclusion)
- Board member of the Inclusion Melbourne Foundation – focused on fundraising and investment
- Currently working as an Aged Care Nurse and Trainer
- Membership Working Group
- CEO Performance Working Group
Commencement Date: 26/10/2011
Craig Morris is currently the Head of Women’s Tennis and manager of Athlete Development for Tennis Australia.
In his role he directs all aspects of the development of Australians leading female tennis players as well as the national operations of the Talent Search program, the National Academies and AIS Pro Tour program and Sport Science and Sport Medicine.
Prior to this role he held the position of Coach Development Manager directing all coach education policies and programmes.
During this time he oversaw the introduction of TA into market of Coach Education and Membership within Australia. Previously Morris was coaching Sam Stosur (top 5 / French Open finalist) on the WTA tour between 2001 and 2004.
Prior to that he held the position of Women’s tennis coach for the Australian Institute of Sport, travelling with Australia’s leading female junior athletes on the ITF junior tour.
He holds a Tennis Australia High Performance coaching qualification, a Bachelor of Education and a Masters of Sport Management.
Prior to his roles at Tennis Australia he taught at Christian College in Highton and was the head tennis professional on Hayman Island.
He currently resides in Torquay with his wife and two daughters and is a life member of the Grovedale Tennis Club.