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.
Scott is also Chair of the People and Culture Committee, and Board Ambassador
to the Harmony Village Aged Care Residence and the Independent Living Units,
and the Woornack Aged Care Residence.

Mr Terry Larkins PSM (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. Terry is the Chair of the Quality and
Service Development Committee and Board Ambassador to the Grantham Green Aged
Care Residence and the Independent Living Units.

Mr Denis Henry (Director)

Denis is a qualified engineer and certified
practising accountant with over 25 years’ experience in providing strategic and
commercial advice to both private and public sector organisations, Denis’
extensive financial skills and governance expertise ensure risk management and
financial health of our organisation are embedded in our governance processes
and strategic plan. Denis is the Chair of the Risk, Audit, Finance and Assets
Committee and Board Ambassador to Queens Park Aged Care Residence and Independent
Living Units.

Dr 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. Peter is
a member of the Risk, Audit, Finance and Assets, and the People and Culture
Committees. He is also the Board Ambassador to the Yarraville Village Aged Care

Ms Kirstin Fox (Director)

Kirstin is a registered nurse and is an
experienced manager of Aged Care Services including community and residential
services. Kirstin has 9 years’ experience as a senior manager, establishing and
delivering clinical outcomes for people living in the community and in
residential care settings. Kirstin is a member of the Quality and Service
Development Committee and the People and Culture Committee.

Ms Molly Carlile AM (Director)

Molly has accumulated a wealth of experience
through her diverse career.  Molly is a
registered nurse with post graduate qualifications and extensive experience in
palliative care, counselling, grief and bereavement, education (in both
tertiary and workplace settings), service administration, corporate governance,
leadership, community liaison, policy implementation and evaluation,
complementary therapies and health promotion. Molly was awarded the Member of
the Order of Australia (General Division) in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honors
List “for significant service to community health through seminal contributions
to organisations providing palliative care and to the performing arts”.

Our Executive Team 

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, Corporate and Commercial)

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

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

Robyn has experience in the government and not
for profit aged care industry spanning 30 years. She has worked in regional,
rural and remote locations across Queensland and the Northern Territory. Robyn
relocated to Melbourne from Darwin in November 2015 to join the executive team.
She is committed to ensuring the organisation delivers an inspiring service
within its diverse communities.

 Ms Danielle Rose (General

Manager, People Culture & Diversity)

Danielle has extensive experience in aged care
having worked in senior HR roles with a number of Aged Care providers. Danielle
believes that obtaining a role within any area of the aged care sector is an
honour – no matter whether the role provides direct care or corporate support.
For this reason she is committed to thorough recruitment and selection
processes and the creation of an environment that encourages ongoing learning
and development.

 Mr Dermot O’Sullivan (General

Manager, Strategic Assets and Property Development)

comes to Doutta Galla with a wealth of experience in managing capital projects
in public institutions, in particular the TAFE and University sector. He has
extensive experience in infrastructure strategy, project delivery, and
environmental, health & safety management, educational support, and
commercial services.


Prior to
his employment with public organisations, Dermot held a number of Army
appointments in the Royal Australian Engineers, including as Chief Engineer
Southern Victoria. In addition to training in engineering, Dermot has a Master
of Management, and a Real Estate Representatives Qualification.