Our People

As a not-for-profit, community based, and independent organisation Doutta Galla is managed by an independent Board of Directors who contribute a wealth of professional skills and knowledge to the oversight of our organisation.

Our Board:

Mr Scott Chapman (Chair)

Scott brings a wealth of experience in governance, strategy, business growth, marketing and community building to our organisation. Appointed as Chair of the Board in 2015 he is passionate in his active support of our organisation and the values and mission we aspire to.

Mr Terry Larkins (Director)

Having served on boards of both public and private not for profit organisations as well as an executive career in local and state government, Terry has extensive knowledge and understanding of the environment in which we operate and the challenges facing our organisation and the aged care industry more generally.

Mr Denis Henry (Director)

A qualified engineer and certified practicing accountant with over 20 years experience providing strategic advice to both private and public sector organisations, Denis’ extensive financial skills and expertise are critical in ensuring the financial viability of our organisation is an essential part of our governance processes and strategic plan.


Mr Peter Hertan (Director)

Peter joined the Board of Doutta Galla in February 2017. He has extensive public sector and commercial experience successfully managing key Government, commercial, marketing and construction initiatives, as a Board chairman and member, and as a CEO of statutory authorities. Most recently, Peter has been consulting across a range of areas including policy development, construction and project management and community initiatives. Peter has been aware of Doutta Galla’s outstanding work for a number of years and welcomed the opportunity to join the Board.


Ms Vanda Iaconese (CEO)

Appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Doutta Galla in November 2013, Vanda has extensive experience working in executive roles in aged care, disability, local government and housing. Her aspiration for the organisation is that we will be the ‘go to’ place for individuals and their families seeking to access the best possible care and support as they age. Vanda believes that innovation, research and the promotion of the positive aspects of being older, are key to the organisation achieving this aspiration.

Mr George Koulis (General Manager, Finance & Corporate Services)

A qualified CPA, George is the longest serving member of the executive and oversights the financial, information technology and asset development areas of the organisation. With extensive experience and knowledge of the aged care industry, George ensures a personal sensitivity to the needs of our residents underpins all of the organisation’s financial decisions.

Ms Sharon Robinson (General Manager, Organisational Capability)

With extensive experience in all areas of Human Resources management, Sharon has high hopes for the aged care workforce of today and in the future. Sharon firmly believes that providing excellence in aged care is not solely about the delivery of good quality clinical care, but requires commitment to customer service delivery.

Ms Robyn Simpson (General Manager, Operations & Service Development)

Robyn has experience in the government and not-for profit aged care sector spanning 30 years. She is committed to ensuring the organisation delivers an inspiring service within our diverse communities.